Batumi  is the second-largest city in Georgia. Located on the coast of the Black Sea, it is lined with palm trees and surrounded by mountains. Batumi is the region's tourist and gambling capital. It presents an eclectic mix of architecture, ranging from charming 19th century classical edifices to ultra-modern skyscrapers housing hotels and casinos. A regional party hub, Batumi has a vibrant night life, hosting increasingly big name international DJs and pop concerts. The Black Sea city welcomes visitors from across different regions - as of 2015, most tourists fly in from locations as diverse as Russia, Israel, Poland, Turkey, Ukraine, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Lithuania and others.
Location of Batumi within Europe
Batumi is one of the oldest cities in Georgia founded as early as BC. Its initial form – Batus – had already been mentioned in the 4th century BC. The name must have derived from the Greek word meaning ‘deep’. Aristotle (4th c BC) Pliny (2nd c AD) and others called the place “Pontus Bathea”. In antique times the local population used to have active trade relations with the neighboring as well as distant countries. During the reign of the Roman Emperor Hadrian (2nd c AD) there used to be a Roman military camp on the territory of present Batumi.
Batumi has always been distinguished by a favorable natural and strategic location. From the 18th century Batumi was under Ottoman rule. After the Turkish-Russian war of 1877-1878 and the resulting Berlin Treaty, Batumi became a part of Georgia. In 1878-1886, Batumi Port was announced as “Porto Franco”, something that fostered the further development of the city. After the construction of the Baku – Batumi railway system in 1883, the reconstruction of the Batumi port and connection to Baku via pipelines in 1897-1907, Batumi became an important sea terminal along the Black Sea coast. In 1918 and 1920 the city was governed by the Ottomans and the British respectively.
Batumi's varied past has considerably contributed to the city's architectural diversity, with a number of interesting projects accomplished by European architects during the Porto Franco period. During the soviet and post-soviet period it became a popular seaport and tourist city.
Batumi is distinguished by a seacoast humid subtropical climate. Winters are cold without snow and summers are warm to hot. The average annual temperature is 15 C, 7 C in January and 23 C in August. Annual precipitation is 2.560 mm. Relative humidity is 81%. There are frequent showers. It rarely snows, and when it does it melts very quickly. The average annual water temperature is 17 C at the shore. Cool breezes blowing from the sea moderate the temperature in the summer. A small natural lake is located in Batumi in the 6 May Park. Various types of subtropical plants are spread throughout Batumi and its vicinity. There are many cultivated parks, tea plantations and citrus plantations. Indigenous Colchis natural trees and shrubs have been preserved in select areas around the region.
Most Georgians do not use central heating, so although the day temperature can be warm, bring warm clothes for sleeping at night.
Local cuisine is distinguished by its diversity and cooking technology, table-laying and relevant rituals. It has always been complemented with fruit, viticulture and bee keeping products as well as local fish. There are almost 150 types of dishes registered in the region. The cuisine has numerous Asian influences. Dairy products are prevalent in the highlands. The most popular local dishes are: borano (cheese melted in butter), chirbuli (breakfast with eggs and walnut) and sinori (a dish with cottage curds and dough plates). A visit to Batumi is unimaginable without Ajarian khachapuri, a dish with a distinctive shape. The bread bowl resembles a boat, while an egg yolk inside represents the sun. Varieties of local sweet pastry are also famous, especially baklava and shakarlama (sugar pastry).
Currency and payment
In Georgia all payments are realized in a national currency - Georgian Lari (GEL). The most common method of payments is by cash, especially in regions and village. Plastic cards are usable only in cities. Foreign currencies can be converted at Banks and special currency exchange points (mainly in cities).
Tourist Information Centers
Get assistance to obtain day trip suggestions, advice on public transport, information about the sights, accommodation and restaurants. Contact Batumi tourist information center and ask questions about everything you need to know before travelling to Batumi.
There are 4 Tourist Information Centers in Batumi. The friendly staff can offer helpful advice and information to help you make the most of your trip to Batumi. You can pick up free brochures and maps. You can also book tours and accommodation at tourist information centers, as well.
Batumi tourist information center
Tourist Information Centers in Batumi:
- Batumi - 2 Ninoshvili str., mob: +995577909091, tel: +995422294412, working hours: 09:00-21:00
- Batumi - Gogebashvili str., mob: +995577909093, tel: +995422294410, working hours: 09:00-21:00
- Batumi - 220 Airport highway, tel: +995422294414, working hours: according to flights schedule
- Sarpi - Sarpi Customs, mob: +995577909072, working hours: 09:00-21:00
The Department of Tourism and Resorts of Adjara A. R. is a sub department of the government of the Adjara Autonomous Republic. It is mainly involved in the management of tourism and resorts in the region. The department carries out state policy relating to the maintenance and development of tourism and resorts and is also responsible for promoting the region as a tourist destination abroad.
