Cost of Living in Tbilisi

Summary about cost of living in Tbilisi, Georgia:

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Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 17.00 GEL 10.00-31.60
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 60.00 GEL 44.00-120.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 15.00 GEL 14.00-18.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 4.00 GEL 2.50-7.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 5.25 GEL 3.16-8.00
Cappuccino (regular) 5.34 GEL 2.00-9.48
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 1.81 GEL 1.20-3.16
Water (12 oz small bottle) 0.87 GEL 0.50-2.00
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 14.01 GEL 11.36-18.74
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 1.11 GEL 0.73-2.72
Rice (white), (1 lb) 1.61 GEL 1.18-2.27
Eggs (regular) (12) 4.49 GEL 3.60-6.60
Local Cheese (1 lb) 6.87 GEL 4.54-11.34
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 4.93 GEL 2.72-6.80
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 9.81 GEL 6.80-12.25
Apples (1 lb) 1.32 GEL 0.68-2.27
Banana (1 lb) 1.89 GEL 1.36-2.72
Oranges (1 lb) 1.63 GEL 0.97-2.27
Tomato (1 lb) 1.50 GEL 0.45-2.27
Potato (1 lb) 0.56 GEL 0.41-0.91
Onion (1 lb) 0.62 GEL 0.45-1.13
Lettuce (1 head) 2.00 GEL 1.00-3.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 1.13 GEL 0.80-1.58
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 15.00 GEL 8.00-25.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 2.76 GEL 2.50-3.20
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 4.08 GEL 3.00-5.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 7.00 GEL 6.32-7.50
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 0.50 GEL 0.50-0.80
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 31.60 GEL 30.00-50.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 3.00 GEL 2.00-4.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 1.61 GEL 1.13-3.22
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 9.00 GEL 5.00-12.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 9.92 GEL 7.87-11.36
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 40,000.00 GEL
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 47,000.00 GEL
Utilities (Monthly)
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 169.20 GEL 100.00-320.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.23 GEL 0.10-0.29
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 47.35 GEL 32.00-70.00
Sports And Leisure
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 123.76 GEL 60.00-252.80
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 34.43 GEL 25.00-40.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 17.00 GEL 12.64-25.00
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 400.00 GEL 200.00-500.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 10,500.00 GEL 7,000.00-20,000.00
Clothing And Shoes
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 141.30 GEL 50.00-250.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 103.06 GEL 60.00-250.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 271.78 GEL 180.00-555.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 308.95 GEL 150.00-700.00
Rent Per Month
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 982.42 GEL 700.00-1,580.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 611.98 GEL 400.00-1,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 1,925.05 GEL 1,200.00-3,500.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 1,289.11 GEL 800.00-2,500.00
Buy Apartment Price
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 356.45 GEL 278.71-464.51
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 212.22 GEL 139.35-293.57
Salaries And Financing
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 1,127.85 GEL
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 10.84 8.00-15.00

