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Ashgabat (Turkmen: Aşgabat, also Ashkabat, Ashkhabad, Ashgabad, etc) is the capital of Turkmenistan, surrounded by Ahal Province.


Ashgabat is a showpiece capital. It has been designed, at the cost of billions of dollars, to show the world about the glories and accomplishments of the Turkmen. The city looks like none other on Earth – a thoroughly artificial collection of white marble buildings across a long, dry valley. At sunrise or sunset, there's a beauty to this uniform, outsized ambition, as if the set of a science-fiction film suddenly became an actual human settlement. During the scorching days, when walking from monument to monument across the shadeless streets, or trying to locate anything resembling normal human life in the center, Terry Gilliam's Brazil seems like the most accurate comparison.

Image control is taken very seriously. You will encounter many, many security guards and policemen with a strong opinion about how to behave and not behave in the capital. Don't take pictures of the presidential compound or military complexes (a large barracks is right next to the palace). Avoid areas with roadblocks or where it seems like senior officials may be present. Most other buildings are generally OK – although this could change at any time. Outside of the monuments, best to snap a quick picture and move on.

While large chunks of land in the city are taken up by the dreams of independent Turkmenistan's two presidents, pockets of an older, simpler life survive. Areas of the city with small apartment buildings and quiet neighborhood restaurants can be found, sometimes just off to the side of these large buildings. Head to the outskirts and country Turkmen life appears with surprising rapidity.

Climate Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Daily highs (°C) 7 10 15 24 30 36 38 37 32 23 17 10
Nightly lows (°C) -1 0 5 11 16 21 23 21 10 7 5 3
Daylight (hrs/day) 4 4 5 7 9 11 11 11 10 7 5 3

Ashgabat has a typical continental climate. Summers are extremely hot and winters are rather cold.

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

Ashgabat is served by the brand-new Oguz Han International Airport. Taxi drivers will want 20 manat for the short trip into town; 10 manat is a more reasonable price.

The main operator is the international carrier Turkmenistan Airlines [18], which operates international flights from Abu Dhabi/United Arab Emirates on Fri and Sun, from Almaty/Kazakhstan on Sat, from Amritsar/India on Tue, Wed, Fri, Sat and Sun, from Birmingham/United Kingdom on Thu, Fri and Sun, from Delhi/India on Sat and Sun, from Dubai/United Arab Emirates on Tue, from Frankfurt/Germany on Tue, Sat and Sun, from Istanbul/Turkey on Mon, Tue, Wed and Sat, from Kiev/Ukraine on Sat, from London/United Kingdom on Tue and Sat, from Moscow/Russia from Mon to Sun and from Tashkent/Uzbekistan on Tue., from Bangkok/Thailand, 4 times a week, from Istanbul/Turkey, 12 times a week, from Delhi, 3 times a week, from St. Petersburg/Russia, 2 times a week. International flights are operated by B-737 or B-757 aircraft.

Domestic destinations include Dashogus (6 flights per day), Mary (3 flights per day), Turkmenabat (5 flights per day) and Turkmenbashi (3 flights per day). Domestic flights are very cheap due to subsidies.

Other airlines include FlyDubai to Dubai (5 times a week), Lufthansa to Frankfurt/Germany, 4 times a week (via Baku/Azerbaijan), Turkish Airlines toIstanbul/Turkey (twice a day) and S7 Airlines to Moscow (5 times per week).

By rail[edit]

Turkmendemiryollari (Turkmenistan Zeleznice) runs trains to Ashgabat from Turkmenbashi and Turkmenabad via Mary.

Trains leave Turkmenbashi every second day at 7.30 pm and arrive in Ashgabat at 5.20 am next morning or daily at 4.05 pm, arriving in Ashgabat at 5.50 am next morning.

