I've been doing some online searches for a friend staying in my hostel here in Batumi who wants to travel to Istanbul tomorrow.
Now I know there are direct buses from various cities in Turkey to Tbilisi, because I took one from Samsun last year, and they pass through Batumi on the way.
But oddly, I can't seem to find any references online about which companies might let passengers board in Batumi to go to Istanbul. When I search I can only find people asking about buses over the past five years, but no solid answers.
So are my eyes funny or is there really this odd gap in the Georgia/Turkey bus connections?
We know there's no train but I assume if there's not a direct bus that getting to the border on a marshrutka and then taking a dolmuş to Trabzon and then finally taking a nice comfy long distance bus to Istanbul will work and won't be too difficult. But a direct bus will still be more straightforward if there is one.