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Anonymous on Jan 20, 2021:
WILLY those websites aren't correct because Georgia has always had very strict guidelines concerning foreigners working or living in Georgia. Look at the Georgia immigration website instead of depending upon some wacked out sites.Oh BTW nothing is free.
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Anonymous on Oct 15, 2020:
Georgia is a very safe country cost of living is one of cheapest in world its a beautiful country with amazing food not good as turkish food but close however it a police run state they are everywhere in tbilisi and local people fear them i have been to the country twice for business you will meet the most unfriendly people in the world do not believe all what say about georgians are friendly and the hospitality etc go and see for yourself its not true
Anonymous on Oct 15, 2020:
Georgia is a very safe country cost of living is one of cheapest in world its a beautiful country with amazing food not good turkish food but close however it a police run state they are everywhere in tbilisi and local people fear them i have been to the country twice for business you will meet the most unfriendly people in the world do not believe all what say about georgians are friendly and the hospitality etc go and see for yourself its not true
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Anonymous on Apr 16, 2020:
Hello, i want to go to Georgia someday so anyone can tell me how much money do i spent
By the way i'm from philippines
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Russ on Feb 16, 2020:
The 'anonymous' comment below is quite mistaken, I arrived in Tbilisi from the UK on the 14th Feb 2020 and found the prices listed here to be quite accurate, the price of 20 western brand cigarettes (Marlboro, L&M etc) is pretty much bang on 5.70 Gel. A loaf of bread can be bought for as little as 0.60 GEL. A whole fresh chicken can be bought for around 6 GEL. Like anything it depends where you shop and of course these are average prices. The prices I am quoting are from places like SPAR, Goodwill which are more pricey but convenient. If you venture into the local markets you will find things considerably cheaper but then you will need a grasp of the language or a Georgian friend to help you.
Anonymous on Jan 23, 2020:
prices are quite mistaken here. Although Tbilisi is comparably cheaper than some of the Western European capitals, prices identified here are still not accurate. e.g. A pack of cigarettes(Marlboro) is not 6.25 GEL and has not been at 5 for a long time now. When it comes to the restaurant prices, the sums given for coke and water are from the supermarket prices. A can of coke at an average cafe/restaurant would be around 2.50 - 3 Gel while a 0.5L bottle of water would be approximately 1 - 1.50. A loaf of bread is around 1 - 1.20, 1kg of chicken breasts around 13 - 14 GEL and beef roughly 20 GEL per kg.
Jeffrey on Jan 13, 2020:
Visited Tbilisi and enjoyed the experience. Food is excellent and inexpensive including good quality wine. Once two of us had lunch for a total of 8.5 lari (including drinks) so I gave the waitress 10 and said keep the change. She was absolutely overjoyed. Things are a bit scruffy compared to home (Canada) but not problematic. Accommodations are adequate but usually there is something slightly amiss or non-functional compared to a first world country. We noticed that the public signage has been converted from Georgian/Russian to Georgian/English. We had no concerns regarding safety. Public transportation network is pretty good, and very inexpensive. I would highly recommend Tbilisi for a visit!
george zogheib on Nov 24, 2019:
what is the minumum budget to rent and open one restaurent has 60 persone capacity
what is the place rent by month in tiblisi
what is the taxes
what is the salery for one employer
Georgian on Nov 11, 2019:
Hey all! Stop insulting Georgia, if you come from a wealthy but autocratic country and were not given legal permission to live here after "investing" some money that is no investment but a way to live here; because you come from a poor country and your landlord kicked you out of one-bedroom apartment which you have inhabited with tens of your relatives altogether; because you come from a wealthy country democratic country and look at others above shoulder; lastly if you are a simple Kremlin agent from Russia or elsewhere, trying to make bed reputation of Georgia, stop it, it does not work that much!... :) And those coming open-minded and with open hearts are very welcome, we are hospitable, tolerant nation and we will always be. We are Georgians, a nation with long history and promising future and if you don't like us, find your other peaceful destination!.. ;)
Anonymous on Oct 30, 2019:
"A visitor would need atleast $125 USD per day per person to afford it."

