Turkmenbashi is a city along the coast of the Caspian Sea and is located in the east of Turkmenistan. It has about 100,000 inhabitants and apart from the first or last point you'll see in the country is of no interest to travellers.
A dry desert climate with hot summers (average maximum around 35 °C) and relatively cold winters (average lows around zero) is what you can expect. Try to avoid these times and instead visit in spring and fall.
Plane travel in Turkmenbashi is ridiculously cheap as it is subsidised by the government. Whether it is safe is another matter, although accidents are few and far between so far. There are connections to the capital Ashgabat on a regular basis with Turkmen Airlines.
Turkmenbashi is the western terminus of the Trans-Caspian railway, which connects the city to Turkmenistan's capital Ashgabat and points further east.
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