For the past few weeks, I've been trying to buy Afrosiyob tickets (Tashkent to Samarkand return) for 25-April. Checking daily since ticketing opened (T-45 days), there's been zero availability. From what I can tell, UZ Rail is only publishing that route (and releasing tickets) three days out. Awesome.
Examples (from today):
762Ф ТАШКЕНТ Ц- БУХАРА 1
Train, УЗБЕКСКИЕ 07:28 11.04, 12.04, 13.04
764Ф ТАШКЕНТ Ц- САМАРКАНД
Train, УЗБЕКСКИЕ 08:30 11.04, 12.04, 13.04
The above trains are daily, but the schedule doesn't indicate that. It's a bit annoying, obviously, and looks like I'll have to buy tickets on the 22nd.
That said, some days ago I was able to buy a one way e-ticket for Tashkent to Navoi on train 762Ф. Getting the return Samarkand to Tashkent is proving difficult currently. A few questions:
1. Can I disembark at Samarkand instead of continuing on to Navoi? Any issue doing that?
2. Since I have an e-ticket, do I proceed directly to security check and then the platform? Or do I still need to go to the ticket counter?
3. If I subsequently buy an e-ticket for my return, Samarkand to Tashkent, I likely won't be able to print it. How does one handle this situation? Show the e-ticket on my phone to someone at the ticket office at the station so they can print a ticket for me? Presumably I should also ensure I don't press "electronic registration" on the UZ Rail site, right?
Sorry for the fairly basic questions, but the process is not explained well on the UZ Rail site.