Travel and Accommodation
Rahat Palace Hotel
29/6 St. Satpaev Avenue
Tel: +7 727 250 1234
Fax: +7 727 250 8888
Getting from the airport to the city centre
Almaty International Airport, (IATA: ALA), +7 727 270 33 33.
Located 25 km from the city centre, this airport is small and sometimes several flights depart around the same time, resulting in very long queues and wait times. Be early, and expect delays to your flight. Many departures from Almaty leave a little late, but most arrivals are generally on time.
It generally takes about 30 minutes to reach the city centre by car.
A taxi from the airport to the city costs about 3000-3500 Tenge (around 14-17EUR) if you hail the taxi outside of the airport. You can also take a bus to the centre – buses depart from 7AM and the ticket costs 80 Tenge (around 0.40EUR). We advise asking at the airport information booth to order you a taxi (it will be about a ten-minute wait for one to arrive), as it will cost you around 1200 Tenge (around 6EUR) – which is half the price of getting one outside the airport.
There are two railway stations, Almaty-1 and Almaty-2. Almaty-2 is located in the city centre, Almaty-1 is 4 km from the centre. Most trains’ final destination is Almaty-2, but some lower-class trains end at Almaty-1.
Getting from the airport to the meeting venue
Rahat Palace Hotel is 15 kilometers away from the Almaty International Airport, approximately 40 minutes by car.
Rahat Palace Hotel’s Airport booth is located just outside the international arrivals exit on the right and offers 24 hours assistance. A private car service can be arranged at KZT 6,500 per one way including VAT.
Visas must be obtained in advance of arrival, as they are no longer available on arrival at the airport. Make sure you allocate ample time for obtaining a Visa. It usually takes between 7-10 business days to process a Visa.
If you you are arriving from a country that has no consulate, you can obtain a type of plane-side Visa which usually needs to be coordinated with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs at least one week in advance.
Almaty and Kazakhstan
General information about Almaty and Kazakhstan can be found at the Almaty Tourism Website.