Getting to Urgench Railway Station from Khiva
The NEW rail link to Khiva (due to open late 2018)
Arriving at Tashkent South Railway Station
There is one daily train between Urgench and Tashkent via Bukhara and Samarkand, however the train number and origin varies day by day. In the east/northbound direction, you will either be on Train No. 056Ж or Train No. 058Ь . The timetable for both trains is:
“УРГЕНЧ (УТИ)” Urgench (Depart) 15:50
“БУХАРА 1 (УТИ)” Bukhara (Arrive) 22:47 – (Depart) 23:12
“САМАРКАНД (УТИ)” Samarkand (Arrive) 02:45 – (Depart) 03:05
"ТАШКЕНТ (УТИ)” Tashkent (Arrive) 07:01
In the return direction, there is again a daily train between Tashkent and Urgench via Samarkand and Bukhara, however the train number and destination varies day by day. In this direction, you will either be on Train No. 058З or Train No. 056Ч.
“ТАШКЕНТ (УТИ)” Tashkent (Depart) 20:27
“САМАРКАНД (УТИ)” Samarkand (Arrive) 00:13 – (Depart) 00:28
“БУХАРА 1 (УТИ)” Bukhara (Arrive) 03:42 – (Depart) 04:07
“УРГЕНЧ (УТИ)” Urgench (Arrive) 11:02
Note 1: All trains along this route are operated by traditional Soviet / Russian style carriages although not every train conveys First Class Sleeping Cars.
Note 2: There are additional trains between Urgench, Samarkand and Tashkent bypassing Bukhara but taking about 2-3 hours longer - these trains do not depart daily.
Tickets can technically be purchased online from the Uzbekistan Railways website, however I was unable to purchase tickets through this site as on each occasion after I had entered my credit card details in and pressed ‘next’, the website defaulted back to the journey planner page. Alternative options include buying them at any railway station in Uzbekistan or using an Uzbekistan based travel agency.
As I was beginning my journey in Kazakhstan, I used "TicketsKz" which is a basically an online travel agency. It is very important to point out that tickets purchased through this website must be collected in Kazakhstan. Ticket prices are marked up by approximately 50% if using this website.
My Urgench to Tashkent train ticket collected in Kazakhstan
What was the train like (including ticket prices)?
Coach 4 – First Class Sleeping Carriage
Class Люкс (1У) – 173,290 Uzbek Soum (approx US$22) – prices obtained from www.railway.uz/en/
Exterior and Interior views of a First Class Sleeping Carriage and the seating plan
Coach 05/08/09 – Second Class Sleeping Car “Kupe”
Class Купе (2К) – 85,544 Uzbek Soum (approx US$11) – prices obtained from www.railway.uz/en/
The seating plan layout (very similar to First Class Sleeping Carriages except each compartment has four beds - 2 upper and 2 lower)
Coach 06/07/09/10 – Open Sleeping Carriage “Plastkartny”
Class Плацкартный (3П) – 58,202 Uzbek Soum (approx US$7.50) – prices obtained from www.railway.uz/en/
The seating plan (for an idea of what Platskartny Carriages are like, check out my travel journal from my rail journey from Chişinău to Kiev in April 2018)
The Restaurant Carriage
The official Uzbekistan Railways website is very useful for journey planning, timetables (use the Cyrillic station names I have written in the "timetable" section) and seating layouts. Booking the train tickets however, proved impossible for me personally.
I used "TicketsKz" to purchase all my Uzbekistan train tickets which is a Kazakhstan based online agency. If using this site, you must pick up your tickets in Kazakhstan and expect ticket prices to be marked up by approximately 50%. The train carriage seating plans on this site are not useful and are actually highly misleading in some cases, so it is best to use the official Uzbekistan Railways website above to choose the carriage and seat you want, and then to just select that exact carriage number and seat number on this website.
There are always more photos to be shared but sharing them all on this journal page will just make it look cluttered so if you want to see more photos for inspiration, check out my Flickr “Uzbekistan-2018” album.
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