Airfare to Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
The capital of the Kyrgyz Republic is home to less than one million people. The Tien Shan mountain range looks over the city, with a nearby Chui river flowing past. Watch the changing of the guards at Ala-Too square, and marvel at the various statues built in honor of Vladimir Lenin. To learn more about the area and its people, visit the State Historical Museum and State Museum of Applied Arts.
Airfare to Bishkek will be the cheapest on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursday. Mondays are popular with business travellers and weekends are key dates for holidaymakers wanting the longest trips possible – avoid these dates.
Also consider flights into Almaty, Kazakhstan. To get between the cities, you can grab a spot on a train, bus or flight. Look for cheap flights on no frills airlines. Although it will take longer to reach your destination, a bus or train could save you enough cash to make it worth your while.
Another possible money-saving tip is to look for flights that go through Bangkok, Thailand; Delhi, India; or another major gateway city instead of flying direct. Because there are more flights – and competition – from these cities on low budget airlines, you can save some cash over flying non-stop to your destination. It is very common to layover in one of these main cities.
Finally, consider traveling on a lesser-known carrier. Kyrgyz Air and Kyrgyzstan Airlines are national airlines. However, British Airways, Turkish Airways and other airlines also stop in Bishkek.
The most expensive air tickets to Bishkek are found during peak holiday travel times, such as the New Year. Also be aware of national events or festivals, which can also cause ticket prices to rise.
Summary of Money Saving Tips:
- Fly mid-week
- Book your holiday during the off-peak season
- Consider flying into OCITIES and traveling overland to Bishkek via train or bus
- Look for flights that go through large cities, with many flights
- Check out carriers besides the national airline – they may undercut the monopolistic competition
For more information on Bishkek, check out BootsnAll’s Kyrgyzstan Travel Guide.