Tashkent is justifiably proud of its metro: Central Asia's first metro which bursts with decorative invent. Construction began in 1972 and five years later the first train started running. Extensive rubber padding makes the system as earthquake-proof as possible.
Tashkent Metro's total length is 30 kilometers and growing. Besides being the most convenient and fastest way to traverse the city, its stations are beautifully decorated. Cotton is common motif, from the mosaics of Pakhtakor station to the boll lamps of Uzbekistan station. Cupolas drip with gold left at Alisher Navoi station, while Kosmonavtlar station offers ceramic discs of cosmonauts floating in space. During the day, you will never wait more than 5 minutes for a train, and the stations are clean and safe.
Despite the use of Uzbek language for signs and announcements, metro is easy to use that you hardly need a map. The most important signs are KIRISH (entrance), CHIQISH (exit) and O'TISH (interchange). If lost, station attendants are always helpful and polite. Police may ask your hotel registration at the entrance or on the platform. It is recommended to have that registration valid and in easy-to-access pocket. In case of trouble, you may Contact us.
If you listen as the train doors are about to close, you will hear the name of the next station at the end of the announcement:
"Ekhtiyot buling, eshiklar yopiladi, keyingi bekat _______" - Be careful, the doors are closing, the next station is _______".