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Kyrgyzstan-internal travel

by treetonmiller Online Now Feb 22, 2009 at 2:22 AM

I'm looking at travelling between the following:
Almaty airport to Bishkek
Bishkek to Cholpon-Ata
Cholpon-Ata to Karakol
Karakol to Almaty

Can anyone help with journey times by car and what the taxi/bus fare would be

Cheers

Jim

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  • Re: Kyrgyzstan-internal travel

    by Transland Online Now Mar 7, 2009 at 7:09 PM

    All transport services following that route will cost about 600 USD with English speaking driver and good 4wd vehicle.
    There are no regular buses between Karakol and Almaty.
    Contact anytime
    info@transland.com.kg
    www.transland.com.kg

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  • Re: Kyrgyzstan-internal travel

    by tea_drinker_1983 Online Now Mar 19, 2009 at 9:56 AM

    Almaty airport to Bishkek takes about 3 hours by shared taxi, a little longer by minibus. The journey is rather uninspiring and it's possible to fly by Air Astana for 60 USD. If you do go overland, head to the bus station and expect to pay up to 25 USD for a seat in a shared taxi.

    Bishkek to Choplon Ata takes about 4 hours and should set you back about 10-20USD in a shared taxi from the West Bust station.

    Choplon Ata to Kartakol is another 2-3 hours and 10-20 USD

    www.thespektator.co.uk has a full guide to Bishkek and articles about Central Asian travel in English

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    Re: Kyrgyzstan-internal travel

    by Brizzlekizzle Online Now May 27, 2009 at 5:42 PM

    All the info posted by the others is correct, just make sure you get in a community taxi, it will probably be someones personal car with a little taxi sign on top, and you can be picky with them, they go back and forth all day, you will have no problem finding a ride.

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    Re: Kyrgyzstan-internal travel

    by SumTingWong Online Now Mar 9, 2010 at 8:20 AM

    everyone is correct. also, don't be shy to flag down a car passing by of you head off and cannot find a share-van to Karakol or somewhere. Everyone in Kyrgyzstan can be a share-taxi driver if they choose. Dont miss Jeti-Orguz outside Karakol!

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