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 6:25 (as of 2014). Marshrutkas and buses are also available to most major cities in Georgia.
There is a 24/7 small supermarket just at the crossroad with the road to Mestia.
There are a few hotels and one hostel in this town.
Zugdidi Hostel (10-15 min walk from city centre, bus/train station), ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. 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.
It can be hard to find Wi-Fi access in town, except in a few cafés.
- Mestia. Marshrutki to Mestia wait in front of the train station. The price is currently 20 Lari (March 2015). Note that these marshrutki will only go if there are enough passengers. Therefore expect some hours of waiting in the worst case. Duration: 4 hours. An alternative is a shared minivan (also called marshrutka by the locals). They start at a fixed time in the Gulua street at the crossing with the Dutu Megreli street. (Go from the train station to the main road (Rustaveli street), turn left and follow it towards the city, just before the bridge turn left and go in the Gulua street about 200 meters, there should be a sign on the right side at a kiosk.)
- Kutaisi: at least one marshrutka per day.