Uzbekistan's Secret Metro

October 9, 2018

To travellers who had never visited Tashkent, the Tashkent Metro remained a mysterious hidden wonder of artistically designed stations and passageways until June 2018, when the long standing photography ban was finally lifted. Today there are still police dotted around the stations everywhere but as Uzbekistan is increasingly become more and more tourist friendly, you are now more than welcome to travel up and down the network, admiring (and photographing) the unique architecture and art installations that each station has to offer without being accused of being a spy. 




The metro system is in fact the oldest in Central Asia, built around a decade after Tashkent's population surpassed the 1 million mark in 1960 (this was a Soviet pre-requirement for a city to have a metro). The metro stations are doubled up to provide nuclear blast protection hence the sensitivity of photographing the stations prior to June 2018 (they were classified as a military sight/location). The cost of a ticket, or more accurately a "jeton" is just 1,200 Uzbek Sum (US$0.15) and there is no limit to how many times you can jump on and off a metro, change lines or even backtrack to your starting station as long as you do not exit a station along the way for fresh air! If you do exit, just buy yourself another jeton on most probably the cheapest metro system in the ex-USSR area. 


The system operates from 5am to midnight everyday, with a frequency of between 240 and 600 seconds. The stations do not have a countdown timer to show the next arrival, instead they have a count "up" timer that shows the number of seconds since the last metro departed that platform (this count "up" timer can be found at the end of the platform the metro departs towards). All signage is in Russian, and there are no announcements that are of any use to a foreigner but as there are only three lines (Chilonzor Line / Uzbekistan Line / Yunusobod Line), 29 stations and 37.5 kilometres of track, it is difficult to get completely lost. If you do get lost, just enjoy the grand and unique architectural features such as the lighting (it is different at every station), the marble and granite surfaces, and the rather impressive ceramic art paintings. 


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Buyuk Ipak Yuli

Chilonzor Line (Red Line)




Chilonzor Line (Red Line)




Khamid Alimjan

Chilonzor Line (Red Line)




Amir Temur Hiyoboni

Chilonzor Line (Red Line) - interchange available with the Yunusabad Line (Green Line




Mustakillik Maydoni

Chilonzor Line (Red Line)





Chilonzor Line (Red Line) - interchange available with the Uzbekistan Line (Blue Line)




Milliy Bog

Chilonzor Line (Red Line)





Chilonzor Line (Red Line)





Chilonzor Line (Red Line)





Chilonzor Line (Red Line)





Uzbekistan Line (Blue Line)





Uzbekistan Line (Blue Line)

* The ceramic mural above the stairs celebrates 2,200 years since Tashkent was founded





Uzbekistan Line (Blue Line) - interchange available with the Yunusabad Line (Green Line)





Uzbekistan Line (Blue Line)





Uzbekistan Line (Blue Line)




Alisher Navoi

Uzbekistan Line (Blue Line) - interchange available with the Chilonzor Line (Red Line)




Gafur Gulom

Uzbekistan Line (Blue Line)





Uzbekistan Line (Blue Line)




Uzbekistan Line (Blue Line)




Ming Urik

Yunusabad Line (Green Line) - interchange available with the Uzbekistan Line (Blue Line)




Yunus Rajabiy

Yunusabad Line (Green Line) - interchange available with the Chilonzor Line (Red Line)




How to navigate the Tashkent Metro? … use a map!




How much does a "jeton" cost? … 1200 Uzbek Sum (10 Euro Cents)!




Photo Journal



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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