Transport in Uzbekistan: all the pros and cons
Tourists are divided into several groups: some want to save on travel and choose trains or buses, others prefer top-level service and use airplanes, and there are those who have to give up comfortable flights due to health reasons. In order to make it easier to decide on the travel option that is right for you, we want to tell you about all the pros and cons of the means of transport available in Uzbekistan.
Air transport is one of the safest modes of transport
We constantly hear about air crashes occurring in different parts of the planet. For this reason, some people have anxiety and fear of airplanes. Uzbek airlines can safely boast a high level of security and stability, as well as numerous awards. For example, in 2012, Uzbekistan Havo Yollari National Airline ("Uzbekistan Airways") received the award For Outstanding Achievements in Ensuring Flight Safety, won the Best Cuisine award in the CIS countries in 2017, and in 2018 was recognized as the Most Punctual Airline on International airlines at the airport of the city of Sochi. As you can see, there is no reason to worry when the company's activities are confirmed by such awards.
Airfares are relatively inexpensive, flights are quick, convenient and do not tire passengers. "Uzbekistan Airways" flies to all popular destinations, both international and domestic, so if you want to visit several cities of Uzbekistan during a weekend (Top of the most famous cities of Uzbekistan), you should travel by plane. At the same time, you will be able to admire the incredibly beautiful panoramas, opening from the height of the clouds.
The disadvantages of air travel include health issues, motion sickness and other symptoms of intolerance to air transport. And mobile devices have no signal. However, travelling by planes remains the leading way to travel around the world, because its main advantages are speed and comfort.
Traveling by train: dispelling the myths of boredom
The main advantages of travelling by train have always been low ticket prices, opportunity to sleep and having luggage in large quantities, as there is practically no limit on the weight of baggage on trains. There are following types of trains in Uzbekistan: high-speed Afrosiab electric trains (250 km/h), high-speed Shark trains (140 km/h), “Uzbekistan” trains (120 km/h), different night trains (90 km/h), and international trains going to Moscow, Kazan, Ufa, Samara, Almaty, Shymkent and other cities. The trains have economy, business and VIP class cars with comfortable seats and beds, climate control and other amenities.
For some passengers, traveling by train seems boring. But who said that it is impossible to fix? If you chose rail transport, think about the ways of entertainment in it. Take along your favorite books, board games, interesting gadgets, and best of all - a good company! With close friends and family, even the longest journey will be fun and easy.
Metro: convenience and beauty of the underground world
A huge number of the population of the capital of Uzbekistan - the city of Tashkent - prefers to travel by metro. And this is no accident: subway trains are very convenient and fast, capable of moving to the opposite point of the city in a few minutes, they are not affected by road traffic, and in addition it is very beautiful in the metro.
Tashkent metro has many stations, each of which has its own unique architecture. It is considered one of the most beautiful metro in the world. Even if you do not necessarily need to use the metro, we advise you just to go down for half an hour and admire this sightseeing of Tashkent. This special smell that you immediately feel, having passed just a couple of steps, the unique architecture, the ceilings and walls decorated in different styles, are definitely worth your attention. Recently, permission has been given to photo and video shooting in the Tashkent metro. Now everyone has the opportunity to capture a piece of the underground beauty!
Buses – public buses, sightseeing and intercity
Public buses and sightseeing buses run in Uzbekistan. Public city buses run from 06:00 to 23:00 with breaks of 15-20 minutes. Often they are filled, and it becomes difficult to move around.
Excursion buses serve as an excellent alternative: you can not only get to your desired destination, but also listen to interesting facts about the history of Uzbekistan and the sightseeing places you are passing. Tickets can be bought at the hotel "Uzbekistan", it is valid all day.
All major (and not so) cities of Uzbekistan are interconnected by intercity bus routes. This is the most budget, but at the same time the most uncomfortable way to travel around the country. Buses move 2-3 times slower than trains. They are not intended for tourists, so the level of comfort in them is very low.
On the other hand, international buses, thanks to the affordable prices for tickets and frequent trips, are a worthy competition to airplanes and trains. Trips between Tashkent and Shymkent, Tashkent and Almaty, Tashkent and Bishkek, Tashkent and Khujand are very popular. These buses depart from the bus station near Olmazor metro station in Tashkent.
Taxi: expensive and efficient?
Taxi is the most common type of transport in Uzbekistan. New taxi services are opening constantly. The most common of them are Yandex.Taxi, MyTaxi, AlfaTaxi, UZTaxi, Easy taxi, Allo Taxi, Taxi 24 and many more. It is easy and safe to use such services: you have the opportunity to choose a car of both the highest and middle class, and you will no longer have to explain the route to the driver. Comfort and minimum time spent on waiting are the main advantages of this type of transport.
In addition to the officially registered taxi services in Uzbekistan, the so-called “private taxi” (illegal) is very common - these are ordinary citizens who are “taxing” at a bargain price. Depending on your luck you can save a decent amount of money if the driver is going your way, and if not, you risk to lose a good deal of money.
Long-distance taxi is very popular in Uzbekistan. For a relatively small amount of money you can get from one city to another. As a rule, such cars are collect passengers in certain places (parking lots), from where they depart to different cities when full.
Here are some routes:
From the Kuylyuk market in Tashkent you can go to the cities of Andijan, Namangan, Fergana, Margilan, Kokand, Khujand (Tajikistan).
From the Abu Sahiy market in Tashkent - to Zarafshan, Karshi, Navoi, Termez, Urgench, Shahrisabz.
From the metro station Almazar - to Gulistan, Dzhizak, Samarkand and Bukhara.
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Renting a transport: from bicycles to luxury cars
Renting a transport is a great option for traveling around the city or throughout the country. You can rent it for a few days or hours. Cars are provided with a driver and without, payment is made in cash and a card, booking is accepted around the clock.
For a large company, you can rent a minibus and go on a trip with your family or friends. The capacity of such minibuses is from 6 to 20 people. Perfect for trips to the mountains and long group excursions.
In every city of Uzbekistan, you can rent bicycles and scooters. This simple and inexpensive way to travel is very popular among foreign tourists, especially those who prefer independent travel. Seeing a new city, getting new impressions and also with health benefits is a tempting offer!
The cost of a rented vehicle varies:
- a car per day will cost from 200 thousand soums and higher depending on the brand and class
- minibus - from 150 thousand soums per hour, in most cases the price is negotiable
- bicycle - from 20 thousand soums per hour
- scooter - from 50 thousand soums per hour.
The variety of transport to travel around Uzbekistan is great and is able to satisfy the wishes of any tourist. And the choice of this or that vehicle completely depends on your preferences, because the most important thing is to travel with pleasure!