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From Tekke Bazaar take bus 16 (0,20 Manat in April 2012). Get off when the bus turns right from the main road a few kilometers South of Ashgabat. From there, you can easily get a ride for the last 5 kms to the police checkpoint. Do not try to stop a truck as they have to stop just a few hundred meters ahead in a truck terminal.
Hitch-hiking across the border is not possible. Instead you will have to take the shuttle across the 30kms of no-mans land to the border post. Foreigners are asked an astronomical 40 manats (in April 2012). Argue hard as it is obviously not the real price locals pay. Hitchhiker Nalddo managed to get a free lift with the shuttle bus.
From the Turkmen border post, it is only a 50 meters walk to the Irani side, and another 2 kilometers to the Irani village of Bajgiran from where it is easy to get a lift to Quchan and further to [[Mashhad]] and [[Tehran]].