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Getting there & away

The Dashogus airport is 14km south of the city. Flights from Ashgabat to Dashogus (US$11, five daily) last about 50 minutes, although demand far outstrips supply and you’d be hard-pressed to get a ticket. Turkmenistan Airlines also flies to Turkmenbashi (US$11, four weekly). You will only be able to board in Ashgabat if you have the required permits to visit the Dashogus region.

The bus station is near the Bai Bazaar, in the north of the city. Buses regularly go from here to Konye-Urgench (US$0.50, two hours) and Ashgabat (US$3.50 to US$5, 12 to 18 hours depending on the type of bus). Buses for Turkmenabat are less regular (US$3, 10 hours).

The train station (4 68 75) is on Woksal köçesi, about 600m east of Gurbansoltan köçesi. One train per day goes from here to Konye-Urgench (US$0.50, two hours) and Ashgabat (US$2.25, 24 hours). The rail line to Ashgabat was built on sand without foundation, forcing trains to crawl at agonisingly slow speeds. There is a rail line to Turkmenabat but a lack of demand has suspended services.