Gudauri is one of the most popular ski resorts in Georgia. It is located at an altitude of 2196 m above sea level. To reach it from Tbilisi, it is necessary to drive 120 km (about two hours). Gudauri is 43 km away from Kazbegi, Stepantsminda.Read more
The cheapest option is to take a local minibus (marshrutka) from Didube bus station. Take the red line metro in the city centre and get off at Didube. The bus station is big and can seem chaotic. Expect to be approached by drivers or their touts, so if you don’t speak either Georgian or Russian it could be daunting trying to find the right bus.
In reality, ask around for “marshrutka Gudauri” and you’ll quickly be directed to the right area. There may be several heading that way, there is no fixed schedule, they leave as soon as they are full. They depart from 08:00 to 17:00 and the ride costs 7 Lari. In peak-season the marshrutkas can fill up fast, so give yourself plenty of time for the journey.
Some buses go further along the route to Kazbegi, so you might need to remind the driver to stop at Gudauri - the hotels and chair lifts will make it pretty obvious when you are in the resort.
An easier, though more expensive, option is a taxi. Expect drivers to ask for around 100 Lari for a one way trip, but try to negotiate and you could get it cheaper.
There are also several companies providing transfer services, some of which offer services direct to Gudauri from Tbilisi and Kutaisi airports, or ask the hotel you are staying at in Gudauri if they can to organize transfers for you.
The climate in Gudauri is mild. The main time for arrival is from December to April. This period is characterized by a stable and deep snow cover, the weather is quite warm, with many sunny days. In winter, the daytime air temperature ranges from -5 to -7 degrees Celsius (23 - 19 Fareinheit). When you book a cozy hotel in Gudauri, you can enjoy beautiful views from the window, forgetting about city rush.
In summer, Gudauri temperature goes up to +20 degrees Celsius (68 Fareinheit), so there is not a trace left of the snow. Therefore, plan an active holiday in Gudauri in the midst of the ski season.
In Gudauri there are trails for people with any level of training. Back from 1980, Austrians began to equip it, build the first hotels and ski lifts.
Now the resort offers 22 trails for any category: beginners, amateurs and professionals. The longest descent, 7 km long, can not leave you indifferent. In order to get to the trails, there are 5 ski lifts. They can serve up to 4 thousand people at a time. If you get to the top station, you will be at an altitude of 3307 m. Prices start from about $2.5 per lift and are cheaper if you buy a multi ticket.
Many fans of skiing are attracted to freeride, whose width reaches 5 kilometers. In Gudauri you will not be bored, there are many things to do:
You can see details on the Gudauri ski map. Many hotels offer ski rental service, also renting ski equipment is possible near ski lifts.
Gudauri nightlife includes variety of bars and discos at hotels. There are several on-mountain restaurants and bars open throughout the day, mainly at the top of the first chairlift. They tend towards Georgian dishes, and although probably not the best offerings of local cuisine, they will certainly appease your hunger after a hard day on the slopes. There are also a couple of eateries with hot-dogs, khinkali, beer, tea, coffee and other snacks at the bottom of gondola lift.
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On the territory of Gudauri ski resort you can find accommodation with any budget. Prices in Gudauri start from $20-30 per person during the ski season. On our website you can see photos of the rooms so that you can review all the details before booking.
Here you can also find guest houses, apartments and hostels. For example, for a comfortable stay with children, you can choose "New Gudauri" aparthotel. Here you will find restaurants and spa on the territory of the complex. For a comfortable stay with a large company, you can choose a cozy cottage.
One of the most expensive hotels in Gudauri is the "Marco Polo". There are all conditions and entertainment for a good rest, including bowling and a swimming pool.
10 hotels in Gudauri, that we can recommend are: