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Tashkent (Uzbek: Toshkent, Тошкент; Russian: Ташкент) is the capital city of Uzbekistan, and is an ancient city on the Great Silk Road from China to Europe. Little remains of the ancient city after the 1966 earthquake and earlier modernisation work following the 1917 revolution. Tashkent is a very Soviet city that has little remaining from its ancient Central Asian past. The city has a mixture of modern new office buildings, hotels, parks and crumbling Soviet style apartment blocks. The streets are generally clean and there are not too many potholes in the city center. Further out, the infrastructure is not so good.

Over the last few years the Uzbek government has embarked on a major reconstruction program in the centre of the city. Roads, government buildings and parks are all being reconstructed (many historical buildings and sites are bulldozed in process). To the visitor, the new city looks very impressive, although many of the local residents have yet to see any improvement in their residential areas.

Tashkent is waiting for a boom. The infrastructure, hotels and shops are there but the influx of people and business has failed to materialise. This is caused in part by a combination of government policy and bad publicity.


Climate Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Daily highs (°C) 6 8 14 22 27 33 36 34 29 21 14 9
Nightly lows (°C) -3 -2 4 10 14 18 19 17 12 7 3 -1
Precipitation (mm) 55 47 72 64 32 7 4 2 5 34 45 53
Daylight (hrs/day) 9 10 11 13 14 15 15 14 13 11 10 9

Tashkent has a typical continental climate with hot summers and cold winters. The best seasons for travels to Tashkent are Apr/May and Sep/Oct.


Although Uzbek is now the official language, Russian is the native language for most Tashkent dwellers, although most also speak Uzbek. Most businesses use Russian in their signs, menus and other printed material. Only government institutions use Uzbek as the first language, and even then, many government forms and reports are in Russian, rather than Uzbek. Currently, Uzbek uses the Latin alphabet rather than the Cyrillic that was used during the Soviet Union. This is a source of some confusion for many Uzbeks, especially those of the older generation. Shortly after the fall of the Soviet Union, and Uzbekistan declared independence in 1991, the written Uzbek language was converted back into Latin characters. Many older Uzbeks have difficulty reading the Latin characters. Uzbek is a Turkic language, and while Uzbeks and Turks cannot completely communicate directly, the better educated on both sides can usually find some common understanding.

Many of the signs in Tashkent are in Cyrillic. A significant number of Russian words are similar to their English counterparts. Learning the Cyrillic alphabet — which is not as difficult as one might think — will help a traveller to read signs and in restaurants. It is very useful for the casual visitor to Tashkent to learn a few basic Russian or Uzbek words and phrases. If you need to speak English, young people are your best bet, and even then there is no guarantee that they will speak more than very basic English.

The name Tashkent is usually derived from the Turkish word "tash" (stone) and the Persian word "kent" (city), meaning "city of stones". Another opinion refers to the Sogdian word "tschatsch", meaning "place on a hill".

Tashkent is the largest capital city in Central Asia and has a population of 2.3 million people (2012).

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

Tashkent International Airport "Yuzhniy" (IATA: TAS; ICAO: UTTT) is just a few kilometers from the city centre. Airlines serving Tashkent include Aeroflot, Air Astana, Air Baltic, Asiana, Uzbekistan Airways and Turkish Airlines. It is also the hub of Uzbekistan Airways [19], which flies to many destinations including Almaty, Tokyo, Bangkok, London, and New York-JFK. All the airports in Uzbekistan have immigration posts and Uzbekistan Airways Operates direct flights from Samarkand, Bukhara, Urgench, Andijan, Fergana airports to CIS Countries.

Note that while the domestic and international terminals (terminals 3 and 2) are at the same airport the only way to get from one to the other is by road, a ten minute taxi ride [20] and see notes below about the taxi situation. A taxi should not cost more than 5000 som between the terminals, but the taxi drivers will try to cheat you. Alternatively, there are two buses that operate between both terminals, 11 and 77.

In the international terminal, buses leave from in front of the terminal. Walk straight out, past the parking lot where the bus stops are just before the main road. In the domestic terminal, the bus stop is to the left of the terminal (walking out of the terminal) in a large parking lot that does not look like a bus stop. Note that buses do not operate at night. Pay the driver after the ride. As of June 2017, a bus ride costs 1000 som and marshrutka ride costs 1200 som.

A short and inexpensive ($2-3 USD) taxi journey is the easiest way to get to the city center. One should bear in mind, however, that upon exiting the international terminal, a large number of men will be crowded at the (sole) exit door offering "taxi" services. For the most part, these are not "official" taxis. "Taxi" drivers will attempt to charge whatever they believe an international tourist can stomach. For those without Russian or Uzbek language skills it is best to arrange to have someone meet you at the airport. Fair fares are usually only obtainable by those who understand the system and speak at least some Russian or Uzbek. It is better to walk 50 meters from the exit towards the taxi stand where many taxis are waiting on the road and negotiate. Generally Prevailing fare is minimum 2 to 3 USD for 5km (20 cents per each additional km). Always negotiate. Taxi drivers will rarely accept small bills (dollars, euros or pounds), and cannot be counted upon to give change (in any currency). The easier option is to use Yandex Taxi (online app) for about 16,000 som (Oct 2019), or there is a taxi service in the arrivals area that will charge far higher rates (60,000 som, cash only), but put you into an official tourist car.

Trollies are limited and not readily available. You have to buy a token to unlock the trollies. Baggage collection is a lengthy wait - can be up to 1.5 hours. There are only two luggage belts. The indicator showing the belt to collect your luggage may not be correct. It is therefore good to stay in the centre of the two luggage belt so that you can see both belts at the same time.

Arrival customs clearance has changed a lot in recent times (as at October 2019) - No declarations forms or long lines while all bags are checked. The usual Red/Green channels to walk through. If stopped by an customs officer they'll send you to one of the x-ray machines to check bags. This seemed to happen only to returning citizens with large amounts of luggage. Tourists mostly walked through without being stopped. You can go through the "green" corridor, without completing the customs declaration, if imported foreign currency does not exceed the equivalent of 2,000 US dollars and the cost and (or) the number of imported goods do not exceed the norms not subject to customs payments established by law or there are no goods whose import or export is prohibited or restricted in accordance with the law. The entire amount of foreign currency in cash exceeding the equivalent of 2,000 US dollars is subject to mandatory written declaration when importing and exporting. Be aware that the arrival area has a number of ATMs (in October 2019 only 1 of 4 was working, and Visa only), hence arriving with a few USD is a good idea, there are exchange banks before customs. Travellers should also be wary of the "tourist welcome desk" before customs, they may overcharge you on the SIM card (as of October 2019 the official price was 42k SOM that became 82k SOM, only found out afterwards the inflation) and offer the third placed network (UMS) that has poor reception across the country, and no 4G no matter what they claim... You are better getting SIMs in town unless you speak no Russian.

Go to the airport early and check in early, the taxi may try to charge 3000SOM (Oct '19) for an official drop-off, or walk for 50 metres for free. The departures area is on the upper floor, however the access road has been closed, so you have to walk around the left hand side of the arrivals level and up some stairs/escalator, or up the road. You can expect fairly quick customs (unless you are searched, see below), but security can be on the slow side due to the need to take off shoes, as well as the normal laptops/electronics out.

Queue tends to form and this delay your boarding. Inspection is regular and detailed. They sometimes may tell you to go to a room for inspection (body search). You need to empty all your pockets and they check (in detail) all the currencies that you are carrying. After immigration/passport control (at the boarding pass checking counter), they can still call you to go down to the check in luggage clearance area to open your luggage for checking. The luggage clearance area has no heater and therefore good to keep a jacket with you at all time during winter. For questionable items, you can first explain what are they and if there is a problem, you are allowed to dispose of the item at the luggage clearance area and not insist that the items are cleared. Sometimes, simple items such as expensive chocolate may have problem clearing and have to be disposed by the custom officers doing the checking.

VIP lounge and check-in are available for ~USD 100 per person, and there's a special entrance on the right. No international vip-lounge access cards work here. Priority boarding cards issued by some airlines would save a lot of time of inorderly queueing.