Batumi International Airport
Batumi International Airport  (IATA: BUS) is located 2 km south of the city.
The following airlines operate service to/from Batumi International Airport:
Buses and minibuses (marshutkas) operate regularly between Batumi and Tbilisi. Travel time is around 6 hours. The fare is 20 Lari. The scenery along the way is interesting. The best place to take the marshutka in Tbilisi is from Didube metro station, exit the station and you will get bombarded by people asking where you are going, just tell them and they will find you the right bus. They leave approximately every hour. But they will wait until the bus has enough passengers on it before they leave. The ride can be a bit rough, so if you get travel sick, definitely take something for it before you leave.
4-5 times daily large size buses also operate between Batumi and Trabzon, Turkey for 25 Lari, with stops in Rize and the border crossing at Sarpi. Make sure you meet all visa requirements before crossing the border into Georgia. After the 1st of January 2015, you will need to apply for a visa online to enter Turkey. If coming from Turkey, your bus might leave you at the border (Sarpi). You will be able to find a marshutka on the Georgian side (Sarpi) going to Batumi for 1GEL. The marshutka goes all the way to Tbilisi Square in Batumi, but you can hop off before that if you wish. There will be ATMs and money changers in Sarpi once you go through Georgian customs.
There are two Marshutka stations. One has long distance minibuses to Kutaisi, Tbilisi, Poti, etc. The other, on Tbilisi Square, has marshutkas to Sarpi (2 GEL, 20 minutes). Marshutka, or minibuses, from Borjomi arrive at the Argo Cable Car station opposite Techno Boom.
Coming in by car from outside of the country is possible from Armenia, Turkey and Azerbaijan. Crossing the administrative borders of Abkhazia and South Osetia in this manner is prohibited..
Georgian Railways  operates trains between Batumi and Tbilisi. Night train leaves Tbilisi at 22:25 and arrives in Batumi's Makhinjauri Station at 7:05 the next morning. First class sleeping wagon costs 40 GEL (2 people per cabin), second class costs 23 GEL (4 people per cabin). The berths are a little short, narrow and hard but rather comfortable, and linen is provided if you ask for them early enough in the train. Night train #621 returns from Batumi's Makhinjauri Station to Tbilisi at 22:40, arriving at 7:10.
Day express train leaves Tbilisi at 8:45 and arrives at Makhinjauri at 14:00. Ticket price is 25/18 GEL for first/second class seat (October 2014). The train is modern and the ride is quite comfortable. There is no meal service, but you can buy coffee, beverages and snacks from vending machines on board. On-board free WiFi is available.
Makhinjauri Station is 5 km north of Batumi, and taxis and buses await incoming passengers.
Train tickets can be bought at the station or from an office in the old town at 5 General Mazniashvili St (between Melashvili and Abashidze). This office is very plain and nondescript with no signs in English. The door and window frames are green and some metal chairs are visible inside. Hours are 09:00 to 18:00.
Reserve your seats in advance on the weekends, as many Georgians flock to the seaside.
There is a weekly ferry to Ilyichevsk (Named "Chornomorsk," since a de-communisation plan in 2013) in the Odessa region of Ukraine, ($175pp, approx 60 hours -- cost for one person, with meals, was $129 US and scheduled at 34 hours in Oct. 2017). Occasionally the service departs from Poti in the north (5 Lari with marshrutka and take one hour)...The vessel is a large Roll On Roll Off Vehicle Ferry ($500 for Jeep/SUV, $450 for Passenger Car, $300 for Motorbike - as of Jan 2014)...Booking and payment must be made in advance thru ferry agents UGB with offices in Batumi, Tbilisi, or Poti ...Check website for UKR Ferry. (http://www.ukrferry.com/eng) The Batumi booking office is located at Kutaisi 34.
A boat operates between Sochi, Russia to Batumi, Georgia. It is a high speed hydrofoil which operates three times a week, Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m., Fridays at 9:30 a.m., Sundays at 10:30 a.m. In 2010, the cost is 3500 rubles for adults, 1750 rubles for children. The number is +7-8622-609-622 or +7-918-409-12-96.
