|Airport of arrival:||Manas International Airport (FRU)|
|Flight time from Istanbul to Bishkek:||5 hours 10 minutes|
Bishkek is the capital of Kyrgyzstan and the city is located in the northern part of the country, bordering Kazakhstan. Bishkek attracts a growing number of tourists thanks to its unique natural and historical attractions. Pegasus Airlines schedules frequent flights to Bishkek and it is possible to find cheap flight tickets to Bishkek throughout the year.
Pegasus Airlines offers amazing direct flight deals to Bishkek departing from İstanbul Sabiha Gökçen Airport. It is also possible for you to enjoy Pegasus’ advanced flight network to find connecting flights to Bishkek through İstanbul Sabiha Gökçen Airport departing from different cities across the globe.
After a delightful time in Bishkek, you can enjoy Pegasus Airlines’ direct flight offer back to İstanbul Sabiha Gökçen Airport or other connecting flights to various destinations of the world through İstanbul.
About the Airport
Pegasus Airlines offers amazing flight deals to Bishkek arriving at the Manas International Airport. Manas International Airport is located 30 kilometers away from the city center.
Manas International Airport
Manas International Airport (FRU) is the busiest airport of Kyrgystan and welcomes more than 2 million passengers annually, most of them being international travelers. The airport has food, shopping, childcare, banking, religious, and Wi-Fi services.
Transportation from Manas International Airport to City Center
You get to the city center from Manas International Airport with shuttle buses, marshrutkas, taxis and cars.
Shuttle buses are available for every 30 minutes during the day. The trip to the city center costs 120 KGS and takes approximately 60 minutes. You can click here to check their routes and timetables. The site is also available in English.
Marshrutka 380 connects the airport to the city center and is available between 6.30 AM to 21.00 PM. The fare is paid in cash and costs 50 KGS.
There are also many taxis available in Manas International Airport 24/7. They have a fixed route and it costs 600 KGS to Bishkek city center.
You can also enjoy the city with a rental car. Pegasus Airlines car rental service has great offers for you in here.
You can use public buses, marshrutkas, and taxis to get around in Bishkek.
Most public buses are available between 06.00 to 21.30 and 23.00. They cost 8 KGS for a single ticket and can be paid in cash.
Marshrutkas are the most frequently used way of public transport in Bishkek and cover every part of the city. They do not have fixed stops on the route, pick-up and drop-off is made on demand and fare is paid in cash. Marshrutkas in Bishkek are colored in white.
You can also use taxis to get around in Bishkek. They cost 12 KGS per kilometer with an initial fee of 50 KGS.
Shopping in Bishkek
Bishkek souvenir shopping is a real Treasure Island experience, as you will find several bazaars selling exotic products throughout the city. The Bishkek shopping culture has preserved its traditional character and maintained its rich variety. In colorful bazaars, decked out with traditional Kyrgyz outfits, fur caps and stunningly designed handmade rugs, you can easily find everything you are looking for including items such as electronics or second hand books. When you’re making your list of places to visit in Bishkek don’t forget to make the bazaars a priority as the spirit of the city is almost tangible there.
Fresh foods, special Kyrgyz drinks and souvenirs dominate the Osh Bazaar but you can also find nearly everything you are looking for here. You may even get dizzy from the wonderful aromatics of stands filled with Chinese spices but don’t get stuck in one spot for too long. That’s because this bazaar can get so crowded that even standing still in one place may lead to chaos.
Bishkek Park is a fully equipped shopping center with its restaurants, world famous stores and ice skating rink. If you’d like to see the modern face of Bishkek shopping culture, this is the place you should visit.
Address: Kiyevskaya Street, 148
Are you interested in a real bazaar experience? Pay a visit to Dordoi Bazaar. There is literally nothing you can’t find here. Whatever it is you purchase, make sure to negotiate the price. You may even find that you can sometimes bargain down to half the starting price.