The Uzbekistan Airways Main Ticketing office is located at Amir Timur Str,51. Flight tickets can also be purchased from hundreds of ticketing agents and some even offer free ticket delivery.

By train[edit]


Tashkent is a key stopping point for rail services from Central Asia. There are direct connections to Moscow, Russia and Almaty, Kazakhstan

If changing trains it is possible to travel from or to Dushanbe in Tajikistan and Bishkek in Kyrgyzstan. It is possible to travel to China (through Almaty). Ticket prices are cheap by western standards, but will need to be paid for in cash.

There are many warnings about thefts of personal belongings on the trains.

  • Train no 6 leaves Moscow on Wed, Fri and Mon at 11.16PM, arriving at Tashkent on Sat, Tue and Thu at 9PM,
  • Train no 296 leaves Kharkov on Sun at 11.52AM, arriving at Tashkent on Wed at 9.20PM,
  • Train no 486 leaves Chelyabinsk on Sun at 11.50PM, arriving at Tashkent on Wed at 0.45PM.


To Samarkand there is a fast train that now leaves daily at 8AM arriving Samarkand at about 10:10AM. On Saturday and Sunday there is a second train that leaves Tashkent at 7AM arriving Samarkand at 9:10AM. The return train is at 5PM and 6PM, arriving back to Tashkent around 7:10 and 8:10PM respectively.

On Mon, Tue, Fri, Sat and Sun train no 2 leaves Tashkent at 7AM and arrives at Samarkand at 10.50AM, train no 1 leaves Samarkand at 5PM, arriving in Tashkent at 8.50PM. Train no 50 leaves Tashkent every day at 7PM, arriving at Samarkand at 11.55PM, Train no 49 leaves Samarkand daily at 7AM, arriving in Tashkent at 10.55AM next moring,.

Train 662 leaves Tashkent every day at 8PM and arrives at Bukhara at 8AM next morning, train 661 leaves Bukhara every at 6,45PM, arriving in Tashkent at 7AM next morning.#

On Wed and Sat there train 54 leaves Tashkent at 3.40PM, arriving at Urgench at 11.35AM next day, On Tue and Sat train 53 leaves Urgench at 2.05PM, arriving in Tashkent at 9.40AM next morning.

On all even days train 280 leaves Tashkent at 5.25PM, arriving at Termez at 1PM next day, On all even days train 279 leaves Termez at 2,30PM, arriving in Tashkent at 9AM next day.

All trains (both domestic and international) leave now from the Northern Railway Station (Severny Vokzal), Tukestan kochasi, Metro station "Toshkent". Make sure that you buy ticket in advance or arrive 1 hour before train departure as the queue for ticket office is often long, though appears to have improved recently (Oct '19) as there is now a formal ticketing system which has avoided most people jumping the queue. Get a ticket on arrival from a machine on the left that has English, Russian and Uzbek options. The even easier choice is to do an e-ticket, making sure you print it at home first. Alternatively you can get the ticket office to print your tickets, even if booked online, though it will take a few minutes and you need your reference numbers (mobile phone screen is acceptable).

By car[edit]

There are road routes from surrounding countries but the borders may not be open and there have been security problems. The border from Afghanistan is sometimes closed or not open to Uzbek nationals. A person has to walk at least 4 Km to Cross the border on Foot from Uzbek Check Post to Afghan Check Post.

The Cherniaevka crossing from Kazakhstan near Saryagash was closed to non-Uzbeks/Kazakhs as of 10 November 2009; foreigners need to cross at Yallama, 100km from Cherniaevka. Allow one or two hours to get through, especially from the Uzbek side. On 6 July 2010 we crossed at Chernaevka, so it seems to be open again for foreigners. Pretty ok, but long long lines, take the left line at the Uzbek customs, they want you to declare any cellphones as communication devices.

From Kyrgyzstan Dostlik post 30 Km from Andijan is open from 9 to 6PM. From Tajikistan Oiybek Post 80 KM from Tashkent is open for foreigners from 9 to 6PM. Tursanzade Post 60 KM from Dushanbe Tajikistan is open for foreigners and locals 180 KM from [[Termez. Chorzhu Post on the Border of Turkmenistan 30 KM from Bukhara is also open for foreigners and Locals.

Distances from Tashkent by road are as follows: Almaty in Kazakhstan 810 km, Ashgabat in Turkmenistan 1290 km, Bishkek in Kyrgyzstan 570 km, Kashgar in China 880 km, and within Uzbekistan: Andijan 392 km, Ferghana 325 km, Kokand 236 km, Samarkand 295 km, Bokhara 600 km, Urgench 1020 km, Khiva 1045 km, Nukus 1115 km, Termez 705 km and Karshi 430 km.

Taxis to Samarkand leave from "Avtovokzal" in the Metro station "Sobir Raximov", taxis to Fergana Valley leave from the Northern Station and Kuyluk Bazar. Shared taxis to Andijan (5 hrs) cost 8 USD, to Bokhara (7 hrs) 13 USD, to Ferghana (4 hrs) 8 USD, to Kokand (3 hrs) 6 USD, to Samarkand (3 hrs) 8 USD, to Termez (10 hrs) 15 USD and to Urgench or Khiva (14 hrs) 25 USD.

Car Hire

Although there are no international car rental brands in Uzbekistan, you can rent cars with driver from several local companies. Online Tashkent car hire is also available.

By bus[edit]

To travel by bus to Uzbekistan a traveller has to take a bus to the border post,then cross the border on foot and then take another bus to the final destination. Buses do not operate inter-country regularly, but some private operators run bus services to many CIS cities on announced dates, however it is difficult to get information, and sometimes dates can change without warning . Buses to other cities leave from "Avtovokzal" in the Metro station "Sobir Raximov". Buses usually are very full and advance purchase of tickets is recommended. Tickets are sold to foreigners at Movarunahr Kochasi 51, daily from 8AM to 5PM. As of 2009 buses to Bokhara (11 hrs) cost 8 USD, to Samarkand (6 hrs) 5 USD and to Urgench/Khiva (20 hrs) 12 USD.

Marshrutka is a small bus or van or a bus which follows a fixed route and stops on demand to take on or drop off passengers. As of 2009, marshrutkas to Andijan (6 hrs) cost 5 USD, to Bokhara (8 hrs) 6 USD, to Ferghana (6 hrs) 4 USD, to Kokand (3 hrs) 3 USD, to Samarkand (4 hrs) 4 USD and to Termez (10 hrs) 8 USD. Inter-city bus time tables, prices and distances are online.

Jan 2019. Cheapest way to travel from Tashkent city to the border for Shymkent, KZ is to take metro Green line to last stop \ Shaxriston (Habib Abdullayev). Exit building on east side and wait for bus #475 (white color) which will make a U-turn at intersection to stop at bus stop. This is its first pickup heading back to border, so it will be empty. Total cost: 2400 Som. Cross border, push past cabbies on KZ side, walk 300 meters to Matrushkas. 700 Tenge for shared van to Shymkent.

Get around[edit]

By metro[edit]

The city has a good public transport system which is cheap. The metro/underground system is typical of the old Soviet style - with large and impressive stations - and is actually quite modern. There are also modern buses and trams many of which were renewed in 2008. Tickets (which on the metro are small blue coin size tokens) cost 1200 soms (as of April 2019) for any single journey, regardless of distance or connections (metro only, no bus connections). It was previously not permitted to take photographs in the metro stations, however as of 2019 this is now allowed. There is a light baggage check when you enter the system, but there seems to be limited interest in checking passports now. However, previous advice was that ii all cases do have documents while you are taking the metro (or anywhere in the city), for you can be checked any time (including both passport and registration slips from your hotel, though again this system has moved online as of 2019 so hotels are less worried about providing the slips). Bags will be checked upon entering the stations.

Tashkent metro has three lines:

  • Uzbekistan (Blue line) from Beruniy to Chkalov,
  • Chilonzor (Red line) from Janubiy to Turkistan,
  • Yunus-Obod (Green line) from Sabir Rakhimov to Buyuk Ipak Yuli. The trains leave every 5 minutes.

