Generally Prevailing fare is minimum 2 to 3 USD for 5km (20 cents per each additional km). Taxi drivers will rarely accept small bills (dollars, euros or pounds), and cannot be counted upon to give change (in any currency). It is therefore good to stay in the centre of the two luggage belt so that you can see both belts at the same time.Arrival customs clearance can be inefficiently slow. Many returning citizens carry large amount of luggage wrap in plastic and this also slow down clearance as custom officers need to cut open the plastic if inspection is needed.It is an ancient city on the Great Silk Road from China to Europe.Little remains of the ancient city after the 1966 earthquake and earlier modernisation work following the 1917 revolution.Tashkent International Airport "Yuzhniy" (IATA: TAS; ICAO: UTTT) is just a few kilometers from the city centre.Airlines serving Tashkent include Aeroflot, Air Astana, Air Baltic, Asiana, Uzbekistan Airways and Turkish Airlines.Fair fares are usually only obtainable by those who understand the system and speak at least some Russian or Uzbek.It is better to walk 50 meters from the exit towards the taxi stand where many taxis are waiting on the road and negotiate. Baggage collection is a lengthy wait - can be up to 1.5 hours. The indicator showing the belt to collect your luggage may not be correct.
In the domestic terminal, the bus stop is to the left of the terminal (walking out of the terminal) in a large parking lot that does not look like a bus stop. A short and inexpensive (-3 USD) taxi journey is the easiest way to get to the city center.Another opinion refers to the Sogdian word "tschatsch", meaning "place on a hill".Tashkent is the largest capital city in Central Asia and has a population of 2.3 million people (2012).Tashkent is a very Soviet city that has little remaining from its ancient Central Asian past.The city has a mixture of modern new office buildings, hotels, parks and crumbling Soviet style apartment blocks.