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You can buy air tickets at many travel agencies and aviakassy (air-ticket offices) including several in the Gorodskoy Aerovokzal, where the agency International Airport Almaty opens round the clock. Transavia, with branches found at Airport, Dostyk and Zheltoksan is useful for tickets on most airlines including some lacking their own sales offices such as SCAT, Hainan Airlines, Uzbekistan Airways and Rossiya.
The airport is 13km north of the centre; its website gives schedules and daily flight information.
Within Kazakhstan, Air Astana flies around nine times daily to Astana (21,540T) and once or more daily to cities including Aktau (28,800T), Aktobe (28,470T), Atyrau (38,190T), Karaganda (21,785T), Kyzylorda (17,340T), Shymkent (18,050T) and Ust-Kamenogorsk (20,760T). SCAT flies daily to Astana and Semey (both from 15,500T) and a few days each week to Aktau (from 27,000T), Atyrau (from 27,500T), Karaganda (from 15,500T), Petropavlovsk (from 25,000T), Shymkent (from 16,500T), Taraz (from 17,500T) and Ust-Kamenogorsk (from 19,500T). Bek Air has a daily flight to Astana (from 15,000T) and three weekly to Uralsk (from 29,000T).
Bus 79 immediately outside the arrivals hall runs about every 10 minutes from about 6am to 9pm to the city centre (a 30- to 40-minute ride), where it travels south along Furmanov, west on Abay, south on Baytursynuly then west on Timiryazev (and the same in reverse going back to the airport). Bus fares are 80T. Further buses go from a bus stop 400m along the street outside the airport parking-area exit:
Bus 86 Sayakhat bus station, south on Furmanov passing Central State Museum and Ramstor, southwest on Al-Farabi.
Bus 92 Sayakhat bus station, west on Rayymbek, south on Nauryzbay Batyr, west on Abay (returning to the airport, it heads north on Zheltoksan instead of Nauryzbay Batyr).
The regular taxi fare between the airport and the centre is 2000T, although drivers at the airport will try for much more. One reliable taxi firm that you can call to book a cab is Almaty Taxi. Freelance cabs charge around 1000T: you can usually find them about 50m along the street outside the airport car-park exit.