By car[edit]


To avoid complexities on both negotiation and language, you can use the app "Yandex Taxi" to conveniently order a taxi, know the fare before you take the journey, and pay by credit card (or just cash as there are problems with some international credit cards). These drivers tend to have higher quality vehicles and are less likely to smoke or otherwise "misbehave" to keep their star ratings high. You can move around by GPS and a ride in the city tends to cost around 8000-10000 SOM (Oct '19), waiting times are typically 2 to 3 minutes from any central location.

Of course, if you choose to use traditional methods, taxis can be cheap after some negotiation, however some of the vehicles are very old. While there are official, authorized taxis (with the appropriate sign on the roof of the car), in reality almost any driver in Tashkent can double as a taxi driver. The local custom is to simply stand by the side of the road with your arm extended downward and slightly away from the body. A driver will pull over and then you will state your destination and negotiate the fare in advance. At least some Russian or Uzbek language skills is needed to accomplish this without difficulty. It is usually safe to use this procedure, although virtually every foreign embassy recommends against it. Directions are rarely given here using an address. Most often, a landmark is used, such as "near the hotel Russia,". Moreover, many streets and hotels have been renamed in the past few years but often drivers will not recognize the current name of the street or hotel, still knowing them by their old names. Asking to be taken to the Grand Mir hotel, for instance, will often result in a blank look. Tell the driver you want to go to the Gastinitsa Rossiya (Hotel Russia), however, and they will know exactly where you want to go. For those who speak neither Russian nor Uzbek, it is helpful to have someone draw a rudimentary map or write out directions in Russian. Few drivers will know English.

Do not expect western-style taxi services. Taxi drivers will often smoke while you are in the car and asking them not to will most often result in nothing more than a look of disapproval. You may be paying, but you are in their car. There are many taxi services operating in the city with fixed rates and a person can order the taxi from their hotel room. There are some web sites offering complete lists of taxi services and taxi charges.

Taxis within the city can by reserved by calling Taxi Express, tel 1399999 or 16360272.

Car rental[edit]

None of the major international car hire companies operate in Tashkent. Where car hire is available, it will include a driver. Generally daily car rental charges are from 25 USD to 35 USD. It all depends upon your negotiating skills. Car rentals are offered by taxi companies. They are expensive but can be more reliable.

  • Tashkent city map [21]
  • Ugam Chatkal National Park

See[edit][add listing]

  • Abdulkasim Medressah, (in the southern part of the old city). This medressah was erected in honour of the great thinker Abdulkhasim Khan in the beginning of the 19th cent. This Medressah is situated close to the Parliament of Uzbekistan. Although it is listed elsewhere as a must-see, it is a brick building which does not compare with what can be seen in Samarkand for instance, it is also a bit remote and quite a walk from the metro.  edit
  • Khavendi Takhur Sheikh Mausoleum. The mausoleum was founded in the 14th cent. The present buildings were erected on the old foundations in the 18th and 19th cent. The mausoleum is constructed with light yellow bricks and has no decoration in the interior.  edit
  • Kaldyrgach-bly Mausoleum. This mausoleum is the most ancient monument in Tashkent. The dome in the form of a pyramid dates from the 15th cent. and is said to remind the mazars in the Kazakh steppes. The mausoleums contains the tomb of a famous Kazakh political, Tole-bly, who had the nickname Kaldyrgach ("swallow").  edit
  • Yunus Khan Mausoleum. The mausoleum is one of the few monuments in Tashkent dating to the epoch of the Timurids. Yunus Khan (1415-1487) was a descendant of Gengiz Khan and grandfather of the Indian moghul Babur. The building was erected in the 15th cent. and restored several times. It has no decoration except 'panjara' on the main facade.  edit
  • Mausoleum of Abubakr Muhammad Kaffal Shashi. It is the mausoleum of one of the first Imams who died in 976/977. The present mausoleum is rectangular in shape and is crowned by a conical dome. The frieze with inscriptions over the entrance and the panjara (wooden lattices) in the window openings are especially remarkable.  edit
  • Mausoleum of Zainuddin-bobo Sheikh. This is the mausoleum of the son of the founder of a famous Sufi order. His father sent him to disseminate the ideas of this order. The mausoleum is of the khanaka type. The hall is covered with a double dome. Nearby is a chillyakhona (subterranean monastic cell) dating to the 12th and 13th cent.  edit

Old Town[edit]

The Old Town has retained much of its old charm. Here you will find low adobe houses with shady courtyards, narrow winding streets and many ancient mosques and madressas.

  • Chorsu Bazaar (Tashkent's farmers market under a huge cupola, spices, grain, dairy products, fruits of the season), (Southern edge of the old town. Chorsu Metro.). Here you can encounter the hustle and bustle of everyday life in Central Asia and you will have a good chance to see people in the colourful local dress.  edit
  • Kukeldash Medressa, Nawai Prospect (on a hill overlooking Chorsu Bazaar, near the Friday Mosque). This Quran school was built in the 16th century during the reign of Abdulla-Khan by the vizier, scientist and poet Kulbobo Kukeldash, Kukeldash means "the Khan's foster brother'. Kukeldash Medressa is one of the largest and best preserved Quran schools in Central Asia. The Medressa has a traditional composition with a large inner yard with hujras (pupils' cells) and darshakona and mosque in the corners. uzs 2000.  edit
  • Ensemble Khazret Imam, (2 km north of the Circus on Zarquanyar). tomb of one of the first Imams of Tashkent, Visitors may wish to visit the mosque in the Hast Imam area of the city. The library there contains the remaining fragments of the world's first Koran, written only 19 years after the death of Hazrat Muhammad.  edit
  • Tellya Sheikh Mosque. with a beautiful Islamic library with ancient ceilings and ancient manuscripts and the Osman Koran. It is considered the oldest Koran in the world and is said to have been stained with the blood of Hazrat Osman in 655.  edit
  • Moyie Mubarek Library Museum, Zarqaynar 114 (In the middle of Khast Imom square. Gafur Gulom metro.), 2600302. daily 9AM until 4PM. The centrepiece is the world's oldest Koran - a large, surprisingly well preserved deerskin copy from the 7th century brought to Tashkent by Timur. 7500 som.  edit
  • Architectural Complex Zengi-Ata, (in the Zengi-Ata settlement near Tashkent). burial place of sheikh Aj-Hodzha, nicknamed Zengi-Ata, which means "black", living from the end of 12th to first half of 13th century.  edit
  • Barrak-Khan Madrassah, (to the east of Chorsu market, among the clay-walled buildings of the old city). The Medrassah was completed in the 2nd half of the 16th cent. Barak Khan died in 1556 and is buried in Samarkand. Now it's full of souvenir / craft shops.  edit


  • History Museum of the People of Uzbekistan, Sharaf Rashidova 30, 2391779. Tu-Su 10AM until 5PM, closed Mon. Artifacts from Zoroastrian and Buddhist times, exhibits relating to the conquest of the khanates of Central asia by the Russians and to the first president of the independent Uzbek Republic, Islam Karimov. Currently undergoing renovation on the top floor so much of the exhibition space is closed (Jun 2015). Uzbek citizens pay 1500 som (Oct 2012), foreign guests pay 10000 (Jun 2015) 1500-10000 som.  edit
  • Fine Arts Museum of Uzbekistan (overview of 1500 years of history of art in Uzbekistan), Movarounahr 16, 2367436. M 10AM to 2PM, W-Su 10AM unto 5PM, closed Tue. 3000 Som for Uzbeks, 10,000 for Foreign guests. Once inside, some galleries may command additional fees. (Oct 2012).  edit
  • State museum, 2391779. Tu-Su 10AM until 5PM, closed Mon. The State Museum of History follow Uzbekistan's set of experiences from the early Paleolithic period to the current day. The Museum of Applied Art grandstands an amazing assortment of Uzbek floor coverings, pottery, materials, and different crafted works." 1500-10000 som.  edit
  • Museum of Applied Arts (in a house built by a Russian diplomat in the 19th cent., with carved and painted plaster and carved wood, overview of old architectural details from Bokhara and Samarkand, ceramics and textiles, gift shop. A lovely building but a small museum with not many artefacts.), Rakatboshi 15, 2533943. daily 9AM until 6PM. 1500 Som.  edit
  • Amur Timur Museum (rather kitschy murals depicting Timur, interesting collection of historical artefacts), Amur Timur 1, 1336228. Tu-Su 10AM until 5PM, closed Mon. 3000 Som, 6000 foreigners.  edit
  • Navoy Literary Museum (memories of the poet Alisher Navoi, calligraphy from Persia, miniatures from the 15th and 16th centuries), Navoi 69, 2441268. M-F 10AM until 5PM, Sa 10AM until 1PM, closed Sun. 3000 Som.  edit
  • Art Gallery of Uzbekistan (exhibitions of contemporary Uzbek artists in a modern museum building), Buyuk Turon 2. Tu-Sa 11AM until 5PM, closed Sun and Mon. 600 Som (Oct 2012).  edit
  • Tashkent Galley of Modern Art, (Not far from Amir Temur square and Westminster University). It is a nice modern gallery. Now (2008 June) there are some UN posters, some pictures and very nice exhibition of young artists. For students the admission is 500 som. Does not appear on any tourist maps or guides. No Address given. Not found on any internet searches; possibly confused with Art Gallery of Uzbekistan. Likely does not exist.  edit


