Saturday, September 18, 2021

How To Travel Around Afghanistan

AsiaAfghanistanHow To Travel Around Afghanistan

By plane

The aircraft travel between Kabul and the capitals on a regular basis (Kandahar, Herat and Mazar-e Sharif). The flights are carried out on a daily basis if the weather permits. The majority of planes depart the city before 11:00 a.m. After sunset, civil aircraft are not permitted to fly.

By car

A developing public transportation network connects the country’s cities. Some routes are served by buses, while Toyota cars have a near-monopoly on transportation in minivans (HiAce) and taxis (Corolla).

Kabul and Mazar-i-Sharif are now linked by a new road. The road is in excellent shape and is deemed “relatively” safe. The trip will take at least 5 hours. The route passes through the renowned Salang Mountains as well as the Hindu Kush Mountains. If you hire a reasonably new Toyota Corolla, an address from Mazar Station in Kabul to any place in Mazar-i-Sharif would cost you about $ 100 (if negotiated by a local).

Much of Afghanistan lacks taximeters. The cabs are bright yellow and easily identified. Before you seat down, you must usually reach an arrangement with the driver. In perfect circumstances, you may see 2 to 3 kilometers of road for USD1 (AFN50).

Jeeps and Land Cruisers may be rented, as well as drivers that know a little English (do not keep your high hopes that you might encounter one of them). There are tour operators in Kabul that can offer a vehicle and a guide; these individuals may be hired from Kabul’s international airport. In the field, gas stations are rare, and gasoline is costly.

Paved roads are the rarity rather than the norm, and even these may be in disrepair. Outside, the capitals await the arrival of dirt roads (which turn to mud in the rain or melted snow). Military convoys and jingle trucks dominate the route between Kabul and Bagram.

WARNING: Keep a safe distance from military convoys. They move at a leisurely pace and are highly armed. Overtaking these cars is not permitted. They perceive too near driving or rapid coming from behind as a hostile activity and OPEN FIRE.

DO NOT TRY TO TAKE PHOTOS OF THESE VEHICLES OR USE YOUR PHONE WHEN THEY ARE NEAR. You may imagine you have an explosive detonator, and you will feel frightened, and they will very certainly start fire on you.