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There are 3 ways to get from Almaty to Shymkent by plane, train or car

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Fly  •  2h 54m

  1. Fly from Almaty (ALA) to Shimkent (CIT) ALA - CIT

$52 - $130

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Train  •  15h 1m

  1. Take the train from Almaty 2 to Chimkent Express

$11 - $18

1 alternative option

Drive  •  9h 26m

  1. Drive from Almaty to Shymkent 420.6 miles

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The cheapest way to get from Almaty to Shymkent is to train which costs $11 - $18 and takes 15h 1m.

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The quickest way to get from Almaty to Shymkent is to fly which costs $50 - $130 and takes 2h 54m.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Almaty 2 and arriving at Chimkent. Services depart four times a day, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 15h 1m.

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The distance between Almaty and Shymkent is 607 km. The road distance is 672.9 km.

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The best way to get from Almaty to Shymkent without a car is to train which takes 15h 1m and costs $11 - $18.

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It takes approximately 2h 54m to get from Almaty to Shymkent, including transfers.

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Almaty to Shymkent train services, operated by Railways of Kazakhstan (KTZ), depart from Almaty 2 station.

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The best way to get from Almaty to Shymkent is to fly which takes 2h 54m and costs $50 - $130. Alternatively, you can train, which costs $11 - $18 and takes 15h 1m.

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The quickest flight from Almaty Airport to Shimkent Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 10m.

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

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Map of how to get from Almaty to Shymkent.
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  • Distance: 379.6 miles
  • Duration: 2h 54m

What companies run services between Almaty, Kazakhstan and Shymkent, Kazakhstan?

SCAT, Air Astana and Qazaq Air fly from Almaty to Shymkent 4 times a day. Alternatively, Railways of Kazakhstan (KTZ) operates a train from Almaty to Shymkent 4 times a day. Tickets cost $11 - $18 and the journey takes 15h 1m.

Airlines
Air Astana
Website
airastana.com
Flights from Almaty to Shimkent
Ave. Duration
1h 27m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $480
SCAT
Website
scat.kz
Flights from Almaty to Shimkent
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $220
Qazaq Air
Website
flyqazaq.com
Flights from Almaty to Shimkent
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$40 - $310
Train operators
Railways of Kazakhstan (KTZ)
Website
railways.kz
Train from Almaty 2 to Chimkent
Ave. Duration
15h 1m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$11 - $18
Website
railways.kz

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Yes, the driving distance between Almaty to Shymkent is 673 km. It takes approximately 9h 26m to drive from Almaty to Shymkent.

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

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There are 69+ hotels available in Shymkent. Prices start at $15 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Almaty to Almaty Airport is to line 92 bus which takes 31m and costs $1.

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