  • Alisher Navoi Opera and Ballet Theater (classical ballet and opera), Ataturk Kochasi 28, 2339081. ticket counter besides the main entrance open on performance days from 10AM until 7PM, performances M-F 6PM, Sat and Su 5PM. The theatre was built on the plans of Alexey Shchusev, the architect of Lenin's Mausoleum in Moscow in neoclassical style. The theater has special significance for Japanese nationals because it was built by the Japanese prisoners of war during the second world war. A plate acknowledging their contributions is part of the building. 1500S.  edit
  • Ilkhom Theatre (progressive theatre, performances in Russian, sometimes with English subtitles), Pakhator 5, 2422241, [1]. tickets counter 11AM until 6PM. Performances Tu-Sa 6.30PM. 2500-5000S.  edit


  • Tashkentland, (Near Aqua park, not far from Tashkent TV tower). An amusement park. It has a few nice rides, nothing special if you have been in big park, but a nice place to spend a free afternoon with friends. It is also worth a visit to a simple park in Tashkent - although they have less attractions and are less exciting, but they give you a more authentic feel. 7000 soms.  edit
War memorial
  • Monument of Courage is on Sharof Rashidov Street, 300 Meters from the Independence Square. The monument was built to acknowledge the courage of the people at the time of the Tashkent earthquake on 26th April 1966. The whole city was reduced to rubble and then modern Tashkent was built.
  • Amir Temur Monument and Museum in the Amir Timur park. The park has been recently renovated and looks very nice. The Amir Temur Monument is in the center of Tashkent. Amir Temur, in an armour, is sitting on his horse, holding the reins of his horse with his left hand and greeting the people with his right hand.
  • Japanese Garden behind the Intercontinental Hotel is popular during summers. Many couples go there for wedding photos.
  • Boghi Eram Recreation Park. Fun fair for the young and not so young.
  • central market 'Oloy Bozori (known by most locals as the 'Alayskee Bazaar', Amir Timur Street has beautifully laid out displays of local produce, dried fruit and nuts. Every Friday and Saturday there is a whole sale Dry Fruits Bazaar.
  • War memorial eternal flame and park has the names of all the fallen Victims of 2nd world war. Sharof Rashidov Avenue (City center).
  • Tashkent TV Tower Viewing levels and restaurants with views of the city [22]. The TV Tower, built in 1981 is the highest building in Central Asia. It is 375 m high. It is the 10th highest building in the world and the 2nd highest buildings in GIS and has a revolving restaurant 110 meters above the ground.
  • Brothers Tombs is another monument popular tourist attraction and on 9th May (Victory day) thousands of people visit the place to pay homage to the victims of 2nd world War. Statute of War Heroes are on the southern wall of the monument. A statute of famous Uzbek General Sobir Rokhim is also there.
  • Mustaqilik (Independence Square) is the political center of the Republic of Uzbekistan. Government buildings and the Senate are located here.
  • Independence Monument was erected 1991 as a symbol of the sovereignty of the country. It shows a golden globe and the outlines of Uzbekistan.
  • Istiklol Palace is a stunning example of Soviet architecture, a huge concert hall located in a public square. Located directly above the Bunyodkor Metro Station.

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Adventure Sports[edit]

  • Hiking / Trekking - Hiking and trekking can be organised in the Chimgan, Aksagata, Beldersai, Polatkhan and other regions which are all within an hour or two of Tashkent. Experienced, English speaking mountain guides Andrew and Viola can organise day trips and multi day trips ex Tashkent - [email protected]
  • Aqua Park, Amir Temur road, near TV Tower. The water park has several pools, one with a wave machine, water chutes and high slides. Well worth a few hours in the hot weather. Take your own towel and pool footwear (the paths can get very hot). There is a restaurant and bars inside. Adult 7000 Sum, Child 4000 Sum for 3 hours.  edit


A typical monthly wage rate in Tashkent is different among different people. Usually state office workers get around US$200-300 a month. Private firm workers usually get higher salaries. It is possible to live cheaply if you do not visit any restaurants or other attractions. Most people rely on support from their family and friends.

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Farmers Markets and Bazaars[edit]

Local produce, such as fruit, nuts, vegetables can be very good, especially when they are in season. In the late summer, local melons appear on the streets and in the bazaars and are tasty and very cheap.

Most local residents do their primary shopping in bazaars. There are many of them in Tashkent, the largest of which is the Chorsu Bazaar. It is huge, colorful, teeming with people and offers just about anything that can be purchased locally, from produce to locally-made furniture and hardware. Hand-crafted items, including crockery, rugs, traditional dress, etc., are also available and far less expensive than in the shops frequented by tourists. Have a local go with you to the bazaars if possible. Foreigners are inevitably charged higher prices. Bargaining is common, but requires some language skills.


  • Alayskiy Bazaar. Alayskiy Bazaar is the least noisy and crowded bazaar in Tashkent. Only here can you can buy button and oyster mushrooms, Caspian sturgeon and Far Eastern salmon.  edit
  • Chorsu (Eski Juva) Bazaar, (in the very heart of the Old Town, next to Chorsu square.). The most exiting oriental market in Tashkent. Eski Juva bazaar is the biggest and oldest bazaar in Central Asia, operating on the same spot for over two thousand years. The market was reconstructed in the 1980s. The stalls of the bazaar stand under seven huge domes covered with colored glazed tiles. In the biggest domed building you will find all kinds of spices and cooking herbs: saffron and brown tree bark, red and black pepper, thyme and cloves, nutmeg, cardamom, as well as raisins and dried apricots, almonds and pistachios, walnuts and peanuts. The bazaar is famous for peanuts boiled in sugar or honey, covered with sesame seeds. Under the small domes are the workshops. Here the craftsmen make and sell jewelry, painted cradles (beshik); gold embroidery; Uzbek chests with metal decorations; embroidered suzanes (thin tapestries) and jiyak (lace for trimming the lower edges of women's trousers); quilted men's (chapan) and women's (yashmak) caftans; kurpacha quilts and pichok knives in leather or brass sheaths and national musical instruments. Potters offer lyagan dishes and kosa bowls with blue and turquoise painted patterns. You will also find carpets from Khiva, Samarkand, Bukhara, Afghanistan and Turkey.  edit
  • Farkhatsky bazaar, (selling only melons, especially in September and October).  edit
  • Hippodrome bazaar, (best for (leather)clothes, shoes, very crowded). every day except Mon.  edit
  • Parkentsky bazaar, (best for beer, biscuits, cigarettes, coffee, cookies, cooking oil, soft drinks, liquor in large quantities).  edit


Saligokh Street, known locally as 'Broadway', has some street artists, etc. The street is easy to find from the Amir Temur monument, just head away from the Uzbekistan Hotel. The 'mirstore' just off of Saligokh Street has a modern supermarket, coffee bar and hugely overpriced fashion stores. This area, known locally as "Demir," also has MirBurger, which has burgers, pizza and local dishes at reasonable prices. There is also a Georgian restaurant ("Tblisi") and a Chinese restaurant. There is a heavy police (militsiya) presence here and foreigners are not often, but occasionally asked for their documents. It is advisable to keep a photocopy of your passport and visa with you, but leave the originals in the hotel safe.