As of September 2014, there are no longer any sailings between Batumi and Sochi
There are a few adventurous cyclists passing through Batumi (Spring 2014 average 2+ per week). The road from Batumi to Khulo is mountainous and sometimes the road after Khulo is closed (construction Spring 2014). Consider contacting the Khulo municipality if you were planning on biking the souther road between Batumi-Tblisi. There are two reasonably priced and knowledgeable bike shops on Pushkin ave, in addition to other more trendy shops in the old city.
Batumi can be walked almost entirely by foot (roughly 45 minutes from end to end).
By bus and minibus
Batumi has a few bus routes in modern clean busses, the price is 1 lari and you can buy a ticket from the bus driver. Bus 9 and 10 go to the Airport.
Minibuses pass on the larger roads frequently and stop if you wave them down. The prices range form 0.40- 0.60 tetri and is paid when you get out to the driver. He will usually give you change but might not always have exact change. The tourist information near the main fountains has bus routes and mini bus routes, although it is easier to ask someone which bus to take.
BatumVelo along the beach.
There is a network of red painted bike paths through-out Batumi, including the most notable path a 8km path along the sea which stretches along both the beach and port side of Batumi. An automated bike sharing membership, called BatumVelo is available to rent bicycles and ride along the beaches. To get a BatumiVelo card stop at the Tourist information booth at the center of town, near the fountains, Ninoshvili str. №2, mob: +995 577 90 90 91 . For using BatumVelo you can opt for packages with different duration and prices:
- The price of a 1 day package amounts to 4 Lari (2 Lari - price of BatumVelo card +2 Lari for a 1 hour drive on a bicycle)
- The price of a 10 day package amounts to 10 Lari (4 Lari - price of BatumVelo card +6 Lari for a 3 hour drive on a bicycle)
- The price of a 1 year package amounts to 20 Lari (10 Lari - price of BatumVelo card +10 Lari for a 5 hour drive on a bicycle)
If you are just visiting for a day or weekend you can also rent bike from some of the bike renters along the boulevard.
Kemal Turmanidze art salon
- Gonio-Apsarosi Fortress, Gonio (On the way to Batumi-Sarpi boarder), ☎ +995595352120, . Catch a bus from Tbilisi Square to Sarpi (1 Lari) and tell the driver you want to get out at Gonio. Located at the sea shore the ruins host stunning views and interesting architecture. The museum-reserve was founded in 1994. The area comprises Gonio-Apsaros fortress and its vicinities. Archaeological excavations on this territory discovered materials of Hellenistic period. Public buildings are found together with material items (pottery, bronze, silver, gold, Justinian I coins, etc.). The Gonio hoard is especially significant with its jewels presently preserved at Batumi Archeological Museum. edit
- Ajara State Art Museum, 8 Gorgiladze str., ☎ +995422273894, . Ajara State Art Museum is located in one of the historical buildings of Batumi. This monumental building was designed in 1949 by a well-known architect Kakha Javakhishvili. It is distinguished with a refined and strict architecture and modesty of décor. Its façade is embellished with relief freeze of well-known sculptor Tamar Abakelia. The museum was founded in 1998 and is relatively new. It preserves paintings of foreign and Georgian artists. Also, it holds graphic works and sculptures and pieces of decorative art as well. edit
- Batumi Archeological museum, 77 Chavchavadze str., ☎ +995422276564, . Batumi Archeological museum was founded in 1994. It is one of the most important cultural and scientific centers in the region. Scientific-research and cultural-educational works are conducted here. The museum preserves exponents from different archeological bases as well as rich archeological material found during archeological excavations. Special attention should be paid on archeological exponents belonging to Colchis (5th c. BC), Greek (5th - 4th c. BC) and Hellenistic (4th - 3rd c. BC) period. Gold treasure (1st -2nd cc AD) found on the territory of Gonio Fortress mainly consists of unique items of jewelry and has great archeological value. edit
- The Nobel Brothers Batumi Technological Museum, 3 Leselidze str., ☎ +995577299949, . The Nobel Brothers Batumi Technological Museum was founded in 2007. The museum is located in the same building where a century ago the “Batumi Office” of the Nobel brothers’ oil industry company was placed. The museum preserves a number of interesting exhibits depicting economic and cultural development of old Batumi. You can get acquainted with the history of tea culture and interesting biography of Lao Jin Jao; history of commercial Georgian wines including the church wine history connected with Batumi. edit