Trains leave Turkmenabad at 6 pm and Mary at 0.25 am daily and arrive in Ashgabat at 8.20 am next morning, Another train leaves Turkmenabad at 9.55 pm and and Mary at 2.50 am every second day, arriving in Ashgabat at 9.35 am next morning. There is a day train leaving Turkmenabad at 4.20 am and Mary at 10.23 am, arriving in Ashgabat at 6.35 pm.

By car[edit]

Distances to Ashgabat: Almaty in Kazakhstan 2120 km, Bishkek in Kyrgyztan 1870 km, Tashkent in Uzbekistan 1290 km, Samarkand in Uzbekistan 1000 km, Shakrisabz in Uzbekistan 1100 km, Turkmenabad 590 km, Mary 350 km, Mashhad in Iran 270 km, Dashgovuz 650 km,

Get around[edit]

Unofficial taxis are everywhere. Just stick out your right arm, and see who stops.

The bus system in Ashgbat is fairly good, and is only about 0.4 manat per person. Pay when you get off the bus. It is easiest to give the driver 1 manat and let him give you change, instead of trying to figure out exact fare (and you probably will not have coins, anyways, since they are worth so little). There are white marble bus stops (many with shade and some with air conditioning) all through the town. Some of the bus stations have route maps at the stations. The bus is a good option if you are on the outskirts of town (e.g., the giant indoor Ferris wheel at Alem Cultural and Entertainment Center or the Palace of Knowledge) and no taxis stop. Take any bus in the direction toward town, and get off when you get closer to a busy city street and take a taxi to wherever you are going.

  • Nissa, 15 km West of Ashgabat, settlement dating back to the 2nd cent BC
  • Geok Depe, 50 km West of Ashgabat, site of the final battle between troups of Turmen and tsarist troops in 1881/84, Saparmurat Hags Mosque, erected by President Turkmenbashi
  • Bakharden, 100 km West of Ashgabat, near the Kopet Dag mountains, cave with the Köw Ata Lake with hot thermal water, however, smelling of sulphur, a favorite place for excursion for people of Ashgabat at weekends.
  • Nokhur, 150 km from Ashgabar in South Western Turkmenistan in the valleys of the Kopet Dag mountains. The people of Nokhur claim to be direct descendants of Macedonian warriors of Alexander the Great's times,
  • Anau, 15 km South East of Ashgabat
  • Altyn Depe is a settlement of the Eneolithic and Bronze Ages. It has been extensively excavated during the Soviet period. The settlement has specialised potter's quarters, evidence of a differentiation of the living quarters according to the wealth of their inhabitants and a monumental cult complex. During excavations a small golden head of a wolf and a bull were found. According to the Russian archaeologist V.M.Masson, the cult complex was dedicated to the Moon Good as in Mesopotamia. The site was abandonned in the middle of the second millenium BC.

See[edit][add listing]

