Explore the Lost City of Merv | Turkmenistan

by Vanessa Wanders Miles

LOST CITY OF MERV: TRAVEL ESSENTIALS


How to get to Merv

By road: The journey will take around 5 hours from Ashgabat. If you choose to get a taxi, expect to pay $75. Not so bad if there are 4 of you!

By train: If budget matters, the train from Ashgabat to Mary is super cheap at around $8 but you will need to endure a 7-hour commute. Might be an idea to get the overnight sleeper and save on a night’s accommodation.

By plane: This is the fastest mode of transport with a 40-minute flight with Turkmenistan Airlines to Mary for around $75.


Best time to visit Merv

For the weather, March to early June and October to December, are the most pleasant months to visit the Merv. Summer can reach highs of 50°C so exploring this large site can be near on possible in this heat.

Avoid Sundays as Merv is closed on this day.


Tours of Merv

Our trip to Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan was organised by Trekkup so the guide came with the trip. This is the easiest way to guarantee knowledge on the lost city of Merv. 

On arrival, we were given some background history on the ancient city before we went to explore. You could ask the team there to give you a tour.


Don’t forget travel insurance

Always make travel insurance a priority for any adventure! World Nomads is my go-to guys, I’ve learnt this from experience. You can buy and claim online even when you’ve left home. I love that they give a little back too and support community development projects in various countries.


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LOST CITY OF MERV: TRAVEL ESSENTIALS


How to get to Merv

By road: The journey will take around 5 hours from Ashgabat. If you choose to get a taxi, expect to pay $75. Not so bad if there are 4 of you!

By train: If budget matters, the train from Ashgabat to Mary is super cheap at around $8 but you will need to endure a 7-hour commute. Might be an idea to get the overnight sleeper and save on a night’s accommodation.

By plane: This is the fastest mode of transport with a 40-minute flight with Turkmenistan Airlines to Mary for around $75.


Best time to visit Merv

For the weather, March to early June and October to December, are the most pleasant months to visit the Merv. Summer can reach highs of 50°C so exploring this large site can be near on possible in this heat.

Avoid Sundays as Merv is closed on this day.


Tours of Merv

Our trip to Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan was organised by Trekkup so the guide came with the trip. This is the easiest way to guarantee knowledge on the lost city of Merv. 

On arrival, we were given some background history on the ancient city before we went to explore. You could ask the team there to give you a tour.


Don’t forget travel insurance

Always make travel insurance a priority for any adventure! World Nomads is my go-to guys, I’ve learnt this from experience. You can buy and claim online even when you’ve left home. I love that they give a little back too and support community development projects in various countries.


LIKE THE POST ABOUT THE LOST CITY OF MERV? PIN FOR LATER!


LOST CITY OF MERV: TRAVEL ESSENTIALS


How to get to Merv

By road: The journey will take around 5 hours from Ashgabat. If you choose to get a taxi, expect to pay $75. Not so bad if there are 4 of you!

By train: If budget matters, the train from Ashgabat to Mary is super cheap at around $8 but you will need to endure a 7-hour commute. Might be an idea to get the overnight sleeper and save on a night’s accommodation.

By plane: This is the fastest mode of transport with a 40-minute flight with Turkmenistan Airlines to Mary for around $75.


Best time to visit Merv

For the weather, March to early June and October to December, are the most pleasant months to visit the Merv. Summer can reach highs of 50°C so exploring this large site can be near on possible in this heat.

Avoid Sundays as Merv is closed on this day.


Tours of Merv

Our trip to Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan was organised by Trekkup so the guide came with the trip. This is the easiest way to guarantee knowledge on the lost city of Merv. 

On arrival, we were given some background history on the ancient city before we went to explore. You could ask the team there to give you a tour.


Don’t forget travel insurance

Always make travel insurance a priority for any adventure! World Nomads is my go-to guys, I’ve learnt this from experience. You can buy and claim online even when you’ve left home. I love that they give a little back too and support community development projects in various countries.


LIKE THE POST ABOUT THE LOST CITY OF MERV? PIN FOR LATER!


LOST CITY OF MERV: TRAVEL ESSENTIALS


How to get to Merv

By road: The journey will take around 5 hours from Ashgabat. If you choose to get a taxi, expect to pay $75. Not so bad if there are 4 of you!

By train: If budget matters, the train from Ashgabat to Mary is super cheap at around $8 but you will need to endure a 7-hour commute. Might be an idea to get the overnight sleeper and save on a night’s accommodation.

By plane: This is the fastest mode of transport with a 40-minute flight with Turkmenistan Airlines to Mary for around $75.


Best time to visit Merv

For the weather, March to early June and October to December, are the most pleasant months to visit the Merv. Summer can reach highs of 50°C so exploring this large site can be near on possible in this heat.

Avoid Sundays as Merv is closed on this day.


Tours of Merv

Our trip to Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan was organised by Trekkup so the guide came with the trip. This is the easiest way to guarantee knowledge on the lost city of Merv. 

On arrival, we were given some background history on the ancient city before we went to explore. You could ask the team there to give you a tour.


Don’t forget travel insurance

Always make travel insurance a priority for any adventure! World Nomads is my go-to guys, I’ve learnt this from experience. You can buy and claim online even when you’ve left home. I love that they give a little back too and support community development projects in various countries.


LIKE THE POST ABOUT THE LOST CITY OF MERV? PIN FOR LATER!


LOST CITY OF MERV: TRAVEL ESSENTIALS


How to get to Merv

By road: The journey will take around 5 hours from Ashgabat. If you choose to get a taxi, expect to pay $75. Not so bad if there are 4 of you!

By train: If budget matters, the train from Ashgabat to Mary is super cheap at around $8 but you will need to endure a 7-hour commute. Might be an idea to get the overnight sleeper and save on a night’s accommodation.

By plane: This is the fastest mode of transport with a 40-minute flight with Turkmenistan Airlines to Mary for around $75.


Best time to visit Merv

For the weather, March to early June and October to December, are the most pleasant months to visit the Merv. Summer can reach highs of 50°C so exploring this large site can be near on possible in this heat.

Avoid Sundays as Merv is closed on this day.


Tours of Merv

Our trip to Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan was organised by Trekkup so the guide came with the trip. This is the easiest way to guarantee knowledge of the lost city of Merv. 

On arrival, we were given some background history on the ancient city before we went to explore. You could ask the team there to give you a tour.


Don’t forget travel insurance

Always make travel insurance a priority for any adventure! World Nomads is my go-to guys, I’ve learnt this from experience. You can buy and claim online even when you’ve left home. I love that they give a little back too and support community development projects in various countries.


LIKE THE POST ABOUT THE LOST CITY OF MERV? PIN FOR LATER!

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