Buses, trolleybuses and trams cost 160S to 200S, payable on board to the conductor or driver. Most of them are marked in Latinised Uzbek and given a number (older buses are still marked in Cyrillic).
The destination of public buses, trams, trolleybuses and marshrutkas is written clearly in the window. One useful bus is the 91, which goes between Chorsu Bazaar and Hotel InterContinental via Navoi. Another is bus 67, which travels from the airport to the Intercon via Usmon Nosir, Shakhrisabz and Amir Timur. Your hotel can always help direct you to where you want to go via public transport.
Any hotel or travel agency can arrange a comfortable private car and driver from about 8000S per hour and up. You’ll pay much less – 4000S to 6000S per hour, depending on your negotiating skills – on the street. Murad Tashpulatov speaks good English, knows the streets and charges reasonable rates. Email him at email@example.com.
Tashkent’s metro (per trip 140S; 5am-midnight) is the easiest way to get around. During the day you’ll never wait more than five minutes for a train, and the stations are clean and safe. You’ll need to buy a token (zhyton) for each trip. The metro was designed as a nuclear shelter and taking photos inside is strictly forbidden – a pity given their often times striking design.
Despite the use of Uzbek for signs and announcements, the system is easy to use, and well enough signposted that you hardly need a map. If you listen as the train doors are about to close, you’ll hear the name of the next station at the end of the announcement: ‘Ekhtiyot buling, eshiklar yopiladi; keyingi bekat…’ (‘Be careful, the doors are closing; the next station is…’).