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===By train===
 
===By train===
  
Trains from [[Tashkent]] run daily and make the 16+ hour journey across the desert to [[Urgench]], with several stops ([[Samarkand]], Navoi etc.) along the way. Trains leave [[Tashkent]] in the evening and arrive in [[Urgench]] next day around noon. Trains in the opposite direction also run overnight. Depending on the class, you can get a 2-bunk ''coupy'' for 41 000 sum, a 4-bunk shared ''coupy'' for 25 000 sum, or you can rough it in ''plaskartnyy'' (hard-class) for the bargain price of 16 000 sum. The price for a place in a sleeping car is 50 000 UZS one way (2008). Taxis from [[Urgench]] Railway Station to Khiva are about 7 000 UZS one way. For the trolley bus see below.  
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Trains from [[Tashkent]] leave daily and make the 16+ hour journey across the desert to [[Urgench]], with several stops ([[Samarkand]], Navoi etc.) along the way. Trains leave [[Tashkent]] in the evening and arrive in [[Urgench]] next day around noon. Trains in the opposite direction also run overnight. Depending on the class, you can get a 2-bunk ''coupy'' for 41 000 sum, a 4-bunk shared ''coupy'' for 25 000 sum, or you can rough it in ''plaskartnyy'' (hard-class) for the bargain price of 16 000 sum. The price for a place in a sleeping car is 50 000 UZS one way (2008). Taxis from [[Urgench]] Railway Station to Khiva are about 7 000 UZS one way. For the trolley bus see below. As Urgench is on a dead-end track some trains do not go there but they do stop at "Tortkol" (sometimes spelled "Turtgul"), which is a 20 minutes taxi ride to Urgench. Urgench also has one direct sleeper train a week to [[Andijan]] in the Ferghana valley, via Tashkent. Both Urgench and Tortkol have direct trains to Saratov and Volgograd in Russia (via Kazakhstan). Train timetables in Russian and English (incl. prices [in Russian roubles] and on-line booking) are available online.[https://www.tutu.travel/poezda/]
 
 
As Urgench is on a dead-end track some trains do not go there but they do stop at "Tortkol" (sometimes spelled "Turtgul"), which is a 20 minutes taxi ride to Urgench, across Amu-Darya river. Urgench also has one direct sleeper train a week to [[Andijan]] in the Ferghana valley, via Tashkent. Both Urgench and Tortkol have direct trains to Saratov and Volgograd in Russia (via Kazakhstan).  
 
 
 
Train timetables in English and Russian (incl. prices [in Russian roubles] and on-line booking) are available online.[https://www.tutu.travel/poezda/]
 
  
 
The new Khiva railway station has opened since June 2019. A train to Buchara leaves three times a week at 8.57 AM and costs 80.000 som per person. The trip takes 6 hours. You'll arrive at a station called Buchara, but it is actually 10 kilometers from Buchara. Skip the annoying taxi drivers outside the train station that ask far too much for the ride that they will tell you to be 15 kilometers. Instead take a (mini)bus, just 200 meter from the station near the road (1000 som per person).
 
The new Khiva railway station has opened since June 2019. A train to Buchara leaves three times a week at 8.57 AM and costs 80.000 som per person. The trip takes 6 hours. You'll arrive at a station called Buchara, but it is actually 10 kilometers from Buchara. Skip the annoying taxi drivers outside the train station that ask far too much for the ride that they will tell you to be 15 kilometers. Instead take a (mini)bus, just 200 meter from the station near the road (1000 som per person).

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