Transportation - Get In
Travel to Baghdad is emphatically not recommended at the present time (2015), owing to wartime instability and security concerns. Westerners are particular targets of kidnapping and assassination by militant and extremist groups.
All flights land at the Baghdad International Airport (previously Saddam international airport), situated about 12 kilometres to the west of the city centre. Baghdad is well connected to cities in the Middle East such as Abu Dhabi, Amman, Beirut, Istanbul and Tehran. The national carrier Iraqi Airways offers regular flights from most major European capitals as well as a few Asian cities. There are currently no direct flights from North America.
A nightly train service is available from Basra, arriving early morning. Delays are however very common. Prices range between IQD10,000 for a couchette to IQD25,000 for first-class. Irregular services from Karbala, mostly on weekends, are available too. Due to the ongoing conflict cancellations are common.
Completed in 1953, 'Baghdad Central Station' (محطة بغداد المركزية) is an architecturally impressive terminus, all trains call here. Located on Qahira Street, a kilometre north of city centre, at Damascus Square.
The Jordanian state bus company, JETT has bus services from Amman on Wednesdays Saturdays leaving at 07:00. A one-way journey costs JOD42.50 (Jordanian dinar).
Overland travel is possible from all neighbouring countries, but is strongly discouraged due to violence.
Transportation - Get Around
The preferred method of transportation is helicopter. If helicopter transport is not available, use of a fully armoured car or Rhino (armoured bus) is recommended. Within the International Zone (formerly known as the Green Zone) there is a free shuttle bus service by KBR. You can also walk to many destinations in the International Zone or use a bicycle.
A commuter service connects the city with the southern suburb of Doura.
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