Pretty much the only way to get to Tskhinvali at present is to travel north from Gori. The cheapest option is to take a marshrutka, which run multiple times per day between the two cities (although the routes are shut down for the time being, because of the hostilities between Russia and Georgia.
Tskinvali's city center is compact, and easily covered on foot.
- The main government building. A large neoclassical Italianate building, home to the separatist government of Eduard Kokoity, which is the main landmark in the city
- Monument to the victims of the Georgian-Ossetian conflict.
- Statue of Abaity Vasoiy (Абайты Васойы).
- Statue of Khetagkaty Kostaiy (Хетæгкаты Къостайы).
Tskhinvali has long been the safest destination in South Ossetia to visit (although that emphatically does not mean that it has been safe), but as it is currently unsafe for foreigners of any kind to visit. But even better times, corruption, violent banditry, and general lawlessness have made this an unappealing place to vacation.
- The Russian-Georgian border has been closed to all third-party nationals for more five years, but it should now be considered closed to everyone. The only people crossing the border at present are Russian troops and Ossetian refugees.