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Getting there & away

Uralsk has direct flights to Astana (22, 000T), Atyrau, and Aktau five or six times weekly; to Almaty (24, 500T) three times; to Moscow twice; and to London (by Astraeus, www.flyastraeus.com) and Baku once.

There are daily trains to Moscow (29 hours) and Almaty (54 hours). Trains to Almaty go via Aqtöbe, passing through part of Russia en route – check visa requirements.

Minibuses to Atyrau (2200T, six hours) leave Uralsk’s train station at 6am, 7am and 9am. Shared taxis to Atyrau (4000T to 5000T, five hours) also go from the station.