How to travel to Uzbekistan
The most convenient way to travel to Uzbekistan is by taking flight to Tashkent, the capital, from main international airports of Europe, Asia and Middle East. The national airline is Uzbekistan Airways (HY), which significantly expanded its routes since independence of Uzbekistan, offers regular flights to London, Birmingham, Amsterdam, Athens, Frankfurt am Main, Paris, Peking, Bangkok, Dhaka, Delhi, Istanbul, Kuala Lumpur, New York, Seoul, and Tel Aviv. Further, HY offers flights to many destinations within the CIS and Uzbekistan. In addition, Tashkent is also served by several international carriers: Lufthansa (Frankfurt/M and Almaty), Pakistan International Airways (Islamabad), Air India (Delhi), Turkish Airlines (Istanbul), Shinjiang Airways (Urumchi in China) and Arianna (Kabul).
During the past few years, luxurious hotels were built in Tashkent, Samarkand and Bukhara, which are managed by western hotel operators. In addition, there are a number of licensed independent hotels and B&B’s that provide suitable accommodation at much lower price. It is necessary for visitors to obtain a registration during the stay in Uzbekistan, which is usually provided by the hotel that you will stay. Most tourist hotel rooms have a shower, private bath, air conditioning, telephone, satellite TV with international channels like CNN, BBC, ESPN.
Uzbekistan has an extreme continental climate. It is generally warmest in the south and coldest in the north. Temperatures in December average -8°C (18°F) in the north and 0°C (32 °F) in the south. However, extreme fluctuations can take temperatures as low as -35°C (-31°F). During the summer temperatures can reach 45°C (113°F) and above. Humidity is low. Spring (April to June) and Fall (September through October) are in general the most pleasant times to travel. The weather is mild and in April the desert blooms briefly. In Fall it’s harvest time, and the markets are full of fresh fruit. If you’re interested in trekking, then summer (July and August) is the best time, because summers are almost dry. In recent years Uzbekistan was notably affected by the global warming and dry-out of the Aral See, which turned snowy cold winters to mild with less precipitation by allowing to travel in the wintertime.
|Month||Avg. High||Avg. Low||Mean||Avg. Precip.||Avg. High||Avg. Low||Mean||Avg. Precip.|
|Jan||42°F||26°F||33°F||2.20 in.||6°C||-3°C||1°C||55.9 mm|
|Feb||46°F||29°F||36°F||1.90 in.||8°C||-2°C||2°C||48.3 mm|
|Mar||57°F||39°F||48°F||2.80 in.||14°C||4°C||9°C||71.1 mm|
|Apr||71°F||49°F||60°F||2.50 in.||22°C||9°C||16°C||63.5 mm|
|May||81°F||56°F||69°F||1.30 in.||27°C||13°C||21°C||33.0 mm|
|Jun||91°F||63°F||78°F||0.30 in.||33°C||17°C||26°C||7.6 mm|
|Jul||96°F||66°F||82°F||0.20 in.||36°C||19°C||28°C||5.1 mm|
|Aug||93°F||63°F||78°F||0.10 in.||34°C||17°C||26°C||2.5 mm|
|Sep||83°F||54°F||68°F||0.20 in.||28°C||12°C||20°C||5.1 mm|
|Oct||69°F||45°F||56°F||1.30 in.||21°C||7°C||13°C||33.0 mm|
|Nov||57°F||38°F||46°F||1.80 in.||14°C||3°C||8°C||45.7 mm|
|Dec||47°F||31°F||38°F||2.10 in.||8°C||-1°C||3°C||53.3 mm|