If you’ve read any of my posts on Central Asia or other ex-Soviet Union countries such as Georgia, you may have heard me talk about the ‘Marshrutka’. Difficult to pronounce, but even more difficult to spell. They vary a bit, and are used for intercity transport as well as city transport. You basically have a largish van or minibus crammed with a lot of people in it zoomed around from stop to stop. Generally they will not stop staking people unless literally you couldn’t squeeze another person in with a large pole.
Having said that, they are a necessary evil you face when trying to get around cities and from town to town and city to city. What exactly are they like? Firstly, they are NOT comfortable. Sorry, not in any way. But they are usually cheap. Are they safe? Not with the way they drive. But do they usually get you from A to B when there are no other transport options? Sure, USUALLY!
Today’s video is from one of my favourites, Mr NFKRZ, and you will get to see with your own eyes just what these death traps are really like. I’m sure that sounds interesting if not adventurous for you! ENJOY!
Thanks for popping by – May the Journey Never End!
5 thoughts on “Marshrutkas – Public Transport in the ex-Soviet Union”
Thank you for teaching me a new word, ‘Marshrutka’. In latin american countries, we call it colectivo or combi, same concept: packed wheeled coffin.
A packed wheeled coffin. Perfect description
Yes that’s pretty much what it is ! And so uncomfortable to boot!
Ahhh not the best mode of transport out there!
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