From the start of September 2006, all of the outdoor shops, private sellers and restaurants have been cleared from Saligokh Street and other city parks, probably because they are unlicensed. This has largely killed the atmosphere of the Broadway area and in many of the parks. As of August 2007, a few of the painting sellers have returned, but are confined to a small area.

Recently, modern designer fashion and shops selling luxury goods from famous international brands have started to appear in Tashkent. Catering for the wealthy, these can be found in the Broadway area, Amir Temur street and Pushkin street.


  • Human House, Usmon Nosir 30/9 (not far from the Grand Mir hotel), +99871-255-44-11 (), [2]. M-Sa 10AM until 7PM.  edit It features hand made crafts and clothing of all sorts, ranging from full outfits to purses to beautiful hand-painted tea sets and ceramics at very reasonable prices. It is non-profit and is meant to help provide income to the craftspersons, who are often from remote and very poor villages.
  • Caravan Art Gallery (high quality handicraft), Abdullah Quahor 22 (near Istiqlol Palace next to Alisher Navoimonument), 2556296, 1527555 ().  edit
  • Abdulkasym Madrassah (lacquer paintings with oriental motives), (Metro Xalqar Dostligi).  edit
  • Rakhimov Ceramics Studios, Kukchka Dabaza 15, 1490435, [3]. by appointment only.  edit

There are souvenir shops in the Grand Mir, Intercontinental, Dedeman Silk Road Tashkent, Tashkent Palace and Uzbekistan Hotels. There are Art bazaars 3-5 times a month


  • Turkuaz Hypermart (formerly GUM, good adress for Western clothing and travel accessories), Akhunbabaev Sqare (at the west end of Navoi, across the street from Hotel Chorsu). 9AM until 8.30PM.  edit
  • Tashkent Department Store, 17 Uzbekistan Ave, 2563001, 2336288.  edit
  • Kontinent (good supermarket with wide range of stuff), by the Grand Mir hotel at Usmon Nosir (Shota Rustavelli).  edit

Eat[edit][add listing]

Uzbek national dishes are similar to those of other Central Asian countries.

  • The national dish is Plov (also called Osh,Plaf, "Pulau" in Urdu). It is a mixture of rice, mild spices, yellow or orange carrots, mutton, meat, cumin (zeera) and, according to individualized recipes, occasionally other ingredients.
  • Shashlik - meat (usually mutton, beef or chicken) and chunks of fat roasted kebab style over charcoal.
  • Samsa ("Samosa" in Hindi or Urdu) are similar to South American empanadas - most commonly with meat (beef or mutton)and potato and sometimes with onion and mushrooms, encased in pastry and baked in wood-fired, clay ovens shaped like inverted beehives called tandories.
  • The local bread, round and flat, is also baked in tandories. It is called Non (or in Russian, "lepioshki,", "Naan" in Urdu) and is usually delicious. Nan from Samarkand is especially well regarded by many in Samarkand but each region takes pride in its own version of non just as it does its version of Osh.

Though the King of Uzbek food is Plov but Uzbeks feel very proud to make Sumalyak. To every body Sumalyak is a miracle sweet dish. It is made from Pure wheat and with out any addition of sweetener. The art is such that Sumalyak becomes sweet and Uzbeks take it on very special occasions. A visitor if visting Uzbekistan with a family must make it a point to see the process of making Sumalyak. Readers can find all the information in detail about making sumalyak and other Uzbek Cuisines from link [23] There are hundreds of small cafes in Tashkent (and other Uzbek cities and villages) offering these and other local dishes at very inexpensive prices. A meal of salad, bread, tea, soup and shashlik at around 2-3 USD isn't difficult to find. Bear in mind that sanitation standards leave a lot to be desired in many of these cafes. Especially on warm days, look to see if the meat is kept refrigerated before it is cooked.


There are many small restaurants serving simple meals at good prices. Burgers and kebabs are common. Borsch (soup) is tasty and perfect on a cold day. Drujba Burgers (a local chain) are every where. Kazan Kabob near Yoshlik (Milli Bogh) Metro, Near Beruni Metro on Sufiski, on Novoi Street is very Popular amongst the local population. In Kulug there are cafes which cook good quality Korean Food, In Badamzar Area Local Home cooked Uzbek Food is Popular, Lavash (Armenian) and Shaurma (Arabic) can be taken from many Kiosks in Town for a Price of 1.5 to 2 USD with a Bottle of Cola.

  • Milli Plov, Plaf is near TV Tower is the most Popular Place. Thousands of People eat. Bukhara Food is at the Corner of Shahristan Street, Near Museum of Repression and offer cheap Good quality food. Try the Following Dishes, Lavash (Armenian), Shurpa (Uzbek), Kazi Kabob (Uzbek)
  • Bravissimo at junction of Shahrisabz Street and Movarounnakhr Street serves cakes and good local food. Russian language only.
  • Neft i Gaz kitchen, it is a canteen of a company, but many people from around go there, as it is cheap and tasty. It serves most traditional dishes - plov, lagman (a soup with spagetti, meat and other ingredients), borsh. Languages russian and uzbek, but it is easy to order, as it is canteen type and you can just show what you want. Lunch shouldn't cost more than 2000 sums. It is not far from Amir Temur boulevard and Westminster University. If you ask around people will know it and can show you more specifically as it is in the backyard and not so easy to find. Note: It works only from 12-16PM
  • Cafe Bukhara, close to the railway station (Avliyoota st. and little ring road intersection) - cheap and tasty local food, nice atmosphere and you can buy own drinks in a shop next to the place.


  • Al Delfin. Excellent Arabic food. Great sheesha can be found here.  edit
  • Amfora Greek Rastaurant. (АМфОРА in Russian). Near junction of Shahrisabz Street and Movarounnakhr Street. Greek themed restaurant.  edit
  • Ariston. Sabir Rahimov, st.Lashkarbegi, 2 (Off of Pushkin street). Like Polyanka, excellent food and cabaret entertainment (suitable for families).  edit
  • Ariston Park. One of a few good places to eat in Boghi Eram Recreation Park  edit
  • Caravan, A Khalkat kochasi 22a, 7777777. breakfast US$10, lunch US$15, dinner US$20.  edit
  • Jumanji (One of the best restaurants in town. Serves big portions of high quality chinese, central asian and european cuisines), 62/2 Yunus Khos Khodjib St. and K. Jalilov St. intersection, +(998 71) 255-42-00. 12:00 - 23:00. lunch US$15, dinner US$20.  edit
  • La Riva. Fast food plus huge variety of different International dishes from Russia, Korea, Italy, Tatarstan and etc. Many college students drop in throughout the day and the evening. Right next to Salvador Dali night club  edit
  • Khan Kuk Kwan. South Korean Cuisine.  edit
  • Mir Burger. So called Turkish McDonald's. Located on Tashkent Broadway.  edit
  • Nam Dae Mun, +998 71 2320105. 24 Bukhara Street, near Alisher navoi Theatre and Broadway. Fine Korean and Japanese restaurant. Reasonably priced too.  edit
  • Pizzeria Bella Napoli, 63, U. Nasir Street (Right next to Bon! coffee shop), 2539183, 2539184. 11AM-11PM. Small Pizzeria, great atmosphere and reasonably priced too (suitable for families). You might need to reserve a table on weekends as places gets packed some evenings. They do free delivery as well.  edit
  • Polyanka Cafe. Not far from Boghi Eram Recreation Park. Excellent food and cabaret entertainment (suitable for families).  edit
  • Ristorante Semo de Roma (One of the best Italian restaurants in town. Excellent food and a very nice terrace), 40, Chekhov Street, 1501835, 1501836 (). 10:30AM-11PM. Lunch US$10, Dinner US$15.  edit
  • Tang Cheng Chinese Restaurant, 60A Amir Temur St, +998 71 1358916. Good Chinese restaurant.  edit


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As is common in other Central Asian countries, tea is drunk by most people, but without milk. Black coffee is also available everywhere. Some coffee shops and cafes offer good coffee, but the best of them is probably Amore Coffee at the MIR store just off of Broadway.

