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

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Fly  •  2 h 44 min

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

$52 - $130

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Train  •  9 h 38 min

  1. Take the train from Almaty 2 to Chimkent Express

$10 - $16

1 alternative option

Drive  •  9 h 26 min

  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 $10 - $16 and takes 9 h 38 min.

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

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Almaty 2 and arriving at Chimkent. Services depart three times a week, and operate Thursday, Friday and Sunday. The journey takes approximately 9 h 38 min.

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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 9 h 38 min and costs $10 - $16.

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It takes approximately 2 h 44 min 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 2 h 44 min and costs $50 - $130. Alternatively, you can train, which costs $10 - $16 and takes 9 h 38 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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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: 2 h 44 min

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

Bek Air, SCAT and Air Astana fly from Almaty to Shymkent 3 times a day. Alternatively, Railways of Kazakhstan (KTZ) operates a train from Almaty to Shymkent 3 times a week. Tickets cost $10 - $16 and the journey takes 9 h 38 min.

Airlines
Bek Air
Flights from Almaty to Shimkent
Ave. Duration
1 h
When
Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$60 - $600
Air Astana
Website
airastana.com
Flights from Almaty to Shimkent
Ave. Duration
1 h 22 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $480
SCAT
Website
scat.kz
Flights from Almaty to Shimkent
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $220
Train operators
Railways of Kazakhstan (KTZ)
Website
railways.kz
Train from Almaty 2 to Chimkent
Ave. Duration
9 h 38 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$10 - $16
Website
railways.kz

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