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

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

Recommended option

Fly  •  2 h 44 min

  1. ALA - CIT

$52 - $130

Cheapest option

Train  •  10 h 52 min

  1. Express

$12 - $19

1 alternative option

Drive  •  9 h 26 min

  1. 420.6 miles

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

Bek Air, SCAT and two other airlines fly from Almaty to Shymkent 5 times a day. Alternatively, Railways of Kazakhstan (KTZ) operates a train from Almaty to Shymkent twice daily. Tickets cost $12 - $19 and the journey takes 10 h 52 min.

Airlines
Qazaq Air
Website
flyqazaq.com
Flights from Almaty to Shimkent
Ave. Duration
1 h 27 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$40 - $310
Bek Air
Flights from Almaty to Shimkent
Ave. Duration
1 h
When
Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$60 - $600
SCAT
Website
scat.kz
Flights from Almaty to Shimkent
Ave. Duration
1 h 7 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $220
Air Astana
Website
airastana.com
Flights from Almaty to Shimkent
Ave. Duration
1 h 22 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $480
Train operators
Railways of Kazakhstan (KTZ)
Website
railways.kz
Train from Almaty 2 to Chimkent
Ave. Duration
10 h 52 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$12 - $19
Website
railways.kz

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Questions & Answers

The distance between Almaty and Shymkent is 607 km. The road distance is 673 km.

The cheapest way to get from Almaty to Shymkent is to train which costs $12 - $19 and takes 10 h 52 min.

The quickest way to get from Almaty to Shymkent is to fly which takes 2 h 44 min and costs $50 - $130.

Yes, there is a direct train departing from Almaty 2 and arriving at Chimkent. Services depart twice daily, and operate Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The journey takes approximately 10 h 52 min.

It takes approximately 2 h 44 min to get from Almaty to Shymkent, including transfers.