- Khariton Akhvlediani Ajara State Museum, 4 Kh. Akhvlediani str., ☎ +995422271175, . The museum was founded in 1908. It preserves unique archaeological materials of 12th-9th cc BC and 7th-6th cc BC including Greek black-glaze crater of antique period, engraved axes, sculpture, Gonio hoard – intaglio depicting Aphrodite and Eros, gold chased bowl of 1st-2nd cc CE, gold figure of a disc thrower, fragments of golden belt, pendants with Helios and stylized images, beads, foils, pendants, cult statues (bronze), various samples of ethnographic, folk and applied art of the turn of 19th-20th cc CE. edit
- Kemal Turmanidze Art Salon, 5 Melashvili str., ☎ +995599954247, . It’s a private studio owed by Kemal Turmanidze – a prominent master of a special woodcarving technique and a guardian of the distinctive traditions of living Georgian heritage. Some of Kemal’s works are kept at the Ajara State Museum and his best works have been internationally exhibited. The master will show you his studio and his works, and will demonstrate the techniques for you. edit
- Orthodox Church, 25 Chavchavadze str.. At the end of the 19th century, European Catholics along with their consulates requested a church in Batumi. Their prayers were answered in 1897 when the Virgin Nativity Church was built by the Zubalashvili brothers. The church was built in the Neo-Gothic style with three domes. The exterior part is decorated with Gothic ornaments. There are statues of St. Nino and St. Andrew above the main entrance. During Soviet times it was used for various purposes including an archive and a high-voltage laboratory. Later the building was handed over to the Georgian Orthodox Church. In 1989 the Cathedral was consecrated by the Catholicos-Patriarch of All Georgia, His Holiness and Beatitude Ilia II. Today the Virgin Nativity Cathedral is the main cathedral of the Batumi and Lazeti Dioceses. edit
- St. Nicolas Church, 24 Parnavaz Mepe str.. Greeks living in Batumi gave a gift to an Ottoman sultan for his jubilee thus earning his approval to build a church on one interesting condition - not to ring the bells. The stones for the St. Nickolas Church were brought from Trabzon and the foundation was laid in 1865. Initially it was considered as a Greek Church but from 1879 it was called a Russian Orthodox Church. In 2012 the building was rehabilitated and today it is one of the main churches in the city. edit
- Catholic Church, 54 Gogebashvili str.. The Batumi Catholic Church of Holy Ghost was built in 2000 by Catholics living in Batumi. The church was consecrated by Giuseppe Pasotto, the Ordinary of the Apostolic Administration of Caucasus. The church is often visited by the Ambassador of Vatican to Georgia and ceremonial liturgy is delivered. There are approximately 50,000 Catholics in Georgia. edit
- Armenian Church, 25 K. Gamsakhurdia str.. The Batumi Armenian Apostolic Church was built in 1873.In 1885 the original wooden church was destroyed and a new church was built by local donations under the supervision of the Austrian architect Manfred. The church also ceased existence during the Soviet rule. A planetarium was opened in the building that saved it from destruction. In 1992 with the request of the Armenian Diaspora in Batumi, the church regained its previous functions. The Planetarium was moved to Batumi State University and the liturgical services were resumed in the church structure. edit
- Old Mosque, 19 Kutaisi str.. The Orta mosque was built in 1886. Like other religious shrines, the mosque ceased existence in 1930 during the Soviet rule. The service was resumed in 1990's. Restorations were also made in the yard, square and nearby territory. edit
- Synagogue, 33 Vazha-Pshavela str.. In 1899 the Jews of Batumi received permission from the Russian Emperor to construct a synagogue in the city. Designed by Leo Volkovich in 1904, it was opened the same year. In 1929 the Soviets mandated that the synagogue cease functioning, along with the other religious sites. The congregation met in sports venues during that time. The Jews returned their shrine only in 1998. The building was renovated the same year. edit
- Alphabetic Tower, Miracle park (Near Radisson Blu Hotel). 130 - meter high iron construction embossed with 33 Georgian letters represents the sample of architecture similar to DNA cell. edit
- Astronomical Clock, 44 K. Gamsakhurdia str. (Europe square). Astronomical clock equipped with special mechanisms is located on a building of unique architecture. Besides ordinary time, the clock gives the chance to find out some astronomical information. edit
- Colonnades, Batumi boulevard. Colonnades are one of the most interesting constructions in Batumi. The colonnades used to act as a gate for seaside zone, from which the sea shore was nearer compared with current location. edit
- Piazza, arnavaz Mepe str., ☎ +995322601537 ([email protected]), . It is spread on 5700 sq/m and is distinguished by its painting, as well as by its exquisite mosaics and stained glass windows. The main architect of the square is Vazha Orbeladze, while Estonian artists Dolores Hoffman is the author of stained glass windows. Piazza Square is already the venue of entertaining and cultural events. edit
