While Zugdidi is not a very popular city with tourists for itself, many pass through it on their way up to Mestia in Svaneti. It does have a few things to see, though, and is located near a national park.
Trains run to Tbilisi and all stops on the way. Night trains are also available, and are the most popular way to get from Tbilisi to Zugdidi, since the marshrutkas to Mestia are coordinated with them (see Go next section). Arrival in Zugdidi is at 6h25 (as of 2014). Marshrutkas and buses are also available to most major cities in Georgia.
Dadiani Museum (500m beyond the north end of Zviad Gamsakhurdia). Every day, except Monday 10:00AM-5:00 pm. The Dadiani family's palace 2 GEL.
There is a 24/7 small supermarket just at the crossroad with the road to Mestia.
There are few hotels and one hostel in this town. "Zugdidi Hostel" is located 10-15 min walking from the city center and bus/train station. You could find here tips for traveling, soft beds, vineyard, cozy old Asian atmosphere and funny staff, also tours in a region and maps. Moreover "Zugdidi Hostel" is a place for gathering, parties, good time, storytelling and Georgian wine tasting. Prices in a hostel are between 15-25 lari, (Georgian Gel). Bed in a dorm-20 Gel, bed in a single or in a double room - 25 Gel per person, if there are more than 4 people in a dorm - 15 Gel. Here is free wi-fi tea and coffee. You could contact "Zugdidi Hostel" by phone +995591654036 or via email: firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information please look at www.zugdidihostel.com
It can be hard to find Wi-Fi access in town, except in a few cafés.
- Mestia. From Tbilisi, take the 21h10 night train reaching Zugdidi at 6h25. From Zugdidi, take the marshrutka to Mestia waiting outside the train station. Marshrutka ticket price: 15 Lari (Georgians) / 20 Lari (foreigners). Duration: about 4 hours + an unpredictable waiting time in Zugdidi (until the marshrutka is full), that can be up to 7 or 8 hours, especially in low season (hence 12 hours in total).
- Kutaisi: at least one marshrutka per day.