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.
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:
From Navoi is also possible to get a train to the new built north line going inside Karakalpakstan to Nukus and Qongirat.
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.
Its the arrival of the night train Tashkent to Bukhara. 12 hours on the train.
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?
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
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
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
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?
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
There are few air companies fly in. Turkish airlines and probably best option is Uzbek airlines.
Upon arrival to TAshkent airport be aware of checky and greedy taxi drivers that would take every chance to rip as much money as they can. Airport pick up can be arranged with hotel or B&B for around 5 - 10 USD.
The best way to travel in the country is to hire a driver with a car. Road shape is relatively good.
The whole trip from Tashkent to Khiva should be around 300 USD total including expenses on petrol.
Covered distance is over 1000 km.
The driver will be at your service all the time.
Consider you are lucky if you get enlish speaking driver.
Uzbekistan Airways has a round trip from Tashkent via Amsterdam and Paris back to Tashkent.
Public transportation from city to city is available and cheap. In Tashkent you must use the metro (subway) at least one time.
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