FreeBike - mountain bikes rental in Kyrgyzstan.
To get local currency - Som - you can
use exchange offices and bank branches on the first floor of Airport
Manas. You will need Som to pay for GSM SIM card and to pay for taxi
If you need to call during your travel in Kyrgyzstan you can buy a
local GSM Sim card for about 2 dollars with passport registration.
You can charge units to your sim according to your needs; either in
a public automat (in shops and public places in Bishkek) or in a
kiosk in any town or village. There are 3 major telecom providers
with nationwide coverage - O, MegaCom and Beeline - (except remote
mountain areas far from roads or villages). The country code is +996
(city/area/mobile network code) (phone number).
International Airport Manas is situated in 25 minutes by car from
the capital of Kyrgyzstan - Bishkek city.
If you come during the day (7:30am-6pm), you can take the public
transport and save a bunch of money! They call their “buses”
marshrutkas and they’re basically vans that act like buses. You flag
them down at bus stops and get on and off like a normal bus, buts
its just a large van. From the airport, exit the terminal and cross
the small parking lot to the main road. The terminal is very small.
Look for the bus stop and try to find
It will list the number in the front of the window. It may be
waiting there already until it fills up or you may have to wait a
little bit for it to come. Many flights arrive at night leaving a
taxi as the only option. A taxi should cost 600 som. The only one
official taxi service in Airport if "Taxi Manas". You will see cars
with special marks on it - "Taxi Manas". But there are a lot of
private drivers in Airport. Strongly recommended do not use their
2. Bishkek. Hotels and hostels.
If you still do not have any ideas about hotel or hostel in Bishkek,
we will recommend you some hostels which is situated not far from
our office: "Tunduk" hostel -
(5-10 minutes from our office), "Green Hostel" - not far from our
Anyway please find and book hotel of hostel before arriving in
3. How to contact us.
You can contact us via e-mail or telephone: e-mail:
telephone numbers: +996 555 975047, +996 701 975048.
Please write or call us beforehand to book the bikes and get all
4. Money and payment.
We get only cash. You can pay in Euro, Dollars or Som. There are some
important nuances concerning money. It is not easy (almost impossible)
to change small nominal of Euro and Dollar, or crumpled notes. That is
why we get not less then 50 or 100 Euro or Dollars and not crumpled
5. Bikes and equipment.
Pay your attention that besides bikes rental you can purchase some
equipment: maps, gas tanks, bottles. And you can also rent some
additional equipment such as gas burner, cookset, rear rack bags and
etc. Information about bikes and equipment you can find here:
equipment and bikes.
Usually cyclists know about what size of bike frame do they need.
But sometimes cyclists ask us about recommendation of bike size. We
tried to find some diagrams with sizes table. All data you will see
here is just a
recommendation. We have the following frame sizes: S - 17", M - 19"
and L - 21".
Common information about weather in Kyrgyzstan you will find below. But
we have some words to say: please take warm clothes in case of rain and
even snow. Don't forget to take sun cream. There can be a great
difference in temperature in summer in Kyrgyzstan.
7. Local food and drinks.
Common information about Kyrgyz cuisine you will find below. Our
recommendation about drinks. We tried to gather most popular alcohol and
alcohol-free drinks here. All made in Kyrgyzstan.
Pay your attention: buy alcohol drinks only in big markets or in Gas
station shops such as "Bishkek Petroleum" or
"Gasprom". Do not buy alcohol in small shops. It may be dangerous.
"Arpa" beer in one of the
popular beer in Kyrgyzstan.
"Zhivoe" beer. Easy to
"Venskoe beer". Light beer.
This kind of beer you will find only in cafes and restaurants.
Vodka and cognac:
Alcohol-free national drinks:
National non-alcoholic drink. It is a light brown barley drink
made from fermented grains.
(or other name is "Chalap"). National
non-alcoholic drink. It is white drink made of yogurt,
carbonated water and salt.
Common information about Kyrgyzstan from Internet.