Alcoholic drinks are readily available. Outdoor bars are popular in good weather. Uzbek wine, vodka and many different beers are available. The Russian beer "Baltika" is popular. Baltika 3 is good and similar to other international beers. Baltika 0 has no alcohol, Baltika 5 and 7 are also good, and Baltika 9 is very strong. A new local beer, Sarbast, has been launched and should be about half the price of imported beers. It is quite good and at 4.2% (red label), not too strong. Sarbast is also available with a blue label at 5.6%.

Nightclubs, as everywhere offer expensive drinks and typically play a mix of Russian and Western music. Strip shows are common.

  • Rich night club is part of Dedeman hotel.
  • Club Diplomat S, Navoy Street. 200m from Dedeman hotel. Has billiard tables. Entrance 3000 Sum (free for ladies). It can be very busy and getting in may be difficult if your face does not fit.
  • Studio Cafe, S.Azimova Street. Very modern cafe/bar with good food and drink.
  • Fashion Bar, 25 Kunaev Street. At the junction with Shahrisabz Street. Another modern bar/cafe, showing Fashion TV on large screens with music until late at night.
  • Diamond Club nightclub, below Arkada center on the Broadway. New and modern nightclub with a sci-fi theme. Check out the 'Predator' look-alikes.

The Chelsea Arms in Kakhara Street is a 'traditional' themed English pub. It looks like it has been transplanted from the East End of London. It also offers Wifi! Tashkent also has at least two Irish-themed bars - the new Irish Pub and Patrick's Irish pub, 45a Istikbol street.

  • Book Cafe, 8 Istiqbol St. A cosy cafe in the centre of Tashkent that makes great coffee, cakes and has lovely ambience. Plus lots of books.  edit

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Tashkent Intercontinental Hotel

Tashkent has many good hotels offering good standards and Value for money, most of them are empty during off season (Dec-Feb). Dedeman Hotel offers good service standards and is popular amongst international visitors. The image of the Intercontinental Hotel (right) is typical of the new buildings in Tashkent. Intercontinental hotel offers standards of a genuine 5 star hotel.


  • Art Hostel, 3 Zanzhirbog Street, 100011, Tashkent. (5min walk from Kosmonavtlar metro station and 2.4 km from the Train Station), (+998) 71 252 61 34 / (+998) 91 133 1015 (), [5]. Very clean and atmospheric hostel run by young and friendly staff. There's a big swimming pool, ping-pong table and fantastic breakfast included. Location is very central.  edit
  • Jahongir B&B, Farobi Qurqontepa torkucha 94, Olmazor (10min walk from Tinchlik metro station - see map on website), +99890 966 39 44 (), [6]. Worth it just for the excellent staff. Also clean rooms and good breakfast. Out of the city but near a metro station. Airport/train pickups available. Owner's brothers run the guest house in Samarkand. $35 single.  edit
  • Gulnara's B&B, Ozod Street 40 (very close to Chorsu Bazaar and metro station), 402816/1447766 (). Clean, and comfortable. Short walk to Chorsu Bazaar and Metro Station. Rooms approx $20 per person, Dorm $15. Rides from the airport can be arranged for a reasonable price. Unfortunately, the owner can sometimes be very rude and unfriendly...(update Sep/14: current manager is very friendly and helpful, as was the rest of staff)  edit
  • Mirzo Guesthouse, (very close to Chorsu Bazaar and metro station), 998 93 379 66 68 (english), +998 71 244 37 94 (Russian) (). Near Chorsu bazaar and Chorsu Metro Station. Dorm $15pp, Double room $40/45. In a traditional house. Clean. Friendly owner. He often plays traditional music for the guests. Free Wifi.  edit
  • Tashkent Apartment , address: Damariq 9 - a house with three separate bedrooms, owned by PageTour travel agency. Not far from Nukus st. and Glinka st. intersection. Owners are very nice and helpful, no problem to arrange pickup from airport, book train tickets or help to change money on the market. Only downside that they do not provide registration slips for your staying [Aug 2012] {GPS N , E} [24]
  • Ali's Travel Guesthouse - ILLEGAL HOSTEL - AVOID!. Illegal/unregistered hostel which won't be able to provide the registration (still accurate as of Sep/14) travelers need, potentially resulting into a hefty fine when you leave the country and the next hotels might also refuse to accept you due to lack to registration. The owner will try to convince you that you don't need the registration, and if pressed for it, will become rude and tell you to buy it off some hotel near the train station, which is illegal and could get you into very serious trouble. The owner Ali (Alisher) also happens to be serious alcoholic and several female guests have complained online about being harassed and inappropriate behavior in general. Prostitutes are also known to frequent the establishment. Avoid at all costs, Mirzo and Gulnara are much better options.  edit
  • Topchan Hostel, 104, 8-Marta street, +998903552949 (), [7]. A budget hostel run by backpackers and long-time couchsurfing enthusiasts. Few mixed dorm rooms as well as a small dorm for girls only. Shared kitchen, lots of showers and toilets, free Wi-Fi, table tennis. Walking distance to the main train station, Toshkent metro station, the airport and city center. The decoration and overall atmosphere inside is awesome. Staff is super helpful. $12 for a dorm bed (don't book online or you pay $2 extra for city tax. June 2015).  edit


  • Malika Hotel [25], tel: +998 71 1730203. Probably the best bang-for-the-buck in Tashkent. Well-equipped and nicely outfitted. Ownership includes an American partner. Room rates from 30-45 USD including breakfast. Internet is non-existent in rooms, and marginally so in their lobby (email, etc. but no Skype capability) Also in Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva.
  • Expo Tashkent Hotel [26] - Located just next to the Expo Center.
  • Rovshan Hotel [27] - Good service and cold beer sold at reception for 2000S a bottle. Near the Turkmen embassy.
  • Shodlik Palace Hotel [28], tel: +998 71 1209977. Four stars Hotel with good prices and services. Situated in the center of Tashkent in a quet green street. Free Wi-Fi through the Hotel. Room rates including breakfast and tax. 4km to Chorsu Bazaar. Restaurant and bar prices are very affordable. Hotel accepts Visa, Master Card, Maestro, UnionPay, cash.


  • Grand Mir Hotel, [29], 2 Kunaeva Street, Tashkent , Tel: +998 71 140 20 00, fax +998 71 140 20 40. A luxury hotel for business travellers. Wireless internet connection is available. Rates include fitness centre services and a healthy breakfast.
  • Dedeman Silk Road Hotel, [30], Amir Temur St,Tel: +998 71 23401, fax: 234242 Excellent and new hotel in the city centre. Drinks are overpriced though, with free Internet connection in rooms. Rack rates from $160/night but booking through an agent will get a double for $105 with breakfast. The deluxe double rooms are best and will cost $130 with breakfast.
  • Markaziy Hotel, Amir Temur St,Tel: +998 71 2383000. Markaziy Hotel was opened in 1999 by Sheraton and was run by them until a few years ago, when they left having lost money after some alleged financial irregularities. The hotel is one of Tashkent's taller buildings. The rooms are still very good, but service and maintenance are not quite up to Sheraton standards. Standard Single room 85$. President 1000$. Bar/restaurant bills must be paid in cash.
  • Tashkent Palace Hotel (used to be Le Meridien) 56, Buyuk Turon Street. Traditionally styled and visually impressive hotel. Very poor internet service. Tel: 1205800, fax 1204401
  • Le Grande Plaza Hotel, 2 Uzbekiston Ovozi Street. Formerly BUMI. Single/double US$150/200. Executive floor with lounge, outdoor pool, South Indian restaurant. 10 km from airport.
  • Radisson SAS, Amir Temur St. About 2km from the city center just opposite Intercontinental.
  • InterContinental Hotel, Amir Temur St. Next to Tashkent Funland, Japanese Garden, phone 1207000. fax 1206459. The only five-star hotel in Uzbekistan. Standard Room - Single 181$. Standard Room - Double 200$. Executive Deluxe Suite 900$. Presidential Suite 2200$.
  • Park Turon Hotel. Four star hotel.
  • Verona Hotel. Three star hotel.


