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Tbilisi The Capital Of Georgia/ Useful Information
Once you find yourself at  Tbilisi airport, which is located about 20 km from the city centre, you may get to the city by  FSTA Cars, meeting at Tbilisi International Airport if free of charge.

If you do not want to catch a  taxi or other public transport, you can rent a car, which will allow you to move not only in Tbilisi, but also beyond the capital.

CURRENCY
Georgian national currency - Lari
International code - GEL
Money can be exchanged in banks and exchange kiosks throughout Georgia. Some of them charge commission of up to 2%, for the services they provide. In big cities there is a network of ATMs, from which it is possible to withdraw cash from a plastic card in GEL.

The practice of payment for services and goods by bank cards is becoming more and more popular. For today, it is possible to pay by using VISA, Mastercard or Maestro not only in hotels, restaurants and supermarkets, but also in a lot of smaller shops and cafes. Still, it is recommended to have cash, as it is quite often the only way to pay, especially in small shops.

EMERGENCY SERVICES
The unified number for general emergency services in Georgia (Ambulance, Police, Fire Service and so on) is 112.
Information-referral service: 118 08, 118 09

Other useful contacts:
Tbilisi International Airport: (+995 32) 310 341, 310 421
Batumi International Airport: (+995 422) 235 100
Kutaisi International Airport: (+995 431) 237000
Information Center of the Georgian Railway: 1331
Railway Station in Tbilisi (#2 Railway Square): (+995 32) 219 90 10
Railway Station in Batumi (Tbilisi Avenue): (+995 422) 25 03 030
Railway Station in Kutaisi (#1 Railway Square): (+995 431) 24 53 06
Tbilisi Central Bus Station (#1 Gulia Street): (+995 32) 75 34 33, 75 04 20
Passenger Automobile Station of Batumi (#1 Mayakovsky Street): (+995 422) 27 85 47
New Bus Station of Batumi (#1 Gogol Street): (+995 422) 24 26 12
Kutaisi Bus Station (#67 Chavchavadze Street): (+995 431) 27 11 63, 27 03 27


COMMUNICATION
International countrycode of Georgia - 995
City codes:
Tbilisi - 32
Batumi - 422
Kutaisi – 431
From mobile to city- 032
Cellular communication covers almost all of the country. Three of the largest mobile operators work in Georgia: Geocell, Beeline and Magti. Fee for calls, SMS and other services depend on the tariff package chosen.
It is possible to buy a SIM-card from local operators as long as you have a passport or other ID.

OFFICIAL HOLIDAYS AND DAYS OFF
1 January – New Year
7 January – Christmas
19 January – The Baptism of Christ
3 March – Mother’s Day
8 March – International Women’s Day
9 April – Day of National Unity
Moveable holiday – Easter
9 May – Day of Victory over Fascism in World War II
12 May – Day of St. Apostle Andrey the First Called
26 May – Georgian Independence Day
28 August – Assumption of Mary
14 October – Mtskhetoba-Svetitskhovloba; Holiday of the Ancient Capital of Georgia – Mtskheta
23 November – St. George Day, Patron Saint of Georgia

In case, if the locals do not speak the international language, you may see the phrases  below which can be very helpful .

- Hello!                                   Gamarjoba!
- Good bye!                            Nakhvamdis!
- Thank you!                           Madloba!
- Thank you very much!         Didi madloba!
- You are welcome!                Arapris!
- What is your name?            Ra gkviat?
- My name is…                      Me mkvia…
- I am good                            Kargad
- I am bad                              Tsudad
- Yes                                      Kho; Ki
- No                                       Ara
- How are you?                     Rogor khar?
- How are things?                 Rogor aris sakmeebi?
- Good and you?                  Kargad, tkven?
- Where is...?                        Sad aris...?
- How much is this?              Ra girs?
- What time is it?                  Romeli saatia?

 
Numerals

0 — nuli             12 — tormeti          50 — оrmоtsdааti
1 — erti             13 — tsameti          60 — samotsi
2 — ori              14 — totkhmeti       70 — samotsdaati
3 — sami          15 — tkhutmeti       80 — otkhmotsi
4 — otkhi          16 —teksvmeti        90 — otkhmotsdaati.,
5 — khuti          17 — chvidmeti       100 — asi
6 — ekvsi          18 — tvrameti         101 — aserti
7 — shvidi         19 — tskhrameti     200 — orati
8 — rva             20 — otsi                1000 — atasi
9 — tskhra        21 — otsdaerti        10 000 — atiatasi
10 — ati            30 — otsdaati          100 000 — asiatasi
11 — tertmeti    40 — ormotsi          Million — milioni
 
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