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Asia / Central Asia / Cycling in Turkmenistan
« on: February 09, 2010, 04:18:02 AM »
My husband and I are cycling from London to Sydney, starting in a few weeks time. As part of our trip we intend to travel by boat from Baku to Turkmenbashi, and then to Uzbekistan via Ashgabat. We expect to only be able to get a transit visa for Turkmenistan, which will give us about 5 days in the country. This isn't enough time to cycle all the way from Turkmenbashi, so we are looking at other forms of transport to take us at least as far as Ashgabat.

I understand flights are cheap, but we would rather not take our bikes on a plane if we can avoid it, plus I have heard you have to book these flights way in advance (does anybody know if this is true?).

Bus sounds like the quickest and easiest option, but does anyone know if we can take our bikes on a bus? We don't have a bag or anything to put them in; can they be strapped to the roof of the bus? Anyone done this before?

Failing that the train sounds unpleasant and slow, but possibly easiest. But does anyone know how reliable the service is and how often it goes? I have heard both once and twice a day. We can't risk just missing one and wasting a day of our visas.

Any advice would be most appreciated!

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