Asia Forums

Start a new topic Change Forum
Advanced search

Overland vs. flying (Iran to Kyrgyzstan)

Jump to last reply

Overland vs. flying (Iran to Kyrgyzstan)

I am visiting Iran in the Spring, and I'm deciding whether to enter Central Asia by

1) overland via Turkmenistan or
2) by airplane to Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

On one hand, I can see NO benefit in going overland since I need to arrange a difficult/expensive Turkmen transit visa in Iran, and a tourist visa to Uzbekistan, as "proof of onward travel" .

Honestly, I am more interested in Kyrgystan, and Tajikstan because of the high mountain ranges. It's going to be hot in the late spring/early summer, and Uzbekistan and Turkemistan are pretty flat compared to their mountainous neighbours. Therefore, I prefer Kyrgyz and Tajik

Anyways, that's why I am considering just flying (Iran-Kyrgyzstan) and since I am Canadian, a free visa on arrival (30 days) awaits me at Bishkek airport. Another added bonus compared to going overland.

Does anyone see the benefit of going overland? Of course, I already found an airline flying Mahshad, Iran directly to Bishkek, only a 4 hour flight, and the price is bound to be cheap. In August 2008, and Iran Aseman flight crashed killing everyone on board just 2km outside Bishkek airport.

So I guess now I'm only looking for an excuse NOT to go overland? And no the crash isn't enough, though maybe it should be? Nah, not by me.

Arriving in Bishkek by air is again beneficial because of the free visa on arrival, and the relative ease in getting a Tajik visa in Bishkek, as well as the new Chinese/Tajik border crossing recently opened (2004).

The only concern remaining is where to get a Chinese tourist visa to enter Xinjiang?

Bishkek, or Dushanbe?

Also, I am interested in entering Pakistan, and India after China, via the Karakourom highway (from Kashgar to near Islamabad). Where do I get those visas? Which embassies hand them out easier?

My possibilities are

Bishkek, Dushanbe, Tehran, or Dubai, but I have no idea when I am going to enter China, India, or Pakistan, so I need open entry dates on the visas, thus giving me freedom to travel at my own speed.

Thanks for any insight.

11 Replies |Back to top

| Add a Reply

Sign in to comment.

Recent Activity

View all Asia activity »
  1. 1 Trip Report RHKKMKs---Just to be copy cats
  2. 2 How safe is it for US Citizens in Hat Yai and Violence in Southern Thailand
  3. 3 Bangkok/Phuket hotel and suggestions to do?
  4. 4 Trip Report Japan and Hong Kong, September 2014
  5. 5 Xian - Make your own warriors?
  6. 6 Kashmir today
  7. 7 Trip Report Vietnam Trip Report: March 2014
  8. 8 Overnight trek to Mine Thauk Village?
  9. 9 Yikes! How to get a Visa to India??
  10. 10 Vietnam - In Search of Accessible Nature
  11. 11 Elephants and Tigers (no bears), oh my.
  12. 12 Heading to Koh Lipe, missing the boat. So need to spend the night.
  13. 13 Obtaining Multiple-entry China Visa for American in Hong Kong
  14. 14 Trip Report Alleppey Backwater Cruise at Kerala
  15. 15 Beijing Air Quality Forecast
  16. 16 Luang Prabang Waterfall
  17. 17 Asia July 2015 for 2 weeks
  18. 18 Trip Report Sikkim, Darjeeling and Kolkata: an Unusual First Trip to India
  19. 19 Vietnam Visa on Arrival - Help
  20. 20 Triple Room in Singapore
  21. 21 Trip Report A trip to Mahabaleshwar (India)
  22. 22 What I like about Mumbai
  23. 23 Favorite hotel in X'ian?
  24. 24 GPS points for Mustang - Naar Phu, Saribung pass, Saribung peak
  25. 25 11D Family 4 Adults 3 kids age 1, 4, 6 Taiwan trip need advice on itinerary
View next 25 » Back to the top