Bicycles on Trains in Georgia (Caucusus)

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ian5spot
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Bicycles on Trains in Georgia (Caucusus)

Postby ian5spot » 16 Jul 2017, 8:49am

Hi there, I am going cycling in Georgia in a couple of weeks and plan to take my bike on the train from Tbilisi to Batumi. Does anyone have any recent experience of taking bikes on this route?
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Re: Bicycles on Trains in Georgia (Caucusus)

Postby Sweep » 16 Jul 2017, 9:20am

Sorry, have no idea, but please do report back on your trip.

I have heard good things about Georgia, particularly for cycling trips.
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Re: Bicycles on Trains in Georgia (Caucusus)

Postby simonhill » 16 Jul 2017, 5:03pm

As ever with any train query, try the Maninseat61 website. Lots of useful info. You can also contact 'the man' via the website.

Another option would be the Lonely Planet Thorn Tree Georgia section. You can often get useful info from residents or ex pats.
https://www.lonelyplanet.com/thorntree/ ... us/georgia

Enjoy.

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Re: Bicycles on Trains in Georgia (Caucusus)

Postby ian5spot » 16 Jul 2017, 6:46pm

Thanks - managed to call Georgian Railways and they told us to just book a ticket for ourselves and then pay separately for the bikes when we get to the station. Bikes will need to be 'dismantled', so I will take the bell off! Will let you know how it goes when we get back!

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Re: Bicycles on Trains in Georgia (Caucusus)

Postby dondelion » 19 Jul 2017, 5:05pm

I was in Georgia for a few months a couple of years ago and had no problems putting my bike on local trains a couple of times. It cost a tiny amount and I just turned up and got on the train, no dismantling required. The bike just went in a goods carriage or in a space by the door. It might be different on the longer distance trains and if you are one them remember to be nice to your provodnitsa (conductor) or she can make your life hell...

Enjoy Georgia - the roads are terrible and the drivers worse but it's beautiful, tasty and hospitable. Gamarjos!

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Re: Bicycles on Trains in Georgia (Caucusus)

Postby Chat Noir » 19 Jul 2017, 7:43pm

Was in Georgia last September. We purchased tickets from the main station in Tbilisi to travel with mountain bikes to get to the Svaneti area. In the end we didn't use the tickets, but I recall they were very cheap (less than £10 each). You can book tickets on-line beforehand, go to the website for the railways in Georgia (can't recall what it was but Google and you should find).

There's a lighthearted account of our trip here: https://yetey.wordpress.com/ . Lovely country and people, great trip on mountain bikes, if a little hard.

Enjoy the trip.
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Re: Bicycles on Trains in Georgia (Caucusus)

Postby ian5spot » 20 Jul 2017, 9:53pm

Thanks for the link to your blog, Chat Noir. It gives a good indication of some of the challenges that could lie ahead!

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Re: Bicycles on Trains in Georgia (Caucusus)

Postby biglia2000 » 20 Feb 2020, 2:39pm

Hi to all.
Has anyone carried a bike on the night train from Tbilisi to Baku?

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Re: Bicycles on Trains in Georgia (Caucusus)

Postby mattheus » 20 Feb 2020, 3:15pm

Chat Noir wrote:Was in Georgia last September. We purchased tickets from the main station in Tbilisi to travel with mountain bikes to get to the Svaneti area. In the end we didn't use the tickets,

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There's a lighthearted account of our trip here: https://yetey.wordpress.com/ .


Let me guess - you took bikes, but didn't use them.

:P

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Re: Bicycles on Trains in Georgia (Caucusus)

Postby Chat Noir » 20 Feb 2020, 7:48pm

Eh?

We cycled from Tbilisi to the Tusheti region and then back to Tbilisi - quite a challenging ride. Our plan to go on to the Svaneti region was overcome by a shortage of time so in the end we didn't use the rail tickets. I do know that generally there is no problem taking bikes on trains but couldn't comment specifically on the Baku night train.

Great place to visit and great place to cycle - enjoy the ride.
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Re: Bicycles on Trains in Georgia (Caucusus)

Postby richardfm » 21 Feb 2020, 9:31am

biglia2000 wrote:Hi to all.
Has anyone carried a bike on the night train from Tbilisi to Baku?

Are you going to Euros in June? I'm flying from Cardiff to Baku then from there to Rome. The bike will be staying at home