Published: 5 November 2019
Last Update: 12 April 2020
Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan is home to more than two million people. This ancient city has thrived and prospered as a major trade zone, thanks in part to its strategic location on the Great Silk Road, which is a major trade route between China and other popular cities across Europe.
The major gateway into Uzbekistan is the Tashkent International Airport, which is the busiest airport in Central Asia. The airport handles more than 90% of all international flights to and from Uzbekistan.
Tashkent Airport has two terminals: newly renovated Terminal 2, which handles all international flights, and Terminal 3, which started operations in 2011, serves all domestic flights into the city. Just as with every other airport around the world, Tashkent Airport is always busy, and the security procedures are lengthy. You’re therefore encouraged to arrive at least 3 hours before your flight departure, so you’d get past security before flight departure time.
Facilities include shops, restaurants, exchange offices, ATM, airport lounges, free Wi-Fi, but to access it you need to register with a local or international number. It’s actually not worth the stress. If you’d like to stay connected while at the airport, opt for UZWIFI– a pocket Wi-Fi that allows you to connect up to 5 devices at the same time.
Exchange offices are available 24 hours a day. Currencies accepted include US dollar, British pound, Swiss franc, Euro, Japanese yen, Russian ruble, and Kazakh tenge. Note that food establishments within the airport have varying hours of operation.
The domestic and international terminals are technically within the same airport, but distance away from each other, so the only feasible way to get from one to the other is by taking a taxi, which usually takes around 5 minutes' drive. Walking would take about 1 hour. Unless you really want to work out, the best option is to use an airport taxi or bus between terminals.
Depending on your final destination in the city, a taxi usually costs around 60,000 som. Alternatively, you can book a ride with Yandex Taxi – a ride-hailing app, for less. The airport is closely located to the city center, so expect to get to your destination on time.
Lounge, Sim Cards, and Food
There is a limited seat option. If you’d like to boost your mobile phone battery, there are a few points available to do that. Whether you fly economy or business class, the airport lounge is accessible for all passengers. First or business class travelers may have access to Uzbekistan Airway Lounge.
You can buy a touristic sim card at the airport. Buying a sim card is a great idea if you’ll be spending your vacation in Tashkent and Samarkand, as it has good coverage in these areas.
Things To-Do On A Layover At The Airport
There are many other facilities and interesting things to do for travelers on a layover at the Tashkent Airport. These include
· Baby Care Facilities – This nursing room is fully equipped with state of the art facilities to take care of your baby
· Baggage Trolleys – Having trouble moving your luggage? The airport has made a provision for baggage trolleys to ease the troubles, but they are limited in numbers.
· Kid’s Play Area: Keep kids entertained with video games while you wait for your connecting flight
· Medical Services: The Airport has personnel who provide first aid services.
Tashkent international airport is served by the following airlines
· Air Astana
· Air Manas
· Kam Air
· S7 Airlines
· Asiana Airlines
· Azerbaijan Airlines
· Korean Air
· Uzbekistan Airways
Overnight sleep at the airport can be so uncomfortable as the seats have armrests, so it is not recommended. For uninterrupted sleep, you can book a room in one of the hotels nearby. Fortunately, these hotels offer shuttle service but at an additional cost.
If you’d like to have a good night's rest recommended hotels nearby include the Grand Tashkent Hotel located approximately 5 minutes away and Asia Tashkent Hotel, which is about 7 minutes' drive from the airport.
Renowned for being the largest the airport in Uzbekistan and the busiest in Central Asia, Tashkent International Airport accommodates more than 20 million air traveler passengers annually. Also, the airport serves as the hub for Uzbekistan Airways – the national carrier of Uzbekistan. From here, visitors can book a flight to major cities across the world.