Book flights from Baku to Tbilisi
Spacious seating and a range of world-class services go a long way to making our flights from Baku to Tbilisi with Qatar Airways such a pleasure. With the extra seating space you need to properly stretch out and relax, a menu of award-winning cuisine, and the devoted attention of a highly-attentive cabin crew, your trip to Tbilisi will pass by smoothly and in complete comfort.
The Georgian capital has had a long and eventful history, ruled by the Persians and Russians in succession, both of which have left their very different marks on its architecture. Eastern Orthodox churches are very much in evidence, and there are also Art Nouveau influences and Modernist structures from the era of Soviet occupation. The city is dominated by the massive Narikala fortress, built in the 4th century. From the battlements you can enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding countryside.
Flying from Baku
Heydar Aliyev International Airport is located just about 20 kilometres away from the centre of Baku, the capital of the country, and is a modern airport that sees up to three million passengers a year. However, it has the capacity to handle twice that number, so passengers flying from Baku with Qatar Airways will find it to be a spacious, comfortable and well-organised airport that focuses on the customer experience from the moment of arrival until take-off.
Transportation and parking
A custom-built highway leads from Baku right to the airport, so travellers arriving by car will find it to be an easy and hassle-free journey. If you don’t have a hire car then the easiest way to get to the airport, especially if you have a large amount of luggage, is to pre-order a taxi through your hotel concierge or reception. Buses do run to the airport, but they tend to be very crowded. Two parking lots are available, one in front of each of the terminal buildings. There are spaces for up to 1,600 vehicles on both short and long-term parking.
Arriving at the airport
Passengers flying from Baku with Qatar Airways depart from Terminal 1, which is for international flights only. The terminal is modern and well designed, meaning that check-in processes and customs checks are relatively smooth and quick. Allow approximately an hour and a half to two hours before your flight is due to board, and ensure that all your documentation is correct and in order before you arrive, as security can be tight.
Facilities and amenities
The terminal has Duty Free outlets where you can pick up last-minute gifts, perfume and luxury items. A few food vendors offer snacks-on-the-go and hot beverages, and Wi-Fi is available in some areas of the airport. The interior design of the terminal includes a series of oak-veneer ‘cocoons’, some of which act as small private lounges. There are ATMs and currency exchange facilities, as well as comfortable and very spacious lounge areas.
Arriving in Tbilisi
Tbilisi is the capital of Georgia and a melting pot of cultures that blend old with new. Part of the Soviet Union until 1991, it has also spent time under Persian rule. Now it’s entering a new golden age with gleaming, ultra-modern buildings like the Rike Park Concert Hall, and boutique hotels springing up across the city.
Book a flight to Tbilisi with Qatar Airways and you’ll discover a city with medieval buildings and atmospheric markets side by side with Soviet-era architecture and 21st century construction. You’ll enjoy a rich and varied local cuisine that’s affordable and delicious. Travel beyond the city and treat your senses to some of the most stunning, unspoilt scenery in the world. You can lose yourself on verdant green hillsides and snow-capped mountains, where you’ll feel like almost the only person for miles around.
Old Tbilisi is the tourist hub of the city. Here you’ll find historical sights as well as plenty of cafés, bars and restaurants. Tbilisi gets its name from the hot water spring discovered in the city hundreds of years ago. Start your break at the Orbeliani Baths, and take a dip in the natural sulphur rich waters. You’ll find it in the Abanotubani neighbourhood, located below the Nariqala Fortress.
The Nariqala Fortress is another must-see for visitors. To save walking too far, take the cable car up from Rike Park (which is close to the Bridge of Peace). It’s a great value ride, which takes you over the rooftops giving you another stunning view of the city. The fortress is a series of ruined walls, but you’ll be treated to more breath-taking views over the buildings and botanical gardens.
If you’re interested in the more recent history of Tbilisi, a trip around a flea market will reward you with plenty of reminders of the city’s Soviet past. You’ll find busts of Lenin and plenty of Soviet-era memorabilia on sale. For even more, head to the Soviet Occupation hall at the Georgian National Museum. Here you can watch documentaries, see important artefacts, and take a close look at one of the train carriages involved in the 1924 uprising.
Flights to Tbilisi with Qatar Airways land at Tbilisi International Airport. Visa restrictions for entry into the country will depend on your country of origin, length of stay and whether your trip is for business or pleasure. Before you fly to Tbilisi please check the visa and passport requirements.