Day 37 (1): In and out in an hour

Tbilisi Travel Blog

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arriving in Tbilisi
People I met here and/or travelled with: Tiko (Georgia)

I was so glad to be on an overnight train again. After all the horrible overnight buses in Turkey I really welcomed a comfortable night's sleep.
We arrived in Tbilisi at 7 in the morning and Tiko offered to show me the way to bus station where I might be able to find a minibus to Armenia. Or at least, she could show me the way to the area where the bus station was, since she had no idea where the station itself was located. And as it turned out, not many people did.

After some asking around we found it though and after saying my goodbyes to Tiko I set to find a bus to Yerevan

There was one marshrutka (minibus) to Yerevan waiting, but unfortunately it was already full.
Glad I didn't take the bus...
I was told to wait until the next one would arrive, probably one to two hours later. As I started to look around for a place to score some breakfast I was approached by another driver. He was driving a shared taxi across the border and had one seat left. Luck was on my side again. While this was a bit more expensive than a marshrutka, it would also be more comfortable and probably faster as well!

A little over an hour later we reached the border crossing with Armenia. I had been less than 12 hours in Georgia - must be a new record for transit travel. But I would be back though - in a few day's time I will be back in Tbilisi to properly visit this country as well.

The border crossing went with little issues. I was able to buy a visa on the spot (a bargain at 7 euros) and I wasn't left behind this time. And so I entered the 7th country of my journey: Armenia!

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arriving in Tbilisi
arriving in Tbilisi
Glad I didnt take the bus...
Glad I didn't take the bus...
Tbilisis main thoroughfare very e…
Tbilisi's main thoroughfare very …
photo by: herman_munster