Rent a car in Tbilisi - Travelers Handbook
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Travelers Handbook

Welcome to Georgia!
Driving in our country can be an exciting and rewarding experience, but it's essential to be prepared and informed to ensure a safe and enjoyable journey. This handbook provides useful tips and information for foreign travelers driving cars in Georgia.

Documentation & Legal Requirements

Carry your valid passport, driver's license and vehicle registration
International driving permits are generally accepted but ensure yours is valid for Georgia. Or you can use your domestic driving license where category “B” is indicated, which allows you to drive a vehicle with a maximum permissible mass not exceeding 3,500 kg and the number of seats, excluding the driver's seat, not exceeding 8, pay attention that the driver’s license must be in English so traffic police can read it. For your consideration your domestic driver’s license is valid in Georgia for three months.

Road Conditions and Driving Regulations

Be aware that road conditions can vary, from well-maintained highways to rough rural roads, especially in mountainous areas. Pay attention the places you would like to visit so you can rent an appropriate car model for your trip, for instance you cannot rent a minivan or sedan if you intend to drive to Juta or Truso valley, because the roads to those destinations are unpaved and it’s a high possibility you damage the car, which will force you temporary suspend your trip, until the company finds the way how to assist you, you simply need to avoid wasting your time during your vacation, so this is very important when selecting the car, take a glans on your rout which you intend to drive, if you need any assistance and don’t know condition of roads you can ask GSS Car rental representative in the process of booking a car.
Familiarize yourself with Georgian driving regulations, including speed limits, seatbelt laws, and rules of the road.
Exercise caution, particularly on winding mountain roads, and be prepared for unexpected obstacles.
There are no toll roads in Georgia, you don’t have to pay any fees while driving in Georgia

Navigation and Communication

GPS navigation is widely available and reliable in urban areas but may be less accurate in rural regions. Consider using offline maps or a physical map as backup.
Keep a charged mobile phone with you at all times. While coverage is generally good, there may be areas with limited reception, especially in remote locations.

Police Traffic Stops

If you're pulled over by the police, remain calm and courteous. It's essential to cooperate with the officers; you can also consider that patrol police officers are distinguished by their friendly approach to foreign tourists visiting Georgia.
Always carry your passport, driver's license, vehicle registration, Present these documents to the officer upon request.
If you're unsure why you've been stopped, politely ask for clarification.
Avoid any confrontation or argument with the police. Follow their instructions and resolve any issues calmly.

Camera Fines

The most areas in Georgia have traffic cameras installed to monitor speed and other traffic violations.
If you receive a fine through the mail for a traffic violation captured by a camera, it's important to address it promptly.
Fines are typically issued to the registered owner of the vehicle, so if you're driving a rental car, the rental company receives the fine and pass it on to you.
The fine will usually include instructions on how to pay or contest it. Make sure to follow these instructions within the specified timeframe to avoid additional penalties or simply ask car rental agency to pay the fine and you can reimburse it at the end of your rental.
Be aware of speed limits and adhere to them to avoid fines or penalties.
Keep an eye out for road signs indicating speed limits, especially in areas where cameras may be installed.
If you're uncertain about the rules of the road or have questions about traffic regulations, don't hesitate to ask GSS Car Rental representative.

Parking Regulations

There are both paid and free parking areas, and parking regulations are enforced. Here's what you need to know about parking regulations in Tbilisi

Paid Parking Areas

Paid parking zones are designated in various parts of Tbilisi, particularly in busy areas, near tourist attractions, and in commercial districts.
Payment methods for parking may vary but often include mobile payment apps called “Parking Tbilisi” which you can download from Google Play or App Store.
After first 15 minutes free parking you will be charged 1 GEL per hour.

Free Parking Areas

Some residential areas and outskirts of the city may offer free street parking where parking regulations are less strict.
However, even in free parking areas, it's important to pay attention to any signs indicating parking restrictions, such as no parking zones or time-limited parking.

