Uzbekistan Airways (HY)
flies to all the major towns and cities in Uzbekistan on a regular
basis. Destinations include Andijan, Karshi, Namangan, Navoi (which is
45 minutes by bus from Bukhara), Nukus, Samarkand, Tashkent and Termez.
Tickets can be bought at the Uzbekistan Airways ticket agency opposite
the Hotel Russia on Shota Rustaveli in Tashkent or at the departure
terminal of the airport. International flights
booked in Tashkent should be paid for in US Dollars although some
credit cards are accepted. It is preferable to pay for domestic
flights in Sum.
From Tashkent to Termez is 1 hour 20 minutes,
to Nukus is 2 hours, to Samarkand is 40 minutes, to Navoi is 1 hour
and to Namangan is 1 hour 40 minutes.
There are 3400km (2113 miles) of railways linking Termez, Samarkand,
Bukhara, the Fergana Valley and Nukus. There are two railway stations
in Tashkent - North and South. The Trans-Caspian Railway traverses the
country from Chardzhou in Turkmenistan via Kagan (near Bukhara),
Samarkand and Dzhizak, where the railway branches off to serve the
capital Tashkent. Passengers should store valuables under the bed or
seat, and should not leave the compartment unattended. Tickets can be
bought on the ground floor of the Hotel Locomotif or at the OVIR
office at the station.
The Republic of Uzbekistan is served by a reasonable road network.
Traffic drives on the right. Bus : Services connect all the
major towns within Uzbekistan and are cheap and fairly reliable.
Taxi : Taxis and cars for hire can be found in all major towns. It
is safer to use officially marked taxis, although many taxis are
unlicensed. Travellers are advised to agree a fare in advance, and not
to share taxis with strangers. As many of the street names have
changed since independence, it is also advisable to ascertain both the
old and the new street names when asking directions. Cars can be hired
by the trip, by the hour or by the day or week. Documentation :
An International Driving Permit will be required when car-hire
facilities have been introduced.
Tashkent is served by taxis, buses, trolleybuses, trams and the only
underground in Central Asia. The underground network was expanded in
1991, making it 31km (19 miles) long, with 23 stations. Public
transport is cheap and generally reliable. There are regular bus
services to all major towns in Uzbekistan.