There are 7 ways to get from Beijing to Almaty by plane, train, bus 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  •  8 h 48 min

  1. Fly from Beijing (PEK) to Almaty (ALA) PEK - ALA

$215 - $305

Cheapest option

Train  •  4 days 12 h

  1. Take the train from Beijing to Jining South
  2. Take the train from Jining South to Ürümqi South
  3. Take the train from Urumchi to Almaty 2

$68 - $111

5 alternative options

Train, bus  •  2 days 6 h

  1. Take the train from Beijing West to Xining Z21
  2. Take the train from Xining to Ürümqi South
  3. Take the bus from Nianzigou Bus Station to Almaty

$161 - $197

Bus  •  3 days 0 h

  1. Take the bus from Beijing to Pingliang East
  2. Take the bus from Pingliang East to Urumqi
  3. Take the bus from Nianzigou Bus Station to Almaty

$240

Train via Xining  •  3 days 11 h

  1. Take the train from Beijing West to Xining Z21
  2. Take the train from Xining to Ürümqi South
  3. Take the train from Urumchi to Almaty 2

$114 - $163

Bus, train  •  4 days 8 h

  1. Take the bus from Beijing to Pingliang
  2. Take the bus from Pingliang West to Urumqi
  3. Take the train from Urumchi to Almaty 2

$190 - $203

Drive  •  38 h 38 min

  1. Drive from Beijing to Almaty 2341.6 miles

$330 - $490

Questions & Answers

The distance between Beijing and Almaty is 3273 km. The road distance is 3747 km.

The cheapest way to get from Beijing to Almaty is to train which costs ¥430 - ¥750 and takes 4 days 12 h.

The quickest way to get from Beijing to Almaty is to fly which takes 8 h 48 min and costs ¥1300 - ¥2000.

No, there is no direct train from Beijing to Almaty. However, there are services departing from Beijing West and arriving at Almaty 2 via Xining and Urumchi. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 3 days 11 h.

No, there is no direct bus from Beijing to Almaty. However, there are services departing from Beijing and arriving at Almaty via Pingliang East, Xinjian hotel and Nianzigou Bus Station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 3 days 0 h.

It takes approximately 8 h 48 min to get from Beijing to Almaty, including transfers.

What companies run services between Beijing, China and Almaty, Kazakhstan?

Air Astana, Hainan and four other airlines fly from Beijing to Almaty every 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Beijing to Almaty via Pingliang East, Urumqi, Xinjian hotel, Hongshiyue, and Nianzigou Bus Station in around 3 days 0 h.

Airlines
Air Astana
Website
airastana.com
Flights from Beijing to Almaty
Ave. Duration
5 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$330 - $550
Flights from Beijing to Almaty via Astana
Ave. Duration
9 h 45 min
When
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$330 - $550
Asiana Airlines
Website
us.flyasiana.com
Flights from Beijing to Almaty via Seoul
Ave. Duration
10 h 22 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$470 - $1,100
Hainan
Website
hainanairlines.com
Flights from Beijing to Almaty
Ave. Duration
5 h 25 min
When
Wednesday and Saturday
Estimated price
$200 - $600
China Southern Airlines
Website
csair.com
Flights from Beijing to Almaty via Urumqi
Ave. Duration
7 h 20 min
When
Thursday
Estimated price
$240 - $500
S7 Airlines
Website
s7.ru
Flights from Beijing to Almaty via Novosibirsk
Ave. Duration
10 h 50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$320 - $700
Train operators
China Railways Z-Class
Website
chinahighlights.com
Train from Beijing West to Xining
Ave. Duration
19 h 21 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$26 - $40
Schedules at
trip.com
Book at
trip.com
Hard Seat
$26 - $40
Hard Sleeper
$60 - $80
Soft Sleeper
$90 - $120
China Railways D-Class
Website
chinahighlights.com
Train from Xining to Ürümqi South
Ave. Duration
8 h 30 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$65 - $90
Schedules at
trip.com
Book at
trip.com
2nd Class Seat
$65 - $90
1st Class Seat
$95 - $140
China Railways
Website
china-railway.com.cn
Train from Urumchi to Almaty 2
Ave. Duration
2 days 5 h
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$22 - $35
Schedules at
chinahighlights.com
Train from Jining South to Ürümqi South
Ave. Duration
47 h 25 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$35 - $60
Schedules at
chinahighlights.com
China Railways K-Class
Website
chinahighlights.com
Train from Beijing to Jining South
Ave. Duration
5 h 32 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$11 - $17
Schedules at
trip.com
Book at
trip.com
Hard Seat
$11 - $17
Hard Sleeper
$22 - $30
Soft Sleeper
$30 - $45
Bus operators
bus
Bus from Nianzigou Bus Station to Almaty
Ave. Duration
24 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$69
Schedules at
lonelyplanet.com
Ctrip
Phone
400-830-6666
Website
ctrip.com
Bus from Beijing to Pingliang East
Ave. Duration
15 h 30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$72
Schedules at
bus.ctrip.com
Bus from Pingliang East to Urumqi
Ave. Duration
30 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$100
Schedules at
bus.ctrip.com
Trip 8080
Website
pingliang.trip8080.com
Bus from Beijing to Pingliang
Ave. Duration
16 h 30 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$62
Schedules at
pingliang.trip8080.com
Bus from Pingliang West to Urumqi
Ave. Duration
32 h 10 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$107
Schedules at
pingliang.trip8080.com

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