Extensive guides about getting around Tajikistan with car, bus, taxi, train, bicycle, airplane etc. have been written, see the links at the bottom of the page. This page serves up some general recommendations.
Getting around in Tajikistan
Trains aren’t really an option for travelling in Tajikistan if you don’t have your own means of transport. Take a minibus or shared taxi, or take an airplane if you want to cut travel time.
As soon as winter falls over Tajikistan, many places hidden behind high passes become very difficult to reach over land because of snow. Istaravshan and Khujand can now be reached throughout the year because of the Anzob tunnel, and the southern plains around Qurghon-Teppa are also accessible from Dushanbe year-round, as is the Pamir Highway.
In spring, danger and road blocks do not come from avalanches, but from mudslides – equally disturbing. Only in high summer relatively easy access to all parts of the country is ensured.
Khorog – Dushanbe
Should you take the airplane or the road? Both are spectacular and unnerving, the airplane flying in between peaks, the car skirting steep precipices. The problem is that tickets are often hard to come by for the airplane. It is a long journey of 14 hours to 2 days by car. It depends on your stomach for uncomfortable travel if you choose one or the other. Both are worth the experience and the price.