Getting Around

Almaty is served by a network of buses and trams, which can get crowded, and are impractical with baggage. There is also a limited Metro service with a single line stopping at Moscow, Sairan, Alatau, Auezov Drama Theatre, Baikonur, Abay, Almaty, Zhibek Zholy, and Raiymbek batyr.

The quickest and most direct way to get anywhere is by taxi. These can be booked in advance, and the fare can be negotiated before setting off. There is a more unofficial kind of shared taxi that can be hailed on the street; however these are run with little rhyme or reason and can be confusing to travellers. Online ride-hailing service, Yandex.Taxi, is also an option. Almaty is laid out in an easily navigable grid pattern, so walking can be a simple way of getting around as well.


Almaty International Airport

The airport is situated 14 miles (23km) north of the city centre.

Almaty International Airport (ALA)


The airport is situated 14 miles (23km) north of the city centre.

Getting to the city

Local buses and taxis run regularly from the airport terminal to the city, and private car hire is available at the airport.


GMT +6.

Car rental

Hertz provide rental services at Almaty Airport.

Airport Taxis

Taxis are easily available at the airport; travellers should remember that it's wise to agree on a fee upfront, or book with one of the popular companies beforehand, as not all taxis have meters.


Facilities include bureaux de change, cafeterias, bars, duty-free shopping and an information desk, as well as a chemist at the departures terminal.


Parking facilities are available at hourly rates and the first 15 minutes are free.