How to get to Abkhazia

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Abkhazia is on the Black sea and shares borders with Russia and Georgia. You can get into it with Russia via the Psou checkpoint and from the territory of Georgia, but given the unsettled status of Abkhazia as an independent state, when visiting the country through border of the Russian Federation by foreign passport may cause problems with a visit to Georgia in the future, so it is recommended that the Russians to enter the country exclusively on the internal Russian passport. Read more about this issue read the article Visa and the visa regime in Abkhazia.

To reach from cities of Russia to the resorts of Abkhazia by plane, train, bus and private car, all routes lead there in the city of Sochi and Adler. Read more about all the ways how to get to Abkhazia:

On the plane

In Abkhazia there is no existing passenger airport, so getting here by plane is via Sochi international airport in Adler (airport map), which is only 10 kilometers from the Psou checkpoint on the border with Abkhazia. In Sochi airport runs many flights from different regions of the Russian Federation, as well as international flights.

Check rates and choose the option of flights to Sochi airport to and from any city you can through the search form:

The minimum price of tickets from Moscow to Sochi:

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Minimum ticket prices of cities of the Russian Federation in Sochi:

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How to get from Sochi airport (Adler) to Abkhazia

From Sochi airport to the resorts of Abkhazia can be reached in several ways, but the only nonstop – transfers by taxi or minivan. The journeys on buses or trains can take almost the whole day, and have to make several changes:

  • A taxi from the airport

    By taxi you can reach the Psou checkpoint where you already own to cross the border and drive to the right of the resort on local routes or taxi. You can also get directly to the desired resort from Abkhazia, but the transfer by taxi is best to book in advance. This can be done via the search form:

    How does a transfer bookingDetails >
    Поиск трансфераFind the right route
    Бронирование онлайнBooking a transfer online
    Встреча водителемThe driver meets you at the airport or at the station
  • On the bus from the airport

    From the airport you can take bus No. 173, to the Psou checkpoint to cross the border on foot and then take Shuttle taxis to the resorts of Abkhazia.

  • On the train from the airport

    Attention! The movement of trains on the route have been suspended. Check the information on resuming the schedule.

    From the airport can be reached by train or train to Gagra with a transfer, but the trip will take almost the whole day. First, from the airport you must drive to the railway station Adler by train "Lastochka" (46 rubles), or buses No. 105, 105C, 131, 135 (30-60 min). There is need to change on the train or passing trains to Gagra. The train costs 250 rubles, on the road for 2 hours, departs at 07:38 and 14:10 daily. The schedule can be found on the website Yandex.schedules. Also from the railway station buses depart to Abkhazia.

By train

On the train ride to the resorts of Abkhazia to Gagra, Gudauta, New Athos, Escher, Sukhum. After Sukhum railway ends, but you can continue by local bus or taxi. Train travel to Sukhum in summer from Moscow, St. Petersburg, Belgorod, Samara.

If in your area there is no train to Sukhum, it is possible to take the train to railway station of Adler, and there take the train or the bus to Sukhum or other resorts. Schedule and cost of tickets for trains can be found on the official website of the Railways or by using the search box:

By bus

From the regions of Russia in summer, offers bus tours to Abkhazia. They are sold by the carriers or organized by tour operators. The bus fare costs a little bit cheaper than the train, but the convenience and time significantly inferior, therefore we recommend to use this option only in the most extreme case.

From the cities of Big Sochi to the border with Abkhazia (Psou checkpoint) walk local buses:

  • No. 125 (from the center of Sochi through the Host Kudepsta, Adler)
  • No. 173 (Sochi airport, Adler, Kudepsta)
  • No. 117, No. 100 (Kudepsta, railway station Adler)
  • No. 134 (Host, Kudepsta, railway station Adler)

A bus reaching the checkpoint or stop close to it can be reached on foot. After crossing the border on the other side is Parking local taxis, which can be reached already next to all the resorts of Abkhazia on the highway along the coast. They poisoned every 10-15 minutes, cost from $ 100 depending on where you need to go.

By car

Drive the car to Abkhazia is possible only through the checkpoint "Psou", which is on the border with Russia (checkpoint Psou on the map) in the Krasnodar region, Sochi, Adler district, Veseloye. The road to the border passes along the Black sea coast, through the towns of Big Sochi, and this is the only way here. If you have never been to Sochi, keep in mind that the area from the city of Sochi to Adler, where is the CAT – a very challenging mountain winding road. Its length is 200 miles, but to drive it for 5-6 hours in good weather and the open road, or spend all 12 hours if there are traffic jams. Gasoline in this area is consumed decently.

