Travel to Kyrgyzstan
Flying to Kyrgyzstan
The national airline is Kyrgyzstan Air Company (www.air.kg), which has international flights to India, Pakistan and Turkey. BMI (www.bmi.com) has daily flights to Kyrgyzstan from London Heathrow; Turkish Airlines (www.turkishairlines.com) also flies daily between Bishkek and Istanbul.
US$10. Infants and transit passengers are exempt.
Travel by rail
There are rail connections with the Russian Federation (journey time to Moscow - 3 days) and with other Central Asian Republics. The Russian Railways website (http://rzd.ru) has details (in Russian) of services between Moscow and Bishkek.
Note: Tourists are advised that robberies on trains have been reported.
Driving to Kyrgyzstan
The main international road links are with Kazakhstan. There are several crossings with Uzbekistan but these can close without notice from time to time. Although there are several road links with Tajikistan not all are open to foreign nationals. Of the two road links with China, only the one via Irkeshtam is technically open to foreigners. The other route over the Torugart Pass requires special permission that is only granted if pre-arranged transport is organised to meet travellers on the other side of the border.