The lari(GEL) is the currency of Georgia. It is divided into 100 tetri. The name lari is an old Georgian word denoting a hoard, property, while tetri is an old Georgian monetary term (meaning ‘white’) used in ancient Colchis from the 6th century BC.


  • Banknotes come in denominations of one, two, five, 10, 20, 50, 100 and 200 lari; coins run from one tetri to two lari.

  • ATMs, generally accepting MasterCard, Visa, Cirrus and Maestro cards, are plentiful in cities and towns.

  • There are also plenty of banks and small money-exchange offices in most towns and cities, where you can exchange US dollars, Euros and sometimes sterling and the currencies of Georgia’s neighboring countries.

  • You can make purchases with credit cards at some hotels, restaurants and shops, though less frequently outside Tbilisi.

  • Common tipping practice in restaurants is just to round up the bill to the next round number.

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