SCAT, Bek Air and 2 other airlines fly from Almaty to Shymkent 4 times a day. Alternatively, Railways of Kazakhstan (KTZ) operates a train from Almaty to Shymkent twice daily. Tickets cost $12 - $20 and the journey takes 10 h 52 min.
How to get from Almaty to Shymkent
From Aerovokzal line 92 bus to Almaty airport, fly to Shimkent airport, then taxi to Shymkent. 2 h 44 min $68. From Almaty 2 train to Chimkent then taxi to Shymkent. 11 h 29 min $34. From Almaty drive to Shymkent. 9 h 26 min.