  • White marble. The biggest attraction in Ashagbat is the many, many white marble buildings. Many of these are government ministries and can't be entered, so a tour around the city is a great way to take it in. Bus Number 20 is a good bet. It passes a number of buildings before turning around in the desert outside the city. 20 tenne.  edit
  • Turkmenbashi Cableway, Kopet Dag (south of the National Museum). 9am to 10pm. Cable car, opened in 2006, climbing up to 1290 meters, offering spectacular views over the city with the desert in the background. Fully operational and 2 manat per person in July 2016. Cafe at the top had only drinks and ice cream in July 2016. $10.  edit
  • Tolkuchka Bazaar, (8 km north of Ashgabad, past the airport). Satt, Sun 8am to 2pm. one of Central Asia's most colourful bazaars,  edit
  • National Museum, Archabil sayoli 30 (in front of the Kopet Dag), 454954. 9am to 5pm. An interesting, if very expensive museum. For foreign visitors, Hall 1's presentation of post-independent Turkmenistan is probably of the most interest. The delusions of absolute power are full effect in the strange gifts and terrible photoshopped images. Elsewhere more serious work is presented on Turkmenistan's past: Hall 2 focuses on Bronze Age artifacts while Hall 3 shows items taken from the Nissa site just outside of Ashgabat. Hall 4 shows a medieval model of Merv, along with exhibits on Konye Urgench and Anau. Hall 5 and 6 show ancient weapons and jewelry, while a huge carpet dominates Hall 7. $10 per section or $30 for the whole museum.  edit
  • Museum of Fine Arts, (west of the Palace of Justice), 351566. Wed to Mon 9am to 6pm. The Central Hall has a large picture of President Niyazov Abundance of the Harvest. In the Independence Hall the heroic figures of the nation (Oguz Han, Togrul Beg, Alp Arslan and the poet Seydi) are shown. The museum also contains a reconstruction of the dragen freeze of the mosque of Arnau and exhibitions of Turkmen paitings before and after 1950. The first floor is devoted to Russian paintings from the 19th century and to European paintings, including minor works by Tiepolo and Poussin. US$ 10.  edit
  • Turkmen Carpet Museum, 5 Georogly köcesi, 398879. Mon to Fri 10am to 1pm., 2 to 6 pm,. The museum houses antique carpets of the 18th and 19th centuries and modern carpets from all parts of the country. There is a nearly 200 square meters carpet which was intended as curtain of the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, but proved too heavy. The pride of the museum is the largest hand-woven carpet in the world, as certified by the Guinness Book of Records. It covers 300 square meters and was woven by 40 carpet makers on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of Turkmenistan's independence. $20/72TMT.  edit
  • Turkmenistan Independence Park, (take bus 16 or 34 from the city center). The Park covers an area 2 km long and 1 km wide. It contains monuments of famous people of Turkmen history: the founder of the Seljuk dynastySeljuk Beg, the founder of the Turkmen people Oguz Han, the Turkmen poet Magtymguly, the Seljuk leader Sultan Sanjar, the Turkmen warrior Georoglythe Seljuk rulers Alp Arslan and Malik Shah, the 18th century leader of the Ahal Tekkes Keymir Kor, the poets Zelilli and Sydi, the leader of the White Sheep confederation Uzyn Hasan, the father of the founder of the Ottoman Empire Ertogul Gazy, the Turkmen commander and poet Bairam Han, the poets Molianepes and Mataji, the Turkmen leader Gara Yusup, the Seljuk ruler Togrul Beg, the spiritual leader Gorkut Ata and the poet Kemine.  edit
  • Ashgabat Flagpole, (near the National Museum). Erected in 2008, this large flag is now the fourth-largest in the world. If slightly smaller than the ones present in Baku, Pyongyang and Dushanbe, the 133 meter structure is still impressive. Free..  edit
  • Museum of Turkmen National Values, 451954. 9am to 12,30 pm, 2 to 5,30 pm, daily. In the first floor, the Museum houses displays of silver jewelry for women and horses, and replicas of the golden bull- and wolf-head sculptures from Altyn Depe. $10.  edit
  • World of Turkmenbashi Tales. This has some neat animatronics and shows of Turkmen fairy tales inside, as well as various amusement park rides (bumper cars, flying carpet, horse race, Disney knock-offs) outside. See 0.60 manat per ride ticket - 6 manat per person will let you see everything.  edit
  • Palace of Knowledge (Turkmenbashi Museum), Across from south side of Independence Monument. There is a library, a threate, and the Turkmenbashi Museum, which seems to be collection of the gifts to, and souvenirs and other knick-knacks of Turkmenbashi. The building, both inside and out, is beautiful. Some of the exhibits are very ornate. 10 USD or 35 manat per foreigner (cheaper for Turkmen).  edit

Do[edit][add listing]


  • Mollanepes Drama Theatre, Magtymguly sayoli 79, 357463. Wes to Sat 7pm. US$ 0,25.  edit
  • Magtymguly Theatre, Shevchenko köcesi, 350564. Fri to Sun 7pm. Turkmen musical performances  edit
  • Pushkin Russian Theatre, Magtymguly sayoli 142, 3654193. Sat, SUn 7pm. US$ 0,25.  edit

All theatres seem to be closed in the summer, perhaps for vacation.

