4×4 rental in Georgia : the best rental shops in Tbilisi & Kutaisi

Everything you need to know to rent a car in Georgia: insurance, road condition, best car rental companies, etc.

Georgia, the pearl of the Caucasus, is a paradise for road trip enthusiasts. With its stunning landscapes and picturesque towns, there’s no better way to explore this beautiful country than by car. If you’re planning to rent a car in Georgia, it’s important to choose the best 4×4 rental shops to ensure a comfortable and safe journey. Tbilisi and Kutaisi are two of the most popular cities for renting a 4×4 in Georgia, as they offer a wide variety of options at reasonable prices. However, with so many rental companies out there, it can be challenging to decide on the best one. In this guide, we’ll walk you through the best car rental shops in Tbilisi and Kutaisi, as well as provide tips on insurance, road condition, and driving rules in Georgia.

If you are planning a road trip to Georgia, our book EXPLORE GEORGIA will be of great help!

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Map of Georgia, the pearl of the Caucasus.

Why you should travel to Georgia?

Georgia? Not the American state of Martin Luther King, but this amazing, underrated country on the borders of Europe. Snow-capped peaks with centuries-old churches and watchtowers, mysterious valleys with ancient cave dwellings, and above all, and incredible hospitality… Georgia is the ideal destination for travellers and overlanders who want to experience an adventure off the beaten track. Located at the crossroads of Asia and Europe, at the heart of the Caucasus mountains, Georgia is easily accessible from Europe. 

5 reasons to Rent a Car in Georgia

Convenience and comfort

There aren’t many public transport options in Georgia. You can choose between marshrutkas, which are small shared buses that serve the country’s main towns, or shared taxis, which offer greater flexibility but don’t allow you to travel at your own pace or stop whenever you like. For a trip lasting a few days, public transport will do the trick and will allow you to immerse yourself in the country’s culture. But if you’re planning a 2 or 3 week trip around the country, you’ll have more freedom and comfort with your own car.

Freedom to Explore

Georgia is an adventurous destination, with its many remote and little-known mountainous regions. All you’ll want to do is explore Georgia’s narrow mountain roads, picturesque villages and remote valleys. There’s no doubt that a car will give you more freedom. Find our selection of the best itineraries in Georgia in our book EXPLORE GEORGIA.

Cost-Effective

The daily rates for car rental are relatively affordable and cut down the cost of travelling in a group or as a family. Prices range from €40-50 per day for a car, to €70-90 per day for a 4×4 car. Prices generally include camping equipment. See our budget for a 2 week road trip in Georgia for 2 people in this article.

A wide choice of vehicles

Georgia is the largest car importing country in the world, so the car market is very diverse, as is the rental market. The two predominant brands in Georgia and the Caucasus region are Toyota and Mitsubishi. UAZ and Nissan are also quite common. If you have a problem during your road-trip with a Mitsubishi car, it is easier to find a garage and spare parts. It is best to take this into account when choosing your vehicle! Although Georgian mechanics have a bad reputation, they will be able to help you in case of a small problem.

The best 4×4 cars to rent in Georgia are Toyota Land Cruiser, Mitsubishi Pajero, Nissan Patrol, Mitsubishi Delica and UAZ Buhanka. To make sure you don’t get lost, we’ve written an article about the best 4×4 to rent for travelling.

Access to Remote Areas

If you are on a budget, renting a car can be an economical way to travel around Georgia. However, the most beautiful areas are only accessible with an all-terrain vehicle, so it would be a shame to miss out! By car, you will be able to use all the main roads as well as the level 1 and 2 routes of our book EXPLORE GEORGIA. For greater comfort and safety, especially on the mountain roads, we recommend a 4wd or a vehicle with high ground clearance.

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Everything you Need to Know Before Renting a Car in Georgia

Driving conditions in Georgia

The first rule of driving in Georgia is speed control. It is important to be attentive and to respect the speed limits. The condition of roads and tracks may vary greatly from a region to another. Moreover, Georgian driving is not exemplary, even rather dangerous, as they do not respect (or know?) the traffic rules. Also be careful as you will often come across stray animals on the side of the road (horses, cows, pigs, etc.). Beware of dogs, especially sheepdogs which are territorial and can be aggressive.

Compared to Central Asian countries, the police seem less corrupt. During our 4 months of exploration in 2021, we were only stopped once for an alcohol test (negative!). There is zero tolerance for drinking and driving. So please be careful with your consumption.

Insurance coverage

It is not compulsory to insure your vehicle in Georgia, but it is strongly recommended. Most Georgians do not have insurance and will settle out of court in the event of an accident.

Rental cars are normally all insured. The insurance covers part of the damage to the rental car in the event of an incident. It also includes your civil liability, i.e. the damage you may cause to others in an accident.

Apart from car insurance, it is advisable to have your own insurance in case of medical problems.

In the event of an accident and depending on the damage, you can call the police to establish the accident. A small “repair” budget is advisable because a flat tyre can happen even if you’re careful.

Road condition in Georgia

The roads connecting the main cities of Georgia are paved and are generally in good condition. You will therefore have no problems between the main cities (Tblisi, Kutaisi, Batumi, etc.) and on the Military Road that links Tbilisi to Vladikavkaz (Russia) through the Great Caucasus. On the other hand, you will have to be more careful on the country roads, especially in the mountains. Every year, landslides and floods can damage the mountain roads, which are almost always under construction! Therefore, even if you stay on asphalt, drive carefully. You may encounter potholes, bumps or debris.

When the road is not tarmac (often), it is bumpy or dirt tracks that can be slippery with a little rain. To help you, we have classified the trails in the EXPLORE GEORGIA book by difficulty level from 1 to 5. Some of the trails are well maintained, such as in Vashlovani Park, and others can be more difficult. Please note that the level of difficulty varies according to the weather, floods and possible landslides. If in doubt about a route, ask local people, tourist offices or our Facebook group.

Some border areas with Georgia require a special permit which can be obtained at the border police office.

Rent a car with driver in Georgia

Some travellers prefer to use the services of a driver to travel in Georgia. This can have several advantages if you have no experience of driving 4×4s or mechanics in case something goes wrong. Drivers know their vehicles well, can act as your translator, and are used to driving on mountain trails. Delica Mitsubishi drivers are easily found near tourist areas (Tusheti, Svaneti, Kazbegi, etc.). There are plenty of travel companies that organise 4×4 tours.

Rent a 4×4 in Tbilisi: the best car rental shops

The country’s main international airport is located in the capital, so it will be easier to start from there and rent a car in Tbilisi. Also, Tbilisi is obviously the place where most of the rental agencies are located. Here is a selection of very serious and professional car rental in Tbilisi at local price.

Temo – 4×4 with rooftent in Georgia!

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The OunTravela team knows Temo very well and he has become a friend. He helped us a lot during the creation of the Explore Georgia book. Passionate about photography and the beauty of his country, Temo launched his car and 4×4 rental agency a few years ago. His vehicles are perfectly maintained and Temo, who speaks fluent English, will give you very good advice to organize your trip. His family-run company provide vehicles to suit all tastes and budgets, from sturdy Toyota Land Cruisers and Nissan Patrols to Mitsubishi Montero Sports and small SUVs like Subaru Foresters.

A roof tent can be added to all vehicles for €20 per day! With the roof tent, camping equipment is included.

🔥Get all the camping equipment for 10€ per day: kitchen set, table, chairs, gas stove, solar shower, flashlight, etc.

Driving in Tusheti and Vashlovani is allowed.

4X4 rental in Tbilisi Georgia with roof top tent and camping gear