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About Dushanbe

Dushanbe is the capital and largest city of Tajikistan; it is also the country’s most important commercial and tourist center. The city’s name is derived from the Tajik word for ‘Monday’ because it was once a small village that held a farmer’s market on Mondays. Places to see in the city include the Tajikistan National Museum, the Monument of Amir Ismail Samani, the Puppet Theatre, National Museum of Antiquities of Tajikistan, and the Dushanbe Fine Arts Museum.

The city remained under Soviet administration for many years and these effects can easily be seen in the city’s planning and architecture. Dushanbe experiences a continental climate with hot and dry summers and cold and snowy winters. When you go to the city enjoy the classical shashmaqam music, which is very special to Tajiks. Another place to visit while in the city is the Tajik Academy of Sciences, which hosts handwritten works of 13,000 different poets and writers including Ömer Hayyam and İbn-i Sina.

There are many restaurants and cafes in Dushanbe, especially on Rudaki Street in the city center, where you can enjoy different flavors including local delicacies as well as Turkish, Indian, French, and Italian cuisine. Among the most popular dishes is Plov, prepared with lamb, rice, and vegetables. Kefir, with its countless health benefits, is very popular with breakfast. Desserts are usually served before the main meal in the country, so don’t be surprised if you receive it before you’ve eaten.

Transportation to Dushanbe City Center from Airport

Known as the capital of Tajikistan located in Central Asia, Dushanbe is a special city with its rich cultural heritage, authentic architecture and cosmopolitanism. Dushanbe Airport hosts passengers who want to travel to this city. Dushanbe is situated at the confluence of the two rivers Varzob and Kofarnihon. The central region of the city consists of Rudaki Avenue and the nearby Rudaki Park.

The city is divided into four basic regions as Aviccena, Ferdowsi, Ismail Samani and Shah Mansur. Public transportation alternatives in the city are generally budget-friendly. The most common public transportation vehicles in the city are minibuses and shared taxis. Buses and trolleybuses are also among the preferred public transportation vehicles. The central railway station, which is close to the city center, offers transportation service to some parts of the city.

This station is home to international and intercity services. There are many alternatives that you can use to reach the city center from the airport. One of these alternatives is public transportation. Trolleybuses, trains, minibuses and shared taxis can be used for the transportation to the central regions of the city from the airport. If you want to have a more comfortable travel to the city center, you can get on a taxi or rent a car.


The bus routes 2, 8 and 12 departing from the airport carry passengers to the city center in about 20 minutes. Buses have a wide transportation network throughout the city. There are sixteen bus routes operating in the city. Bus routes 3A and 23 pass through the railway station.


By getting on trolleybus routes 2 and 4 departing from the airport, you can arrive at A. Donish, S. Ayni, A. Rudaki, Somoni and N. Mahsumov stations. From here, you can arrive at your destination by getting on a public transportation vehicle or other trolleybus route. Trolleybuses have a key importance in urban transportation.

Travelling with trolleybuses is more affordable than buses. There are eight trolleybus routes, including 1, 24, 5, 8, 10, 12 and 14, which operate throughout Dushanbe.

Trolleybus route 1 takes passengers to S. Ayni Culture Park and Railway Station, route 9 and 10 to Obshoron region, route 11 to S. Ayni Culture Park and Somoni regions and route 12 to shopping center and Gulbutta regions.


It is possible to get to the city center through train lines 3 and 4 departing from the railway station located near the airport.

Minibus (Marshrutka)

Known as Marshrutka in the countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States, minibuses are a very useful public transportation alternatives in Dushanbe. Although the minibuses have a wide transportation network, they are more crowded compared to other public transportation such as buses, trolleys and buses; also, minibuses demand higher amounts than trolleybuses.

By using minibus route 33 you can get to A. Donish, Nazarshoev, Rudaki, S. Ayni, S. Sherozi and N. Carabo regions. From these regions, you can get on a different transportation vehicle depending on your destination.

Routes 1, 3, 17 and 29 are among the minibus routes providing transportation opportunity in the city. By using route 3 you can travel to the railway station.

Shared Taxi

There are shared taxis operating between certain regions in the city. Travelling with these vehicles are comfortable and budget-friendly. If you are planning to go to Karabolo or 82nd district of the city, you can travel to the Rudaki, Somoni and US Embassy regions by using shared taxi route 8 that departs from the airport.


Using a taxi in Dushanbe is a useful alternative contrary to many other cities. Taxis, contrary to what is believed, can be more suitable for your budget. If you are travelling as a crowded group, it can be more affordable to use a taxi instead of public transportation vehicle.

Car Rental

Another comfortable and quick option for travelling in the city is car rental. You can rent your car from Rent a Car office located at the airport or you can make a reservation online before your flight. By 2015, the offices where you can rent a bicycle in the city have also started to provide service for visitors.

Last Updated: 29 Jul 2017

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To which airport are the flights to Dushanbe arranged?

Dushanbe flights are organized to Dushanbe Intl. Airport.

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Air Astana organizes direct flights to Dushanbe from Almaty.

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