Getting from Astrakhan to Khiva

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Getting from Astrakhan to Khiva

Postby MaTian » Sun Jan 13, 2019 3:26 pm

Hi peeps,

does anyone have any ideas how to get from Astrakhan to Khiva? Is there a possibility to take the train?

Tnx!
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Re: Getting from Astrakhan to Khiva

Postby steven » Mon Jan 14, 2019 6:44 am

Yes, you can take trains Atyrau - Beyneu - Kungrad - Urgench. More info https://caravanistan.com/transport/trai ... kalpakstan
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Re: Getting from Astrakhan to Khiva

Postby MaTian » Mon Jan 14, 2019 10:30 am

Tnx! How long might this take?
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Re: Getting from Astrakhan to Khiva

Postby Milad » Mon Jan 14, 2019 7:14 pm

Atyrau-Urgench will take around 27 hours. I don't know how well bus/marshrutka/taxi operations between Astrakhan and Atyrau are, your option to do it all by train would be taking a train to Aksairaiskaia and change there onto the Volgograd-Urgench(-Tashkent) train. Be prepared to be questioned by the FSB however if you decide to loiter around at Aksairaiskaia.
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Re: Getting from Astrakhan to Khiva

Postby Milad » Tue Jan 15, 2019 9:24 pm

After having a look at a map, noticing that Astrakhan->Aksaraiskaia is only 55km and reading a German-language blog by people who did something similar, my recommendation would be taking a taxi to Aksaraiskaia and joining the train there (as taking a train to Aksaraiskaia would mean spending at least 4 hours there - and there is nothing).

As the border control is done at the platform at Aksaraiskaia, be sure to be at the station when the train *arrives*, not when it departs.
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