The city of Tbilisi, capital of Georgia, was the fourth of the cities of the former USSR in importance, with 1.2 million inhabitants. Geographically, being surrounded by mountains, greatly complicates traffic, therefore, from the fifties, there were plans to build a subway system that would facilitate urban transport. It extends 40 miles north and south along the river Mtkwari (Kura). The first line opened in 1966. Currently the system consists of two lines with 22 stations and 26.4 km of track and is used by 300,000 passengers a day.
The Tbilisi Metro (Tbilisis Metropoliteni) is operated by the Tbilisi Transport Company. Has undergone many changes recently because for the first time in the history of its existence, it is carrying out the reconstruction of the stations, which were Soviet heritage and are being contemplated all security measures. The train fleet has been partially renovated. And now traveling by subway has become even safer and more comfortable
Tbilisi Metro Lines
The Tbilisi Metro network consists of two lines with 26 km tracks and 22 stations (all underground except Electrodepo and Didube)
- Gldani-Varketili Line (red line) formerly known as Didube-Samgorskaya, opened its doors in 1966 from Dibude to Rustaveli (6.3 km and 6 stations) through the city center. A few years later spread southward Aragveli 300 (1967) and Samgori (1971). During the 1980s reached its current length of 19.6 km with 16 stations.
- Saburtalo Line (green line) began operating between Vagzlis Moedani (train station) and Delisi. In 2000 it was enlarged to its present terminal Vazha Pshavela. The line has a total length of 6.7 km with six stations.
An extension of the second line of the University and the first section of a third line (blue), Vazisubani-Rustaveli Line-is under construction and should be concluded within in 2013.
Stations of interest:
The red line is the one with the greatest interest to the visitor, because it is running through the historic sites, and the green line goes to residential areas.
The Metro service starts at 06:00 am and stops at 00:00 am
Varies from 2.5 minutes during rush hour to 12 minutes at night.
Fares and Tickets
Public transport in Tbilisi operates through rechargeable prepaid cards, called MetroMoney. Metromoney is a universal method of payment for public transportation (subway, bus) and cableway-Narikala Rike.
The card can be purchased at metro stations, and costs 2 GEL (200 tetris), this amount is left on deposit and is returned when returning the card. It can be recharged with the desired amount. For recharging it can be done in any branch of "The Bank of Georgia". With this card you get significant discounts, because every day, the first trip costs 40Tetries, the second from the third 30Tetries already paid 20Tetries.
The real advantage of the MetroMoney card is that price is adaptative, every trip becomes cheaper. Each day the card operates in the same way. To enter the metro, simply pass the card on the turnstile. So the trip is recorded and the new balance will appear.
Tbilisi International Airport (TIA), is located 18 km from the center of Tbilisi, east of the city. The airport has 5 international terminals.
Since 2008 operates a shuttle service from the airport to the Tbilisi Train Station. Access to the station is 70 meters away from the building airport.The journey takes only 20 minutes. The ticket price is 2 GEL.
Bus number 37 runs between the city and the airport. Departs from the Tbilisi Railway Station to the airport and vice versa. The bus operates daily from 07:00 a.m. to 19:30 p.m.. The ride costs 40 Tetris and takes 25 minutes. Unable to pay the driver directly, only through MetroMoney card.