|Metal metro token in use 1992 - 1993|
A token was 1400 soums - about 15 cents. Provided you didn't exit you could travel the entire system on just one token. (However, not exiting means that you may miss some of the decorated entrances which are sometimes as striking as the platform art).
Since opening in 1977, travel tickets on the metro have ranged from paper tickets, metal tokens and finally plastic tokens.
Effective 1 November 2020, a single transport payment card has been introduced for travel on the metro and buses. The tokens are no longer accepted.
The cost of a card with contactless NFC technology is 11,000 soums, about $1 and includes the cost of one trip.
Of course I understand why this system has been introduced. Yet I am sentimental. I was charmed buying the tokens at the Kassa from the always cheery sellers and inserting the token into a rather antiquated, clunky turnstile.
|The new metro turnstiles for the new transport cards|