So $3,750 per month, right? Then you guys should come and stay in London or Paris. It'll be cheaper!
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Anonymous on May 01, 2019:
Peter people are A-holes in Tbilisi very dirty unorganized city too.Russia already took a big portion of northern Tbilisi and we'll take the rest.
Peter on Apr 25, 2019:
Some people are saying that Tbilisi is expensive. Comparing to what? If to the US or Europe - it's very cheap. There are many bullshit comments here. Georgia is a very beautiful and hospitable country. Of course it's not without problems, as any country. But some comments are really ugly and have nothing to do with reality. Probably from some Russians who are doing their best to put this country down.
Anonymous on Apr 08, 2019:
Tbilisi is very expensive to live in general.A studio apartment averages between 400 to 800 eur depending on what area you live in.I was told the water is safe to drink but that's not true.There are paracites in the water as I found out when hospitalized.Drink botteled water only.Few people speak english so know some basic phrases before you visit.Most everything is expensive including the food.A visitor would need atleast $125 USD per day per person to afford it.
Anonymous on Feb 02, 2019:
Tbilisi changed ie Georgian government regulations as to staying in GA long term.Only invester visas are being granted.That law changed August 2018.The required investment is $200,000 USD and you must present a solid business plan guaranteed to employ 10 people minimum.The Georgian and Russian government are joined at the hip so to speak politically and economy wise.Putin and the current president are buddies,they communicate often.In a nutshell the Georgian government has raised the bar so high in an effort to get as much bang for the buck as possible, nothing wrong with that either if it boosts their economy.Students going to college are allowed to stay for the duration of their completed semesters but not beyond that.Tuition rates are high for the most part,for foreigners.Like many governments corruption reins supreme and Georgia isn't any different.Tourist ie travel information paints Georgia as a magical place cheap to live also, however that's a falsehood.Don't be fooled into believing that for this reason.I lived in Georgia as an expat for over 14 years until the new changes came into effect in 2018.I left one month later.Banks are very unstable and they'll drain your account any chance they get.I kept my debit card from Latvia and used it extensively.I received a letter from the Georgian government after living there for 3 years at that time.They demanded that 25% of my pension be deposited into a Georgian government regulated bank,so I appeased their demand.Some of my money started to be missing from my account beyond what my agreement was and it was $30 USD per month to maintain my account.Reality being the bank was skimming and additional $30 USD per month.I confronted the bank about it and they said they must follow government protocol.Prices here aren't correct.Rents in Tbilisi are minimum 400 eur per month for a small apartment.The rest of the list mentioned here should be raised another 30%.
Amirhossein on Jan 24, 2019:
I went to Tbilisi last year for a week. The country is very clean and peaceful and people are kinda quiet and mostly wearing black grey or white clothing. 80% of the people whom we saw were really nice to us and the prices are cheap. Before going there make a search for finding the fair price places you want to stay. Try or for reserving you can find a huge result of places to stay. Streets were very clean and you could find toilets by using google map around you LOL. They smoke cigarettes a lot and their wine is really cheap and good. Transportation is cheap also taxi is cheap but make sure to ask the driver how much it cost to take you to your destination. Use Yandex or Taxify for best taxi prices. No one insulted us and people looked kind and curious to talk to you and I liked it. Police were really helpful every time we asked them about an address they replied patiently. The city was super safe and at 11 midnight we saw young girls walking together down the streets without seeing any men trying to say something to them. This was one of my best trips.
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vis on Oct 27, 2018:
Visit Georgia about 10 times. I from Lithuania. My opinion is very peaefuly country. I like Sakartvelo
Francesco on Sep 16, 2018:
I'm thinking to come in Georgia, if someone can tell me how much an apartment with 2 bedrooms.
Thanks in advance.
Max on Sep 07, 2018:
Hey. Some advices for people who are going to visit Tbilis.

About Transport:
Taxi drivers are not controlled by government so many of them will try to take unreasonable money for service so advice is to use apps like Taxify or Yandex Taxi.

About safety:
Tourist places are safe and well controlled.
In regions people may be homofobic so any homosexual like behavior could provocate them.
If you are muslim or other religion nothing to worry about.
There are racists as in every country but in general people are nice.

About prices:
Products at supermarkets are cheaper than in other european countries. Restaurants at touristical places arent cheap.
Apartments in Tbilisi and Batumi is not cheap, im anothet cities prices are low.

About Places:
There are many good cafes, bars and restaurants.
Also recommended night clubs are: Bassiani, Khidi, Mtkvarze, Caffe Gallery. I recommend to avoid small and unknown night clubs as i heard tourists had been scammed.
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George on Jun 27, 2018:
Tbilisi is way more expensive than shown in here. For example, cigarettes have become around 4.8-5 laris instead of 4.15. Apartment prices are very mislead as well. You will not find a single, well-maintained apartment for 2,500 per square meter. would be about 4000-5000.
John on May 12, 2018:
Anyone that has done more than 20 seconds of research on Georgia knows that below comments from people like "Mica" and "Adrian" are pure bullshit, just to bash the country. Probably bored teenage keyboard warriors.
mica on May 12, 2018:
Georgians are very racist people. We are Portuguese and came to Tbilisi, Georgia for two weeks and the experience was bad.
When we were walking in the streets, Georgian men carrying the Georgian flag were following us and we ran, then they chased us into a small crowd, and we luckily never saw them again.
There was another incident in restaurant when we ordered food, the waitress was rude and threw the food on the table, and gave us very nasty looks.
Georgians spit on the street and pee everywhere, and swear so much. Tbilisi Georgia is the most dangerous country I have been.
On the internet you will read Georgians say tourists are "guests from god", but they lie and treat tourists bad. They say want Georgia to be part of the EU, but it will never happen.
Ardalan on May 09, 2018:
We have british council and american school which both have accreditation by the ministry and the tuition fee for international student are above 10k$ as i know.
Anonymous on Apr 22, 2018:
I`m pretty this Item true??

