Transport in Tashkent
Acquaintance with the capital of Uzbekistan Tashkent, for the majority of visitors begins at the airport, which is located almost in the center of the city. Once, the airport in Tashkent consisted of a terminal, an observation tower, and an unpaved runway. Today, though, it is the Uzbekistan airport of the international class, and regular flights connect it to the biggest cities all around the planet, including Moscow, St. Petersburg, London, Minsk, Milan, Tokyo, New York, etc. It is equipped with:
- modern terminal;
- comfortable lounges;
- VIP and CIP halls;
- currency exchange offices;
- restaurants and cafes;
- duty-free shops;
- large parking lots.
The airport is really busy, having more than a hundred of passengers within an hour. The main passenger airport terminal was renovated in 2001. The terminal complex includes a terminal of local airlines, where registration and departure of the passengers to other Uzbekistan cities takes place, and a terminal of central airlines, designed for passengers flying to the FSU and other foreign countries.
Tashkent International Airport is only 15 minutes from the central part of the city, which makes it easy to reach there using a bus or a taxi. By the way, it is one of the biggest airports in Central Asia, having a great geographical location with a big number of air routes from the CIS countries to Europe, Southeast Asia, and the American continent.
The Tashkent — Samarkand train can be used every day – the route takes about 6 hours. You can choose between a daylight and overnight trains. Traveling by train at night has its benefits as you save the day. Most people, though, don’t like it because sleeping is inconvenient. But here you will sleep like a baby thanks to very comfortable sleeping cars. If go on a tour around Uzbekistan cities and want to travel individually rather than with your group, then Afrosiyob train will be the most suitable means of transport.
There are many bus stations in the city, and the largest ones are:
- Bus station “Tashkent” located at Avenue Bunyodkor, 7;
- Bus station “Sobir Rahimov” functioning next to the Olmazor metro station;
- Bus station “Mashinasozlar” in Hamza Street Elbek.
You can use any of them and choose either a comfortable bus or a taxi to easily reach any place of Uzbekistan. A bus trip to Samarkand, for example, will take you 4 hours or more and cost approximately $10, while the cost of a private car is $30, but the time of your trip will be less than 4 hours.
The buses to neighboring cities operate every day, mostly several times a day. However, the departures to the cities that are pretty far from Tashkent are less frequent, which means you’d better book a ticket beforehand.
The main long-distance bus station is the Tashkent Avtovokzal. To get there, you will need to reach the Olmazor Metro Station, go outside, and take a little walk that won’t take you more than 5 minutes. In case you don’t manage to get the ticket at this station, you can find privately-run Daewoo minibuses just next to it. They provide faster and more frequent services, setting off as soon as there will be no empty seats left. Regular buses to different cities of Uzbekistan also operate from the Tashkent Railway Station (Northern).
The city’s transport network is very well developed, which allows to reach any place within the shortest period of time. All the bus stops are located in the popular places, and the route number is always visible on the bus stop sign so that the visitors of the city could navigate more easily. Besides, once you’re inside of a bus or a metro train, you will most likely hear the name of each stop announced.
Now, take a look at some of the companies that provide private passenger transport services:
- Auto Volf Group
- Pioner Taxi
- City Taxi
- Taxi Airport Service
- Global System Trans
- Nabi International Limited
- Auto Invest Service Group
These have acceptable prices and quality customer service. A drive through the capital can cost only $3-4, but a trip to another city will cost more. As usual, the price depends on the distance and the service fee of a particular taxi company. Still, this kind of transport is convenient and very popular in Tashkent.
Speaking of the city’s transport network, it is time to mention the Tashkent subway, which is considered to be not only a convenient means of transport but also one of the metropolitan attractions.
Actually, Tashkent metro is the first in Central Asia, having a pretty long history that dates back to 1977. The architecture of each station is very beautiful, and every tourist who comes to the city is traditionally recommended to take at least one ride in the local subway.
At the moment, there are three lines functioning: Chilonzor Line (red), Uzbekiston Line (blue), and Yunusobod Line (green). The interior was designed using various materials, including metal, granite, glass, marble, art ceramics, and carved alabaster, which makes every station different and original in its own way.
By the way, some of the most known Uzbekistan artists were working on a design of the stations. For example, the Chilonzor station is decorated with massive gilded columns, while the Pushkin station – with bronze candelabra. And at the metro station named after the famous poet and painter Ali-Shir Nava’i, you will see his best paintings. But note that taking photos is illegal due to the fact that the Tashkent underground is considered to be a military installation.
You can use the metro services from 6:00 am till 11:30 pm. The interval between the trains is 3-10 minutes, depending on what line you use and when. Be sure you can get to almost any part of the city as the subway system is rather large. The cost of a ticket is $ 0.5.