On the way back from my forest walk this morning I saw one of Tbilisi’s distinctive yellow buses. The tall person told me that lots of people use them and they are often crowded but they are cheap and there is a good network of routes. You board the bus by either door and put coins in a ticket machine or use a pre paid swipe card. There is a flat fare of 50 tetri (about 30 US cents). Apparently, you must always remember to pay for a ticket because inspectors sometimes board the buses and check tickets and they also wait at some bus stops and check tickets when people get off.
You have to be careful if you are standing by the door because people are often in a hurry to get on or off.
This a bus stop. Unlike mini buses, that will stop anywhere along their route, buses will only stop at bus stops. This makes them a little less convenient than mini buses but you don’t have to walk far to find a bus stop.
This bus stop in my neighborhood has a new electronic sign that lets people know what number bus will arrive next and how many minutes they have to wait. Amazing! These new bus stops must have incredible eyesight to see that far down the road!