Uzbekistan Airways flies between Samarkand and Tashkent once or twice daily except on Mondays and Fridays for US$21. You can only buy domestic tickets at the airport office in US dollars. A taxi from the centre of town will cost you 5000S. There are also direct flights to Moscow.
Samarkand Airport is closed from 1–31 July, 2017, for runway upgrades. Aeroflot will operate flights to Navoi, 180km away, for most of the month. Otherwise, travellers should make arrangements for overland transfers to Samarkand during this period.
Marshrutka 56 goes from the airport to the Registan marshrutka stop, while marshrutkas 10 and 60 and bus 45 go to the Bulvar (Бульвар) stop near Hotel Samarkand. A taxi from the airport to the Registan will cost about 5000S, or walk 500m out to the main road and pay 3000S.