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Kyrgyzstan is a fascinating country which deserves more attention! The country is a paradise for hikers and nature lovers. There is so much to discover in Kyrgyzstan whether you would like to go on trekking on the mountains or explore local delicacies of the nomadic culture. The availability of super economic flights scheduled to Kyrgyzstan draws more and more visitors to the country.
After taking your flight from Antalya Airport, Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen International Airport to Bishkek Manas International Airport, transportation from the airport to Bishkek city centre is relatively easy thanks to different modes of transportation.
There is only one public transport option to travel to/from Bishkek Manas International Airport, the marshrutka line 380. This public transport line travels between the airport and Osh bazaar, which is considered one of the most central locations in Bishkek downtown. In addition to marshrutka, arranging a transfer by taxi, car rental, or private transfer service is possible.
Bishkek has a relatively limited public transport option, but marshrutkas and buses in the city cover almost all districts. The same limited options can be seen in other cities of Kyrgyzstan as well. While the locals mostly use these two modes of transportation, travellers from other countries might opt for shared taxis or regular taxis. There are a total of 17 bus lines and 11 trolleybus lines in Bishkek. The trolleybus lines cover the most central areas of the city, and marshrutkas are the only way to the suburban areas.
In general, marshrutkas are incredibly crowded, and it is hard to find a place to get on the vehicle. If you plan to use marshrutkas to move around Bishkek or other Kyrgyz cities, you might need to have cash in your pocket. The fee for the travel is paid in cash when you enter the marshrutka.
There is no travel card for tourists in Bishkek and Kyrgyzstan in general. Travellers can buy bus, tram, and trolleybus tickets like the locals and use the public transportation lines across the country. The marshrutkas, a common mode of transportation across Kyrgyzstan, sometimes accept cash. So, travellers who plan to use marshrutkas in any of the cities in Kyrgyzstan should carry some money to pay for their ride.
The transportation between cities in Kyrgyzstan is mainly done by trains and buses. The Bishkek – Moscow, and Tashkent – Bishkek – Balykchy train line, which only operates during summer, are the two most popular train routes to travel to other cities around Kyrgyzstan. Shymkent can be reached by taking the Bishkek – Moscow line. If you would like to learn more about the intercity train lines in Kyrgyzstan, you can visit this official website.
Further, it is possible to use buses and shared taxis to reach some of the nearby cities in Bishkek. There are also domestic flights between Bishkek and Dushanbe which are organised once a week, and Tashkent and Bishkek, which are organised 2 days a week. Minivans or shared taxis are preferred to reach some of the important cities such as Karakol, Issyk-Kul, Kochkor, Naryn, and Osh.
Bishkek is among the most visited places in Kyrgyzstan and therefore offers a variety of accommodation options for any budget and taste. It is strongly advised to stay close to the city center in order to have easy access to main highlights of the city.
The central Ala-Too Square and surrounding areas are filled with different accommodation selections. But there are also many hotels in remote areas or mountain resorts. You may also consider to book your hotel through Pegasus Airlines if you want to make your trip more stress-free.
There are a list of great things to do in Bishkek. Below you can find some of the must-see places that will make sure you’ll have the best time during your trip.
You can take a day off to recharge in the nature and hike along the Ak-Sai Glacier. The park can be reached easily either by taking a taxi or the minibus (mashrutka 265) that rides to the village of Ala Archa.
Make sure to have a look at the Bishkek Travel Guide and discover more things to do in Bishkek. You should also read our Kyrgyzstan Travel Guide in order to get well informed about the gems of this Central Asian country.
You can also rent a car with Pegasus privileges if you want to consider a more comfortable option for city transportation when you arrive in Kyrgyzstan for business or leisure.
Pegasus Airlines provides flights Manas International Airports in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.
Manas International Airport
Manas International Airport is the major international hub of the country. It is located at the country’s capital, Bishkek within 25 kms away from the city center. Manas International Airport was named after the national hero of Kyrgyzstan, Manas. The airport has gone through several renovation projects and reached to a total of one million passengers in 2012. It is within easy access from the city center by taxi or bus. Shuttle bus number 380 provides transport to Bishkek city center, Beishenaliev Street.
Below you can find some practical information that will help you organize your trip.
We made a list of some important contact numbers that might be useful throughout your stay in Kyrgyzstan.
Country code: + 996
Bishkek area code: 312
Manas International Airport: +996 312 693 109
General Emergency Number: 12
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Kyrgyz culture has its own unique features with patterns of nomadic lifestyle still represented by their national identity. It is interesting enough to discover the intriguing traditional patterns of this Central Asian country where nature is an integral part of the local way of living.
As a landlocked country surrounded by mountain ranges, Kyrgyzstan has the typical characteristics of continental climate. Therefore, the climatic conditions tend to vary depending on the altitude or different regions.
You can visit Kyrgyzstan throughout the year but early spring to late summer period is the best time to cherish more time at the nature, go on trekking or explore the folklore festivals.
Kyrgyzstan applies different visa regulations to a number of countries, which are granted visa waivers. There are different categories with the possibility of travelling without a visa or obtaining one upon arrival at the airport. For more information, you should double check with the Embassy of the Kyrgyz Republic to your country. Turkey is among the visa-exempted countries, therefore Turkish citizens can travel to Kyrgyzstan without having to apply for an entry visa for visits up to 30 days.
Kyrgyzstani Som is used as the local currency in Kyrgyzstan.
Kyrgyzstan is listed in the time zone of GMT+6.
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