Borjomi

Borjomi from the cable car

Borjomi (ბორჯომი bohr-joh-mee) is a town in central Georgia as well as the name of a natural reserve and of the famous volcanic salty spring water. The source of this spring water lies in the Borjomi gorge.

Get in

Busses leave hourly to Tbilisi from 7:00-14:00 and at 14:45, 15:30, 16:00, 16:45, 17:15, 17:50 (8GEL). Busses leave to Akhaltsikhe at 8:45 and 14:45 (4GEL), Batumi at 9:00 (17GEL), Poti at 6:45 (15GEL), Khashuri every half hour between 9:30 and 18:30 (2GEL), Gori 7:30 and 10:45 (5GEL), Bakuriani 9:00, 10:30, 12:15, 14:00, 15:00, 16:00, 17:00 (3GEL), Andeziti 16:00 (3.50GEL), Tsikhisjvari 14:00 and 17:00 (3.50GEL), Tsemi 10:30, 14:30, 17:00 every day except Sunday (1GEL), Sakire 12:00, 15:00, 17:00 (2GEL), Chitakhevi hourly from 8:30, 9:30 ... etc to 18:30 (0.8GEL), Kvabiskhevi 12:00 and 14:00 (1GEL), Chobiskevi 8:30, 11:00, 14:00, 17:00 (1GEL), Dviri 10:20, 11:45, 14:30 (1GEL), Tadzrisi 12:00 (bus, 1.50GEL) and 17:00 (minibus, 2GEL), Timotesubani 10:30, 13:30, 17:00 (1.5GEL).

Trains leave from two different train stations. From station nr 1., in the center of town, trains leave to Tbilisi at 7:00 and 16:40 (2GEL). From Tbilisi, trains to Borjomi leave at 6:40 and 16:40, the journey takes between 4 and 5 hours. The slow train to Bakuriani leaves at 7:15 and 10:55 from railway station nr 2, a bit outside of town. In the morning, you could catch the train to Tbilisi at 7 and then change at the next stop, which is station nr 2 - otherwise a taxi is 3GEL. The train to Bakuriani takes 3 hours, so if you make a day trip it's quicker to take the bus back to Borjomi, or you could take the train back at 10:00 and 14:15.

Get around

Borjomi is small enough to walk everywhere. The tourist information is staffed by Artur who is super helpful, speaks fluent English and will give you a map of town and an overview of places to go. He can also arrange a guest house from you, and will organize for the host to pick you up at the tourist office.

See

Do

Borjomi Kharagauli national park

Hike in this largest national park in Georgia. It covers about 8% of the total territory of Georgia. The diversity of physical, geographical and especially climatical conditions of its has shaped the wealth and variety of its flora and fauna. Apart from the largely untouched nature of Borjom-Kharagauli, there are numerous cultural monuments. In particular, there are two easily accessible churches, built in 9th century. At present eight tourist trails are officially operating in the national park. They vary in length, duration and complexity. Open from Apr until October

Plan your trip by going to the administration of the office, which is a bit to the west of Borjomi (23 Meskheti str.), and get a free access permission and a map of the area with all the routes and shelters as well. There are well-marked hikes of 1, 2 or 3 days, through forests and meadows.

If you want to take a hike in the national park, get enough supplies, water, and some basic sleeping gear with you, as the cabins are very basic. You can rent sleeping bags for 5GEL a day, but no mattresses, and the shelter beds are wooden planks. You pay a small fee for staying in the shelter (10GEL) or camping (5GEL). The permit to the park is free, but make sure to have it on you since rangers might ask for it. It is also to take a one day hike from Borjomi to Qvabiskhevi (or the other way around) and then hitchhike or take a local bus or taxi back to Borjomi. It is also possible to take multiple day hikes. That way you get to go to the higher parts (up to 2600 meters).

Buy

Near the entry to the city park, locals sell home-made jam from pine tree cones. It is claimed that the jam is useful when curing upper respiratory tract infections and is good for improving immunity.

Eat

Sleep

Go next

Bus and train timetable for Borjomi as of March 2015
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