Driving in Georgia Country – Driving Guide and Options
If you choose to rent a scooter or car to drive by yourself on the streets of Georgia, there are some rules you should know. Our Georgian Driving Guide offers you all important information like traffic rules, driving licence and much more.
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- Legal age to drive a car or scooter in Georgia is 18 years.
- In Georgia you drive on the right side of the street
- All passangers must wear seat belts at all times.
- Children under 12 years must sit in the back and children under 7 years must sit in child safety seats.
- Don’t drink and drive. Georgia has a zero tolerance policy about alcohol and drugs.
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Driving in georgia with a foreign license
If you’re planning to visit Georgia and intend to explore it on a road trip you have two options: drive by yourself or book a private driver. If you want to drive by yourself, there are a few important considerations to keep in mind regarding driving with a foreign license.
Validity of Your Foreign License: To drive in Georgia with a foreign license, it must be valid and written in English or accompanied by an official translation. It’s essential to check the expiration date of your license to ensure it remains valid during your stay. Different countries have varying agreements with Georgia regarding license reciprocity, so it’s crucial to research the specific regulations that apply to your home country.
International Driving Permit (IDP): While an International Driving Permit (IDP) is not mandatory in Georgia, it is highly recommended to obtain one before your trip. An IDP serves as an official translation of your driver’s license and is widely recognized worldwide. It provides an additional layer of convenience and ensures that you meet the requirements of the local authorities.
International Driving License Georgia
If you want to rent a scooter or car in Georgia you should get a international driving license (IDP). By law it’s just mandatory for non-roman languages (e.g. United Arabic Emirates or China) but it is advisable to have one anyway, even if or your home country driving license is in roman letters. Additionally to your IDP you don’t need a special georgian driving permit.
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Street Conditions in Georgia
The Road Network of the country contains 1.600 km of Highways. They are in good condition and connect the most important cities of the country. We advice to avoid driving on highways at night. Trucks sometimes don’t respect the traffic rules and drive on both directions. That can be dangerous.
The other roads of the country outside the big cities are not always in good condition but it’s much more fun to drive. You can explore more of the beautiful landscape around you. If you have 4×4 car these streets are not a problem at all.
In Tiblisi there are many one-way roads. Look out for the traffic signs and keep your eyes always on the road.
The Road Department of Georgia offers current road condition and restrictions. Check out their homepage see where are maybe street constructions or closed streets. (On the right top menu you can change the language to english)
Restriction Informations: www.georoad.ge
Parking in Georgia is usually not a big problem. You can find parking lots easily. Parking fees in cities and near tourist attractions are cheap. The three big cities Tibilisi, Kutaisi and Batumi have a own parking payment system. In any other city the parking is for free.
Check out the websites for parking systems:
- Tbilisi – https://parking.tbilisi.gov.ge/pass
- Batumi – http://batumitransport.ge/Eng/
- Kutaisi – https://parkingservice.ge/Pages/Payment
Please drive carefully at all times and keep enough space between your vehicle and the others. Like in most others eastern-type countries the drivers don’t follow always the traffic rules.The people also cross the roads without paying attention or ignore traffic signs, so be careful.
Besides people you probably also meet animals like sheeps or cows on the roads. Be patient.