Asian Borderlands Research Network

Travel

TRAVEL
Manas International Airport is the main airport of Kyrgyzstan and is located 25 km away from the city center. The airport operates 24 hours and meets the requirements of the International Civil Aviation Organization. It is connected with international hubs such as Istanbul – Ataturk, Moscow – Domodedovo and Moscow – Sheremetyevo with daily flights. Please find here a table with the main airline connections to Bishkek. Air Manas also direct flight connections to several cities (e.g. Delhi).

Taxi from Manas airport to Bishkek will cost you around $10.  Please turn to the Information Desk at the airport to arrange a taxi to Bishkek, avoid negotiations with free-lance taxi drivers.
 
Taxi options in Bishkek
There are a lot of taxi companies in Bishkek.  Many official taxis have a meter that will be turned on as soon as your journey begins. The ride from downtown to AUCA will cost you around $3.

Here are the most popular taxi companies in Bishkek:
SMS Taxi
Short number: 1236
0551 06-1236, http://smstaxi.kg/

Jorgo Taxi
Short number: 2022
0550 33 2022, http://jorgo.kg/

Udacha Taxi  
Short number: 154, http://udacha.tvoe.taxi/

Express Taxi
Short number: 156

Alfa Taxi  
 0312 579999

Public transportation
Bishkek has an extensive network of mini-buses, known as marshrutkas. They generally cost KGS10 (KGS12 at night).

Go to the http://bus.kg/ to find out which mini-bus number you should take or download the free Android app to use offline on your mobile phone.

The following marshrutkas go to AUCA from Dostuk Hotel:  172, 180, 151, 117.
 
Money
Nearly all ATMs in Bishkek accept Master Card and Visa. Some do also accept Maestro (as the KazkommertBank, DemirBank and RSK Bankbranches). However if you do not have a Master Card or Visa, it is advisable to bring also some cash to exchange in case you encounter problems with getting money from the ATM.
There are about five different ATMs located at Manas International Airport in the far right corner of the Arrival's Hall (when you are facing the exits).

Currency exchange
Som (KGS) is a national currency of Kyrgyzstan.
Foreign currencies can be exchanged at banks and at authorized exchange offices (usually they work 24/7). US Dollars is the easiest currency to exchange.