You can buy a local GSM Sim card for about 2 dollars with your passport. All three providers have booths in the airport arrivals area, and cards can be purchased in any electronics store or at streetside magazine booths. Providers are O! Beeline and Megacom. Most phone plans can include data and Wifi is widely available in towns and cities.
Electricity in Kyrgyzstan is 220 Volts, alternating at 50 Hertz. Outlets in Kyrgyzstan generally accept plugs of two round pins — European/Soviet standards.
In Bishkek there are many options for inter-city transport.
Marshrutka are white vans marked with numeric placards and names of landmarks on their route in Russian. A ride should cost 10 som, and they can be caught at any bus stop. Trolley buses also run throughout the city and cost 8 som for a ride.
Check out Bus.kg for a very useful route mapping application which can be downloaded on a smartphone.
A taxi ride in Bishkek will generally cost between 100 and 200 soms. It is best to agree on the price in advance. Some companies have a meter which can be turned on by request.
Taxi services can be reached by cell phone:
150 Evro Taxi
152 Super Taxi
156 Express Taxi
188 Salam Taxi
It is also possible to hire a taxi for a day trip.
Mashrutka and shared taxis are popular local options, and run from Bishkek to most major settlements in the country. Both leave only when they have enough passengers to cover costs. They can be found at most bazaars.
Trekking firms and tour companies can help you hire a private car with a driver. Joining an tour group is often the cheapest way to travel to remote regions.
Driving in Kyrgyzstan is aggressive and does not follow standard western rules. It will save you a headache to hire a driver along with a car.