NIGHT BUS BUKHARA-URGENCH AND URGENCH-TASHKENT???
Replies: 12 - Last Post: Nov 12, 2011 3:03 AM Last Post By: CentralAsia_tra...
Nov 3, 2011 6:52 AM
Nov 3, 2011 9:00 AM
1There are certainly buses from Urgench to Tashkent, but I believe the trip takes the best part of 24 hours! So not really a night bus. I would recommend the train, which will be much more comfortable, though when I was in Uzbekistan a couple of years ago, there were only about 3-4 trains a week. There are buses from Bukhara to Urgench, but the buses originate in Tashkent (or possibly Samarkand) and seem to pass through Bukhara at unpredictable times. I would recommend a shared taxi for Bukhara-Urgench, leaving in the morning. If I remember correctly, the trip takes about 6 hours. The bus will add a few hours to your trip. I really doubt shared taxis go over night, but I'm not sure. Taking a shared taxi in Uzbekistan requires some bargaining skills (and a little knowlege of Russian or Uzbek); I paid something in the neighborhood of 15 USD for my shared taxi ride.
Nov 3, 2011 9:19 AM
Nov 3, 2011 3:04 PM
Nov 3, 2011 3:41 PM
Thanks for your reply...So I guess a shared taxi from Bukhara to Urgench/Khiva is the best option. I have alrady some bargain skills from previous trip to India, Pakstan and the Middle East.....I don't want to fly Urgench-Tashkent and the problem with train is that they don't travel daily and I don't know exactly when I might be going back to Tashkent.
How safe is to travel at night in trains in Uzbekistan and especially in January with not a lot of tourist around?
Nov 4, 2011 1:18 AM
Nov 4, 2011 1:59 AM
Nov 4, 2011 7:55 AM
7I'm with anaya, the shared taxis should be fine. I took one overnight train while in Uzbekistan, and I thought it was as safe as overnight train travel anywhere else I've been. Vendors have an irritating habit of coming onto the train to sell things, even in the middle of the night, which should give you reminders of train travel in India and Pakistan. I would have thought your chance of having something stolen was less than traveling overnight on a train in India. There's the added possibility in Uzbekistan of coming across some paranoid police, but that can happen anywhere in the country, not just on the trains. If you want to travel directly from Urgench to Tashkent, and you don't want to fly, then take the train! It is by far the best option for this trip.
Nov 4, 2011 1:52 PM
8There is a night train from Urgench to Tashkent every day except sunday and monday, so that's almost daily. On monday, there is a night train to Tashkent from Turtkul and Miskin which are one or two hours from Urgench by car.
By the way, according to the timetable there is now also a weekly direct night train from Bukhara (Kagan) to Urgench and back again. It leaves from Bukhara on wednesdays and from Urgench on thursdays.
Nov 5, 2011 5:11 PM
9A fascinating thread. Thanks for all the information. My stories about this kind of route are pretty out of date (1983-1992 3 times in Uzbekistan), but I thought Uzbekistan was a pretty safe and easy country to travel in. I would love to do the Bukhara-Urgench route. We almost did it in 1992 but could not secure train tickets at the last minute at Bukhara Station. The Mafia controlled the ticketing in 1992. We bought nice kupe second class sleeper tickets to Bukhara at Tashkent Station on that trip from a Tajik whose hands were burned and covered with bandages. Tajik women with gold front teeth were very friendly as they awaited their connection home. The bus from Samarkand back to Tashkent in 1992 was fine and the road was good.
I would love to go to Khiva from Tashkent and then on to Nukus and Astrakhan, via Atyrau of course.
Nov 7, 2011 12:57 AM
10I agree with previous posters that you can easily take a shared taxi.. I took one from Urgench to Buchara last month. Took me 6,5 hours, but from what I heard the average is around 7,5 by shared taxi. Add some hours if you take a minibus...
Not sure when you are planning to go, but if the road is still in this condition I think it might be a better plan to do it during the day. You wont get any sleep and it will surely take much longer if you travel by night...
Nov 7, 2011 1:43 AM
11After 18 hours nonstop listening to Yulduz Usmonova in the bus Urgench-Toshkent I even became able to sing in Uzbek
O'zbekiston qanday bo'lsang, shunday sevaman...
Nov 12, 2011 3:03 AM
12I traveled extensively by shared taxi in Uzbekistan. I would not recommend traveling on the roads at night there -- not by bus and not by shared taxi. You can take an overnight train between the west and Tashkent.
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