Fire brigade: 01, Police: 02, Ambulance: 03, Telephone information: 09

Telephone number change[edit]

During November 2007 the Tashkent telephone number plan has been changed. The changes are complex. Some numbers that began with the number one have been changed to begin with two. Golden Pages has a list of the changes [31].


  • Airport Information, 1402801 to 04.  edit
  • Uzbekistan Airways, Shota Rustaveli Str.9, 1400200, 1404810.  edit
  • Aeroflot, Kodirij Str.1A (ticket sale: Taras Shevtschenko Str. 31, phone: 2815520, 2813454), 1200555.  edit
  • Lufthansa, Amir Temur Str.107a, 1207401 (fax: 2376065).  edit
  • Turkish Airlines, Navoi Str.11a, 1367989 to 92.  edit

Railway Station[edit]

  • Railway Station, 1 Turkestany Str., information: 005, tickets: 2997627.  edit


  • Tashkent International Medical Clinic (TIMC), Sarikul Str.38, 2910142, 2910726, emergencies: 1858481, 1084457, [8].  edit
  • Military Hospital, Asom Muhitdinov Str 4, 2626348, 2626437.  edit
  • Klinik/Hospital nr.1, Machlor Oim Str 40, 2648105, 2640511, 2648105.  edit
  • Klinik/Hospital nr.2, Aschgabadskaya Str 3, 2674265.  edit
  • VIP Poliklinik, Sadik Asimov Str 67, 1362625, 1394260.  edit

Dental clinics[edit]

  • Tashkent International Medical Clinic (TIMC), Sarikul Str.38, 2910142, 2910726, [9].  edit
  • Stomaservice, Buyuk Ipak Juli, 2668899, 1105588.  edit

Stay safe[edit]

Tashkent is generally a very safe place to visit. However, visitors should refrain from political activities or doing anything that could be regarded as undermining the state. As anywhere, remember to watch your personal belongings.

There have been incidents of robbery, including some violent assaults but they are very rare. Travellers should use the same caution they would use in any large city, especially at night. It is not advisable for foreigners to walk around alone at night, especially in areas where few people are about and/or lighting is poor.

As for November 2015, unofficial night-time curfew has been lifted, but try to avoid walking around at night. Try to avoid police officers at night. They will try to extort money from you. It is OK to ask for directions and other information from police officers during the day time however.

Avoid confrontations of any kind. If you witness a confrontation, especially in a crowded area such as a bazaar, move away.

Concerning food: in hot summer days try to avoid dairy products, mushrooms or any products that might be damaged by heat. You might want to avoid fish unless you are sure it has been well stored.


The local currency is the Uzbek Sum (or Som). There are bank notes of 100, 200, 500, 1000, 5000, 10000 and 50000SOM. Although the most common is the 5000SUM banknote, the times where you paid with stacks of money are basically over but you will still be carrying a lot of banknotes. Expect problems with change from some vendors and taxis, so try to keep a variety of notes with you and get the 50,000SOM changed at museums or larger shops. Note that many places will round down and avoid giving you change of less than 1000SOM, only the metro in Tashkent seems to give the 100 and 200 coins, that are essentially useless but would make nice souvenirs.

According to a new law, from 2017 year you can pay for accommodation only in freely convertible currency basically in US Dollars. Sometimes in Euros - depends on hotel, though many will be happy to accept SOM payments as well. Also you may pay by credit cards, though the machines may not always work.

Changing currency is no longer an issue sice the devaluation of the official rate. Nowadays (Jan 2018) you can change at any bank for a better rate than at the black market ($1=8200SUM, 1€=9870SUM). If you do decide to exchange on the black market (only US$ or Euros), around Chorsu and Oloy bazaar are the places. Some hotels. US dollars can fetch a good rate but other acceptable currencies are Euros, British pounds, Russian rubles or Japanese Yen. Notes must be in perfect condition with no marks or damage.Few ATM's (known as Bankomat) work with foreign cards. US dollars are available inside banks using international credit cards with commission of about 2%. The dollars can then be changed to local currency. Newer shops and hotels are accepting credit cards and Maestro.

The AKB "Kapitalbank" at 7 Sailgokh Street near The Broadway has competitive rates to change cash, and English speaking staff. They are competent in a few currencies, whereas most money changers deal with USD only. There are currency vending machines installed inside arrival halls in the airport before immigration. These machines give quite decent conversion rates on USD and euro and could be a reliable option to convert some dollars for the initial few days. Rates in the bank counters in the city or the counters in the airport weren't much better, and also they insist for very clean dollar bills with no marks or writings or dirt on them. It is important to keep your currency conversion receipts incase you plan to convert them back to dollars, without which they will plainly refuse to give you foreign currency. Also no currency conversion options are there in the airport departure area after check-in is done.

Directly opposite the main Train Station is the Uzpromstroy Bank with ATM offering USD and Som.

The international arrivals terminal at Tashkent Airport has a number of change machines and ATMs, although most were out of cash (September 2019) or didn't work (October 2019), so it's a good idea to bring some cash to change. The information desk will sell a tourist SIM card (8GB for around 84,000 Som), though the official price is actually 42,000 Som and it is for the third place network, USM, which has a poor quality signal in many of the key cities (not even 3G, 4G is a distant dream). However if you don't speak Russian the overpricing can be overridden by the convenience, and you can save that money by using the Yandex Taxi app from the airport rather than negotiating with the taxi touts. Or ask for a receipt :)

Embassies and Consulates[edit]

  • Af-flag.png Afghanistan, "6,, 1348432, 1348458 (fax: 1342634).  edit
  • As-flag.png Australia, +7(495) 956 6070, [10]. Australian Embassy in Moscow, Russia is accredited to Uzbekistan.  edit
  • Aj-flag.png Azerbaidjan, 25, Shark Tongi Str. (Oliy Madjlis building), 1736167, 1733717, 1348458 (, fax: 1732658).  edit
  • Bo-flag.png Belarus, 53, Vokhidov Str., 1207252, 1205233, 1527258 (, fax: 1207253).  edit
  • Be-flag.png Belgium, 10, Karimov Str (Consulate), 1525942.  edit
  • Bu-flag.png Bulgaria, 52, Rakatboshi Str., 564888 (fax: 1523952).  edit
  • Ca-flag.png Canada, 56, Usman Nosir Street, Apt. 39-40, 700100, +998(71) 253-9205 (), [11]. A small consulate to aid citizens; most affairs handled through the Canadian Embassy in Moscow, Russia. For emergency after-hour service, call the Moscow Embassy: +7(495) 925-6000.  edit
  • Ch-flag.png China, 79, Gulyamov Str., 1338088, 1360851 (fax: 1334735).  edit
  • Ez-flag.png Czech Republic, 9, Hidirali Ergashev Str., 1207733.  edit
  • Eg-flag.png Egypt, 53/15 Kohinur st, Yakasaray, 1205008, 1205009 (fax: 1206452), [12]. 9:00 AM - 16:00 PM.  edit
  • Fr-flag.png France, 25 Qo’qon Yuli Road, +998(71) 233 53 82, [13]. 9h00-12h00 & 15h00-17h00.  edit
  • Gg-flag.png Georgia, 16, Tarobiy str., 1626243,1629139 (, fax: 546535).  edit
  • Gm-flag.png Germany, 15, Sharaf Rashidov Ko'chasi (Courage Monument), 1208440, 1208472, emergencies: 1815406 (German), 1815407 (Russian and Uzbek) (fax: 1208450, 1208485, visas:1208480), [14]. M-Th 8 to 12AM, 1 to 5PM, Fri 8 to 11AM.  edit
  • In-flag.png India, 15/16, Kora-buloq Str.delhi, 1400998, 1400983 (fax: 1361976).  edit
  • Ir-flag.png Iran, 20, Parkentskaya Str., 686968 (fax: 1206761, 687818), [15].  edit
  • Is-flag.png Israel, 3, Abdulla Kahar Str., 1205808, 1205807.  edit
  • It-flag.png Italy, 40, Yusuf Hos Hojib Str., 1521119, 1521120 (fax: 1206606).  edit
  • Ja-flag.png Japan, 1/28, Sadyk Azimov Str., 1208060, 1208061 (fax: 1208077).  edit
  • Kz-flag.png Kazakhstan, 23, Chehov Str., 1521654, 1360986. On 07/07/2010; mo-fri from 9-12 application for Visa, come early, pick-up from 17-18, usually next day pick-up. 30 US Dollars for EU, apparently no SUM.  edit
  • Kg-flag.png Kyrgyzstan, "30,, 1374794.  edit
  • Nl-flag.png Netherlands, 77, Usmon Nasirov Str. (Consulate), 1206141 (fax: 1206367).  edit
  • Nz-flag.png New Zealand, +7 495 956 3579, [16]. NZ embassy in Moscow, Russia is accredited to and handles affairs with Uzbekistan.  edit
  • Ru-flag.png Russian Federation, 83, Nukus Str. (Mirabad market), 1526280, 1203519 (, fax: 1522143, 1203504).  edit
  • Sf-flag.png South Africa, 30A, Asaka Str., 1370170, 1371824 (fax: 1372546).  edit
  • Sp-flag.png Spain Consulate, 25, Kichik Besh-Yogoch Str., 1525027.  edit
  • Sz-flag.png Switzerland, Blind alley 1, 4, Nosir Str., 1206738, 1206739 (fax: 1206259).  edit
  • Ti-flag.png Tajikistan, 61, Abdulla Kahor Str., 549966 (fax: 548969).  edit
  • Tu-flag.png Turkey, 87, Gulyamov Str. (Republican Office of Public Prosecutor), 1338037, 1372104, 1332107 (fax: 1206536, 1331358).  edit
  • Tx-flag.png Turkmenistan, 16, Tarobiy Str., 1205278, 1205279 (fax: 1205281). The consulate is on the back, need to arrive really early, from 6am people start to gather and write your name (bring a pen) to the list by the guards place and then wait. At around 10am somebody will come, shout the names on the 1st list to check if the people are still present and copy them to a 2nd list, which is the official one and after that according with that list you can enter the consulate by turns. For transit visa it takes around 20 days with no express service, no need to leave the passport, payment on pick-up, $55 for three day transit visa. [Aug 2012] {GPS N , E}  edit
  • Up-flag.png Ukraine, 68, Gulyamov Str., 136012, 1335523 (fax: 1331089).  edit
  • Uk-flag.png United Kingdom, +998(71)1207852, [17].  edit
  • Us-flag.png United States, 3 Moyqorghon Street, 5th Block, Yunusobod District, 100093, +998(71) 120 5450, [18]. 09:00-18:00 M-F; US citizen services: M-F 10:00-12:00 (except Fri) & 14:00-16:00. For after-hours emergencies, American citizens should call +998(71) 120 5450. Embassy includes an Information Resource Center with a small library, English-language magazines, free internet access, and access to several large electronic databases of information. Staff can also help Uzbeks wanting to practice speaking English and answer questions about the US and US-Uzbek relations.  edit