- Batumi Cable Way, Gogebashvili str.. The cable way is 2.586 m. in length with 9 gondolas each with capacity for 8 people. It takes approximately 10 minutes to cover the one way distance. During an hour the cable way serves about 245 people. edit
- Adventure, (mountainour regions of Ajara), ☎ +995555255633, . edit
- Batumi Boulevard, (Coastline), ☎ +995422278808 ([email protected]), . Construction of the Boulevard began in 1881. The idea of Boulevard belongs to A. I. Smekalov, governor of the Batumi District who assigned the accomplishment of the seaside park construction to a famous German gardener Reseller. During its existence the Boulevard passed through several stages of development. Lately the territory has considerable increased and today the length reaches 7 km. The colored Dancing Fountains have been functioning in the Boulevard since 1977. The author of the architectural project of the fountains is a Georgian architect G. Erkomaishvili. In September, 2008 the city received the renovated fountains. The coastal line of the Boulevard has been beatified recently with bungalows, café-lounges, restaurants, children’s attractions, modern-design benches, sculptures and new fountain and it has become the most attractive place for city visitors. edit
- Batumi Botanical Garden,, Green Cape (To the north of a city, in Makhinjauri. Take minibus #31 along the coast north until the endpoint, where you find some refreshment stalls. The marshutka ride is 20-30 minutes from city center.), ☎ +995422270033 ([email protected]), . Georgia has a remarkable tradition of (royal) botanical gardens. It is a quiet spot, next to the Black Sea on a high cliff and it both green and cool. Plan on a visit here to take a half day to nearly a full day as it is very large. The nearby beaches aren't very crowded so it's nice for a quiet day away from the main beach strip. The lower, upper and seaside parks are located on the main route of the garden. Currently, the garden consists of nine floristic sectors, those of Caucasian humid subtropics, East Asia, New Zealand, South America, the Himalayas, Mexico, Australia, and of the Mediterranean. The garden collection comprises 2.037 taxonomic units of woody plants, including 104 of Caucasian origin. The rests are the representatives of the other phytogeographic flora. 8 Lari. edit
- 6 May Park, 51 Rustaveli Avenue, ☎ +995422221730 ([email protected]), . 6 May Park’s territory is 157 641 sq/m. In the center of the park is the amazing "Nurigeli" Lake, Bushy plantation, coniferous and decorative trees are presented here, cypresses. There are educational places, such as Dolphinarium, Zoo corner, Aquarium. Other places: Attractions, Sun clock, Stone Fountain and free parking. It should be noted that "Black sea flora and fauna educational Scientific-research centre" offers to its customer any kind of service and its rates are much more cheaper than in other countries. Free. edit
- Batumi Dolphinarium, 51 Rustaveli Avenue (6 May Park), ☎ +995422221730 ([email protected]), . 14:00; 17:00. A visiting card of Batumi - Dolphinarium - is located in 6 May Park. Viewers become participants of new shows each season. Even the most demanding visitors always leave the dolphinarium with unforgettable impressions and the wish to come back again soon. 7-14 Gel. edit
- Open Aqua Park, Sh. Khimshiashvili str., ☎ +995597999993, . Opened only in summer. 25 Gel. edit
- Batumi Diving Center, 28 Andria Pirvelwodebuli str. (Gonio), ☎ +995568821495 ([email protected]), . edit
- Yacht Club, 5 Gogebashvili str.. Banana Trip, Parachute Trip, Yachting, etc. edit
- You can rent a chair on beach, but do not expect much more than that. Beaches are stony and the Black Sea is dirty anywhere around Batumi .
- You can cruise the black sea for 20-30 minutes from the pier (walk towards the ferris wheel and you will hear the boatman advertising it on the microphone). Recommended around sunset, for you may see dolphins around the boat.
Note that as per usual in Georgia, prices are almost always slightly higher in the supermarkets than in the small family-run shops. This is counter to what most westerners will be used to. The difference is about 5% to 10%.
- King and Queen Butique, Meleashvili 34 (Lenin corner to Melashvili). Many goods not available in smaller shops. Many of the products come from Italy, Spain and Turkey. starting 10 GEL to 200 GEL. edit
- Goodwill Supermarket, Chavchavadze Avenue. Many goods not available in smaller shops. Many of the products come from Germany. edit
Western Georgia has plenty of local flavors, but in Batumi the dish you must try is a special kind of khachapuri named acharuli khachapuri (Ajarian khachapuri) that resembles a viking boat, with the cheese all mixed up with an egg in the center. Avoid this one if you have high cholesterol, but you'll be missing out - it's absolutely delicious.
