Driveway to «Akhaltsikhe – Batumi» route through the Goderdzi Pass, «Mestia – Ushguli – Lentekhi», «Sairme – Abastumani» on rental car is strictly prohibited! Driveway to Truso, Juta, Vashlovani, Tusheti, Omalo, Shatili, Abkhazia, and South Ossetia regions is prohibited too.
The average cost of a one-day car rental. The number is calculated based on the bookings of the previous three years. It takes into account the rental of cars across all classes.
Most tourists arriving in Georgian come to Kutaisi, one way or another. They either plan to go there at the outset to see local landmarks (and they are worth it) or visit this city on their way from Tbilisi to Batumi. But more often than not travellers arrive at Kutaisi International Airport.
Another reason to rent a car in Kutaisi is that local buses do not run according to the timetable but instead based on occupancy, and the bus departs only after the last ticket has been sold. The next coach will arrive only by the time of the next scheduled run. Taxi may be another option, but taxi drivers like to haggle over the price, and if they see a family with a kid and many suitcases, they can easily raise the fare by 1.5 or even 2 times. It is not always possible to agree on the price with them. It will be cheaper to hire a vehicle.
The airport is half an hour's drive away from the centre of Kutaisi. Batumi is just 2-2.5 hours away, and Tbilisi is 5 hours away, so many travellers choose car rental service on our website with delivery to the airport.
You have a wide choice of rental cars in Kutaisi, from economy to luxury vehicles. A child safety seat or even two (if needed) and navigation are also available on request.
The occupancy rate of the car rental fleets by month. For example, most cars are being rented in August, which means that this month has the smallest amount of available vehicles. The higher the percentage of the car fleet workload, the earlier it is worth booking a car to choosing the best option at the best price.
Like in other parts of Georgia, there are paid parking areas designated with a blue "P" sign with the parking company's logo and parking rate of $1.6 per day in Kutaisi. However, some of the paid parking signs may not be clearly visible, and people park their cars thinking it's just a free bay. Then it turns out to be a paid parking lot. Luckily, the price of error in Kutaisi, and in all Georgia, is not too high and will result in a fine of about €5.
When driving in the vicinities of Kutaisi, please keep in mind:
The mobile communication network is available practically everywhere in the country. We advise that you buy a local SIM card for your stay in Georgia. Because roaming will cost way more. As for the documents, you’ll need only your passport.
Kutaisi is not a large city with the population of 180 thousand people, but this is the right place to experience Georgia — you will find here no formidable skyscrapers as in Batumi and no hustle and bustle as in Tbilisi. Instead, here's the renowned marketplace where "you will find everything you need. If you don't find something, you don't need it."
If you want to visit truly fabulous, beautiful places unknown to the crowds of tourists, then you should talk to the local taxi drivers. They know the most scenic spots of their homeland, "secret" routes and sights that will take your breath away. And you can see all of those places if you hire a car in Kutaisi.
Basically, you'll need a hire car in Kutaisi to visit caves and canyons, Sataplia Strict Nature Reserve, and Gelati Monastery. By the way, buses do not run to many local landmarks. Therefore car rental is the only way to see Kinchkha Waterfall, Okatse Canyon, Martvili Canyon, etc. It is one hour of drive away, the asphalt road is in perfect condition, and there's a parking lot.