Housed in a former Soviet building, these days Tsum Center is home to the best silk rug and antique shops. If you have never had the experience of touching a silk rug, you should include this spot on your list.
Address: Chuy Avenue, 155
In Riairet Bookstore, which also houses a special area designated to displaying Kyrgyz antiques, you can also find all sorts of books and maps relating to Kyrgyzstan. They also have an English-speaking guide so you can enjoy your visit without having any language-related difficulties.
Address: Pushin, 78
Bishkek is one of the most popular destinations of Central Asia and offers a variety of accommodation options to its visitors. If you would like to experience Bishkek to the fullest, it is recommended for you to stay in hotels around the western side of Chuy Avenue since you will be staying in the heart of the city.
Pegasus Airlines would love to help you organize your trip to Bishkek and you can book a hotel easily through Pegasus Airlines website.
Bishkek is a unique culinary destination with its renowned meat and pastry recipes. In Bishkek, you can try authentic “Borsok”, “Beshparmak” and “Mantı” dishes. If you would like to know more about amazing Bishkek cuisine, you should have a look at our Bishkek Cuisine Guide.
We have listed some side notes about Bishkek for you right below.
Kyrgyzstan does not mandate an extended visa process for many countries and it is possible to get a tourism visa at Manas International Airport. You can click here to check if your country is on the visa-entry list.
In addition to what Bishkek has to offer, you can travel these closely located cities to keep on discovering.
- Belovodskoe (40 km)
- Kara Balta (61 km)
- Tokmok (72 km)
- Almaty (230 km)
Bishkek has a humid continental climate with hot summers and cold snowy winters. Its hottest month is July and the coldest month is January. It is recommended for you to visit Bishkek during early autumn or summer since the weather is pleasant and more welcoming with a much lesser chance of rain.
- Country Code: +996
- City Code: 312
- Manas International Airport Number: +996 312 693 109
- Ambulance: 103
- Police: 102
Places to see
Bishkek is an amazing city to discover with its stunning natural and historic attractions. A vacation filled with culture, nature and fresh air in Bishkek will be a great refreshing journey for you.
Ala Archa National Park is one of the best natural sites in Central Asia where you can enjoy hiking in a spectacular natural atmosphere. The park is located 40 kilometers south of the city center. Oak Park in the city center is swarming with fountains and trees. The park is also home to an open-air sculpture museum.
Osh Bazaar is your place to go in Bishkek to shop for almost any household items, food, clothing and souvenirs. In Osh Bazaar, you can engage with the everyday life of locals.
You can visit our comprehensive Bishkek Travel Guide to learn more about Bishkek and its must-see attractions.
There are a couple of things you can do to find the cheapest flight ticket to Bishkek. First, it is always good to book your flight ticket in advance, ideally two or three months prior to your journey. Secondly, you can visit Bishkek during its off-season that is winter, unless you are not planning to ski on the beautiful Ala-Too Mountain. In addition to these, flight tickets during weekdays are almost always cheaper than the ones scheduled on weekends. Keep an eye on amazing seasonal campaigns offered by Pegasus Airlines to find cheapest flight possible to Bishkek.
Bishkek is a nature filled city where you cannot encounter anywhere else in the world. Its nature is very well-preserved and there are many hiking and exploration tours to its great mountain range. The city is also has many significant historical landmarks.
Most travelers visit Bishkek during summer or spring to avoid harsh winter conditions of the city unless you are planning to ski on spectacular Ala-Too Mountains.
Three to four days in Bishkek would be enough for you to discover and enjoy Bishkek thoroughly.
There is not a special travel card for tourists in Bishkek since the public transport in the city mostly consists of marshrutkas that operate in cash.
Bishkek is one of the safest cities in its region with very low violent and petty crime rates but it is still recommended for you to be cautious about pickpocketing or purse snatching in populated areas.
Bishkek is relatively expensive than other cities in Kyrgyzstan but the city offers many affordable accommodation, dining and sightseeing options to its visitors.