07.10.2014 - 08.10.2014 23 °C
Hotel: Stay at the Yrsgal Hotel - really friendly family run place and the your woman at reception speaks excellent English and is very helpful.
Food: Recommend the Yrsgal cafe (not the restaurant which is actually a private night club), where same family run a nice little menu.
Bus/Train: If you're lucky you might get a train out of here up to Turkmenabat, but they only go on alternate days so look out for the 'odd days' or 'even days' timetable!
Daily bus to Ashgabat and to Turkmenabat. Turmenabat also called Charjew, and if you are catching a taxi or shared taxi, or indeed local bus, you need to look out for and listen for Charjew signs. Buses go from the market area. Taxis and shared taxis from just to the left of the train station as you look at the station.
Merv: You can get to Merv by local bus to Bayram Ali and then a hike to the walls of Merv. Hard to get around the whole site without car, but definitely possible to see it by catching that local bus and then a stroll up to the edge of old Merv. We hired a driver for $50 because we wanted to get on to Turkmenabat later the same morning and didn't want to spend time waiting for buses or walking to the site.