Getting Around in Almaty

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It is best of all to have transportation by your company or by people whom you know. Especially when you are coming to Almaty airport, it is important to have someone arrange a taxi for you. The ride from the airport will cost about US$7. You should be careful to ask the person arranging the car beforehand for the name of your driver and have it written down.

When you are in the city, if there is no possibility to have a car from your company , you might consider mass transit or a cab. There are buses, trolleybuses, and trams (streetcars) in Almaty. It is very difficult to know where this or that bus or trolleybus is going, so it is better to ask beforehand. There are no schedules available. If you know Russian, it will be much easier: you can ask people at a bus stop. There is another type of transportation, which is literally called ‘a route taxi’. Those are little vans that work like buses having their own routes. As of February 2001 it cost 20 tenge (14 cents) to ride a bus, trolleybus or a tram. The vans are 30 tenge (21 cents).

The best, but more expensive way of commuting is a taxi. If you need it, stand on the edge of a road and raise your hand. Very soon somebody will stop. The car wouldn’t necessarily have a ‘taxi’ sign. You should tell the driver how much you are going to pay, because if you ask drivers how much it costs, they reply with the question how much you would like to pay. It will cost you 200 tenge (US$1.36) or less to ride from any point to another point within the city.

You can also order a cab by phone. This is probably the safest and most expensive way to commute. They charge you by their meter.

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This info is quite old, now a days, trams and buses cost 40 Tenge and the unformal taxis which are just normal ppl going around, who are ready to drop u on the way for a price , do not take less than 200 T, this could cost anywhere between 200 -500 Tenge, depending on the distance and time of the day. But these are quite comfortable. and...KNOW YOUR RUSSIAN, else you are lost.

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