- Ajarian House, 10, Sh. Khimshiashvili Str., ☎ +995422211818. The restaurant is located near a seaside zone. It is a two-storey building with a big and nice yard surrounded by a fence. During summer season you can eat delicious Ajarian dishes on a small exotic island near the restaurant. edit
- Up and Down, Sh. Khimshiashvili Str., ☎ +995422292216. The restaurant is distinguished by an original and surprising interior. Here you try delicious Georgian, Lazian and European dishes and listen to live music. edit
- Megrul-Lazuri, 16, Tbilisi highway, Makhinjauri (In front of Makhinjauri Railway station), ☎ +995422253066. The restaurant gives a chance to try diverse delicious Georgian dishes. A traditional Ajarian house, a terrace and a wooden house can be found in an inner yard. Here you will feel cool and escape from summer heat. In the evenings it is also possible to listen to live music. edit
- Riviera, Tamar Mepe Ave., ☎ +995422292222. Besides delicious dishes the restaurant is distinguished by its impressive interior. Moreover, it offers the most spectacular views on the Black Sea from an open terrace. edit
- VOX, cross of Kobaladze Str.and Mtsvane Str. (Nearby Aqua park), ☎ +995579995333. Located on the 22nd floor a panoramic restaurant gives an excellent chance to try delicious Georgian cuisine and at the same time enjoy spectacular views of Batumi. On the 23 floor there functions also a revolving lounge bar making a full circle in every 40 minutes. edit
- Tower, 9/11 Sh. Khimshiashvili Str., ☎ +995558177676. The first floor of the panoramic restaurant houses a karaoke bar where you will feel comfortable. What is remarkable feature of the restaurant; it has its own brewery where you can drink newly brewed delicious beer. The restaurant also gives a chance to try tasty Bavarian dishes. edit
- Gold Fish, Tamar Mepe Ave., ☎ +995422255021. The restaurant offers wide choice of Georgian and European dishes as well as spectacular views on the Black Sea. edit
- San-Remo, 60 Rustaveli Str., ☎ +995790505270. The restaurant welcomes guests with delicious Georgian and European cuisine and live music. The restaurant also offers spectacular sea views. edit
- Sanapiro (Beregi), 9, Gogebashvili Str., ☎ +995422222570. The restaurant is distinguished by an excellent location and high level service. The guests can choose sitting either in a closed hall or on a terrace. edit
- Sazandari, 78, Gorgiladze Str., ☎ +995599353095. At the restaurant you can try traditional delicious Georgian dishes. edit
- Bremen, 61, Parnavaz Mepe Str., ☎ +995422277636. A restaurant in Georgian style awaits guests to offer delicious Georgian dishes such as Khinkali, Mtsvadi, Khachapuri and so on. edit
- Shemoikhede, 8, Zhordania Str., ☎ +995422278710. The interior of the restaurant is made in old Georgian style. Here you can try delicious Georgian dishes especially “Khinkhali”. edit
- Grand Grill, Sh. Khimshiashvili Str., ☎ +995422293322, . Grand Grill Restaurant gives chance to try a wide variety of traditional Georgian, Turkish and foreign dishes. Besides, the restaurant offers amazing views on Ardagani Lake, the Black sea and the mountains. edit
- Ukrainochka, Sh. Khimshiashvili Str., ☎ +995593330234. Here you can celebrate important events of your life in a quiet and romantic atmosphere. It offers an amazing mixture of delicious Georgian and Ukrainian cuisine. edit
- Laguna, 18, Gorgiladze Str.. The café is located in the city center. You try delicious Ajarain Khachapuri here. edit
- Munich, 18, Gorgiladze Str., ☎ +995422227284. Great interior design, truly German menu and live music. edit
