Cheap Flights to Bishkek Airport
Bishkek Airport, officially called Manas International Airport, is Kyrgyzstan's main airport. It lies about 16 miles northwest of Bishkek, the country's capital city. Bishkek is in the Tien Shan mountain range in the Chui Valley, and makes a great start-off point for travelers headed to the mountains and lakes of the area. Because of Kyrgyzstan's liberal tourist visa rules in Central Asia, Bishkek is an excellent spot to begin your tour of the silk road and obtain visas to nearby countries.
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The Best Times To Visit Bishkek
Spring and fall are the best seasons to take a flight to Bishkek Airport. Air temperatures during these shoulder seasons are a pleasant 68-77 degrees F. During the summer, temperatures can be as warm as 95 degrees. Since many tourists go to Bishkek to make their way to the mountains for hiking and skiing, it makes sense that the peak tourist season is from April to September. Once the temperatures in the higher elevations drop after September, the weather is below freezing.
Airlines That Fly To Bishkek Airport
If you're flying to Bishkek from the US, some of the more popular airlines operating on this route include:
- Turkish Airlines
- jetBlue via Fly Dubai
All flights from the US to Bishkek require at least one connecting stop. The best days to find cheap flights to Bishkek Airport from the US are generally on weekdays, from Tuesday through Thursday.
Arriving at Bishkek Airport: What To Expect
Once your flight has arrived at Bishkek Airport, you will go through immigration and customs. Once you leave the customs area, there are numerous ATM machines and exchange kiosks. You can exchange US dollars or Euros at good rates, and some Demir Bank ATMs will even accept Mastercard for getting cash advances.
You can take a Manas Taxi from Bishkek Airport, with most rides to anywhere in the city costing under $10. There is also a very inexpensive bus you can take to downtown for less than a dollar.
The free Wi-Fi at this small airport in Bishkek is spotty.
What To Do in Bishkek
This pleasant city is great for wandering around its green parks and viewing the Soviet era monuments on display. There are a few museums to visit, including the State Historical Museum near Ala-Too Square. Panfilov Park has some rides, including a ferris wheel offering a great view of the city. Purchase a ticket for a sauna or bath at Zhirgal Banya or take a swim at the Karven Club on a hot day.