Osh is a city in the Ferghana Valley of Kyrgyzstan.


Osh (Kyrgyz: Ош) is the second largest city in Kyrgyzstan, located in the south of the country and often referred to as the "capital of the south". Osh is a lively place, with the largest and most crowded outdoor market in all of Central Asia, now named as the Great Silk Road Bazar. The city is at least 3,000 years old and has served as the administrative center of Osh Province since 1939. The city has an ethnically mixed population of about 255,800, comprising 46% Uzbeks and only 43% Kyrgyz and other smaller ethnic groups.

Get in

By plane

The   Osh International Airport (IATA: OSS). is 11km from the centre of Osh. A taxi to the city centre costs around 250 som. Marshrutka 107 takes 25 minutes from Jayma Bazaar (9 som). The following airlines operate at the airport:

By bus

There are two weekly sleeper buses (Mon and Fri) from Kashgar in China leaving at 10:00 (Beijing time) and the trip takes about 18 hours. The price is ¥470 and the buses depart from Kahsgar international bus station. As the road through Irkeshtam is at high altitude, remember to take warm clothes to the bus even during summer. Sit on the left for better views.

By car

By bike

During the way from Bishkek, road reaches 3600 above sea level. In the pass there is 2 km long tunnel, therefore be careful or try to hitch big care in front and get off after that.

Get around


The city has several monuments, including one to the southern Kyrgyz "queen" Kurmanjan Datka and one of the few remaining statues of Lenin. A Russian Orthodox church, reopened after the demise of the Soviet Union, the largest mosque in the country (situated beside the bazaar), and the 16th-century Rabat Abdul Khan Mosque can be found here.


Osh Bazar



Sulayman Too, Mt.Sulayman


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