If you’re looking for a country-specific map, check out our overview of road maps for Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan and Afghanistan. They also include some multi-country maps. If you’re planning to go with one single map for your whole trip, try the below suggestions.
One thing that all Central Asia maps struggle with is the awkward shape and the large size of Central Asia. Check where you want to go to see which map of Central Asia suits you best. In general Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan are always completely on the map, with parts of Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan and Afghanistan cut off. If you want more coverage of Kazakhstan, go for the ITMB map. The Gizi Silk Road map gives little detail, but manages to squeeze in everything from Eastern Turkey to Western China.
Other than that, every Central Asia map below offers a decent overview of the region if you are planning to go on a trip with public transport. If you have a car or motorbike and are only traveling on main roads to bigger places, these road maps might suffice as well. For anything else, including cycling, I recommend to get more detailed country maps. You can thank me later.
Reise Know-How Central Asia map
- Size Folded:10x25cm
Indexed, waterproof and tear-resistant road map with topographic and tourist information for the Central Asian countries of Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, plus the southernmost part of Kazakhstan between Almaty and Qyzylorda.
The map, published by Reise Know-How as part of their highly acclaimed World Mapping Project, is double-sided to provide the best balance between a good scale and a convenient size sheet. Road and rail networks are easy to see on a clear base which shows the area’s topography by altitude colouring with contours, spot heights, mountain passes and names of its numerous mountain ranges.
Internal administrative boundaries are shown with names of the provinces. Road network includes unsurfaced roads and seasonal tracks. A wide range of symbols highlights various places of interest, including UNESCO heritage sites, the route of the Silk Road, museums and archaeological remains, selected hotels, beaches, winter sports areas, etc. National parks and protected areas are prominently shown. Also marked are oil and gas pipelines. The map has a latitude and longitude grid at intervals of 1° and an index of place names with a separate list of national parks. Map legend includes English.
Our opinion: a very good overview map. You’ll treasure this one. It doesn’t include the top of the Caspian Sea and most of Kazakhstan, but if you are, like most people, planning to either take a long train from Aktau to Almaty, or pass from Urumqi to Almaty and then into Uzbekistan or Kyrgyzstan, this is the map for you.[button link=”http://tinyurl.com/btkac9u” type=”small” color=”red” newwindow=”yes”]Order at Stanfords[/button][button link=”http://www.amazon.com/Asia-Central-Reise-Know-How/dp/3831771391/” type=”small” color=”orange” newwindow=”yes”]Order at Amazon[/button]
Gizi road map of Central Asia
- Size Folded:13x24cm
The map show the region’s rail and road networks, including selected dirt tracks, gives driving distances on major roads, and highlights several variants of the Silk Route. All place names are transliterated; local administrative boundaries are marked and names of provinces are shown. Detailed topographic information includes names of mountain ranges, deserts and other geographical features, numerous spot heights and peak names, swamps and salt flats, glaciers, etc. National parks are marked. Lines of latitude and longitude are drawn at 1° intervals. Index of localities is on the reverse of each map. Map legend includes English.[button link=”http://tinyurl.com/8qg7p9u” type=”small” color=”red” newwindow=”yes”]Order at Stanfords[/button][button link=”http://www.amazon.com/Central-Asia-Road-Map-Turkmenistan/dp/9630372398/” type=”small” color=”orange” newwindow=”yes”]Order at Amazon[/button]
Freytag & Berndt Central Asia map
- Size Folded:13x26cm
Central Asia at 1:1,500,000 on a large map from Freytag and Berndt with a separate index booklet attached to the map cover also providing street plans of central Asgabat, Astana, Bishkek, Dushanbe and Tashkent.
The map covers the whole of Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan, plus most of Turkmenistan and southern Kazakhstan. Topography of the area is very effectively presented by relief shading, with plenty of names of geographical features such as mountain chains, peaks, valleys, deserts, etc, and additional graphics for forests, salt flats, swamps, wells in arid areas, sandy or rocky deserts, etc.
National parks and other protected areas are highlighted. Road network indicates four different types of roads, including desert tracks, and indicates distances on main routes and locations of border crossings. The course of the various variants of the Silk Road is prominently marked. Railway lines are included and local airports are marked. The map also shows oil pipelines and internal administrative boundaries with names of the provinces. Symbols indicate various places of interest including UNESCO World Heritage sites.
Latitude and longitude lines are drawn at 1° intervals. Multilingual map legend includes English. The index, arranged by country, is in a separate booklet attached to the map cover. The booklet also provide street plans (each covering two pages of Asgabat, Astana, Bishkek, Dushanbe and Tashkent. The plans highlight principal traffic arteries and give names of other main streets as well as various places of interest. Place names on the map and the street plans are shown transliterated into Latin alphabet, with some larger cities given alternative spellings (Toshkent/Taschkent) or shown in Cyrillic alphabet.[button link=”http://tinyurl.com/d4q6jyk” type=”small” color=”red” newwindow=”yes”]Order at Stanfords[/button][button link=”http://www.amazon.com/Central-Asia-Regional-Travel-cover/dp/B0050FWSGO/” type=”small” color=”orange” newwindow=”yes”]Order at Amazon[/button]
ITMB road map of Central Asia
- Size Folded:11x19cm
Central Asia at 1:2,400,000 on a double-sided, indexed map published by ITMB, providing much wider coverage of the region than usually found in alternative titles, extending out to include most of Kazakhstan.
The map has a small overlap between the two sides and covers all Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan, plus Kazakhstan – missing just small areas along its northern border with Russia and the north-western border with China, and also Turkmenistan where the south-western part of the country with Ashgabat is not included.
Bold altitude colouring with spot heights and names of peaks, mountain ranges, etc, plus graphics for deserts, swamps, salt pans and glaciers present the region’s topography. National parks and other protected areas are highlighted and also marked are numerous water wells. The map shows road network, including selected seasonal tracks and highlighting the course of the Silk Road, railways and local airports. Symbols mark locations of various places of interest, including the area’s World Heritage sites. Latitude and longitude lines are drawn at 2° intervals. The map has an extensive index of localities.[button link=”http://tinyurl.com/cgs6rze” type=”small” color=”red” newwindow=”yes”]Order at Stanfords[/button][button link=”http://www.amazon.com/Central-Asia-400-Travel-ITMB/dp/B005KKN0V6/” type=”small” color=”orange” newwindow=”yes”]Order at Amazon[/button]
Gizi Silk Road countries map
- Size Folded:13x24cm
The Silk Route at 1:3,000,000 from Gizi Map with coverage extending from eastern Turkey and Syria, across the countries of Central Asia, to western China and south to the Arabian Sea, with different variants of the route across this vast region clearly highlighted on the map.
The map has altitude coloring to provide an excellent picture of the topography, with names of mountain ranges, deserts and other geographical features, numerous spot heights and peak names, swamps and salt flats, glaciers, etc. National parks, world heritage sites and other historical monuments are highlighted.
The region’s rail and road networks are shown, including dirt tracks, and driving distances are marked on major roads. The map also indicates local administrative boundaries and names of provinces in various countries.
All place names are transliterated, with alternative versions provided where necessary, particularly in the border areas.
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