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How to get from Tbilisi Airport to Kazbegi

The distance from Tbilisi Airport to Kazbegi (Stepantsminda), a city known for its stunning mountains and natural beauty, is approximately 160 km (99 mi) by road. Two transfer options are available for this route: taxi or private transfer or a combined bus trip.

Local taxis normally charge around €53 (GEL 148.82) for this journey if you’re travelling during the day and closer to €71 (GEL 199.37) for nighttime trips. Travelling by car or taxi will get you to your destination in approximately 3 hours and 45 minutes. Alternatively, for a more cost-effective option, you can choose to travel by one of the shared shuttle bus services; this would cost about €5.03 (GEL 14.12) per person, taking you to Kazbegi in 5 hours, excluding wait times. Keep in mind, that this isn’t a direct trip and requires a couple of bus transfers.

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How to get from Tbilisi Airport to Kazbegi by taxi

To get from Tbilisi Airport to Kazbegi by taxi, you can arrange a taxi service at the airport’s designated taxi stand or you can book your private personalised transfer ahead of time. The distance between Tbilisi Airport and Kazbegi is approximately 160 km (99 miles) and the taxi ride usually takes 3 hours and 45 minutes, depending on traffic and road conditions.

Taxi fare from Tbilisi Airport to Stepantsminda

Taxi prices from Tbilisi Airport to Stepantsminda vary between day and night. During the day, a cab will cost around €53 (GEL 148.82), and at night closer to €71 (GEL 199.37).


From €53

Trip Duration

3 Hr. 45 Min.

*Prices may vary unless booked in advance.

Value for Money

Cabs are available 24/7. However, on-demand taxi drivers may refuse to travel such long distances; securing a ride ahead of time is recommended.

Where do I get a taxi from?

Taxi ranks are located outside both Terminal 1 and Terminal 2. Follow the Exit signs and you’ll see the designated taxi stand right in front of you as you leave the terminal building.


Travelling by taxi from Tbilisi Airport to Kazbegi is comfortable and allows you to fully relax as you take in the sights. Although a more pricey option, it’s the fastest and only direct and private way to reach the door of your destination in Kazbegi without any hassle and stress.

Editor’s Note

Opting for a taxi ride from Tbilisi Airport to Kazbegi offers a high level of comfort and convenience. While alternative modes of transportation may come at a lower cost, they involve multiple transfers, time and effort.

Useful Tips

Request a receipt from the taxi driver at the end of your trip in case you leave anything behind.
In most cases, you can pay by card or cash, but this may depend on your driver. In any case, cash payments should be made in Georgian Lari (GEL).
In general, taxis in Georgia do not charge extra for standard luggage, but it’s worth double-checking this with the driver before you set off, to avoid hidden charges and unpleasant surprises.

How to get from Tbilisi Airport to Kazbegi by shared shuttle

In order to go from Tbilisi Airport to Kazbegi, you must first get to the airport bus stop after exiting Terminal 1. You will hop on bus N337 which goes to Station Square – a trip of 45 minutes. Once you arrive at Station Square, take bus N385 from the same stop, which goes directly to Didube stop, where you’ll disembark to board the shared shuttle bus. The duration of the trip from Tbilisi Airport to Didube is 1 hour. Instead of a numbered system, the shared shuttles are ‘labelled’ based on their destinations, so look out for “Kazbegi” (“ყაზბეგი”). There is a service every hour and drivers generally allow up to 10 minutes for the vehicle to fill up with passengers before departing; if the vehicle fills up quickly, they may depart sooner, so it’s worth getting there at least 10 minutes early.

What is the cost of the combined bus trip from Tbilisi Airport to Kazbegi?

The cost of the trip from Tbilisi Airport to Kazbegi is €5.03 (GEL 14.12) per traveller. Each of the local bus services costs €0.36 (GEL 1.02), added to the total cost above.



Trip Duration

5 Hr.

Shuttles operate on an hourly schedule. The driver waits for a maximum of 10 minutes to allow passengers to board and fill their seats.

Value for money

Buses N337 and N385 run daily every 15-20 minutes from 07:00 until 23:00. The shared shuttle is available between 08:00-21:00 daily.

Where do I get a shared shuttle from?

Upon arriving at Tbilisi International Airport, exit the airport’s Terminal 1 and head to the internal transport area. Here, you can find the local bus. Once at Didube Station – a transportation hub in Tbilisi and a common starting point for journeys to various destinations, including Kazbegi (Stepantsminda), you can board your shared shuttle bus.


Taking a shared shuttle from Tbilisi Airport to Kazbegi (Stepantsminda) is a good choice for travel on a budget. However, you have to take into account the additional transfers which will add effort and time to your journey. Also, the operating hours are quite limited, so for late-night or early-morning flights, a shuttle bus is probably not the most suitable option.

Editor’s Note

Due to the multiple changes between vehicles, potential waits and hefty travelling duration, this transfer option is only recommended for solo adventurers or couples travelling on a budget. For families with young children, a taxi or private transfer will certainly be a safer and more convenient option.

Useful Tips

You must pay the driver in Georgian Lari. Only cash payments are accepted and advance bookings are not possible.
Keep in mind that most Tbilisi drivers don't speak English; it's best to have a translation app handy or some useful phrases written down in the local language.

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Frequently asked questions

How can I get from Tbilisi Airport to Kazbegi?

There are two transfer options if you wish to get from Tbilisi Airport to Kazbegi; taxi or the bus. Taxis cost €53 (GEL 148.82) during the day and €71 (GEL 199.37) at night. Keep in mind, however, that local cab drivers might refuse to cover such a long journey on-demand; it’s best to pre-book your ride for your peace of mind and have a driver meet you as soon as you land to take you to the door of your accommodation. Alternatively, if you’re on a tight budget, you may wish to embark on a combined bus-trip journey, which would cost €5.03 (GEL 14.12) per person.

How far is it from Tbilisi Airport to Kazbegi?

The distance from Tbilisi Airport to Kazbegi, also known as Stepantsminda, is approximately 160 km (99 mi) by road. The journey usually takes under 4 hr by taxi and 5 hours if you combine different bus services, depending on traffic, road conditions and any potential wait times or delays.

Is there a direct Tbilisi Airport to Stepantsminda bus?

There is no direct Tbilisi Airport to Stepantsminda bus. However, you can cover this route by bus if you combine bus lines N337 and N385, followed by one of the Tbilisi shared shuttle bus services to reach your destination in about 5 hours, not including wait times.

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