Cost of Living in Tbilisi

Summary about cost of living in Tbilisi, Georgia:

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Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 25.00 GEL 13.00-38.98
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 90.00 GEL 60.00-140.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 19.50 GEL 15.00-22.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 5.00 GEL 3.00-8.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 7.00 GEL 4.00-10.00
Cappuccino (regular) 6.40 GEL 4.00-9.50
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 2.20 GEL 1.30-3.50
Water (12 oz small bottle) 1.21 GEL 0.75-2.00
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 17.05 GEL 14.38-18.93
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 1.50 GEL 0.91-2.72
Rice (white), (1 lb) 2.51 GEL 1.36-3.27
Eggs (regular) (12) 6.86 GEL 4.80-9.60
Local Cheese (1 lb) 8.29 GEL 4.54-11.34
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 6.27 GEL 3.18-8.16
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 11.00 GEL 9.07-12.70
Apples (1 lb) 1.53 GEL 0.68-2.27
Banana (1 lb) 2.00 GEL 1.36-2.95
Oranges (1 lb) 1.93 GEL 1.36-3.18
Tomato (1 lb) 2.05 GEL 0.45-3.63
Potato (1 lb) 0.83 GEL 0.45-1.13
Onion (1 lb) 0.70 GEL 0.45-0.91
Lettuce (1 head) 2.60 GEL 1.00-3.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 1.55 GEL 0.80-2.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 15.00 GEL 9.00-25.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 3.54 GEL 2.50-5.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 5.18 GEL 3.60-7.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 8.00 GEL 7.00-9.00
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 1.00 GEL 1.00-1.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 40.00 GEL 30.00-40.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 3.50 GEL 2.50-5.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 2.09 GEL 0.97-3.22
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 10.00 GEL 6.00-15.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 14.53 GEL 13.25-15.14
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 50,000.00 GEL 50,000.00-50,000.00
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 58,100.00 GEL 52,400.00-60,000.00
Utilities (Monthly)
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 231.12 GEL 150.00-310.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.22 GEL 0.10-0.29
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 54.35 GEL 39.00-80.00
Sports And Leisure
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 134.23 GEL 80.00-200.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 43.43 GEL 29.25-50.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 19.25 GEL 15.00-22.00
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 552.78 GEL 350.00-800.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 15,363.46 GEL 5,000.00-28,000.00
Clothing And Shoes
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 226.49 GEL 90.00-360.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 115.68 GEL 60.00-180.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 327.53 GEL 150.00-400.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 421.88 GEL 200.00-650.00
Rent Per Month
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 1,908.55 GEL 1,279.84-3,000.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 1,126.39 GEL 600.00-2,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 3,294.91 GEL 2,047.50-5,500.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 2,206.81 GEL 1,400.00-3,050.00
Buy Apartment Price
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 423.46 GEL 271.74-603.86
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 226.47 GEL 168.48-325.16
Salaries And Financing
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 1,240.88 GEL
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 12.85 8.50-20.00

Prices in Tbilisi

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Last update: June 2022
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23 Comments so far
Anonymous on May 19, 2022:
I’m an American and I have been living in Tbilisi for the last 2 months and I pay $625 a month rent for a small studio in the city center next to liberty square and it’s the cheapest compared to other equivalent in size and price. A big shawarma costs $5.33 and a triple cheeseburger combo meal in McDonald’s is about $6. A cosmopolitan cocktail drink in a bar is about $6.66 whereas a draft beer costs $2.33 in the bar. One khinkali in the restaurant is about $0.40-0.80 each with a minimum order of 5 khinkali. A khachapuri is about $5. Overall, I find great value for the money I am paying despite the big cost of living increases in rent and food prices. Tbilisi, Georgia is a gem.
Anastasia on Apr 11, 2022:
For me as Russian it is expensive. I used to rent a nice flat for 450$ in St.Petersburg and now, in Tbilisi, I can only find apartment for 700$. Body products and food are twice expensive as well.
Ivan on Mar 30, 2022:
Great Country! if you love history go there, this country is so old and great today. but remember they HATE Russia (actually faily) and just beware. They love Europe and every civilized nation, and prices are so cheap. Just go there
Anonymous on Mar 06, 2022:
Georgia is a sht hole which Russia will own very soon. Afterall,Russia took a big piece of Northern Georgia when 2008 Olympics were going on and soon Russia will take the rest.
Nijyar Shemdin on Jan 21, 2022:
Strange calls comes into my wife phones and yet she doesn’t pick the calls little does she know I got a hacker monitoring and giving me full details on her day to day calls and also all text messages, deleted messages and so on that was how I found out my wife has been cheating on me, those strange calls I get to listen to all her calls without going close to her phone all thanks to
Kim S. Cabelleza on Jan 12, 2022:
I visited Georgia last year, I spent my winter break in the country. Georgia is a welcoming country. I had read some statements saying the people are unfriendly and unkind, but based on my personal experience, people are gratifying! Yes, some of them can't speak English, especially the older ones. I suggest you ask questions or everything you want with the younger locals. They can fluently speak English.
Prices of products are surprisingly affordable, even the best liquor. All things considered best! My travel experience was truly satisfying and memorable.
Anonymous on Aug 04, 2021:
Tbilisi is expensive even in compare to USA
people are rude and mostly don't speak English
country is very corrupt in every area
i had to bribe people working in hospital everyday to get my shots ( i got very sick there)
in general i don't recommend going to country of Georgia specially Tbilisi
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
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
Thanks in advance:)
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.