How to get to, from and around Kyrgyzstan's Jalal-Abad region.
Kyrgyzstan's Jalal-Abad region features a range of different transportation options and is conveniently located in western part between the country's two biggest cities -- the capital city of Bishkek in the north and Osh in the south. In fact, many of Jalal-Abad region's best natural attractions -- Toktogul Reservoir, Sary-Chelek Nature Reserve and Chychkan Gorge -- are located very close to the halfway point on the Bishkek-Osh M41 highway. This makes for an easy stop for a few days to explore the mountains, lakes, gorges and local villages along the way to break up the long journey. If you want to go deeper into the mountains and nature you can embark on a trek or horse trek for a few days.
Jalal-Abad city is the main transportation hub for the region and offers the largest selection of marshrutka (minibus) and shared taxi options from its main bus station (location) to get around the region. It is located just 1.5 hours from Osh, the location of the closest international airport and from which there are frequent transport options to Jalal-Abad city.
No matter where you plan to visit in the region, or where you're headed afterwards, use the transportation information below to learn how you can easily get around Jalal-Abad region to explore all that this area has to offer, including stunning natural attractions, historical sites, trekking and outdoor activities and Jalal-Abad city itself.
If you need additional transportation information, or if you need private transport during your time in Jalal-Abad region, get in touch with Destination Jalal-Abad.
Note: Transportation schedules change often. Always check for updates or changes to transportation schedules and options with your local guest house or Destination Jalal-Abad.
How to Get Around Jalal-Abad Region
Jalal-Abad region is rather large, covering almost 20% of Kyrgyzstan, but there is a good network of roads, marshrutkas, shared taxis and private transport to help you get around. Some of the roads, especially to the more remote areas, may be a bit bumpy and slow, but that's all part of the adventure. It can get quite hot in some areas during the summer months so bring ample water with you before a long travel day.
Although the capital of the region, Jalal-Abad city, is Kyrgyzstan's third largest city, it has a laid back feel and many of the main sites in the city are in walking distance in the downtown area. But, there is also a vast network of marshrutkas to get you around the city quickly.
Marshrutkas are minivans or small buses that follow a set route through a city or region and make stops to pick up or drop off passengers along the way. They are a common budget public transportation option throughout Kyrgyzstan. A marshrutka usually has a printed board in its front window indicating its route and stops, often written only in Cyrillic letters. It's best to ask your guest house or host to write out the name of where you want to go in Cyrillic so that you can easily find the marshrutka you need. Having a written name will make it easier for locals at the bus stations to help you get on the right marshrutka. In addition, the ticket person will often yell the final destination or route the marshrutka is taking so you can also listen closely to find the right one to get you where you want to go.
It is often easiest to find a seat if you catch a marshrutka at or near the starting point, usually a bus station or market. However, you can also flag down a passing marshrutka along its route with your hand out much like you would hail a taxi. If there's room -- either to sit or stand -- the driver should stop and allow you to board. Traveling by marshrutka is an easy and affordable public transportation option along main routes within Jalal-Abad region.
Using marshrutkas in Jalal-Abad city: The system of numbered marshrutkas in Jalal-Abad city offers affordable public transport with a fixed fee of 15 KGS/person from early morning until late evening through a system of numbered marshrutkas operating throughout the town.
Shared taxis are also common throughout Jalal-Abad region and are an efficient and affordable way for travelers to get to different towns, villages and sites, usually via a more direct and faster route than by marshrutka. Shared taxis often used unmarked cars and, like marshrutkas, certain drivers take a regular route each day or several times a day to a specific location (e.g., town, village, site). You can usually find shared taxis at bus stations. There is typically no set schedule as they leave once the car is full (usually four passengers). At busy times, the wait is typically short to popular destinations as there are many people who want to travel then. The fee is only moderately more than a marshrutka. However, at other times it may take a long time to find enough passengers to fill the car and depart. If this happens, and you get tired of waiting around, you can usually negotiate with the driver and offer to pay for the missing passengers so that the driver leaves immediately.
