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5 Unique Reasons to visit Georgia? & Budget Calculator ($3 Hostels?)

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Does Georgia offer Hostels for as little as $3 per night!?

Georgia, is a mysterious country which is located at the intersection of Europe & Asia, its a former Soviet republic which is surrounded by Caucasus Mountain villages and many Black sea beaches!

Georgia borders with Russia, Azerbaijan, Armenia and Turkey Its culture is similar to Azerbaijan , they both offer a real mix of east & west cultures which has been isolated in the Caucasus mountains for decades. The countryside reminds me of Mongolia

5 Unique Reasons to Backpack Georgia on a Budget?

1. Step back in time at Tbilisi old town 

Tbilisi is the Georgian capital, know for its maze like cobblestoned old town and variety of historic landmarks

from Cathedrals & Soviet Structures to a 4th century fortress (Narikala).

tbilisi-Georgia-Budget calculator

tbilisi-Georgia-Budget calculator

While Rustaveli Avenue, offers many high end stores, cafes and museums.

Fun Fact: In the neighborhood of Abanotubani you will discover many dome-shaped sulphur bathhouses, lots of which were built in the 17th century.

2. Visit the “Mother of Georgia”

The iconic statue of the “Mother of Georgia” (Kartlis Deda), is a really unique place to visit.

and the popular statue of the "Mother of Georgia" (Kartlis Deda). 

and the popular statue of the “Mother of Georgia” (Kartlis Deda).

3. Be inspired by the incredible architecture of Batumi

Batumi is a Black sea resort & port city. Be sure to check out Batumi Boulevard which offers a waterfront promenade with a lush park and beach.

The iconic 130m-high Alphabetic Tower, is inscribed with Georgian script and has seaside observation deck!

The old town district is a showcase of renovated 19th-century buildings.

Georgia -Batumi Architecture

Georgia -Batumi Architecture

4. Visit the mountain church of Mtskheta

Mtskheta is one of the oldest cities in Georgia, it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site and “Holy City” due to its many historical landmarks.

Mtskheta Georgia, sunset mountain church

Mtskheta Georgia, incredible sunset over an historic mountain church

This Mtskheta church was actually included in our list of: 13 Most Stunning Mountain Churches in the World!

5. Georgias costs are so cheap!

This is great news for a backpacker!! 

Is Georgia cheap to travel?

Georgia is an extremely cheap place to travel, it offers even cheaper prices than its neighbors Turkey and Azerbaijan!

Its massively cheaper than places in Scandinavia such as NorwayDenmark or Sweden.

It is also cheaper than western Europe, UKFranceGermanyItaly and many places in the middle east and Asia, such as Oman, UAE and Israel

A budget traveller should budget $12-15 per day, while a mid range traveller should budget $20-25 per day.  This includes the cost of accommodation, food and transport! 

Tip: I saw some hostels here for as little as $3 per night! So it is possible to travel Georgia very cheaply!

Georgia: Travel Budget Calculator

To help you budget your next adventure to Georgia

Dive into our interactive Travel Budget Calculator below

User Guide: Simply select your “Travel Style”,  ” Number of Persons” and Number of Days Traveling.

Top Tip: “Group” travel budget gives the total budget for 4 people! To find out how much that is each simply divide by 4.

Family Budgets:

Families would be best using the Group selector, or those with small children should select “Couple” if the children are young enough to share a room.

We have compiled the data in the table above from our vast travel experience & other reliable sources.

Is Georgia safe for tourists?

According to the UK Government, Georgia is a safe country for tourists, with Crime levels some of the lowest in Europe. However, like in any busy area

Be sure to not carry too much cash and exercise caution in crowded areas such as train and bus stations, airports to avoid pickpockets.

I recommend purchasing a hidden money belt, I take mine everywhere. See: Travel Accessories

However, there are a couple of regions which the UK & US government, urges those to avoid travel to,

these are the Russian occupied breakaway regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia.

Georgia Safe places to travel map

Georgia Safe places to travel map

Do I need a visa to enter Georgia?

According to the US department of state

US citizens just need a valid passport to enter Georgia. They may enter and stay in Georgia without a visa for up to 365 days. 

According to the UK Government:

British nationals don’t need a visa to enter Georgia for visits of up to one year.

If you wish to stay for longer, you’ll need to apply for a long term visa.

Other Countries:

Citizens of more than 90 countries and territories,

listed at, can enter Georgia without a visa for stays of up to one year!

Insider Tip:

All governments advise on a valid Travel Insurance policy before entering these countries.

I always recommend World Nomads, I’ve used these for years. 

What is the Currency in Georgia?

The Georgian LARI is the currency of Azerbaijan. GEL

1 USD = 2.90  GEL

1 GBP =3.80 GEL

1 EURO = 3.23 GEL

Georgia Travel Costs (Budget):

i. Budget Backpacker Travel Costs:

Budget Georgia Travel Costs
Budget DataCost (USD)
Average Daily cost:$12
Accommodation (Single Occupancy, Hostel)$2
Accommodation (Double Occupancy, Hotel)$5
Local Transport (Taxis, Buses, Subway)$2
Food & Water$4
Intercity Transport (Transport between neighbouring cities)$2

ii. Mid Range Travel Costs:

Mid Range Budget:Georgia Travel Costs
Budget DataCost (USD)
Average Daily cost:$20
Accommodation (Single Occupancy, Hostel)$5
Accommodation (Double Occupancy, Hotel)$9
Local Transport (Taxis, Buses, Subway)$3
Food & Water$7
Intercity Transport (Transport between neighbouring cities)$4

iii. Luxury Vacation Travel Costs:

Georgia Luxury Travel Costs
Budget DataCost (USD)
Average Daily cost:$48
Accommodation (Single Occupancy)$25
Accommodation (Double Occupancy, Hotel)$40
Local Transport (Taxis, Buses, Subway)$7
Food & Water$17
Intercity Transport (Transport between neighbouring cities)$12

When is the Best time to visit Georgia?

The best time to visit Georgia in the Spring or fall, to avoid the summer heat and winter freeze!

May, June and September are my favourite months.

The lowland area around Tbilisi are particularly hot and humid  during the midsummer, while the mountains are cooler and drier.

Where to Stay in Georgia?

For a complete list of our recommend hotels in Tbilisi, follow the link HERE



Insider Tip: Invest in a quality Travel Camera! 

Capturing the Memories of your adventure is essential!

You will be able to show your friends, family and even grand kids all the wonderful photos captured.

For more info see, our recommend Travel Photography Gear

Photography Gear

Make sure you are equip with some great Photography Gear!

Important! Are you insured?

Be aware that you will need separate travel insurance if you are traveling to Georgia!

If you get ill or have an accident it will be a very costly experience!

All travellers to Georgia should have a robust travel insurance to avoid paying out thousands of dollars.

I always recommend World Nomads, I’ve used these for years,

they are the best and most reliable insurance, they also provides an unlimited medical budget!

Travel Insurance

Getting hit with a large hospital bill after getting sick or injured, could really add to your worries! Get some Travel Insurance


For more info see: Why you NEED Travel Insurance?

Other Travel Essentials  (Things You can’t travel without!)

A high quality Tent & backpack can also be great investments to help you cut costs and have more of an adventure while traveling!

To learn about our secret Hotel Hacks check out: How to find the Best Hotel Deals??

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