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Airport of arrival: Almaty International Airport
Flight time from Istanbul to Almaty: 5 hours 25 minutes

Almaty is the largest city and the major commercial and cultural center of Kazakhstan. It has a population of 2,039,376. The city is part of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network since November 2017.  

If you would like to fly Almaty, Pegasus provides cheap and affordable flight tickets.

There are direct flights between Almaty and Istanbul and a connection flight from Almaty to Abu Dhabi. To obtain cheap flight tickets, you can join the Bolbol campaign or obtain privileged Pegasus cards.    

About the Airport

Almaty International Airport (IATA: ALA, ICAO: UAAA) is approximately 15 km away from the city center. It is  the biggest airport in Kazakhstan.  

Almaty International Airport

Almaty Airport was built in 1935. Previously it was part of the Kazakh Department of Civil Aviation. After the renovations and reorganizations, it is called Alma-Ata Airport in 1991 and run as an independent corporation. Later it is renamed to JSC Almaty International Airport.

 

Transport from Kazakhstan Almaty International Airport to the City Center

Several buses are used for the city transfer. Bus number 3 runs to connect the city center to the airport, 24/7. Buses numbered 79, 92, 86, and 106 run between the airport and city center. These buses also stop near the train station Almaty-2, the name of the station is Sayakhat. You can also use taxis and car rental companies for your transfer. Pegasus allows you to make an online reservation to rent a car.  

Public Transport

City transportation is provided through buses, trolleybus, metro, tram, taxi, and bike. “Onay” transportation pass is utilized for public transportation.

There are varied options in Almaty, depending on your budget you can select the most suitable one. There are many hotels in touristic areas, such as Medeu, Frunze, and Gorny Gigant. Making your hotel reservation in advance will help you in many aspects. You can save money and time, as well. 

In Almaty, you have the opportunity to taste not only the traditional dishes of Kazakh cuisine but also Uzbek, Russian and Tatar cuisines, as well. Traditional "shashlik", "beshbarmak", "baursaks", "kaurdak", and slow-cooked lamb are some of the specialties. 

 

If you would like to learn more about Almaty cuisine, check Almaty Cuisine Guide

Below you will find useful information for visiting Almaty.  

About Visa

Kazakhstan applies varied visa regulations for different nations citizens. These rules cover visa-free, single entry, multiple entries, and the visa with a letter of invitation.   Citizens of the several countries can visit Kazakhstan without a visa for up to 30 or 90 days, including EU and Turkish citizens.   e-Visa is required from the citizens of 117 countries since January 2019. People who have an invitation issued by the governmental authorities can get a single entry electronic visa called e-Visa. E-visa is accessible only for business and tourism purposes.  

Neighboring Cities

  • Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan (194 km)
  • Yining, China (355 km)
  • Aksu, China (358 km)
  • Kashgar, China (428 km)
  • Osh, Kyrgyzstan (452 km)
  • Taraz, Kazakhstan (454 km)
  • Andijan, Uzbekistan (464 km)

 

Weather

 In Almaty, the winters are freezingly cold and snowy. The summers are warm and dry. All over the year, the temperature varied between -10.6°C to 29.5°C. It is rarely below -18°C or above 34.5°C. The hot season is from mid-May until mid-September. The hottest months are July and August. The cold season is from the last week of November to the first week of March, The coldest month is January. Mid-June to early September is the best season to visit the city. However, if you are interested in winter sports, then snowy months will be a better option.  

Essential Numbers

  • Country Code: + 7
  • Almaty Area Code: 727
  • Airport Contact: +7 7272 70 33 33
  • Emergency Line: 112

Almaty presents many spectacular places to visit. The Arasan Baths, Zenkov Cathedral, Central Mosque, and Panfilov Park are some of them. Also, there are many natural beauties to visit, such as Big Almaty Lake (Ozero Bolshoe Almatinskoe), Medeu Ice Rink, and Kok-Tobe hill.

 

You can read Almaty Travel Guide for more information. 

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