About Georgia (GE)
Located to the south of Russia, and to the north of Turkey, Armenia and Azerbaijan, Georgia sits at the meeting point of continents. A jewel of the Caucasus region, it has abundance of pristine unspoiled wilderness, stretching from mountains and canyons, to Black Sea beaches. You will also find historic sites and a thriving contemporary arts scene. The ruins of an ancient fort, Narikala, overlook the charming capital city of Tbilisi, which also has attractions such as Sameba Cathedral and the Bridge of Peace.
Booking a car rental in Georgia is the best way to explore the country. Discover the ancient vineyards and rolling hills of Kakheti in the east, where you will also find the spectacular and mystical monastery of Davit Gareja. Many Georgians will proudly tell you that their nation invented wine, and there is no shortage of vineyards to visit. In southern Georgia, you can see the equally amazing rock-hewn monastery of Vardzia. In the north, nature lovers and winter sport enthusiasts are drawn to the beautiful town of Stepantsminda and the surrounding area.
Away from the main cities, you may encounter roads of various quality, so drive slowly, and with caution. In general, it is advisable to avoid driving at night in Georgia, as roads are dark, and you may encounter animals on the road. In addition, there are occasionally severe weather events such as storms, landslides and floods, or earthquakes. Be especially careful in remote mountainous areas and in winter, remaining aware of the possibility of road closures.
Choosing your car
There are numerous Georgia car rental providers, including well-known firms such as Sixt, Avis and Thrifty. In the mountains, a car with a more powerful engine, such as an SUV, 7—12 person mini van or people mover, is a great choice. For travelers on a budget, a compact car from Ford, Nissan or Volkswagen is the perfect cheap car rental choice for your Georgia trip. Alternatively, for a top-of-the-line experience, book a luxury sedan.
Tips and advice for renting a car in Georgia
If you plan to head to the mountains when you rent a car in Georgia, especially during the colder months of the year, make sure your Georgia car rental is properly equipped to handle snow and ice.
It might be a good idea to invest in a supplemental car insurance policy for your Georgia car hire, especially if you plan on going away from the capital city.
As large trucks travel on the Georgian Military Highway, which runs from Georgia to Russia, you may want to avoid taking it.
In general, Georgia is a safe country. If you run into any problems, however, you can call the emergency services at 112.
Don’t drink and drive, or you may end up in serious trouble; Georgia takes a hardline stance on drunk driving.
Note that several foreign governments, including the UK and the United States, strongly advise their citizens against traveling to the disputed regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia and the surrounding areas. These governments may not be able to assist citizens who travel there.