- Piazza, 25, Parnavaz Mepe Str., ☎ +995322611513, . Piazza houses La Brioche, Quiet Woman, Marco Polo, Mimino - four cafe-restaurants with absolutely different concepts. "La Brioche" is distinguished by a cozy, pleasant environment and a refined design. Here lovers of magnificent architecture and live music can always relax in the summer outdoor cafe. While fans of more quiet atmosphere and comfortable ambiance can spend time at the cafe on the third floor of the tower with a library of more than 700 books from all over the world. "The Quiet Woman Pub" - is the first real Irish pub in Batumi which offers a high quality European cuisine with a wide range of original draft beer. The restaurant "Marco Polo" opens to you the fascinating world of European cuisine. The restaurant is distinguished by a cozy restaurant with French charm. One of the nice surprises for you will be a panoramic view of the part of little Italy - the Piazza square. Georgian restaurant "Mimino" gives the chance to try delicious Georgian dishes in a pleasant atmosphere edit
Restaurant Adjarian Wine House
- Ajarian Wine House, Khelvachauri Municipality (Batumi-Akhaltsikhe road), . Ajarian Wine House is located in Khelvachauri region, near the river Acharistskali at just 15 minute-drive from Batumi. The mission of the wine house is to restore the historical winemaking traditions of Ajaria and re-introduce some old, unique wines such as “Chkhaveri”. Wine lovers are offered an unforgettable experience, an exquisite service and a warm welcome. The restaurant on the premises of Ajarian Wine House gives a chance to try delicious traditional dishes. edit
- Literaturuli Cafe, 18 K. Gamsakhurdia Str.. The café offers delicious European cuisine and tasty dessert. It is also distinguished by a cozy environment. The cafe has a book-shop as well where you can purchase interesting books and enjoy reading them while having your meal or drink. edit
- Privet Iz Batumi, 39, M. Abashidze Str., ☎ +995422277766. The cafe offers delicious Georgian as well as European cuisine. The interior of the cafe is decorated with photos of Old Batumi. edit
- Press Cafe, 1, Melashvili Str., ☎ +995422275279, . The cafe is also referred to as a "discussion club" as it hosts numerous events and meetings. Press cafe is a popular place for gathering, trying delicious dishes and drinks, listening to music and watching films. The menu includes traditional as well as foreign dishes. edit
- Fanfan, 27, Ninoshvili Str., ☎ +995422244447. The café is distinguished by its original design and a specific atmosphere. It also offers delicious dishes. edit
- McDonald's, Sh. Khimshiashvili Str.. McDonald’s Batumi is distinguished by its original design as well as warm and cozy environment. It also offers Mcdrive service. edit
- Adjarian Khachapuri Bar, 48, Gamsakhurdia. Self-service bar specialising in Adjarian Khachapuri. Half a block north of Tbilisi square. Different varieties, from 3.50 Lari. Turkish coffee 0.50 Lari. edit
- Vinyl Bar, Dumbadze str. 12/14 (on Europe Square (formerly Era Square), near the Iranian and Azerbaijani consulates), ☎ + +995593168919. Small, Cozy Place to hang out for Beer, Pizza and Live Music. Great Staff, Great Service. A sweet bar ran by sweet people. (41°39'4.22N,41°38'7.20E) edit
- Clouds Bar & Restaurant, Ninoshvili str. 1 (19th floor of the Radisson Blu Hotel, Batumi), ☎ +995422255555, . Clouds Bar & Restaurant lives up to its name with a location on the 19th floor of the hotel. Guests can enjoy stunning city views and Black Sea vistas as they dine on succulent grilled dishes paired with creative cocktails. With its evening entertainment program, including DJ nights and live music performance, Clouds Bar & Restaurant is definitely the trendiest place to visit in Batumi. (41.653757,41.638144) edit
- R. Shanin Lyceum. a prestigious private school for primary and secondary pupils edit
- Shota Rustaveli University, . edit
- Batumi State Maritime Academy, . many young men and women in midshipman uniforms edit
- Batumi International University, (across the road from Marina Complex.). edit
Hotel Intourist Palace Batumi
Hotel Batumi World Palace
Radisson Blu Batumi Hotel
Batumi increasingly attracts investors and well heeled visitors from Russia, Turkey, Ukraine and Central Asia. The emphasis is on casinos and luxury hotels. Prices vary depending on proximity to the beach and level of service provided. Cheapest option are from 50 Lari for a double room including breakfast.
