Caspian sea ferry updates & questions

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Re: Caspian sea ferry updates & questions

Postby steenaa54 » Thu Jul 25, 2019 5:09 pm

As Eric writes at the buttom, I am also wondering, but the ferry to Baku must be leaving from the cargo port...?


MirasBazarov wrote:Please, could You send to me copy of that aplication form?
Send to me request in prvt massage i will try to manage and at least will ask from knowledgeable people.

ericv wrote:
MirasBazarov wrote:Hello, Eric.
"Turkembashi Deniz Yuk Porty" - means "cargo port" in Turkmen language
"Turkmenbashi Yolagcy Porty" - means "Passenger Port" in Turkmen language.

Its sure information, cuz Im turkmen native speaker and live in Turkmenistan.
Feel free to ask anything more.

With best regards, Miras




Miras, thanks so much! That is helpful.

Now I am wondering though... even though I am a passenger, would I arrive in the cargo port on the ferry from Baku? Does anyone know?
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Re: Caspian sea ferry updates & questions

Postby electroboris » Sun Jul 28, 2019 11:18 am

Just crossed alone from Kuryk to Alat on the Professor Gul with a passenger car (Mini). Had to wait 2,5 days in Aktau as it was impossible to get clear information on boat arrival, turn around time and departure. Although there is a schedule of ferries sailing on a wall in the port of Kuryk, nobody knows any timing of the boats.

Ship arrived at 18.30 at Kuryk, it took until 03:00 in the morning to unload and re-load the ship. Procedures at Kuryk port were bureaucratic, lengthy, but in the end got done without complications. I had to pay $80 for my passage, plus $25 for my car (apparently port tax or similar). There is WiFi in the passenger building inside the port, but not outside. The hotel at Kuryk port charges 3.500 Tenge per night, payable with Visa card. They have WiFi, but only give you the password if you insist for some time it seems. There's a canteen across the hotel that accepts only Tenge cash. You're not allowed to move around the port as long as you stay there. So if you have a longer wait, consider if this "prison" is for you.

We had to wait an entire day in front of Kuryk port at sea due to "bad weather", 0,5m waves and a bit of wind. Crossing to Alat took 24h. We had to wait another 2h in front of the port as the port was "busy". Procedure to leave the ferry wasn't quite clear. With the car I passed customs check easily, but then lost 2,5h at another customs office where they extort $16 in "road tax", that you have to pay at a post office cabin in another corner of the port. At night no lights, everything seems closed, so it's very confusing to understand where to go and what to pay. Nobody speaks English. Before getting out I also had to pay $40 for some unknown reason and $300 to get the car out of the port. All in all I spent 4,5h to get out of Alat port.

The Professor Gul is a mess, food is pretty bad, 3 meals a day. Showers and toilets are dirty, bring your own towels, toilet paper etc. It's a good idea to bring snacks, water/drinks, and if you want to avoid their blankets, bring your sleeping bag. Cabins are for 4 passengers, I got one for myself.

All in all I wasted 4,5 days for the crossing, never again! I could have driven around the Caspian sea easily in that time. And the hassle at the ports kills the fun.
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Re: Caspian sea ferry updates & questions

Postby flo_sg » Tue Jul 30, 2019 9:14 am

I plan on crossing from Baku/Alat to Turkmenbashi this Saturday. As getting info on schedules seems to be difficult, does anyone have experience of what chances are that boats sell out?
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Re: Caspian sea ferry updates & questions

Postby steven » Thu Aug 01, 2019 3:20 am

flo_sg wrote:I plan on crossing from Baku/Alat to Turkmenbashi this Saturday. As getting info on schedules seems to be difficult, does anyone have experience of what chances are that boats sell out?


For cargo ferries, that only happens when the Mongol Rally arrives in Azerbaijan.

The Berkarar and Bagtiyar have been known to book out in advance.
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Re: Caspian sea ferry updates & questions

Postby MrEkizzle » Fri Aug 09, 2019 5:13 am

Hello fellow travellers,
despite depicted as very hard and pain-in-the-ass-like in this blog, our crossing of the caspian was very smooth and the staff extremely nice on the Mercuri 1 from Kuryk to Alat. But I post this to warn you from the port security guard in Kuryk (Aqtau). He is an A***** and may try to convince you to change your Dollars into Tenge. He may try to tell you, that there is no way of paying in Dollars inside the port, which is not true! Even if it doesn't seem like this out in the desert, the port is equipped with atm and food. And you can pay in US Dollars, of course! We even payed in mixed currencies. So don't let yourself get trickt by the guy in front of thr harbour!
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Re: Caspian sea ferry updates & questions

Postby BakuBound » Fri Aug 09, 2019 7:03 am

How did you get to Kuryk and how long did you have wait? Those are the usual problems, not the crossing itself.
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Re: Caspian sea ferry updates & questions

Postby Bethany » Sat Aug 10, 2019 12:24 pm

steven wrote:
flo_sg wrote:I plan on crossing from Baku/Alat to Turkmenbashi this Saturday. As getting info on schedules seems to be difficult, does anyone have experience of what chances are that boats sell out?


For cargo ferries, that only happens when the Mongol Rally arrives in Azerbaijan.

The Berkarar and Bagtiyar have been known to book out in advance.


It sounds like the Mongol Rally have arrived in force at Alat now. We are at Turkmenbasy now waiting to get to Baku and 2 Azeri cargo ships arrived yesterday (9th) full of Mongol ralliers. The 1st lot had waited 4 days to get on a cargo ship.
Also appears the new Turkmen ferries are sat in port here until at least 13th due to the Caspian Sea economic forum
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