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Introduction

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Bishkek (Бишкек), the capital of Kyrgyzstan, is also the country's largest city with 900,000 inhabitants. It is located near the border with Kazakhstan. Although the city is relatively young (founded in 1878, it became the capital of the Sovjet Republic Kyrgyzstan in 1926) and has its origins in the Soviet period, it is one of the more pleasant urban destinations in the region.

Note: currently (mid 2010) the safety situation in Bishkek (and Kyrgyzstan in general) is not good and people are advised to avoid travelling to the country/city. If you must be here, at least avoid mass gatherings.

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Weather

Bishkek has a bitter climate, with harsh conditions, especially during the long and cold wintermonths of November to March. Rain or snow is possible year round but on average it is a dry country. Spring and autumn are wetter than the rest of the year when sunny and dry conditions rule the country. In the lower parts of Kyrgyzstan, summers are around 27 °C maximum, and around 15 °C at night. During winter, temperatures are between -5 °C and -15 °C but also here temperatures can drop well below -30 °C sometimes.

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Avg Max2.7 °C3.3 °C10.1 °C18.1 °C23.1 °C28.4 °C31.4 °C29.9 °C24.8 °C17.1 °C10.1 °C4.8 °C
Avg Min-8.6 °C-7.3 °C-0.3 °C6.3 °C10.9 °C15.1 °C17.5 °C15.7 °C10.6 °C4.5 °C-1.1 °C-5.4 °C
Rainfall26 mm31 mm47 mm76 mm64 mm35 mm19 mm12 mm17 mm43 mm44 mm28 mm
Rain Days6.26.48.58.87.94.43.22.22.75.86.55.6

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Getting There

By Plane

Manas International Airport (FRU) is serviced by flights from London, Frankfurt, Istanbul and Moscow, as well as Delhi and Ürümqi. In addition, the airport offers flights to a number of smaller regional destinations.

By Train

Bishkek has direct connections to nearby Almaty (Kazakhstan), and to Astana (either via Almaty or directly through Russia. Although both are not too far away geographically, the train ride takes a very long time, and service is frequently interrupted. There is also a direct train to Moscow.

By Bus

Kashgar, in the Chinese province of Xinjiang (Eastern Turkestan), is the only nearby destination that is serviced by bus.

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Sleep

Budget

PropertyAddressTypePopularity
Backpackers Hostel Free & Easy in Bishkek47, Ulitsa Kara-Koo Archa-Beshik JalHostel-
Castle Hotel BishkekCholpon Ata, Lake Issyk Kul BishkekHotel-
CrocusKyrgyzstan, Bishkek city, st. Komsomolskaya 5.GUESTHOUSE-
Rodem House109,Umetalieva st.HOSTEL-
Interhouse BishkekTopograficheskiy,9 Sovetskaya Cross SkryabinaHOSTEL-
Silk Road Backpackers8, Isanova Str. Apt. 49HOSTEL-
BaikhanVIP, Ala- Archa 1 Leshoz streetHOTEL-

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Phone

See also International Telephone Calls

Quick Facts

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Coordinates
  • Latitude: 42.8679
  • Longitude: 74.5984

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