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Buying train tickets for Turkmenistan

Posted: Sun Feb 07, 2016 9:14 pm
by Provodnik
Hello!

Has anyone experience with buying train tickets for trains in Turkmenistan? Is it easy for tourists to get tickets at a station at short notice or do trains tend to be fuly booked?
What options are there to pre-book train tickets? Are there travel agencies offering to book train tickets for foreigners? Or do they only do this as part of a whole tour?
If possible I'd perefer to have my tickets arranged in advance.

Provodnik

Re: Buying train tickets for Turkmenistan

Posted: Sun Feb 07, 2016 10:06 pm
by bwv812
When I was there I was able to get a train ticket for travel the same day without problem. This was for the night train from Ashgabat to Mary, and I bought the ticket around 7:00 am or so. It was also in November (not sure if there is really a meaningful "high season").

I would imagine that travel agencies would be happy to charge you a hefty commission/fee, without the need to book an entire tour with them.

Re: Buying train tickets for Turkmenistan

Posted: Tue Feb 09, 2016 7:12 am
by steven
Yes, pre-booking train tickets is possible. Sent you a message, Provodnik.

Re: Buying train tickets for Turkmenistan

Posted: Wed Feb 08, 2017 11:29 pm
by Wahlsted
I'm also infested in the same question as Provodnik...

/Johan

Re: Buying train tickets for Turkmenistan

Posted: Fri Feb 10, 2017 10:32 am
by steven
Hi johan, sent you a mail.

Re: Buying train tickets for Turkmenistan

Posted: Thu Jun 29, 2017 1:32 pm
by seysearles
steven wrote:Yes, pre-booking train tickets is possible. Sent you a message, Provodnik.


Hi Steven, we would also like to pre-book a train. Could you please advise. Thanks

Re: Buying train tickets for Turkmenistan

Posted: Fri Jun 30, 2017 2:34 am
by steven
I don't have a special form for it yet, but you can send Guvanch a message, he should be able to take care of it.

http://caravanistan.com/tour_operator/guvanch/

Please report back with your experience.

Re: Buying train tickets for Turkmenistan

Posted: Tue May 14, 2019 10:19 am
by TwoItalians
On April 16, 2019 we had no problems at all to buy two train tickets in a 4 bed compartment from Ashgabat tor Mary at the train station in Ashgabat for 36 manat each (2 USD) for 2 days later.