Buy[edit][add listing]

  • Tolkuchka Bazaar: 8 km north of Ashgabad, past the airport, Sat, Sun 8am to 2pm, also Thu morning on a smaller scale. Buy a telpek (sheepskin) for US$ 10 to 15, a khalat (red and yellow striped robe for men) for US$ 15 or a typical red carpet for US$ 150 to 250. Be aware that you also need an export certificate, which you can get at the 'expert commission' behind the Carpet Museum, Görogly köcesi 5.
  • Carpet Shop, Görogly köcesi 5, east of the Carpet Museum, run by the government.
  • Gulistan market (Russian bazaar), ul. M. Kosaev (opposite Grand Turkmen Hotel). 9 a.m. to dusk. A traditional Central Asian bazaar stocked with fruit, vegetables, handicrafts and cheap imported clothing. Despite photos seen online of foreign dignitaries visiting, photos are strongly discouraged. There are several shops which sell souvenirs, such as wool hats. Ask shopkeepers here to change money at the unofficial rate (around 5.25 manat per dollar in July 2016). 8PM.  edit
  • Berkarar Mall, Atatürk köçesi, +993 12 46-88-88, [1]. 9-23. This is the place to go for a big western-style mall now that Yimpas is closed. Large grocery store on ground floor, food court on 3rd with plenty of choices. Several coffee shops throughout mall.  edit
  • Teke Bazaar. Very similar to the Russian Bazaar but slightly larger. (37.943379,58.370482) edit

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Asuda Nusay, Alishera Navoi Köcesi 54a, 352288. speciality: sturgeon from the Caspian Sea  edit
  • Altyn Jam, Magtymgily sayoli 101, 396850. European dishes and sweets  edit
  • Merdem, Oguzhan St. 1/7, +9931249 80 02, [2]. 9-23.  edit
  • Euphoria, O.Kulieva str. 33, First Floor, +99312 225505, [3].  edit

Yildiz hotel has an excellent bar and restaurant on the top floor.

Berkerar shopping centre third floor has a variety of fast food outlets and more expensive and better quality sit down with a knife and fork type restaurants. There is also an excellent children's play area for your little ones to have fun and give you some time to eat in peace.

Candybil shopping center has a super Russian restaurant around the back and accessed from the outside. Very pricey but very good and the food can be grilled in front of you on a hazel nut shell BBQ.

Restaurantino is Italian themed and very tasty. located next to the American embassy and is probably your best mix of price and quality.

Drink[edit][add listing]

  • British Pub. A decent water hole with pool table, plenty of ales, occasional live music and some half decent food.  edit
  • City Pub. Just across the road from British pub and much smaller.  edit
  • Yunuz. Smart and upmarket bar with live music DJs and a Salsa night each Thursday  edit
  • Gunes/Zip, улица Алишера Навои. 10-22:30. Great local place to grab beer (Zip on draft) & food. Very cheap. Has live singing at night, outdoor seating & dance floor. (37.942727,58.375829) edit

Grand Turkmen Hotel Night Club - Enter through a door in the parking lot behind the Grand Turkmen Hotel. There will be several bouncers around the entrance. Tell them that you are going to the disco. Walk through tennis court and next to pool to an entrance at the back of the hotel building. The nightclub is located in the basement. It is open around 9 pm to 3 am. The club and dance floor gets packed Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night after around 11 pm. According to patrons, it is the only club open after 11 pm in the city. They play a variety of music, from Russian techno to salsa and reggae, to American music (often with Russian lyrics). Do not expect waitresses to speak English, but they will try to communicate with you, and you can point at the drinks that you want. As in many Russian-style discos, you can buy either a bottle or a shot of vodka. Vodka is about 5 manat per 50 gram (50 mL) shot. Cokes and other mixers are usually more expensive than the vodka.

