Uzbekistan is increasingly well-connected, so getting to Uzbekistan is easier than ever before. There are direct international flights to Uzbekistan from dozens of countries across Europe and Asia, and you can also drive to Uzbekistan by road, or take the train to Uzbekistan. Your choice of transport to Uzbekistan will depend on your budget, how much time you have, and where you are coming from, but as transport connections are continually expanding and improving, there will definitely be a convenient and affordable way for you to get to Uzbekistan.
FLIGHTS TO UZBEKISTAN The majority of international tourists fly to Uzbekistan. Uzbekistan has six international airports, and the largest and best-connected of these is Islam Karimov Tashkent International Airport, which is conveniently located in Uzbekistan’s capital. Tashkent is the hub for Uzbekistan’s national carrier, Uzbekistan Airways, and it is also served by a number of other well-known international airlines, such as Aeroflot, China Southern Airlines, FlyDubai, Korean Air, and Turkish Airlines, as well as regional carriers. This means you can fly direct to Tashkent from a wide range of international destinations, including major hubs such as Beijing, Dubai, Frankfurt, Istanbul, London, Moscow, Paris, Rome, Seoul, and Tokyo. There are good connections to smaller airports across Central Asia and Russia, too.
Uzbekistan’s other international airports are smaller than Tashkent, but they do have some useful connections and can get you directly to Uzbekistan’s tourist sites if you’re short on time. Particularly useful for tourists is that Turkish Airlines and Uzbekistan Airways both fly direct from Istanbul to Samarkand; there are direct flights from Frankfurt, Milan, Paris, and Rome to Urgench; and flights from Moscow go to all six of Uzbekistan’s international airports (Bukhara, Fergana, Navoi, Samarkand, Tashkent, and Urgench).
GETTING TO UZBEKISTAN BY ROAD Uzbekistan has land borders with Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan. There are designated international crossings with all these countries on major roads, and you must cross at an official border post. Caravanistan publishes a regularly updated list of all the land border crossings, when they are open, logistical considerations, etc. All the information you need about getting to Uzbekistan by car or bus is here.
GETTING TO UZBEKISTAN BY TRAIN Uzbekistan does have international train connections to some neighbouring countries and, by extension, to Russia. The standard trains tend to be old, slow, and not very comfortable, but there is a great sense of adventure as you travel long distance with an eclectic selection of fellow passengers. If you prefer to travel in luxury onboard a private train, Golden Eagle Luxury Trains also offers a variety of multi-country rail itineraries which include Uzbekistan.