International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child = 8,023.08 GEL
if anybody have a experience about this item please help

thank you
Chas Morris on Apr 05, 2018:
I feel reassured, and puzzled by the views of Tblisi that appear to contradict each other.
I am left wondering what health service is like?
Do say something?
What is GEL?
ali on Apr 02, 2018:
Hi. Can you help me about the rate of Monte incoming for living in Tbilisi? Thank so much.
Fred Pan on Mar 18, 2018:
hi my lovely once out there I will be visiting gerogia this july but have read most of the comments and I can see people are saying gerogia is not a good country to visit and some are also saying is a good country to visit and I am even confused now if I should still visit or not..gerogia has been a heart of me to visit for the past few years but reading those comments I feel like backing up not to visit again.please can someone tell me if i can travel to another country when I am in Gerogia and talking about working in Georgia what are their average salary because I am hoping to stay there because I love the is it good to visit or not? thank you
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Tabetha on Feb 17, 2018:
Georgians lie a lot to rip tourists off. They will do, say or be anything just to get your money. Would not advise visiting Georgia. Thailand is way better.
Alberto on Dec 28, 2017:
I have been to Batumi/Kutaisi/Akhaltsikhe/Tbilisitwice in 2017,I can confirm prices for both eating out and accomodation are still very cheap to EU (italian)standard. I never had issues with wrong change or being overcharged since prices are generally shown,it might get tricky if you hop on a cab,just discuss the fare before. Georgians are really weird people:they promote their contry saying that "guests are God-sent" and that they are very hospitable but actually they never smile (girls or restaurant staff neither) and they are very,very racist if you do not fit in some atavic image of "guest" (i was frowned upon everywhere even in Tbilisi for being a boy wearing dark brown jeans rather than the usual blue/black). They complain they are poor and they are stuck in this ultra-hortodox image of God,country,family,"we are welcoming people" but in the end they are not what they say.
Julian Walker on Nov 15, 2017:
The above prices are inaccurate.
I'm a Brit, and an English speaker.
If you're a tourist, the locals and local stores will overcharge you. That's right- don't rely on receipts, because they seldom give you one, and when they do, they will ignore you when you point out that they have short-changed you. Thieves! Happens over and over again. And they laugh while they at it.

Case in point: I was at a SPAR (supermarket) and a Subway store, and both times they overcharged me by $9 and $7 by each place respectively! You can't tell them that they gave the wrong change, they just ignore you, and say stuff in their language referring to the customer as "Touristi" but in a derogatory manner. Both cases, the actual amount I paid was over double the prices listed in the store. Literally overcharged me by an amount well above the actual meal! Bloody Gypsies! In fact I got charged much more than I would in the UK!! This is what happens when you carry their "big" notes 100GEL or 50GEL... they just take it all, and hand you cents as change.

Make sure that to prevent overcharging, carry very very small denominations of their currency with you to pay with, such as 1GEL, 2GEL, 5GEL, 10GEL, or just your credit card from your home country and pay- saved me stacks! Completely skip stores that do not allow card payments-typically thieving.

Word of advice to tourists: pretend to be a mute (dumb)- that way they won't know that you're French or American or English... because prices just go up and up. Wanna buy something? Simply point at the item you wish to purchase, and nod or make hand gestures... works like a charm.

Georgian culture is based on thieving and pretending to be friendly to gain financially from Tourists that they do not like at all.

Gypsy fools. Avoid this country.
sam on Nov 07, 2017:
please help . can someone tell me about the schools in georgia and if there is a free from monthly fees schools in georgia

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Rafiqulislam on Oct 20, 2017:
I am rafiqulislam.i live in abudhabi UAE.i want to go Georgia Tbilisi to find job, I am chefs in Arabic food restaurant in abudhabi UAE. Can anyone advice me who is living in Georgia?
Kahlanne on Aug 22, 2017:
I visited Tbilisi last December 2016 and I am coming back again this August 2017.
Why I'm coming back? Because I'm in love with people, and the country. Very cheap cost of living.
A lot of nice places to visit and very safe.
Well, wherever you go always Safety First, be vigilant.
Zinyat Gurbanova on Jun 12, 2017:
Hi all,

I've admitted to the university in Tbilisi. I just would like to know, whether with USD 70 (scholarship) can a student live there, including utilities, and excluding house rent costs?
I also would like to know the names of the cheapest but in normal condition restaurants there