Get out[edit]

By plane[edit]

International flights[edit]

Uzbekistan Airways, [32] offers daily flights to Amritsar from F-Su, to Athens on Tuesday, to Bangkok and Delhi on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday, return flights on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday), to Birmingham on Monday (operated by B757), to Dacca from M-Th, to Kuala Lumpur from M-W, to London on Tuesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, to New York on Friday and Sunday, to Paris on Tuesday and Friday, to Beijing on Wednesday and Sunday, to Rome on Monday and Thursday, to Seoul from M-W, to Istanbul from M-Th, to Tel Aviv on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, to Frankfurt on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday and to Sharjah on Thursday and Sunday.

Uzbekistan Airways [33] offers daily flights to Almaty in Kazakhstan, flights to Ashgabat in Turkmenistan on Tuesday and Saturday, to Baku on Thursday and Sunday, to Bishkek in Kyrgyzstan on Monday and Tue, to Ekaterinburg on Mon and Thu, to Yerevan in Armenia on Friday, to Kazan on Friday and Sunday, to Kiev on Tue, to Krasnoyarsk from Monday to Wednesday, flights to Moscow on Wednesday to Sunday, to Mineralniye Vody on Friday, to Novosibirsk on Monday, Wednesday to Friday, to Rostov on Friday, to Samara on Thursday, to Saint Petersburg on Tuesday, to Simferopol on Friday, to Tyumen, Ufa and Khabarovsk on Tuesday and to Chelyabinsk on Monday.

Aeroflot [34] offers daily flights to Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport (SVO2).

Air Baltic [35] offers flights to Riga to Tashkent on Mon and Fri.

Czech Airlines [36] offers flights toPrague on Tue and Fri.

IranAir [37] offers flights to Tehran on Fri.

Korean Air [38] offers flights to Seoul on Mon and Sat.

Lufthansa [39] offers flights to Munich on Wed, Fri and Mon.

Turkish Airlines [40] offers daily flights to Istanbul from Tashkent.

Other airlines serving Tashkent are Gasprom Avialines, Domodedevo Airlines, IMAIR (Azerbaijan), KrasAir (Airlines of Krasnoyarsk), Kuban Airlines (Airlines of Kuban), Kyrgiszstan Airlines, Airlines of Moskova, Orenair, Perm Airlines, Russia Airlines, Samara Airlines, SKAT Airlines, S7 Airlines, Tatarstan Airlines, Transaero Airlines, UM Airlines, Ural Airlines and VIM Airlines.

By rail[edit]


  • Train no 5 leaves Tashkent on Sun, Tue and Fri at 6.50PM, arriving in Moscow on Wed, Fri and Mon at 3.20PM,
  • Train no 232 leaves Tashkent on Sat at 11.10AM, arriving at Saratov on Tue at 11.31AM,
  • Train no 281 leaves Tashkent on Sun and Thu at 11.25PM, arriving at Ufa on Wed and Sun at 3.15AM,
  • Train no 295 leaves Tashkent on Wed at 11.52AM, arriving at Kharkov on Sun at 3.07AM,
  • Train no 485 leaves Tashkent on Wed at 11.25PM, arriving at Chelyabinsk on Sat at 11.40AM,


  • Train no 1 leaves Tashkent from Thu to Sun at 7.00AM, arriving at Samarkand at 10.50AM,
  • Train no 10 leaves Tashkent from Mon to Thu at 6.35AM, arriving at Bukhara at 2.20PM,
  • Train no 50 leaves Tashkent every day at 7.00PM, arriving at Samarkand at 11.55PM,
  • Train no 280 leaves Tashkent even days at 5.25PM, arriving at Termez at 1.00PM next morning,
  • Train no 660 leaves Tashkent on Thu at 5.55PM, arriving at Andijan at 9.45AM next morning,
  • Train no 662 leaves Tashkent every day at 8.00PM, arriving at Bukhara at 8.00AM next morning,

By bus[edit]

From the new main bus station next to the Olmazor the following direct international destinations exists as of July 2019:

  • Shymkent in 3.5 hours (12.00, 18.00)
  • Almaty in 16.5 hours (16.00, 17.00, 18.00)
  • Bishkek in 14.5 hours (18.00, 19.00)
  • Khujand in 4.5 hours (18.00)
  • Kyzylorda in 10.5 hours (17.00)
  • Turkestan in 6.5 hours (16.00)
  • Taraz in 7 hours (11.00)
  • Nur-Sultan in 27.5 hours (16.00)
  • Zhetisay in 2 hours (15.45)
  • Nisjnij Novgorod in 61 hours (08.00)
  • Kazan in 43 hours (11.00)

Domestic destinations:

  • Samarkand in 4.5 hours (10.00, 12.00, 13.30, 16.00, 18.00)
  • Zarafshan in 13.5 hours (6.00, 11.20)
  • Uchkuduk in 15 hours (8.20)
  • Khatyrchi in 9.5 hours (8.50)
  • Urgrench in 16 hours (18.00)
  • Denau in 19 hours (16.00 - For onwards travel to Dushanbe)

The departure times are for a tuesday. They may or may not be daily, but can be seen as a guideline to frequency of departures.

The buses are somewhat modern and provide aircondition and leanable seats. Tickets can be bought at desks in the station until the busses are full. Ask the officials for the number of desk to use for busses to your destination. Be sure to allow some time for buying tickets, especially in the busy hours. The queues move slowly.

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