Samarkand train station

Uzbekistan has a good rail network, and trains are the ideal way to travel between Tashkent, Samarkand, Bokhara and Urgench (for Khiva).

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Trains between Tashkent, Samarkand, Bokhara, Urganch

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Pictured right:  Samarkand's modern station.  Photo courtesy of Alan saunders.

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Page last updated:

10 March 2018.

Tashkent, Samarkand, Bokhara...

Taking the train is the safe and comfortable way to travel between these cities.  Urgench is the railhead for Khiva.  Here are the last known train times:

 Tashkent ► Samarkand, Bokhara, Urgench


 Bokhara, Urgench, Samarkand ► Tashkent

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Urgench (also known as Urganch) is the railhead for Khiva, 35km or 30 minutes away.  A taxi will cost around $9.  There are no direct trains from Bokhara to Urgench, as they are on different lines.

* Runs on Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays.

** Runs on Tuesdays, Fridays, Sundays.  

*** Runs on Mondays, Thursdays, Saturdays.

Train 9 & 10 Sharq, air-conditioned, runs daily, see photos below.

Trains 49/50 & 661/662 run daily, with spalny vagon 2-berth sleepers & kupé 4-berth sleepers.

Trains 55/56 runs 3 times a week with spalny vagon 2-berth sleepers & kupé 4-berth sleepers.

Trains 760, 761, 762 Afrosiyob = 250km/h high-speed air-conditioned Talgo 250 train, highly recommended, introduced 2012 & extended to/from Bokhara in 2016, with VIP class, Business class and Economy class plus a restaurant car.  See photos below.

How to check current train times...

The above times are the last known, from 2017.  You can check times and days of running using the Real Russia online system here (Bokhara may appear as Bukhara or Buhara 1) or at the Uzbek Railways website (assuming the online schedule system is working, which as I wrote this, it isn't) which now has an English version.  Don't be surprised if each system gives different times!  There are several other irregular trains between Tashkent & Samarqand.

How much does it cost? 

Bought locally, Tashkent to Samarkand on the new Afrosiyob high-speed Talgo train costs 87,917 som in VIP class, 63,650 som in Business class, 45,763 som in Economy class.  Tashkent to Bukhara on train 9 or 10 Sharq costs 78,904 som in Luxe, 45,102 in 1st class, 29,148 in 2nd class, on train 661/662 it costs 76,361 som in 2-berth spalny vagon, 45,498 in kupé 4-berth.  £1 = 2,900 som, $1 = 1,800.  Fares can be checked at

How to buy tickets...

You can buy tickets at the station, or try contacting reliable agency  You can buy tickets online using the Real Russia online system here although they charge a significant mark-up for handling this.

At the station...

Security is tight, you need a passport and ticket to enter the station, and there's a security check before boarding the train.  So arrive at the station in good time!

Train 9/10 Sharq...

The Sharq train  

A close-up of the Sharq. Photo courtesy of Gino


The Sharq. Photo courtesy of Gino

The Afrosiyob...

Uzbekistan's premier train, the Afrosiyob is a Spanish-designed 250km/h Talgo 250 which now links Tashkent with Samarkand in just 2½ hours.  It has VIP class, Business Class, Economy class (pictured below) and a restaurant car.  Photos courtesy of John Saunders & Gino.

The Afrosiyob talgo train   The Afrosiyob 250km/h train from Samarkand to Tashkent
Economy class seats on the Afrosiyob train   The Afrosiyob at Samarkand station.

Traveller Mark Pascoe travelled from Tashkent to Samarkand on the Afrosiyob in December 2016.  "As part of an official delegation visiting the country my ticket was purchased on my behalf, however I also dealt with Advantour in a personal capacity and found them to be extremely helpful and professional despite the fact that I didn't end up using their services at all. I took the 8am departure arriving at the station in plenty of time to pass through security. The train was ready early and we were able to board at around 7.30am. The train staff welcomed us on board and looked great in their winter uniforms replete with fur hats and jackets. The train was clean and pleasant and wouldn't have looked out of place in western Europe. It is of course, Spanish built, indeed it was tidier and in better condition than many TGVs I have travelled on. The seats were very spacious and comfortable with plenty of legroom and lots of overhead storage, large enough to handle bit suitcases. The journey was largely smooth and uneventful. Even in economy class we were served tea and a small snack of a banana flavour doughnut shortly after departing Tashkent, I suppose that any class of ticket on the Afrosiyob is significantly more expensive than the slow trains and. If possible, get a seat on the left hand side (if travelling west) of the train when travelling in this direction as that side of the train is flanked by impressive mountains for much of the route. The train ran to time and arrived in Samarkand on schedule - on leaving the station you will be met by plenty of touts offering taxis and tourist services."

Uzbek sleeper train...

4-berth sleeper   Uzbek sleeper train

A 4-berth soft sleeper on an Uzbek night train.  The train shown here is actually a weekly (and possibly seasonal) train between Bokhara and Urganch, but train 661 & 662 is likely to be similar.  Photo courtesy of John Saunders.

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