Information & Facts
Bus 153 travels regularly between the airport and Bishkek. Taxis
are also available.
Tel: +996 (0)312 693 109.
US$10 (usually included in ticket
Facilities include cafes, a currency exchange office, shops,
left luggage, a business centre and duty-free shopping.
Kyrgyz is the official language followed closely by
Russian, which is understood and spoken by almost everyone in
The official currency is the Som (KGS), which is divided into
100 tyiyn. US dollars are the easiest foreign currency to exchange
at banks and official exchange offices. Major hotels in Bishkek
usually accept credit cards, but Kyrgyzstan is predominantly a cash
economy. Few ATMs are often hard to come by: Bishkek has plenty,
while tehre are a few in Osh and Issyk-Kul. Travellers exchanging
money in Kyrgyzstan should note that they'll get a better exchange
rate by changing larger bills, and that many counters will not
accept dirty or or wrinkled notes.