Private Taxis / Private Transport
The quickest and most direct way to get around Jalal-Abad region is by private taxi or hiring a driver. This is often more affordable than you might assume and will allow you to set the schedule and route so that you can leave when you want and stop off at different places, if desired, along the way. Destination Jalal-Abad is able to assist you in arranging private transport.
How to Get to Jalal-Abad Region
Jalal-Abad region in western Kyrgyzstan has several entry points via both land and air as it borders the regions of Osh, Talas, Naryn, and Chuy. Use the information below, and the table of transportation options, to plan how you will get to Jalal-Abad region and city.
Getting to Jalal-Abad by Air
The closest international airport to Jalal-Abad is Osh International Airport (106 km or 1.5 hours away from Jalal-Abad city). It features frequent flights from Bishkek (Bishkek airport FRU schedule), as well as international flights from Russia, Turkey and soon Uzbekistan (Osh Airport OSS flight schedule here).
Although most people get to Jalal-Abad by land transport, Jalal-Abad city does have a small domestic airport with two flights a week to and from Bishkek on Airline Tez Jet. You can book tickets online or buy them in any travel agency that sells avia tickets.
Nearby Borders: Uzbekistan
Jalal-Abad region borders Uzbekistan. The Khanabad/Bek-Abad border crossing near Jalal-Abad city is open for international tourists. You can go by taxi from Jalal-Abad City. It will take you less than 30 minutes.
If you are traveling to or from Uzbekistan you can also use the Dostuk border crossing, which is 10 km from Osh. From the Dostuk border to Osh it is a short taxi or marshrutka ride. You can catch a marshrutka or shared taxi to Jalal-Abad city at the bus station in Osh. The drive is about 2 hours.
Ground Transport to Jalal-Abad Region
Given Jalal-Abad region's location in the western part of the country and between Kyrgyzstan's two biggest cities, there are quite a few different transport options and entry points to the region from other parts of Kyrgyzstan. The biggest transportation hub is Jalal-Abad city with its main bus station located on Lenin Street. When traveling by land to Jalal-Abad region you will be rewarded by some stunning mountain scenery, especially along the M41 highway between Bishkek and Osh which takes you past the Toktugol Reservoir and Chychkan Gorge, and over several mountain passes. Note: no marshrutkas or big buses operate between Bishkek and Osh due to the narrow, mountain roads so your only option along this route is a shared taxi.
|From (Location)||To (Location)||Type||When||Duration|
|Bishkek (Osh Bazaar station)||Jalal-Abad city||Shared taxi||Ongoing, 2-3 times per day||10 hours|
|Bishkek||Sary Chelek||Private taxi, Namba 0707-700-144 mobile/whatsapp||Upon request||10 hours|
|Osh, New Bus Station||Jalal-Abad city||Marshrutka||Every two hours, from 9AM-6PM||1.5 hours|
|Osh||Jalal-Abad city||Private taxi||Upon request||1.5 hours|
|Osh, Kelechek Bazaar||Jalal-Abad city||Shared taxi||Ongoing, every 2-3 hours between 8AM-9PM||1.5 hours|
|Osh, New Bus Station||Toktogul||Marshrutka||Daily||7:15 - 16:00|
|Osh, New Bus Station||Arslanbob||Marshrutka||13:30||4-5 hours|
|Osh, New Bus Station||Sary-Chelek||Marshrutka||7:40 AM||6.5 hours|
Transportation Around Jalal-Abad Region
Given the diverse natural landscapes in Jalal-Abad region and choice of things to do, many travelers visit several different places and sites during their visit. Fortunately, Jalal-Abad region has a good network of marshrutkas, shared taxis and private transport to get you around to where you want to go. Jalal-Abad city is the main transportation hub with the most connections and options leaving from its central bus station on Lenin Street. The region is quite big, so some of the routes can be quite long. But, you'll have beautiful views of mountains, forests and gorges along the way.
