Tashkent Tourist Traps
Tashkent is the largest city in Uzbekistan and also its capital. Here’s how to get the most out of a trip while avoiding the most common tourist traps and scams.
Be careful when dealing with taxi drivers. Make sure to agree on the price before entering the car and do not hesitate to walk away if the price does not meet your expectations. As a rule, a distance of one kilometer should cost not much more than 1,000 som. There is, however, a difference if you have luggage with you or not. When you’re carrying luggage, taxi drivers will have the upper hand and attempt to negotiate a higher price.
A serious tourist trap will wait for upon your arrival at the airport. No matter where you want to go, taxi drivers will typically quote you an inflated price. The distance from the airport to Amur Timur Park in the heart of the city is only four kilometers, and a trip of that distance shouldn’t cost any more than a few dollars. If you hold out long enough, one of the taxi drivers will eventually agree to a lower price.
Also, be aware of your surroundings when riding in cabs. Travel with others when possible.
As in most countries, there are always people looking to take advantage of others. If someone approaches you saying that they are a police officer or a representative of another official institution, be wary. If they tell you that you did something to violate the law and must pay for it, don’t take them at their word. These people might be fake police, or even might be policemen who are trying to exploit you for cash. Do not hand them any money. Instead, ask them to bring you to the police station. This will typically result in them pretending not to speak English anymore. This is the sure sign that they have been trying to cheat you
At this point, simply walk away. If the officer tries to prevent you from leaving, start screaming if that’s what it takes to get the attention of others. This will typically work and drive off your would-be blackmailer. You can also pull out your phone and pretend to call your embassy.
Editor’s note: The information contained on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews about avoiding tourist traps in Tashkent.