Sleep[edit][add listing]

Ashgabat has next-to-no acceptable budget options, very few mid-range options and tons of space on the top end. In response the government is building even more luxury accommodation. If coming on an organized trip or a business trip, consider asking your operator to upgrade your hotel. Excess demand may mean a far better hotel for not much more money as extra space is sold off for cheap.

Top End

  • Hotel Nissa, Atabaeva Street, 18B, Tel: (+993-12) 22-10-25, Fax:(+993-12) 22-10-23, email: [email protected] Apparently owned by family of Saparmurat Niyazov, this is a four-star hotel with air conditioning, swimming pool, pool bar, sauna, Turkish sauna, gym, jacuzzi. This is about the "best" quality hotel you'll find in Ashgabat (think somewhat run-down and a bit overpriced for its features), about a 10 minute walk from the war memorial and book shop. The restaurant has decent Italian food. Expect to come across lots of foreign workers, and women of dubious persuasion at the hotel bar. Some English is, however, spoken.
  • Yyldyz Hotel, Str. 2002/5 17 Bagtyyarlyk, 993 12 39 09 00, [4]. A new hotel in a hill overlooking Ashgabat. With a sail design that brings to mind the Burj Al Arab in Dubai, the oversized hotel has three restaurants, including ones specializing in Chinese and Italian food, three bars, including one of the roof, spa facilities and a massive pool. The hotel is an attraction in its own right- the experience here is analogous to any luxury hotel in Asia.  edit
  • Oguzkent Hotel, Bitarap Turkmenistan Avenue, +993 12 44-95-00, [5]. No longer a Sofitel but still the best hotel in Ashgabat. Location is right next to the Presidential Palace, so close to everything. Continental restaurant on the top floor has nice views (it's possible to snap photos of many buildings not allowed on the ground) while the Turkish restaurant has quality food at reasonable prices. Sauna, pool, gym, guides and tour services available. Popular with foreign guests and delegations, with good reason. $150-300.  edit

Budget and Mid-Range

  • Hotel President, Новоарчабильское шоссе 54, Tel: +993 (12) 400000, Fax 993 (12) 40 00 41 und 993 (12) 40 02 22, E-Mail: [email protected]
  • Hotel Grand Turkmen (Гостиница "Грант Туркмен Отель"), ul. Georogly 7 (ул. Героглы, 7), 744000 Ашхабад, Tel: +993 12 51-05-55; Fax +993 12 511251, E-mail: [email protected] As of July 2016, internet was good 2/3 of the time and poor 1/3 of the time. Wi-Fi is free in the hotel for guests. Some websites (e.g., Lonely Planet) may be blocked.
  • Hotel Ak Altyn, Magtumguly ave 141/1, Tel: +993 12 36 37 00 und +993 12 363701, Fax +993 12 363543 und +993 12 36 34 94, E-Mail: [email protected] $75 per night, Visa accepted (MasterCard is not). An older option that looks a bit scary from the outside but from the inside is a big better. Once the crown-jewel of independent Turkmenistan but ambitions have gotten bigger. Nice pool bar and shashlik area in the back. German and British embassies are inside so there's plenty of security. Wi-Fi is improving but still not great. About $90 for a double.
  • Hotel Azatlyk, Tel: +993 12 48 87 00, Fax +993 12 48 81 55, E-Mail: [email protected]
  • Hotel Ahal, Tel: +993 12 48 87 37, Fax +993 12 48 01 92, E-Mail: [email protected]
  • Hotel Nebitchi, Tel: +993 12 489360, Fax +993 12 489312
  • Syyahat Hotel, A little out of the way, West on Gorogly (West on Gorogly Kochesi). This is a big, uncharasmatic hotel with rooms that are a bit shabby, but a good budget option all the same. A basic breakfast is included in the price. Bus no. 10 goes to the centre. dorm $10, single $30, double $50.  edit



The Internet situation in Turkmenistan is bad – by far the worst in Central Asia – but not as bad as it was in the recent past. There are some Internet cafés around town that have access from around 6 TMT an hour. High speed mobile Internet is available, but short-term visitors will find it hard to complete the necessary paperwork. Popular Apps like WhatsApp, Facebook and Youtube are blocked.

