There are 6 ways to get from Istanbul to Almaty by plane, night bus, train, bus, car ferry, night train or car

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Fly  •  6h 36m

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

$202 - $247

Cheapest option

Night bus, train  •  4 days 1h

  1. Take the night bus from Istanbul - Aksaray to Baku International Bus Terminal
  2. Take the train from Baku-Pass to Astrakhan
  3. Take the train from Astrakhan to Atyrau
  4. Take the train from Atyrau to Almaty 2

$80 - $182

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Bus, train  •  4 days 10h

  1. Take the bus from Istanbul - Aksaray to Baku
  2. Take the bus from Baku International Bus Terminal to Khudat
  3. Take the train from Khudat to Astrakhan-1
  4. Take the train from Astrakhan to Ganjuschkino
  5. Take the train from Ganjuschkino to Atyrau
  6. Take the train from Atyrau to Almaty 2

$132 - $261

Bus, car ferry, train  •  5 days 4h

  1. Take the bus from Istanbul - Aksaray to Baku
  2. Take the car ferry from Baku to Aktau
  3. Take the train from Mangystau to Almaty 2

$160 - $253

Night train, train  •  5 days 11h

  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 Volgograd-1
  4. Take the train from Volgograd 1 to Atyrau
  5. Take the train from Atyrau to Almaty 2

$165 - $346

Drive  •  2 days 22h

  1. Drive from Istanbul to Almaty 5444.2 km

$700 - $1,100

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The cheapest way to get from Istanbul to Almaty is to night bus and train which costs 500 ₺ - 1.300 ₺ and takes 4 days 1h.

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The quickest way to get from Istanbul to Almaty is to fly which costs 1.300 ₺ - 1.700 ₺ and takes 6h 36m.

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The distance between Istanbul and Almaty is 3909 km. The road distance is 5444.2 km.

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The best way to get from Istanbul to Almaty without a car is to night bus and train which takes 4 days 1h and costs 500 ₺ - 1.300 ₺.

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It takes approximately 6h 36m to get from Istanbul to Almaty, including transfers.

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The quickest flight from Istanbul Ataturk Airport to Almaty Airport is the direct flight which takes 5h 10m.

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Almaty is 3h ahead of Istanbul. It is currently 12:02 PM in Istanbul and 3:02 PM in Almaty.

Yes, the driving distance between Istanbul to Almaty is 5444 km. It takes approximately 2 days 22h to drive from Istanbul to Almaty.

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Turkish Airlines, SCAT, Aeroflot Russian Airlines and three other airlines offer flights from Istanbul Ataturk Airport to Almaty Airport.

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  • Distance: 3909.5 km
  • Duration: 6h 36m

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

Air Astana, Turkish Airlines and four other airlines fly from Istanbul to Almaty every 3 hours.

Airlines
Air Astana
Website
airastana.com
Flights from Istanbul Ataturk to Almaty
Ave. Duration
5h 12m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $550
Flights from Istanbul Ataturk to Almaty via Atyrau
Ave. Duration
6h 55m
When
Tuesday and Friday
Estimated price
$240 - $550
Flights from Istanbul Ataturk to Almaty via Astana
Ave. Duration
7h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $550
Turkish Airlines
Website
p.turkishairlines.com
Flights from Istanbul Ataturk to Almaty
Ave. Duration
5h 12m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $550
Uzbekistan
Website
uzairways.com
Flights from Istanbul Ataturk to Almaty via Tashkent
Ave. Duration
7h 45m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$350 - $550
SCAT
Website
scat.kz
Flights from Istanbul Ataturk to Almaty via Shimkent
Ave. Duration
7h 25m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$180 - $420
Aeroflot Russian Airlines
Website
aeroflot.ru
Flights from Istanbul Ataturk to Almaty via Moscow Sheremetyevo
Ave. Duration
10h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$280 - $390
Azerbaijan Airlines
Website
azal.az
Flights from Istanbul Ataturk to Almaty via Baku Heydar Aliyev
Ave. Duration
10h
When
Tuesday and Saturday
Estimated price
$170 - $420
Train operators
Azerbaijan Railways (ADDY)
Website
ady.az
Train from Baku-Pass to Astrakhan
Ave. Duration
19h 20m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$10 - $26
Schedules at
ticket.ady.az
3rd class (platzkart)
$10 - $15
2nd class (coupe)
$16 - $26
1st Class
$30 - $45
Train from Khudat to Astrakhan-1
Ave. Duration
15h 12m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$8 - $20
Schedules at
ticket.ady.az
Book at
ticket.ady.az
3rd class (platzkart)
$8 - $12
2nd class (coupe)
$13 - $20
1st Class
$25 - $40
Railways of Kazakhstan (KTZ)
Website
railways.kz
Train from Astrakhan to Atyrau
Ave. Duration
11h 8m
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$4 - $35
Schedules at
bilet.railways.kz
Book at
bilet.railways.kz
Second Class (coupe)
$7 - $12
First Class (Lux)
$12 - $19
Third Class (Platzkart or Seating class)
$4 - $7
Train from Atyrau to Almaty 2
Ave. Duration
37h 16m
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$30 - $85
Schedules at
bilet.railways.kz
Book at
bilet.railways.kz
Second Class (coupe)
$55 - $85
First Class (Lux)
$90 - $140
Third Class (Platzkart or Seating class)
$30 - $50
Train from Astrakhan to Ganjuschkino
Ave. Duration
5h 17m
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$1 - $5
Schedules at
bilet.railways.kz
Book at
bilet.railways.kz
Second Class (coupe)
$2 - $5
First Class (Lux)
$4 - $7
Third Class (Platzkart or Seating class)
$1 - $3
Train from Mangystau to Almaty 2
Ave. Duration
2 days 8h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$30 - $90
Schedules at
bilet.railways.kz
Book at
bilet.railways.kz
Second Class (coupe)
$55 - $90
First Class (Lux)
$90 - $140
Third Class (Platzkart or Seating class)
$30 - $55
Russian Railways (РЖД)
Website
rzd.ru
Train from Ganjuschkino to Atyrau
Ave. Duration
3h 46m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$40 - $65
Website
pass.rzd.ru
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
$18 - $27
Website
Bulgarian Railways (BDZh)
2nd Class
$18 - $22
1st Class
$22 - $27
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 - $95
Schedules at
uz.gov.ua
3rd class
$45 - $65
2nd class
$65 - $95
1st class
$110 - $150
Train from Kiev Pass to Volgograd-1
Ave. Duration
30h 6m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$50 - $110
Schedules at
uz.gov.ua
3rd class
$50 - $70
2nd class
$75 - $110
1st class
$120 - $170
Uzbek Railways
Website
railway.uz
Train from Volgograd 1 to Atyrau
Ave. Duration
15h 42m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$14 - $20
Website
https://e-ticket.railway.uz/ru/schedule
Book at
https://e-ticket.railway.uz/en/
Bus operators
Gursoylar
Phone
+908503056161
Website
gursoylarturizm.com
Night bus from Istanbul - Aksaray to Baku International Bus Terminal
Ave. Duration
26h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$34
Schedules at
gursoylarturizm.com
Baku International Bus Terminal
Website
avtovagzal.az
Bus from Baku International Bus Terminal to Khudat
Ave. Duration
3h 30m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$3
Schedules at
avtovagzal.az
Ferry operators
Azerbaijan Caspian Shipping Company
Phone
(+99412) 404 37 00
Email
contact@asco.az
Website
asco.az
Car ferry from Baku to Aktau
Ave. Duration
30h
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$80
Schedules at
asco.az
Book at
public.acsc.az
Passenger
$80
Car
$300

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