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Uzbekistan Railway Assessment

Uzbekistan Railways

The Uzbek Railways (Uzbek: Oʻzbekiston Temir Yoʻllari) are the national rail carrier of Uzbekistan. The company owns and operates all railways within the country. It is a state-owned stock company, formed in 1994 to operate railways within the former Uzbek SSR. The total length of its main railway network is 3,645 km. It employs 54,700 people. Uzbekistan railways linking Termez, Samarkand, Bukhara, the Fergana Valley and Nukus. There are two train stations in Tashkent - North and South.The Trans-Caspian Railway traverses the country from Turkmenabad in Turkmenistan via Kagan (nearBukhara),Samarkand and Jizzakh, where the railway branches off to serve the capital Tashkent.

The following international trains operate to/from Uzbekistan:

train 5/6 Tashkent - Moskva, 4 times weekly
train 381/382: Tashkent - Ufa, 3 times weekly
train 365/366: Tashkent - Celjabinsk, once weekly
train 395/396: Tashkent - Kharkov, once weekly
train 321/322: Nukus - Samarkand - Tashkent - Almaty, once weekly
train 369/370: Tashkent - Almaty - Barnaul - Novosibirsk, every 4 days
train 331/332: Tashkent - Samarkand - Nukus - Saratov, once weekly
train 333/334: Tashkent - Samarkand - Urgench - Nukus - Saratov, once weekly
train 383/384: Tashkent - Samarkand - Nukus - St. Peterburg, once weekly
Kungrad - Bejneu, daily

For information on Uzbekistan Railway Network additional informaiton, please see the following documents:

Uzbekistan Railway timetable

Uzbekistan Railmap

Uzbekistan New Railway line - Hayraton to Mazar-e-sharif

Uzbekistan New Railway Lines map

Note: The information provided in the attached documents, which has been taken from the old DLCA, does not match the structure of the new LCA and is therefore provided separately.

Travel Time Matrix

Railway Companies and Consortia

For information on Uzbekistan Railway Network Company contact details, please see the following link:

4.3 Uzbekistan Railway Company Contact List

Uzbekistan Railways: State Joint Stock Railway Company "Uzbekistan Railways" is proud to offer the following services:

Freight forwarding and cargo delivery to all international transport corridors;
Transportation of passengers and cargo (luggage);
Travel and transportation service on the Great Silk Road in the cities of Samarkand, Bukhara, Khiva and Tashkent;
Search and tracking of wagons;
All repairs of passenger cars using the latest equipment;
All repairs to diesel and electric locomotives;
Manufacturing and service life of freight cars.

Capacity Table

There are three types of trains:

  • fast trains (skory poyezd) or express trains (train nos 1 to 149)
  • slower trains (skorostnoi poyezd) (train nos 151 to 169), and
  • passenger trains (passazhirski poyezd) (train nos 171 to 699).

There are four types of sleepers:

  • soft wagon (miagki vagon) - 2 berth compartments
  • kupeiny vagon - 4 berth compartments
  • platskartny vagon - benches in a large car
  • obshi vagon - third class-crowded

Key Route Information

The main line Tashkent - Samarkand - Bukhara is served by two express trains named "Registon" and "Sharq": The "Registon" brings you from Tashkent in less than 4 hours to Samarkand and the "Sharq" makes the 600-km-journey Tashkent - Bukhara (with intermediate stop in Samarkand) in about 7,5 hours. A daily overnight train from Tashkent to Bukhara offers the possibility to travel during the night and win one day. Comfortable sleeping cars allow a good sleep.
Recently a new train "Afrosiob" started operating on Tashkent - Samarkand line. This Talgo-250-type train makes a respective distance in 2.5 hours time. Unlike to ordinary local trains, there are 3 classes in "Afrosiob": economy class - 36 persons per carriage room, in business and VIP. Economy class costs 46 thousand soums (roughtly $25 at official rate), business class - 65 thousand soums and VIP - 80 thousand soums. You may also expect some free drinks and snacks. It is planned to extend the "Afrosiob" line to Bukhara and, subsequently, to Khiva by 2014-2015. Overnight trains also run from Tashkent and Samarkand to Urgench (3 times weekly) and to Nukus - Kungrad (2 times weekly), so it's also possible to travel to Khiva (30 kilometers from Urgench, taxi/bus available) or to the Aral lake (Moynaq, 70 km from Kungrad) by train.