The distance to Abkhazia from the major cities of Russia

  • Moscow – Abkhazia – 1655 km.
  • Saint Petersburg – Abkhazia – 2373 km.
  • Kazan – Abkhazia – 2095 km.
  • Samara – Abkhazia – 2000 km.
  • Volgograd – Abkhazia – 1008 km.
  • Rostov-na-Donu – Abkhazia – 586 km.
  • Krasnodar – Abkhazia – 440 km.

Read more about how to get by car to Abkhazia, here...

Comments / recent posts on the topic on the forum
Alexander the Warrior July 29, 2019
Hello! Who like to arrive with a link to the border with Abkhazia and after. It is more profitable to take? And is it possible at Adler airport to purchase a SIM card for use in Abkhazia? Thanks in advance) ...
admin 30 July, 2019

No matter any of the two operators take, there is no difference. About airport can't tell always by car went. Only one note: immediately after crossing the border of the Russian SIM cards do not use, communications from America will cost, damn it. ...
Lelik.o77 4 August, 2019
Now stationed in Abkhazia under the New Athos, the village of Primorsko. Came here ( on their own, without a vehicle)to receive medical treatment. Crossed the border in 20 minutes, without personal inspection. 10 minutes of hydrogen sulfide, the source of healing mud. Highly recommend for joints and blood purification. What about respect, do not worry, here all have wifi. The SIM card put in airplane mode using 5 km after the border. The money is not removed... spoke calmly by telephone immediately after crossing the border( like a house). A lot of minibuses, the fare is cheap. Before Athos was 200 RUB., 1 hour 20 mins with a breeze. All Abkhazians are very friendly, always ready to help and give. If you do not stay in a hotel, very cheap. The private sector 350-500 RUB 2-bed room per day. You can negotiate with food. The food they serve is phenomenal! All a good journey. ...
aaaaal 6 August, 2019
Was in Abkhazia last year. Experience the best! the food is delicious, the people are friendly (contrary to rumors). And the's just a thrill. clean, unlike the dirty Anapa. Going to visit the country again this year. Many do not have time to look...
Mitya August 31, 2019
And I on the contrary came in. Last year went 40 thousand left there 3 weeks. I liked everything. It is clear that the service is not developed yet, but I try and it is captivating. ...
Chester September 8, 2019
Last year there 8 times dangled from Adler. To rent a house there was. Pros - sea, nature, sparsely populated, the nostalgia for the Soviet Union, the sights. Minus all the abandoned, bus, driving on the road dangerous, there are few shops, pretty boring. There was a bad incident in Sukhumi with local security forces in plain clothes, passed the house of Moscow, and I caught up with the car, it stopped me abses - took me for zakladka drugs:(, found a common language, even before the station was taken, on the transfer in Psou on this day, our border guards at the exit for no reason at all asked where I'm from (town of Abkhazia).
In my opinion the best location in Pitsunda, where Sands (fishery) and in Athens, they say there are still musra, but haven't been there yet. There are many stray dogs (lying crushed on the road and walk along the beaches), cows walk on the track, a lot of wine and chacha. Syringes on beaches. Turkish radio stations are audible. Breathe irregularly to Turkey. Echoes of war, all monuments and obelisks. Exotic still the same. But, in my opinion there mentally and spiritual people. And more freedom - there are no such restrictions in Russia, border crosses, as if a stone from his shoulders. Will go there again. For extreme relaxation. ...
Romantik November 20, 2019
Was in Abkhazia more than once. Although it was a long time ago. Me and the family arranged everything: sea, nature, air, attitude. I want to go back. ...
nausla 20 November, 2019
And judging by the old town square on your avatar, more like Prague.)) ...
Skyler 21 November, 2019

That's a hundred percent agree, I was there last time three years ago and apparently nothing has changed in that time. And greatly surprised the locals - had rented a house from private owners, so all the toilets and kitchen on the street, absolutely no comforts of home, but all in the hand of smartphones and all chatyatsya somewhere :lol: :lol: so amused by this fact :lol: ...
Swallow December 9, 2019
All I was thinking about Abkhazia, but after listening to friends - so you shouldn't go at all. As they say there are no special conditions, infrastructure, nothing. I do not know. At least in principle, we have in Sochi is not perfect everywhere, but it is still heart isn't in it yet. ...