Dashoguz is an old stop on the Silk Road. Its name means roughly "stone spring," as there was a spring here. A Russian fort named Tashauz was founded here in the 19th century. Most building was done during Soviet times, and the squat apartment buildings of the period dominate the downtown in a way that has been brushed aside in Ashgabat. After independence the name was changed to Dashkhovuz and later Daşoguz.
Like all cities outside the capital, Dasoguz isn't an exciting place, but visitors will probably find themselves overnighting here after visiting the ruins of Konye-Urgench or coming to/from Uzbekistan.
Turkmenistan Airlines operates 6 flights per day from Ashgabat and 4 flights per week from Turkmenbashi. The flight from Ashgabat takes about 50 minutes and costs about US$ 12 one way.The airport is 14km south of the city.
There are regular bus services from Ashgabat (12 to 18 hours, US$ 4 to 5 one way) and infreqent services from Turkmenabat (10 hours, US$ 3 to 4). The bus station is in the north of the city, near Bai Bazar. There are regular buses from Konye Urgench (2 hours, US$ 1).
Dashoguz is about a 7 hour, 480 km trip from Ashgabat over roads that are at times very good but at other times barely passable. There is some ongoing work, and a smooth ride would considerably shorten the journey. Dashoguz is only 100 km from Konye Urgench on a good road. The trip takes just about an hour.
There used to be a series of dinosaur sculptures in the town center, celebrating the many fossil findings that have been made in the areas outside of Tashkent. They're gone now. Instead you'll find a smaller scale of version of the empty public squares and Turkmenbashi statues that populate Ashgabat. Those just arriving in the country will find this of some interest, but those who have in country a while won't be so impressed.
On weekends the Bal Bazaar is open at a site not far from town. It's a mixture of local handicrafts and more practical goods.
Turkmenistan Airlines operates 6 flights per day to Ashgabat and 4 flights per week to Turkmenbashi. The flight to Ashgabat takes about 50 minutes and costs about US$ 12 one way. The airport is 14km south of the city.
There are regular bus services toAshgabat (12 to 18 hours, US$ 4 to 5 one way) and infrequent services toTurkmenabat (10 hours, US$ 3 to 4). The bus station is in the north of the city, near Bai Bazar. There are regular buses toKonye Urgench (2 hours, US$ 1).
Dashoguz is about 480 km from Ashgabat and 100 km from Konye Urgench. It is also the main departure point for the Uzbek border at Shavat. With the Nukus border closed, this is now the main way to cross into the northwest part of the country. A taxi to the border should only be a couple of dollars, as it is just 5 kilometers outside of town. Except a thorough search on the Turkmen side and somewhat friendly if frazzled services from the Uzbeks. From Shavat it's about 100,000 som to Urgench or Nukus in a private cab, less if you wait until one fills up.