- Year-round Batumi Hostel ([email protected]), 10, Lermontovi str. (At the corner of Kostava Street), ☎ +995577737771, . checkin: 13:00; checkout: 12:00. Comfortable hostel in a nice house in the middle of the old town. Entrance is camouflaged. Discounts available in and from Friends Hostel in the old town of Tbilisi. Free WIFI. Laundry. Private room also available. Two showers and bathroom, kitchen, view on piazza and sea from balcony. Seasonal property (opened for 2012 season in May). Dorm 25 lari (only dorm). (41.650621,41.639771) edit
- Year-round Gulnasi's Guesthouse, 24/A Lermontov Street (Near Batumi Dolphinarium), ☎ +995599797224 ([email protected]). facebook: gulnasi's Guest house; It's possible to use the kitchen; hot showers, WIFI, free meals will be offered frequently. Outside the summer season the same place is also a school for small children but in the summer season the kids will be on vacation. This may be the best budget option with wheelchair access. From 10 euro. edit
- Year-round Anri, 47, Sh. Khimshiashvili str. (Near Batumi Aqua Park), ☎ +995571161624. checkin: 12:00. Located just 5 minutes' walk from the Batumi Water Park and the Black Sea coast, Hostel Anri features free Wi-Fi. There is also a bar with a shared kitchen. Dorm 20 lari. edit
- Hostel Cash, 23 Kostava str., ☎ +995597071133. edit
- Tj Hostel, 14 Amaghleba str., ☎ +995557380979. edit
- Batumi Hostel Paradise, 13 Mazniashvili str., ☎ +995597071133. edit
- Adeli, 7 Sh. Khimshiashvili str. (Near House of Justice), ☎ +995422210374 ([email protected]). The hotel has 24 rooms including 2 suites, 4 Semi, 18 double rooms. 80 Gel. edit
- Hotel Ritsa, Z.Gamxakhurdia Street, no. 16, ☎ +995 (222) 73292, . Clean, smart and modern hotel located in the old town. 60-100 GEL for two people, breakfast included. edit
- Sheraton Batumi, 28 Rustaveli Str., ☎ +995422229000 ([email protected]), . Direct beach access and friendly service. 203 rooms including 26 suites. 150-180 Gel. edit
- Intourist Palace, 11 Ninoshvili Str., on the promenade, ☎ +995422275525 ([email protected]), . Grand, spacious with all amenities. 140-170 Gel. edit
- Radisson Blu Batumi, 1 Ninoshvili Str., ☎ +995422255555 ([email protected]), . Designed by Italian architect Michele De Lucchi, located on the beachfront near business district. 190-270 Gel. edit
- Seasonal BeachCamp, Ureki, Georgia (30min north of Batumi, past Kobuleti, on the beach), ☎ +995-571-300-125, . checkin: 10:00; checkout: 15:00. Small private campsite right on the beach, English spoken, free Wi-Fi, peaceful quiet location near Ureki. Directions/reservations on website www.BlackSeaCamping.com 20USD. edit
- Tbilisi - The capital of Georgia. Costs (as of 2014):
- Marshrutka, 20 GEL, travel time approximately six hours.
- Overnight train: First class (two couchette car) 40 GEL, second class (four couchette car) 23 GEL, third class (seats) 13 GEL.
- Express day train: 25/18 GEL for first/second class seat. The train leaves Makhinjauri at 8:05 and arrives at Tbilisi at 13:30.
- Kutaisi - The 'Marshrutka' will get you to the town centre, or drop you off at the airport on the way, for 15 GEL. Usually it takes 2 - 2.5 hours, but give yourself about 3 or so, the bus will wait in Batumi until it is full, which could mean waiting on the bus for an extra 45 minutes. The buses leave from nearby to the entrance to the Cable car, but the port. You will see them all parked there.
- Sarpi - border village with Turkey, 15 km south of Batumi. Beach is becoming smaller each year, due to breakwater installation. Also small rocks are favored by locals to jump from (but very dangerous). City buses 1 GEL, ask cabs for 15 GEL.
- Khulo - village in the mountains of Ajara, 3 hours drive East of Batumi
- Kvariati - small beach village 10 km south of Batumi, notable for a very clean sea and less people on the beach. Dining is possible in local branch of Sazandari restaurant (opens 15 July every year). City buses for 1 GEL, ask taxi only for 10 GEL.
- Direct buses from the terminal to various cities in Turkey. Coaches to Istanbul 60-80 GEL depending on operator.
The citizens of EU member countries, Turkey, USA, Canada, Switzerland, Australia, United Arab Emirates, Japan, Kuwait, Republic of South Korea, Israel, Belarus, Ukraine, Moldova, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and other countries do not need a visa to enter and stay on the territory of Georgia for up to 360 days. As for Kazakhstan and Russia citizens they can enter and stay on the territory of Georgia for up to 90 days without a visa. In order to arrive in Georgia you will need a passport valid for 6 months. Citizens of other countries shall take care for visas before coming. In some cases visas are issued while crossing a border.
Embassies and High Commissions
- Armenia, 32 Gogebashvili, ☎ +995422216302. edit
- Azerbaijan, 14 Dumbadze, ☎ +995422276700. edit
- Estonia, 60 Gorgasali, ☎ +995422270910. edit
- Iran, 83 Parnavaz Mepe, ☎ +995514116060. edit
- Turkey, 9 Ninoshvili, ☎ +995422274789. edit
- Ukraine, 71 Melikishvili, ☎ +995422221478. edit