Parking Regulations and Enforcement

Parking regulations are enforced by municipal authorities, and violations may result in fines or penalties.
Common parking violations include parking in no parking zones, blocking driveways or sidewalks.
Illegally parked vehicles may be subject to towing at the owner's expense.

Parking Garages and Lots

In addition to street parking, there are parking garages and lots available in Tbilisi, particularly in central areas and near major attractions.
Parking garages usually offer both short-term and long-term parking options, with hourly or daily rates. Usually short-term hourly rate at the private parking areas costs 2 GEL but for overnight parking 10 GEL.

Parking Tips

Always check for parking signs and regulations before leaving your vehicle to avoid fines or towing.
If unsure about parking regulations in a particular area, ask locals or call GSS Car Rental hotline number.
Hourly paid parking areas are only in Tbilisi downtown, parking areas outside Tbilisi mainly are free of charge, you might see some individuals on the parking areas for instance in front of restaurants or around tourist attractions who assist you to find free parking spot and help you to get out from the parking area, you should consider tip of 2 GEL at the end of the parking.

Safety and Security

Georgia is a safe country for travelers, but exercise caution, especially in crowded tourist areas.
Always lock your vehicle when unattended and avoid leaving valuables in plain sight.
Be cautious when driving at night, especially on poorly lit roads and in rural areas.

Fuel and Supplies


Gas stations are readily available in urban areas and along major highways, but they may be scarce in remote regions. Fill up your tank when possible.
Stock up on essentials such as water, snacks, and emergency supplies, especially if traveling to isolated areas.

Language and Cultural Sensitivity

English is spoken in tourist areas, but learning a few basic Georgian phrases can be helpful, especially in rural areas.
Respect local customs and traditions, including dress codes and etiquette, particularly when visiting religious sites.

Emergency Contacts

In case of emergencies, dial 112 for assistance. This number connects you to police, ambulance, and fire services. GSS car Rental hotline number is always available +995571446644

Exploring the Country

Exploring the Country

Take the opportunity to explore Georgia's diverse landscapes, from historic cities to stunning natural scenery. You can find some suggested destinations and places at our website.
Sample Georgian cuisine, visit local markets, and immerse yourself in the rich cultural heritage of the country. Remember to drive responsibly, respect local laws and customs, and enjoy your adventure exploring the beautiful country of Georgia by car! Safe travels!

Here are some additional tips to ensure a smooth and enjoyable experience with GSS Car Rental:

Inspect the Rental Car

Before accepting the rental car, thoroughly inspect it for any existing damages or scratches.
Take photos or videos of any pre-existing damage to avoid disputes upon return.

Understand Insurance Coverage

Make sure you understand the insurance coverage provided by GSS Car Rental.

Familiarize Yourself with the Vehicle

Take some time to familiarize yourself with the rental car's features and controls before hitting the road.
Adjust mirrors, seats, and other settings to ensure comfort and safety while driving.

Observe Traffic Laws and Regulations

Adhere to Georgian traffic laws and regulations while driving, including speed limits, seatbelt usage, and parking rules.
Be mindful of local driving customs and etiquette, such as yielding to pedestrians and giving way at intersections.

Park Safely and Securely

When parking, choose well-lit and secure areas, especially overnight.
Avoid leaving valuables inside the car, and always lock the vehicle when unattended.

Stay Connected

Keep GSS Car Rental contact information handy in case of emergencies or if you encounter any issues with the car.
Ensure you have a working phone and access to navigation tools for assistance while driving.

Return the Car on Time

Return the rental car on time to avoid any late fees or penalties.
Refuel the car to the level specified by the rental company before returning it. Usually its full to full option

Plan Your Itinerary

Plan your itinerary in advance, considering driving distances, sightseeing stops, and accommodation options along the way.
Allow for extra time in your schedule to account for unexpected delays or spontaneous discoveries.

By following these tips, travelers renting a car can make the most of their journey and enjoy the freedom to explore the country at their own pace.