Getting there & away
There are around four flights a day between Turkmenabat and the capital (US$12, one hour). The airport is 2km east of the Hotel Turkmenabat. The train station (6 47 19), in the centre of town, has two daily trains to Ashgabat (US$2.50, 16 hours), Mary (US$1, seven hours) and Turkmenbashi (US$2.50, 23 hours). Outside the station you can catch marshrutki to Mary (US$2), Ashgabat (US$4) and other destinations. A ride to the Uzbek border will cost US$1 per seat, but you may need to bargain hard as starting prices can be much higher. There is another, more formal bus station 9km south of the centre of town, near Dunya Bazaar, but the transportation links from the lot outside the train station are just as good.