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Getting there & away

From the Turkmenbashi ferry terminal (2 44 91) there are several untimetabled ferries everyday to Baku in Azerbaijan.

Turkmenistan Airlines flies to and from Ashgabat (US$12) twice daily and to Dashogus (US$11). The airline office (2 54 74) is south of the Hotel Hazar in the same building. The airport is 8km east of the ferry terminal (located at the port).

Shared taxis leave outside the colourful train station on Atamurat Niyazov köçesi for Ashgabat (US$8 per seat or US$25 for the whole car, six hours). They also run north along the bad road to Kazakhstan (US$40 per car, seven hours), crossing the border and stopping at the town of Zhanaozen (Novy Uzen). Marshrutki also leave from here to Ashgabat via Balkanabat; they cost the same as a seat in a shared taxi and are far less comfortable.

An overnight train leaves daily from Turkmenbashi at 4.05pm for Ashgabat (arriving at 7.55am). A kupe (2nd-class seat) is US$1.20. Call 9 94 62 for information on train services.