Zugdidi

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Zugdidi (Georgian: ზუგდიდი) is a city in the Samegrelo region of Georgia.

Understand[edit]

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.

Get in[edit]

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 6:25 (as of 2014). Marshrutkas and buses are also available to most major cities in Georgia.

Get around[edit]

See[edit]

Dadiani Museum (500m beyond the north end of Zviad Gamsakhurdia). Every day except Monday, 10:00–17:00. The Dadiani family's palace 2 GEL.

Do[edit]

Buy[edit]

There is a 24/7 small supermarket just at the crossroad with the road to Mestia.

Eat[edit]

Sleep[edit]

There are a few hotels and one hostel in this town.

  • Zugdidi Hostel (10-15 min walk from city centre, bus/train station),  +995591654036, e-mail: . This is a place where people get together, party and have a good time, storytelling and Georgian wine tasting. Soft beds, a vineyard, cozy old Asian atmosphere and funny staff; tips on travelling, tours of the region and maps are also available. Hostel: 15-25 GEL, bed in dorm: 20 GEL, bed in single/double room: 25 GEL.

Connect[edit]

It can be hard to find Wi-Fi access in town, except in a few cafés.

Go next[edit]

  • Mestia. Take the marshrutka to Mestia waiting outside the train station. Marshrutka ticket price: 15 Lari (Georgians) / 20 Lari (foreigners). Duration: 4 hours. To avoid an unpredictable waiting time (until the marshrutka is full, could be 7–8 hours!) arrive when the overnight train from Tbilisi does, at 6:25.
  • Kutaisi: at least one marshrutka per day.
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