Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

International Relocation Guide
International Relocation Guide
International Relocation Guide
International Relocation Guide

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Feb 10, 2022

Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees talk about what it is really like living in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. They offer advice about meeting people, cost of living, finding a home and more.

What do I need to know about living in Bishkek?

When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Bishkek, they said:

"Because of lingering Soviet-style centralization and unease with western entrepreneurship, as well as a lot of official barriers to foreigners doing much, try to set up something before you go. People are friendly and relaxed, compared to Almaty for example, so you should be able to do some networking. Rent is rising fast but still cheap, and most other things (except imports) are very cheap by the standards of any western country," said another expat in Bishkek.

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