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The largest international airport in Kazakhstan, Almaty International Airport (ALA), is situated 15 km northeast of the city. The airport serves up to half of the passenger traffic and even more of cargo into Kazakhstan. 

Transit from the airport into the city is by bus and taxi.

Quick facts about Almaty

Car rent
from $ 30.00 per day
Hotel booking
from $ 15.26 per night
Kazakhstan Tenge
Reference average prices in Almaty
🌭 Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant
$ 5.28
🍕Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course
$ 20.84
🍺 Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught)
$ 2.64
🚌 One-way Ticket (Local Transport)
$ 0.22
🏠 Apartment rent per month (1 bedroom in City Centre)
$ 251

Best time to visit Almaty

The best time to explore the city
between June and September
Hotels from $15.26
Almaty is coldest in January at an average temperature of -6°C and hottest in July when temperatures average 24°C.
The average annual rainfall of Almaty is 581 mm (22.9 in) and up to 48.4 mm per month. April is the wettest month April with an average rainfall of 80 mm.
The weather

It is best to visit Almaty between June and September when the weather is ideal. December is also great for skiing and skating. 

Kazakhstan's largest metropolis, Almaty

is situated at the bottom of the northern Tien Shan ridge - Zaili Alatau, in the south-east of Kazakhstan. Used to be the country’s capital until 1997, Almaty still serves as the educational, cultural, historical, industrial, economic and financial hub of Kazakhstan.  The city is also famous for its apples, “Almaty aport“, and its thousands of acres of boulevards, gardens, parks and squares. 

First President's Park at night. Entrance Arch with night light. Almaty, Kazakhstan

Things to do in Almaty

One of the biggest cities in Central Asia, Almaty is a beautiful travel destination that attracts quite a number of visitors yearly. It is the top tourist destination in the area, and is characterised by magnificent buildings, beautiful nature and people. 

Some of the landmarks you will find here include; Panfilov Park which is located in the centre of the city. There is also the Central State Museum, which is home to displays of thousands of historic artifacts, and Zenkov Cathedral, a Russian Orthodox church of the tsarist-era. These and more are the attractions that draw people to this amazing city.

Kolsai Lakes

Why visit one lake when you can visit three? Kolsai Lakes, home to three beautiful and popular lakes, is nearby Almaty and great for a day’s journey. A most extraordinary place to explore, the first lake can be reached by car, and the others by walking or on horseback. A fascination location for a picnic or just time away. Kolsai Lakes is a must visit in Almaty.

Kok-Tobe Hill

Get a panoramic view of this side of the city as you take a cable ride to Kok-Tobe Hill. A view of the city and vineyards below and beautiful mountains at the top of the hill, the ride is well worth it. Also at the top of the hill can be found a zoo, children’s playgrounds, shops and restaurant for more fun and relaxation.

Panfilov Park

One of the most popular locations for tourists is Panfilov Park. Named after the group of 28 soldiers remembered as the Panfilov Heroes, who died in 1941, fighting off the Nazis in WWII. The park is located in the centre of the city and is a beautiful place to relax and unwind whether alone or with friends and family. 

Visit the Central Mosque

Almaty Central Mosque is another significant location in the city. With Islam being the most dominant religion in the country, the mosque is used for worship by the locals, but also open to visitors.  Guests without the appropriate attire can rent some at the door before entering. A headscarf for women, and long trousers for men.

Almaty Cuisine

Kazakh national cuisine reflects the essence of the nation, its history, culture and traditions.  Hospitality has always been a distinctive feature of the Kazakh nation, thus guests are always given a warm reception. In Almaty you can expect to find local dishes like manty, which are dumplings filled with meat or veggies with spices. The most popular Kazakh dish is ‘beshbarmak’.  It is the main dish of the national cuisine and is translated as ‘five fingers’, and because the dish is eaten with hands. Classic recipe of Beshbarmak is usually boiling a broth with several types of meat (horse meat, lamb, beef and camel meat) and rectangle-shaped pasta. You could also try a fried bread called boorsok or a regional rice dish called plov.

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