Transfer to and from accom and do's/don'ts?
Replies: 7 - Last Post: Apr 19, 2013 11:07 AM Last Post By: geckozo
Jan 27, 2013 10:39 PM
Transfer to and from accom and do's/don'ts?Hi!
Before my organized trip to Kyrgyzstan, I'm gonna travel a week in Uzbekistan myself, early July.
I'm flying into Tashkent on a Sunday morning and have to be back Saturday evening.
I wanna visit Samarkand and Bukhara and take the train to those cities. Is it easy to get transportation to and from the train station? Mostly I've read there's no need to book my accommodation ahead, so that should be fine.
Does any one have do's, don'ts, must sees?
Jan 28, 2013 10:03 PM
1It all depends on season. July s not high season, but who knows. Of course anyway you will find your accommodation, but maybe not the best one as you like. About the train tickets, my advice to ask any travel agency to help you to buy the tickets, usually a lot of local people travel to their relatives in this time and it will be harder to get tickets.
Jan 29, 2013 12:22 PM
Jan 29, 2013 10:13 PM
3Yes, of course it is not a big problem. The Train Station in Samarkand is in the city, and you can find good hotels around the train station. Usually there are a lot of taxi, but do not pay a lot, maybe USD 2...3. The Train Station in Bukhara is a little bit far from the city, around 20 min a way from the center. Also taxi charges USD 5. And it depends on time when you arrive.....at day time you can use local buses.
Jan 30, 2013 1:07 AM
Feb 4, 2013 7:34 AM
Feb 18, 2013 2:20 AM
Apr 19, 2013 11:07 AM
7The trains are efficient and reliable. I took the fast morning train from Tashkent to Samarkand, which is very smart and modern. There are other options too, I think about 3 trains per day. There is a standard train around midday or early afternoon from Samarkand to Bukhara, which takes two or three hours (sorry, can't remember). I took the night train back from Bukhara to Tashkent, which is pretty comfortable though it wakes you up every time it clunks to a stop.
In both Bukhara and Samarkand the station is a little out of town so you will need a taxi. There will be plenty of drivers offering their services at the station and also many guesthouses offer a pick-up if you are booked with them. I haven't been to Khiva yet, but I think you could fit all 3 into 6 days, although the Urgench trains don't run every day so it would depend a bit on your timing. And how long you want to spend in each place.
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