Tashkent International Airport (TAS) is the country’s most important airport. Facilities include: currency exchange, duty-free shops, bars, and restaurants. Buses operate from the Airport to the city center every 10 to 20 minutes with a travel time of 20 to 30 minutes. Taxis are readily available. You may also use Airport Transfer services provided by most hotels.
Tashkent is a main connecting point for all rail services in Central Asia. Routes lead west to Ashgabat, in Turkmenistan; south to Samarkand and on to Dushanbe, in Tajikistan; east to Bishkek, in Kyrgyzstan, and Almaty, in Kazakhstan; and north to Moscow. In the east of the country, there is a spur line to the Ferghana Valley, which leads to Osh, in Kyrgyzstan. In Almaty, it is possible to connect to China.
If you plan to travel outside Tashkent on business or leisure tours, there are a number of options to pursue. Uzbekistan Airways (HY) flies to all major towns and cities in Uzbekistan on a regular basis. Destinations include Tashkent, Samarkand, Navoi, Nukus, Karshi, Termez, Andijan and Namangan. Tickets can be bought at the Uzbekistan Airways (HY) ticket agency or at the domestic departure terminal of the airport (located in a separate building from the international terminal).
There is a network of railways connecting Bukhara, Samarkand, Termez, Fergana Valley and Nukus. There are two railway stations in Tashkent - North and South. Uzbekistan Railways provides a reliable way to travel. You can buy the tickets at the railway station.
"Registon" and "Sharq": The "Registon" brings you from Tashkent in 3h30min to Samarkand, and the "Sharq" makes a 600-km-journey Tashkent - Bukhara (with intermediate stop in Samarkand) in about 6.5 hours.
Overnight trains also run from Tashkent and Samarkand to Urgench (3 times weekly) and to Nukus - Kungrad (2 times weekly). It is also possible to travel to Khiva (30 kilometers from Urgench, taxi/bus available) or to the Aral lake (Moynaq, 70 km from Kungrad) by train.
Tashkent has regularly scheduled bus, tram and trolley service. Buses also provide connections with all the cities and major towns in Uzbekistan and are inexpensive and fairly reliable.
Uzbekistan has a reasonable road network, with traffic driving on the right. Although cars can be hired, it is most common to hire a car with a driver.
Taxis and cars for hire are readily available in all cities and major towns. Although it is safer to use only officially marked taxis, many are unlicensed. It is advised to agree a fare in advance and not to share a taxi with strangers. Tours can be arranged and cars can be hired by the trip and by the hour, day or week.
Last Updated: 08/02/2011 6:17 PM
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