Getting Around Uzbekistan

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    Subway in Tashkent

    by johnsakura Updated Oct 21, 2004

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    This is a very easy way to get around the city. You'll problably never wait more than 5 minutes for a train and the stations are quite clean and quite safe. To go in you have to pass a metal detector. For backpackers like me, a huge backpack will be very confusion. They need to check your bag to see if you have some bomb. The Subway in Tashkent was design to be a bomb shelter and nuclear shelter so no pictures are alowed inside. There are 3 main lines for subway in the city: red line, blue line and green line. The Uzbekistan and the Chilanzar, and the third under construction (the green one).

    The cost of a ticket is 15SUM and system runs until 5am to 12pm.

    Tashkent's subway is the one and only in Central Asia so people seem quite proud of it. Actually Its quite nice and fast. I've never took such a fast metro before, nor NYC, Berlin, Paris, Lisbon, Madrid, no, the fastest so far was in Central Asia?!

    For a map on Tashkent subway map please click on the following link:

    Tashkent Metro/Subway Map

    subway in tashkent uzbekistan

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    Tashkent->Tehran Air Iran

    by johnsakura Updated Oct 21, 2004

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    I got a one way ticket from Iran Airline for 266800SUM about $260us. Contact Abda Travel Company for nice deals. They know the man in Iran Air office so maybe you can get a nice deal. 132-22-56 ask for Sanjar, manager of inbound. fax 132-22-56
    E-mail: abdatravel@albatros.uz

    For my Page on Iran please click on the folowing link:

    My Iranian VT Page

    The picture shows a street in Tehran, Iran

    uzbekistan to iran

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    Taxis in Uzbekistan

    by johnsakura Updated Oct 21, 2004

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    Shared taxis are a easy, fast and cheap way of gettnig around cities in Uzbekistan. ALso its a good opportunity to cut in half, hours buses need to make some journeys. This for long journeys can be dangerous if you decide to pay yourself a only person taxi, please, be smart and go with people, better not to go alone or with just 1 or 2 men. I knew some people rober my driver and another man.

    In Tashkent you can get a shared taxi to Fergana Valley for about $6us, also to Samarkand.

    In Uzbekistan people dont need taxis drivers license to bring people with them. So basicaly everyone that as a car will ry to make some extra money and take you any where. You just need to negociate the price. A normal trip inside a city shouldnt cost more then 2000SUM maybe a bit less if you can make a good deal.

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    Trains in Uzbekistan

    by johnsakura Updated Oct 21, 2004

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    Trains in Uzbekistan run slowly but safe I think. Although trains are a bit old, they seem to be in pretty good shape to me. You have international train lines going from Almaty to Tashkent ($40us), From Tashkent to Moscow (55 to 65 hours, 2 days a week, $89us+Russian visa), Tashkent to Turkmenabat->Ashgatat.

    Inland train lines are like this:

    Tashkent->Jizzakh->Samarkand->Navoi->Gijduvan->Bukhara

    From Navoi is also possible to get a train to the new built north line going inside Karakalpakstan to Nukus and Qongirat.

    Prices:
    Tashkent-Samarkand-$3us
    Tashkent-Bukhara-$6us +-6000SUM
    Tashkent-Urgench-$8us

    There are 2 train stations in Tashkent, one mainly for northern lines: Fergana Valley, Moscow, Almaty and Bishkek, and another station for southern lines going to Dushambe, Samarkand, Bukhara, Urgench and Ashgabat.

    The picture:
    Its the arrival of the night train Tashkent to Bukhara. 12 hours on the train.

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    Mini Bus/Taxi-Samarkand

    by johnsakura Updated Oct 21, 2004

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    There are several historical buildings and sites in Samarkand which are quite far way from everything. For instance, if you need to go from the Registan square to Central Gorky Park you can get a mini bus on the Registan Avenue also named Registanskaya. From the Main Bazaar, you can get a mini bus to Samarkand War Memorial.

    Taxis are also a good choice for moving in the city. If you are coming from Bukhara on a Mini Bus, 5000UM, 6hours, you'll get off near the Long distance Bus-Station. You'll have to get a taxi to the city. Deal the price for going there and don't pay more than 2000SUM or 1000SUm. If they complain about the price of oil etc, its not your problem, maybe they have to change job?

