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Flights to Tashkent

The capital of Uzbekistan, and once a major trading post on the old Silk Road, Tashkent is one of Central Asia’s most vibrant cities. It’s the main travel hub in the region, and if you’re planning a trip around the ‘stans it’s likely you’ll be spending some time here.

At first glance Tashkent feels a bit soulless, but you only have to scratch the surface to discover plenty of hidden treasure. Grand Soviet architecture stands side by side with humble adobe houses, while crowds jostle in the bazaars and relax in the leafy squares.  There are plenty of great museums, covering everything from local history and culture to art and literature, as well as a buzzing nightlife with plenty of bars, restaurants, and theatres.

 

Airports in Tashkent

Tashkent International Airport (TAS) is Uzbekistan’s main air hub, and the busiest airport in Central Asia. The airport has two terminals; one serving international flights and another for domestic travellers. It has all the facilities you would expect from a large airport, with VIP lounges and duty-free shops as well as restaurants, bars, and a 24 hour pharmacy.

 

Airlines that fly to Tashkent

Uzbekistan Airways fly direct to Tashkent from the UK, with regular flights from London-Heathrow.

 Other airlines servicing the airport include Ural Airlines, Ukraine International Airlines, Turkish Airlines, Transaero Airlines, SCAT, S7 Airlines, Kyrgyzstan Air Company, Korean Air, Iran Air, IrAero, China Southern Airlines, Avia Traffic Company, Asiana Airlines, Air Astana, and Aeroflot.

Seasonal flights are operated by airBaltic from Riga and by Czech Airlines from Prague.

 

Getting into Tashkent

The easiest way to get to the city centre is by taxi. You can find official taxis at the rank outside the arrivals hall, about 50m away from the building. The journey should take 15-20 minutes, and should cost around £7*.

 

*Prices subject to change

 

When to fly to Tashkent

Tashkent has scorching summers and bitter winters. If you’re planning on doing a lot of sightseeing in the city or hiking in the surrounding countryside the best time to go is during spring (March-May) and Autumn (September-November) when temperatures are a pleasant 20-30°C. The end of March is the perfect time to visit, as a huge New Year party takes place on the 21st of the month.

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