The city centre between Sulaiman-Too, the Lenin statue and the bazaar is walkable. For other destinations, taxis and minibuses are convenient options.
Transport to/from Osh
Osh airport sees several flights per day to Bishkek (~40$, 45 min). In summer, Tamchy on Issyk-Kul‘s northern shore is also a destination. International departures connect to a number of cities across Russia.
A small airport, only 15 minutes drive from the city centre. Generally not busy, ATMs and some basic food stalls are available, but no currency exchange or luggage storage. You can sleep here if you want. There are few plugs to recharge your phone. Wifi is available but very weak.
Transport Osh <-> airport
A taxi costs 200-300 som. Marshrutka #107 or #142 depart every 10 minutes between 7 and 19 from the bus stop next to Car Park 1. The journey lasts roughly 25 minutes.
Besides nearby villages and the destinations mentioned under ‘onward travel destinations’, you can connect directly to the following from Osh via marshrutka or shared taxi:
- North: Arslanbob / Toktogul / Sary-Chelek
- South: Batken / Isfana / Nookat
For schedules, contact the bus station directly.
Bus stations and taxi stands
Alay-Baza is located 4 km out of town (OSM). Take a taxi or marshrutka 105 and get off 300m before the Animal Market (Malbazaar). Departures could be at any time, but are most typically around 3 am. Alay-Baza has an ultra-basic hostel for traders and drivers you could consider.
Taxis gather in different parts of the city depending on their destination.
- Bishkek: new bus station and corner of Masalieva and Navoi, in front of Deluxe hotel
- Sary Tash / Irkeshtam / Kashgar / Murghab: old bus station and Alay-Baza
- Uzgen: new bus station and Narodniy supermarket on Masalieva
- Gulcha: new and old bus station
- Other destinations: new bus station
There are no trains from or to Osh. Osh does have a train station, where you can buy tickets for trains from Bishkek.
With Uzbekistan opening up, a train to Tashkent or Moscow could be a possibility in the future. If it happens, you will read it here first.
Onward travel destinations
No marshrutkas or big buses run between Bishkek and Osh so your only option is to take a shared taxi (10-12 hr, 1200 som) or a flight (45 min, ~40$). Taxis gather at the new bus station and on the corner of Masalieva and Navoi, in front of Deluxe hotel.
By shared jeep, see Public transport on the Pamir Highway for details. Shared jeeps leave from the old bus station or Alay-Baza.
Andijan / Tashkent
Andijan is but a quick hop across the Dostyk border. Buses and taxis to the border depart from the new bus station. All the latest info on the Kyrgyzstan border crossings page.
A shared taxi from Andijan to Tashkent would be a bit less comfortable, a bit less safe and a bit slower, but similarly priced for a seat. It could take a long time to fill up; best to either pay for the whole car or change transport in Kokand.
Infrequent Uzbek Airways flights link Tashkent with Andijan (1h, ~50$).
There is no direct transport. Instead, take a marshrutka or shared taxi to Batken, and then onward transport either to the border, or straight to Isfara in Tajikistan. From Isfara, frequent transport connects to Khujand. Details at Kyrgyzstan border crossings.
Sary Mogol / Daroot-Korgon
There is 1 daily marshrutka to Sary Mogol and Daroot-Korgon. Leaves at 14 from the new bus station (4/5 hr, 300 som). Taxis also leave from the new bus station (400 som / seat, 3/4 hr).
See our article on crossing the Irkeshtam Pass for a full explanation of your options to get to Kashgar.
Kazarman / Naryn / Song Kol
There is no public transport going this way, and traffic is infrequent. Taxi drivers at the bus station are unlikely to want to drive you here. Your best options are hitchhiking or contacting a tour company (~100$?) to drive you here.
In winter, the road is considered not passable.
Getting around Osh
Osh is not so big: a combination of walking, marshrutkas (10 som) and taxis (50-100 som max) should work fine. 2GIS works in Osh: it is the best resource for marshrutka routes.
Ride-hailing apps and calling a taxi works very quickly in Osh, but you can also flag down a gypsy cab standing on the side of the street. Should not take more than a minute or 2.
There is no dedicated bicycle rental in Osh, although some guesthouses have bikes for rent.