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    Mini Bus Tashkent

    by johnsakura Updated Oct 21, 2004

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    In Tashkent there is a very fast way of getting to different places. This little mini vans can get everywhere just in a matter of seconds. There are several main points or squares where you can get them and leave to other destinations. If you're coming from the border with Kazakhstan for instance you’ll get a taxi or mini van or normal bus to the Chorsu Bazaar. From here you can get transportation to all the main places in the city. 3 major streets head into Chorsu bazaar; they are Forob, Sagban and Zarqaynar Street. Near Chorsu you also have the Metro station which is also a good alternative to rush hours and heavy traffic.
    Mini bus costs 500SUM

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    Urgench - Khiva

    by chrisvandenbroucke Written Feb 5, 2004

    To go to Khiva, you have to leave the Urgench busstation, cross a big street and go through a shopping street to another big street.
    Just follow the people who will be waiting with you for the trolleybus.
    One hour from Urgench to Khiva, 150 sum

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    Turtkul: middle of the night

    by chrisvandenbroucke Written Feb 5, 2004

    We arrived on a 19 hrs bus from Tashent and were dropped in Turtkul at 6 a.m. In the middle of nowhere. No buses only taxis.
    At that moment you're cheap bait for these vultures.
    We discussed, named our price, turned away, negotiated again and agreed for a sixth of the first sum (6000 sum)
    Half an hour later we were in the centre of Urgench

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    Bukhara to Tashkent

    by Backpackin_Mac Written Jan 1, 2004

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    The overnight train is the most relaxing way to travel. Try to get second class if you can.

    If there are mixed sexes in your compartment the men will normally step out while th ewomen get changed etc. Unfortunately in our cabin we had a dad, his attractive young daughter, her younger brother who were off to prepare for the daughters move to Tashkent to study at University. A young boy she liked was also on the train and in the process changed her clothes 4 times to catch his eye. A lot of standing in the hallway. I wonder if Mari did that for me?

    Our hotel for the night
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    To Urgench from Tashkent on Air

    by kumachan200x Updated Dec 8, 2003

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    The Entrance of the empty in Khiva is URUGENCH. Although it is a small airport, it is an international airport once. It is about 30km from a URGENCHI airport to Khiva. market price $10 in a taxi.
    I had make it $8 !!!

    Tashkent to URUGENCH is abbreviation $80.

    Since the section here is well crowded, it recommends early reservation.

    At the Airport Urgench

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    Khiva to Bukhara by Taxi

    by kumachan200x Written Dec 8, 2003

    A taxi is chartered and it is one-way about 7 hours Khiva to Bukhara. Such a scene continues for 7 hours. charter cost -- US$50 When going to Bukhara from Khiva and going to Khiva from left-hand side and Bukhara, let's sit on right-hand side. It is burned by the sun.

    Khiva to Bukhara 18 May.2003

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  • Crossing the Amu Darja

    by albe2 Updated Dec 5, 2003

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    There are few possibilities to cross the Amu Darja, this is probably the most important "bridge", leading from Buruni to Urgentch/Khiva. Although some maps give you the impression that you can drive from Khiva to the east on the southern side of the Amu Darja, this is not possible as you end up at the border of Turkmenistan without any chance to cross the Amu Darja to the north again. No problem for locals as there's a bridge some 10kms in Turkmenistan, but without valid multiple entry visas you have to turn around.

    Marginal note: they were welding the bridge while we crossed it...

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  • Entering Uzbekistan via the Ustjurt plateau

    by albe2 Written Dec 4, 2003

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    Contrary to the information i received from travellers taking this route some years earlier there is a border guard between Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan on this way.

    We dealt with the Kazakhstan police and customs in Beyneu (roughly 80km northwest of the border) while Uzbekistan has a boarder guard directly at the boarder on the 56th (a container with a single customer officer, a bed, a chair, a table, and an AK-74, but no arrival stamp).

    Nevertheless, both posts were friendly and we did the formalities in less than an hour on both sides of the border.

    First kilometers in Uzbekistan (Ustjurt plateau)
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    Train from Tashkent to Bukhara

    by Majaran Written Nov 23, 2003

    Bukhara Statition in the morning. That's the over night train in the background.

    The cab guys will come and pick you up as you exit the station. Bargain hard, but remember the city is little distance form the station.

    bukhara station

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  • well, lufthansa bailed out of...

    by kalypso Written Aug 26, 2002

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    well, lufthansa bailed out of uzbekistan in october of 2001 so you're only options now are tkaing uzbek air or turkish air. both flights are very basic though turkish air gives you socks and a cover for your eyes and a little toothbrush. the uzbek air flight from moscow is actually in partnership with aeroflot.
    take taxis everywhere. they are super cheap, convenient, and easy. for instance, a taxi from tashkent to samarkand costs $20 for the car. it's the safest way to travel and if you get a good driver you can make the trip in two and a half hours flat. in the cities take a taxi wherever you want to go and just give them a dollar, it's the simplest and it's always enough.

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