There are 6 ways to get from Bishkek to Shymkent by car, train, bus or plane

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Drive, train  •  11 h 12 min

  1. Drive from Bishkek to Aspara
  2. Take the train from Aspara to Lugovaya
  3. Take the train from Lugovaya to Djambul AVE
  4. Take the train from Djambul to Chimkent AVE

$7 - $13

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Train Railways of Kazakhstan (KTZ)  •  15 h 26 min

  1. Take the train from Bischkek 2 to Lugovaya
  2. Take the train from Lugovaya to Chimkent Express / ...

$17 - $22

Train  •  15 h 27 min

  1. Take the train from Bischkek 2 to Chimkent

$20 - $23

Drive  •  6 h 54 min

  1. Drive from Bishkek to Shymkent 282.9 miles

$24 - $40

Bus to Almaty, fly  •  7 h 33 min

  1. Take the bus from Zapadnyi Avtovokzal to Almaty Sayarn Bus Station
  2. Fly from Almaty (ALA) to Shimkent (CIT) ALA - CIT

$67 - $148

Fly from Manas  •  7 h 53 min

  1. Fly from Manas (FRU) to Shimkent (CIT) FRU - CIT

$122 - $129

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Bischkek 2 and arriving at Chimkent. Services depart twice a week, and operate Tuesday. The journey takes approximately 15 h 27 min.

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The distance between Bishkek and Shymkent is 413 km. The road distance is 452.6 km.

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The best way to get from Bishkek to Shymkent without a car is to train which takes 15 h 26 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 11 h 12 min to get from Bishkek to Shymkent, including transfers.

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Bishkek to Shymkent train services, operated by Kyrgyz Railways (KTJ), depart from Bischkek 2 station.

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The best way to get from Bishkek to Shymkent is to train which takes 15 h 26 min and costs . Alternatively, you can fly, which costs and takes 7 h 53 min.

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The quickest flight from Almaty Airport to Shimkent Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h.

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Bishkek to Shymkent train services, operated by Railways of Kazakhstan (KTZ), arrive at Chimkent station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Bishkek to Shymkent is 453 km. It takes approximately 6 h 54 min to drive from Bishkek to Shymkent.

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SCAT, Air Astana and Qazaq Air offer flights from Almaty Airport to Shimkent Airport.

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Map of how to get from Bishkek to Shymkent.
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  • Distance: 258.3 miles
  • Duration: 11 h 12 min

What companies run services between Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan and Shymkent, Kazakhstan?

You can take a train from Bishkek to Shymkent via Lugovaya in around 15 h 26 min. Alternatively, Air Astana, Qazaq Air and three other airlines fly from Bishkek to Shymkent twice daily.

Airlines
Air Astana
Website
airastana.com
Flights from Almaty to Shimkent
Ave. Duration
1 h 22 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $480
Flights from Manas to Shimkent via Astana, Almaty
Ave. Duration
10 h 5 min
When
Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$115 - $119
Flights from Manas to Shimkent via Dushanbe, Almaty
Ave. Duration
9 h 50 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$115 - $119
Flights from Manas to Shimkent via Tashkent, Almaty
Ave. Duration
10 h 20 min
When
Thursday
Estimated price
$115 - $119
SCAT
Website
scat.kz
Flights from Almaty to Shimkent
Ave. Duration
1 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $220
Flights from Manas to Shimkent via Astana
Ave. Duration
6 h 35 min
When
Monday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$75 - $240
Flights from Manas to Shimkent via Almaty, Astana
Ave. Duration
8 h 15 min
When
Monday and Wednesday
Estimated price
$80 - $250
Flights from Manas to Shimkent via Tashkent, Astana
Ave. Duration
9 h 10 min
When
Monday and Thursday
Estimated price
$220 - $480
Qazaq Air
Website
flyqazaq.com
Flights from Almaty to Shimkent
Ave. Duration
1 h 28 min
When
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$40 - $310
Flights from Manas to Shimkent via Almaty
Ave. Duration
4 h 40 min
When
Wednesday
Estimated price
$55 - $360
Train operators
Railways of Kazakhstan (KTZ)
Website
railways.kz
Train from Aspara to Lugovaya
Ave. Duration
1 h 16 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$2 - $4
Website
railways.kz
Train from Lugovaya to Djambul
Ave. Duration
1 h 39 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$2 - $4
Website
railways.kz
Train from Djambul to Chimkent
Ave. Duration
3 h 46 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$3 - $6
Website
railways.kz
Train from Lugovaya to Chimkent
Ave. Duration
5 h 51 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$5 - $9
Website
railways.kz
Kyrgyz Railways (KTJ)
Website
kjd.kg
Train from Bischkek 2 to Lugovaya
Ave. Duration
8 h 35 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$12 - $13
Website
Kyrgyz Railways (KTJ)
Train from Bischkek 2 to Chimkent
Ave. Duration
15 h 27 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$20 - $23
Website
Kyrgyz Railways (KTJ)
Bus operators
bus
Bus from Zapadnyi Avtovokzal to Almaty Sayarn Bus Station
Ave. Duration
5 h
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$7

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There are 62+ hotels available in Shymkent. Prices start at $16 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Bishkek to Manas Airport is to line 380 bus which takes 1 h and costs .

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