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There are 5 ways to get from Istanbul to Almaty by plane, night bus, train, car ferry, car, bus or night train

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Fly  •  6h 26m

  1. Fly from Istanbul (IST) to Almaty (ALA) IST - ALA

$242 - $876

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Night train, train  •  5 days 15h

  1. Take the night train from Halkali to Gara Bucureşti Nord
  2. Take the train from Bucharest - Gara de Nord to Kyiv-Passazhyrskiy Station
  3. Take the train from Kiev Pass to Aksarayskiy
  4. Take the train from Aksarayskiy to Atyrau
  5. Take the train from Atyrau to Almaty 2

$149 - $370

3 alternative options

Night bus, train, car ferry, drive  •  4 days 23h

  1. Take the night bus from Istanbul - Aksaray to Baku
  2. Take the train from Baku to Osmanly
  3. Take the train from Osmanly to Alyat
  4. Take the car ferry from Alat to Kuryk
  5. Drive from Kuryk to Mangystau
  6. Take the train from Mangystau to Almaty 2

Bus, train, car ferry, drive  •  5 days 14h

  1. Take the bus from Istanbul - Aksaray to Baku
  2. Take the train from Bilajari to Osmanly
  3. Take the train from Osmanly to Alyat
  4. Take the car ferry from Alat to Kuryk
  5. Drive from Kuryk to Mangystau
  6. Take the train from Mangystau to Almaty 2

Drive  •  2 days 22h

  1. Drive from Istanbul to Almaty 5360 km

$650 - $1,000

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Last updated: May 12 | Data sourced from: ACAPS, OXFORD

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The cheapest way to get from Istanbul to Almaty is to night train and train which costs 1.000 ₺ - 2.700 ₺ and takes 5 days 15h.

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The quickest way to get from Istanbul to Almaty is to fly which costs 1.700 ₺ - 6.500 ₺ and takes 6h 26m.

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The distance between Istanbul and Almaty is 3909 km. The road distance is 5360 km.

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The best way to get from Istanbul to Almaty without a car is to night train and train which takes 5 days 15h and costs 1.000 ₺ - 2.700 ₺.

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It takes approximately 6h 26m to get from Istanbul to Almaty, including transfers.

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The quickest flight from Istanbul Airport to Almaty Airport is the direct flight which takes 5h.

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Almaty is 3h ahead of Istanbul. It is currently 4:03 AM in Istanbul and 7:03 AM in Almaty.

Yes, the driving distance between Istanbul to Almaty is 5360 km. It takes approximately 2 days 22h to drive from Istanbul to Almaty.

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SCAT, Turkish Airlines, Air Astana and Uzbekistan offer flights from Istanbul Airport to Almaty Airport.

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There are 77+ hotels available in Almaty. Prices start at $100 USD per night.

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  • Distance: 3909.5 km
  • Duration: 6h 26m

What companies run services between Istanbul, Turkey and Almaty, Kazakhstan?

Turkish Airlines, Air Astana and two other airlines fly from Istanbul to Almaty 3 times a day.

Airlines
Turkish Airlines
Website
turkishairlines.com
Flights from Istanbul to Almaty
Ave. Duration
5h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$280 - $1,100
Flights from Istanbul to Almaty via Antalya
Ave. Duration
8h 35m
When
Tuesday and Friday
Estimated price
$240 - $1,200
Air Astana
Website
airastana.com
Flights from Istanbul to Almaty
Ave. Duration
5h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$280 - $1,100
Flights from Istanbul to Almaty via Nur-Sultan
Ave. Duration
7h 30m
When
Thursday
Estimated price
$310 - $950
Uzbekistan
Website
uzairways.com
Flights from Istanbul to Almaty via Tashkent
Ave. Duration
8h 15m
When
Tuesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$390 - $750
SCAT
Website
scat.kz
Flights from Istanbul to Almaty via Shimkent
Ave. Duration
6h 50m
When
Monday and Thursday
Estimated price
$65 - $350
Train operators
Azerbaijan Railways (ADDY)
Website
ady.az
Train from Baku to Osmanly
Ave. Duration
3h 37m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$1 - $4
Schedules at
ticket.ady.az
3rd class (platzkart)
$1 - $3
2nd class (coupe)
$2 - $4
1st Class
$4 - $7
Train from Osmanly to Alyat
Ave. Duration
2h 4m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$1 - $2
Schedules at
ticket.ady.az
3rd class (platzkart)
$1
2nd class (coupe)
$1 - $2
1st Class
$2 - $3
Train from Bilajari to Osmanly
Ave. Duration
3h 14m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$1 - $4
Schedules at
ticket.ady.az
3rd class (platzkart)
$1 - $3
2nd class (coupe)
$2 - $4
1st Class
$4 - $7
Railways of Kazakhstan (KTZ)
Website
railways.kz
Train from Mangystau to Almaty 2
Ave. Duration
2 days 8h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$22 - $90
Schedules at
bilet.railways.kz
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bilet.railways.kz
Second Class (coupe)
$55 - $90
First Class (Lux)
$90 - $140
Third Class (Platzkart or Seating class)
$30 - $55
Train from Aksarayskiy to Atyrau
Ave. Duration
10h 2m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$4 - $35
Schedules at
bilet.railways.kz
Book at
bilet.railways.kz
Second Class (coupe)
$6 - $11
First Class (Lux)
$11 - $17
Third Class (Platzkart or Seating class)
$4 - $6
Train from Atyrau to Almaty 2
Ave. Duration
38h 20m
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
$24 - $85
Schedules at
bilet.railways.kz
Book at
bilet.railways.kz
Second Class (coupe)
$55 - $85
First Class (Lux)
$85 - $140
Third Class (Platzkart or Seating class)
$30 - $50
Bulgarian Railways (BDZh)
Phone
0700 10 200
Website
bdz.bg
Night train from Halkali to Gara Bucureşti Nord
Ave. Duration
18h 20m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$20 - $29
Website
Bulgarian Railways (BDZh)
2nd Class
$20 - $24
1st Class
$24 - $29
Ukrainian Railways
Website
uz.gov.ua
Train from Bucharest - Gara de Nord to Kyiv-Passazhyrskiy Station
Ave. Duration
25h 41m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$45 - $90
Schedules at
uz.gov.ua
3rd class
$45 - $65
2nd class
$65 - $90
1st class
$100 - $150
Train from Kiev Pass to Aksarayskiy
Ave. Duration
37h 20m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$55 - $130
Schedules at
uz.gov.ua
3rd class
$55 - $85
2nd class
$85 - $130
1st class
$140 - $200
Bus operators
Luks Istanbul
Phone
+90544 210 2535
Website
luksistanbul.com
Night bus from Istanbul - Aksaray to Baku
Ave. Duration
21h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$31
Schedules at
luksistanbul.com
Ferry operators
Azerbaijan Caspian Shipping Company
Phone
(+99412) 404 37 00
Email
contact@asco.az
Website
asco.az
Car ferry from Alat to Kuryk
Ave. Duration
30h
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$80
Schedules at
asco.az
Passenger
$80
Car
$300

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The best way to get from Istanbul to Istanbul Airport is to taxi which takes 31 min and costs 150 ₺ - 190 ₺.

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