Wi-Fi is available in most hotel lobbies (regardless if you are staying there) and the Yimpas Shopping Center. The American government runs a Public Information Center (in a different building than the embassy) with free, unblocked Internet. The Wi-Fi unfortunately is quite slow but desktop terminals are available.


  • Lufthansa,, 510684, 510331, [6].  edit
  • Turkish Airlines, Magtymguly sayoli 73, 5161666, 512219, [7].  edit
  • Turkmenistan Airlines, Magtymguly sayoli 82, 352643, International Ticket Office: 394271, [8].  edit
  • S7 Airlines, Görögly 50, 92-30-21, [9].  edit
  • Belavia, Govshudova (2028) street 50/2, 92 64 09, [10].  edit


Dial 01 for the fire brigade, 02 for police, 03 for ambulance. Be aware that the operators will speak Turkmen and Russian only.

Embassies and Consulates[edit]

  • Afghanistan, Garashsyzlyk köcesi, Berzengi, 480757. Mon to Fri 9am to 5pm.  edit
  • Armenia, Ingenernaya köcesi 37, 354418, 395542 (). Mon to Fri 10-12 am.  edit
  • Azerbaijan, 2062 köcesi 44, 364608 (, fax: 3646510), [11]. Mon to Fri 9am to 1pm, 2 to 6 pm.  edit
  • Belarus, Maxim Gorki köcesi 81, 331183 (fax: 331185). Tue to Fri 3 to 6 pm.  edit
  • China, Kuvvat Hotel, Berzengi, 488105 (fax: 481813). Tue to Fri 3 to 6 pm.  edit
  • France, Ak ALtyn Hotel, third floor, 363550,363468. Mon to Fri 9am to 1pm, 3 to 5pm.  edit
  • Georgia, Azadi köcesi 139a, 330828 (fax: 330248). Mon to Fri 9am to 6pm.  edit
  • Germany, Al Alty Hotel, first floor, Magtumguly Avenue, 363515, 363517 to 21 (, fax: 363522). Mon to Fri 9 to 12 am.  edit
  • India, Emeryal Business Center, 1 Yunus Emre köcesi, mir 2/1, 456153 (fax: 456156), [12].  edit
  • Iran, Tehran köcesi 3, 350236 (fax: 350565). Mon to Fri 8.30 to 12 am.  edit
  • Japan, Paytagi Offic Building, Parahat District, 477081 (fax: 477083).  edit
  • Kazakhstan, Garaszylik sayoli 11-13, International Ustay Compound, Berzengi, 480468, (fax: 480468). Tue, Thu and Fri 9 to 12am, 5 to 6 pm.  edit
  • Kyrgyzstan, Görogly köcesi 14, 392064. Mon to Fri 10 to 12 am, 4 to 6 pm.  edit
  • Netherlands, Tehran köcesi 17, 346700 (fax: 344252). Mon to Fri 9am to 6pm.  edit
  • Pakistan, Garashszlyk köcesi 4/1, 482128 and 29 (, fax: 482130). Mon to Fri 9-12 am.  edit
  • Romania, K.Burunov köcesi 43A, 347655 (fax: 347620).  edit
  • Russia, Turkmenbashi sayoli 11, 335957, 391505 (, fax: 398466).  edit
  • Saudi Arabia, Emperyal Business Center, Yunus Emre köcesi 1, 454963 (fax: 454970).  edit
  • South Korea, 94-72-86 1-8 (, fax: 94-72-89), [13]. Mon to Fri 9am to 5pm.  edit
  • Tajikistan, Gorgoly köcesi 14, 480163 (, fax: 481877), [14]. Mon to Fri 9am to 1pm, 3 to 5 pm.  edit
  • Turkey, Shevchenko köcesi 9, 354118 (, fax: 391914).  edit
  • Ukraine, Azadi köcesi 49, 391874 (, fax: 391028).  edit
  • United Arab Emirates, Kalifa center, Turkembashi sayoli 124, 456915 (fax: 456916).  edit
  • United Kingdom, Ak Altyn Hotel third floor, 363462 to 64, [15]. Mon to Fri 9am to 5pm.  edit
  • United States, (99312) 35 00 45 (, fax: (993-12) 39 26 14), [16].  edit
  • Uzbekistan, Turkmenbashy sayoli 124, 342419 (fax: 342337). Mon, Wed, Fri 10am to 1pm.  edit
  • Vatican, 20A Görogly st., 993 12-927546 (, fax: 993 12 65696324), [17]. Russian Catholic Mass at 10 am on Sundays, English Catholic Mass at 6 pm on Sundays.  edit

