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Are local buses, trams, trains or taxis safe and affordable?

Affordable? Yes. Safe? Eh. Buses are like...$.40, but they're routes are a little hard to figure out. We usually taxi everywhere, and it almost never costs more than 5 lari (10 to get to the embassy). Most taxis don't have seat belts in the back (they're required to have them in the front), and they're usually in rough shape (bumpers missing, headlights missing, etc. The driving here is really (REALLY) chaotic. There's an app called Taxify that's like Uber and those taxis are usually non-smoking and have seat belts. Taxify is also usually a better deal than just hailing a cab. However, they're not always available. - Apr 10, 2017
Taxis are very safe and cheap, but the drivers probably only understand Georgian and Russian. And they have a hard time reading a map. If you want to take a taxi, know where you are going or have someone write down where you want to go in Georgian. - Feb 14, 2017
Taxis are everywhere, but mechanical safety of the car is all over the map. Many do not have seat belts, and Tbilisi taxi drivers are mostly anarchists in their driving. Use with caution. - May 1, 2016
Taxis are fine, but pay the difference get one with seat belts. The drivers in Georgia are very bad. - Jul 17, 2014
Taxis are affordable, though drivers almost never speak English. Fares should be agreed upon in advance. Very few taxis have seatbelts. The embassy recommends a taxi company that does have meters and seatbelts and can be phoned in advance, but this company is more expensive and I've found they rip off customers even more than taxis hailed on the street. Few foreigners take local buses, but I've found this to be a very convenient, inexpensive, and safe option in the center part of the city. There is also a subway system, though its extent is limited and almost all information is in Georgian. Public transportation takes a bit of effort to figure out, but I've found doing so to be well worth it and much less stressful than driving. - Oct 31, 2011
Taxis are abundant and inexpensive. The Embassy has a couple companies that they recommend. - Sep 24, 2011
Very cheap and very safe except for bad driving. - Apr 27, 2011
Taxis are safe and affordable. Trains are safe and affordable. A great way to travel to the west coast/Black Sea. Subway is ok. Buses and marshutkas are definitely not recommended. Travel on these at your own risk. - Jun 9, 2010
Cabs are generally safe and readily available. The embassy advises against using them, but local buses and trains were safe for my wife during the two years she used them. - Oct 12, 2009
I never got on the subway, I rode a city bus a few times without incident. The Red Cab service is what I generally took or made personal acquaintance with cabbies who I would call on at other times. Generally I drove myself without a problem. The key is to drive with a purpose and don't go fast until you identify a problem. - Jan 27, 2009