Use the chart below to figure out which transport hub and style of transportation will get you to where you want to go in Jalal-Abad region. Although the transportation chart only specifies how to get to popular destinations from Jalal-Abad city, you would just need to reverse the route to return. You can also request a private taxi or driver to take you between destinations where there is no regular marshrutka or shared taxi route.
If you have specific transportation questions Contact Destination Jalal-Abad and we can connect you to drivers, tour operators and services who arrange these trips.
|From (Location)||To (Location)||Type||When||Duration|
|Jalal-Abad city, Central Bazaar||Toktogul or Chychkan Gorge||Shared taxi (going to Bishkek)||2 times per day||8 hours|
|Jalal-Abad city||Sary Chelek / Arkit Village||Private taxi, Avanguard 055 815 5155||Upon request||5-6 hours|
|Jalal-Abad city, Central Bus Station||Arslanbob||Marshrutka, Jalal-Abad to Bazar Korgon + Marshrutka, Bazar Korgon to Arslanbob||Every two hours from Jalal-Abad main bus station, 9AM-6PM||45 minutes + 1 hour|
|Jalal-Abad city||Arslanbob||Private taxi||Upon request||1.5 hours|
|Jalal-Abad city, Central Bus Station||Padyasha-Ata||Shared taxi, Jalal-Abad to Kerben village + Private taxi, Kerben village to Padyasha-Ata||Two times per day (shared taxi).||5 hours + 40 minutes|
|Jalal-Abad city, Central Bus Station||Padyasha-Ata||Private taxi, Avangard Taxi 055 815 5155||Upon request||4.5 hours|
|Jalal-Abad city, Old Bus Station||Kazarman||Shared Taxi||Twice a week||3.5 hours|
|Jalal-Abad city||Kazarman||Private taxi, Avangard Taxi 055 815 5155||Upon request||3 hours|
|Jalal-Abad city, Central Bus Station||Shakh-Fazil||Shared taxi, Jalal-Abad to Kerben + Private taxi, Kerben to Shakh-Fazil||Twice a day||5 hours + 45 minutes|
|Jalal-Abad city||Shakh-Fazil||Private taxi, Avangard Taxi 055 815 5155||Upon request||4.5 hours|
|Jalal-Abad city||Kara-Alma||Private taxi, Avangard Taxi 055 815 5155||Upon request||1 hour|
|Jalal-Abad city, Central Bus Station||Besh Aral||Shared taxi, Jalal-Abad to Ala Buka Village + Marshrutka, Ala-Buka to Jany Bazar village (Note: you'll need to spend the night in Ala-Buka)||Twice a day from Jalal-Abad city + 9:30 am every day from central bus station in Ala-Buka||5 hours + 5 hours|
How to Get From Jalal-Abad Region
If you are traveling from Jalal-Abad city or somewhere else in the region to other destinations in Kyrgyzstan you have several transportation options. Jalal-Abad city has the most options from its central bus station on Lenin Street. Use the transportation chart below to figure out the best way to get you to your next destination.
|From (Location)||To (Location)||Type||When||Duration|
|Jalal-Abad city, Central Bazaar||Bishkek||Shared taxi||Ongoing, 2-3 times per day||10 hours|
|Jalal-Abad City, Central Bus Station||Osh||Marshrutka||Every two hours, 9AM - 6 PM||1.5 hours|
|Jalal-Abad City, Central Bazaar||Osh||Shared Taxi||Every 2-3 hours, 8 AM -9 PM||1.5 hours|
|Sary Chelek/Arkyt Village||Osh||Marshrutka||6 AM||7.5 hours|
|Toktogul||Bishkek||Shared taxi||When full||4-5 hours|
|Toktogul||Osh||Marshrutka||7 AM||4 hours|
|Arslanbob||Osh||Marshrutka||6:50 AM||4-5 hours|