Travel to Turkmenistan

Flying to Turkmenistan

The national airline is Turkmenistan Airlines ( There are no direct flights to Turkmenistan from the UK. Options include flights with Turkish Airlines ( via Istanbul, Lufthansa ( via Frankfurt, or S7 Airlines ( via Moscow (the first leg is operated by British Airways). From the USA, the quickest route is via Frankfurt with Lufthansa.

Flight times:

From London - 9 hours (including stopover); from New York - 17 hours (including stopover).

Departure tax:

Included in the air fare. However, you have to pay an arrival fee of US$12-14 depending on your nationality.

Other airports in Turkmenistan

Ashgabat International Airport

Airport Code: ASB. Location: The airport is approximately 13km (8 miles) northwest of the city centre. Website: N/A. Public transport description: The airport is served by buses and taxis.

Travel by rail

There are no international rail services into Turkmenistan. Only freight trains use the modern link from Iran.

Getting to Turkmenistan by boat

Ferry operators:

There are ferries to Turkmenbashi (formerly Krasnovodsk) from Baku (Azerbaijan) and an irregular service to Astrakhan (Russia). It is theoretically possible to travel from Moscow to Turkmenbashi via the Volga River and the Caspian Sea without setting foot on dry land.

Visa and passport information is updated regularly and is correct at the time of publishing. You should verify critical travel information independently with the relevant embassy before you travel.