Medical services[edit]

  • Central Hospital, Emre köcesi 1, phone 450303 or 450331. Foreigners have to pay for their medical treatment.
  • International Medical Center, Berzegi, phone 519006 or 519008.
  • Lechebnii Hospital, Shevchenko sayoli, phone 390877.
  • Dr.Arslan Nepesow, Turkembashi köcesi 124, phone 425250


  • SMST (State Migration Service of Turkmenistan ), Azady köçesi 63, phone 38-00-11, 9 to 12 am, 2 to 5 pm. All persons entering Turkmenistan on a tourist or business visa have to register within three working days. You need two passport photos and your entry card. In most cases the tour operator that invited you will organize this for you. Persons holding transit visas are not required to register.

Get out[edit]

By plane[edit]

Turkmenistan Airlines [[20]] offers domestic flights to Dashogus (6 flights per day), Mary (3 flights per day), Turkmenabat (5 flights per day) and Turkmenbashi (3 flights per day), Balkanabat. (2015)

  • Turkish Airlines has flights to Istanbul/Turkey on Thu, Sat and Mon morning.

By rail[edit]

Turkmendemiryollari (Turkmenistan Zeleznice) (phone 255545, fax 473858) runs trains from Ashgabat to Turkmenbashi and Turkmenabat via Mary.

Train 24 to Turkmenbashi leaves Ashabat every second day at 8.40 pm and arrives at Turkmenbashi at 6.55 am next morning. Train 606 leaves Ashabat daily at 8.10 pm, arriving in Turkmenbashi at 9.15 am next morning.

Trains to Turkmenabat and Mary leave Ashabat at 7.40 daily, arriving at Mary at 5 pm and at Turkmenabat at 11 pm. Train 195 leaves Ashabat daily at 5.20 pm and arrives at Turkmenabat at 7.35 am next morning. Train 21 leaves Ashabat every second day at 10.10 pm, ans arrives at Mary at 5.25 and at Turkmenabat at 9.40 next morning.

  • Iran- Take a taxi to the border, which is about 7km south of the city, so $10 should be enough to offer. After going through the first checkpoint its a 25 minute drive across nice landscape in a shared minibus, for which they charge a very steep 40 Manat/ $14 approx per person. This is the price for foreigners.

After entering into Iran, take the frequent bus to Bajgiran village 2km down the road (10,000 rial), from where you can find a taxi to take you to Quchan 70km away (250,000 - 300,000 rial / $8-10) (Sept 2013). If continuing to Mashhad just say "Mashhad autobus" and they should take you to the correct location. The taxis leaving from the border are more expensive than the village, so its worth the short journey.

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