Trains between Tashkent and Turkestan + border formalities

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Trains between Tashkent and Turkestan + border formalities

Postby KimV » Tue Jul 11, 2017 6:57 pm


I've read there are Russia bound trains leaving Tashkent in Uzbekistan just after midnight and going to Turkestan in Kazakhstan (arriving just before noon). Can anyone confirm this information is correct?

How does border crossing go when you take a train? Does the train wait for all passengers to complete immigration? Do you have to change trains? Can you take the train across the border as a foreigner?

Also when I look up the timetables of the trains it says it's impossible to buy online unless you pick up the ticket in Russia?
Now I happen to travel to Russia before I travel to Uzbekistan, so I could pick up my ticket in Moscow a few weeks before.
Does anyone have experience with this? Can you pick up the ticket as a foreigner in Russia or does it mean you have to be Russian citizen? Can you pick them up in just any station?

I'm still wondering if I should take this train across the border, or better to cross in Chernayevka towards Shymkent by marshrutkas/taxis?
Don't know what would be more convenient?

Thank you so much for your help,
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Re: Trains between Tashkent and Turkestan + border formalities

Postby steven » Tue Aug 01, 2017 6:07 am

Hi Kim,

sorry for the late reply. A lot of your questions have already been answered at

In your case, I would not take the train. It will be much quicker to take a shared taxi to Shymkent and another one to Turkistan. Long border crossing and slow train is the main issue. You can do it in 6 hours by public transport. By train it will be longer I think. Just the border crossing alone takes 6 hours I think.
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