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About Bukhara

Bukhara, one of Central Asia’s oldest settlements, is located in Uzbekistan. Throughout history the city has been one of the most important cultural and commercial centers in the region. Archeological findings unearthed the city’s history to date back at least 2,500 years. Human settlement around the city dates back at least 50 centuries. Among the city’s major sites are The Ark (fortress), Kalyan Minaret, Kalan Mosque, Mir-i Arab Madrassah, and Ismail Samani mausoleum. Archaeological studies in Bukhara have unearthed public buildings, arbitration military structures, and items like coins and pottery 20 meters below ground level.

This historic city, which has hosted countless civilizations throughout history, offers travelers a fascinating experience. Since it is located on an oasis on the edge of the famous Kyzyl Kum desert and the southern part of the Silk Road, Bukhara has a distinctive beauty and richness. During the Karakhanid era Bukhara experienced its cultural golden age and the Kalyan Minaret and Magok-i-Attari Mosque are beautiful remnants from that era.

Genghis Khan sieged the city, which was then completely burnt in the 1200’s. Following that the Tatar Prince Abaka plundered the city and massacred almost the entire population in 1273. It took a long time for the city to recover afterwards. This beautiful Central Asian city, which has gone through many important events throughout history, attracts the attention of tourists with its unique nature, culture, and historic buildings with great architecture. The Bukhara International Airport is very close to the city center. Flights from New York have at least 2 stops and takes at least 17 hours. Flights from London to Bukhara have at least 1 stop and takes at least 11 hours. 

Transportation to Bukhara City Center from Airport

In Bukhara, in the south of Uzbekistan, there are only a few kilometers between the airport and the city center. Thus, you can be at the center of the city without losing much time on the road after you leave the airport. In order to get to the center of the city from the airport where flights to Tashkent, capital of Uzbekistan, Moscow and St. Petersburg in Russia are operated you can make benefit of options such as car rental, private shuttle, bus or taxi.


If you would like to get to the center from Bukhara Airport by means of public transport, you can take a bus from in front of the terminal. Thanks to the short distance between the airport and the city, the bus ride does not last very long, and the ticket fares are also very affordable. The bus ride would last around 20 minutes usually. You need to buy your bus ticket in Uzbekistan Som, currency of the country. This is why you have to be sure to have local currency with you before you board the bus. If you would not want to walk to your destination after arriving to the center by bus, you can continue with a taxi.


You can easily find a taxi at the airport especially during the periods with busy flight schedules. Although the fare of the taxis in Bukhara would depend on the distance you travel, it is possible to say that they are low generally. If you are not well informed about the roads in the city, you are advised to get information about the estimated route and fares from the driver in advance.

Car Rental

Getting to the center of Bukhara by renting a car is one of the frequently used transportation options. The close proximity of the city center to the airport results in a short car ride between the two. The things that you should keep in mind while renting a car is that you would be expected to have an internationally valid driver’s licence with you and to pay a small amount in advance. By following the road signs, you can end your journey in a short time with your rental car. Keep in mind that if you would like to travel to the capital Tashkent and its surroundings you will have to travel longer. Thus, you would need a navigation device in order to find your way.

Private Vehicle

There are affordable and wide car parks in front of Bukhara Airport welcoming the passengers coming with their private cars. This is why travelling with a private car can easily be included among the options.  

Airport Shuttles

Airport shuttles are usually used by foreign tourists to reach from the airport to their centrally located hotels in the city. The feed for these means carrying passengers directly from the airport vary according to factors such as the selected route and the number of passengers. You can get information and assistance from your hotel or from a private company that provides shuttles in Bukhara to reach your destination from the airport without transferring.

Last Updated: July 02, 2018