Turkmenistan by train

Trains - Tickets - Tours

A Travel Guide For Train Travel In Turkmenistan.

Here you will find information for Turkmenistan about trains, routes, tours, connections, where to buy train tickets and more.


Useful Information

Population: 5.75 million

Currency: Turkmenistan Manat

Language: Turkmen

Capital: Ashgabat

Country Code: +993

Time Zone: Turkmenistan Standard Time

Train Companies

The rail network in Turkmenistan is operated by the state owned company Türkmendemirýollary (Turkmen Railways).

Turkmenistan Rail Map


Train Tickets

You can book your tickets at the station. It is possible to book train tickets online on www.railway.gov.tm. But there is no service in English, only in Russian and in Turkmen.

Rail Passes

There are no rail passes available for Turkmenistan.


Long-distance trains: 

  • Lyux (SV): 2-berth lockable compartment
  • Kupe: 4-berth lockable compartment 
  • Platzkart: Open wagon layout separated into sections of 6 beds (3 top bunks, 3 lower bunks) 
  • Obshye:  Seat only, no bed
  • Restaurant car available

Short-distance trains:

  • 1st and 2nd classes available

Orient Silk Road Express


Frequently Travelled Routes In Turkmenistan


From > To
Duration (h)
Changes Transport
Ashgabat to Turkmenabat 13:00 Direct Train


From > To
Duration (h)
Changes Transport
Ashgabat to Samarkand, Uzbekistan 23:20 2 Train, Taxi, Train

Turkmenistan travel routes

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Main Train Stations

  • Ashgabat
  • Mary
  • Turkmenabat

Good to know

Best Time To Travel To Turkmenistan

We recommend traveling to Turkmenistan anytime in their spring and autumn seasons from March to May and mid-September to October as the summers are extremely sweltering, especially in the desert. We definitely recommend you to also visit the desert or even make a camping trip there, and the Darvaza Gas Crater, also known as the Gate of Hell, is not to be missed! Other activities to enjoy in Turkmenistan are hiking in the colorful Yangikala Canyon, exploring old bazaars, celebrating the coming of spring with Nowruz Day, or visiting the Köw Ata underground lake. 

Turkmenistan has no busy season and is often free of crowds.

Accommodation In Turkmenistan


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