Kazakhstan by train

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A Travel Guide For Train Travel In Kazakhstan.

Here you will find information for Kazakhstan about trains, routes, tours, connections, where to buy train tickets and more.


Useful Information

Population: 18.04 million

Currency: Tenge

Language: Kazakh, Russian

Capital: Nur-Sultan

Country code: +7

Time zone: Kazakhstan Eastern Standard Time, Kazakhstan Western Standard Time

Train Companies

The rail network in Kazakhstan is operated by the state railway company – Kazakhstan Temir Zholy (KTZ).


Train Tickets

Buy your train tickets for Kazakhstan online at tickets.kz.


Buy your train tickets online at OMIO and compare trains, buses & flights.

Rail Passes

There are no rail passes available for Kazakhstan.



There are two different train types in Kazakhstan, old Sovjet slow trains and new highspeed trains.

Sovjet trains are slow and more authentic trains.

They offer 4 different classes:

  • Obshy – Seats only
  • Platzkart – open car with bunk beds
  • Kupe – 4-bed compartment
  • Lyux – 2-bed compartment

Talgo trains are high-speed trains that are used on some routes.

They offer 2 different classes:

  • Kupe – 4-bed compartment
  • Lyux – 2-bed compartment

All trains are equipped with a Samovar with hot boiling water for coffee or tea and a restaurant wagon.

There are train connections between Nur- Sultan, Kazakhstan, and Moscow, Russia.

Train connections between Almaty, Kazakhstan, and Tashkent, Uzbekistan run 3 times a week.


Frequently Travelled Routes In Kazakhstan 


From > To
Duration (h)
Changes Transport
Nur-Sultan to Almaty 15:00 Direct Train
Nur-Sultan to Karaganda 2:33 Direct Train
Almaty to Aktobe 33:42 Direct Train
Almaty to Aral 33:14 Direct Train


From > To
Duration (h)
Changes Transport
Nur-Sultan to Moscow, Russia 54:50 1 Train
Nur-Sultan to Novosibirsk, Russia 24:52 Direct Train
Almaty to Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan 5:00 Direct Bus
Almaty to Tashkent, Uzbekistan 20:14 1 Train


Kazakhstan travel routes

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Main Train Stations

  • Almaty
  • Nur-Sultan
  • Aktobe
  • Karaganda
  • Uralsk

Good to know

Best Time To Travel To Kazakhstan

We recommend traveling to Kazakhstan anytime from April – June and September – October, the country’s spring and summer months. Kazakhstan has extremely hot summers and cold winters. In the springtime, the landscape brightens up with poppies and tulips, and in the fall, the changing colors of the trees make for a great backdrop amongst the mountains. The temperatures are perfect during these months making city sightseeing and steppes worth visiting.

During the country’s spring and fall months, hiking is not quite possible as the passes are still covered by snow, but throughout the summer Altyn Emel and Charyn Canyon are great for hiking and exploring the steppe region. The Altai Mountains and Tien Shan Mountains are reachable in summer and offer amazing views.

Kazakhstan offers plenty of activities for every traveler, such as hiking, biking, skiing, eagle hunting, horseback riding, ice fishing, rafting, and watching the famous Kokpar. Kokpar is essentially dead goat polo often played on National holidays and also played in Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, and Kyrgyzstan.


  • High Season: July – August
  • Low Season: November – March

Accommodation In Kazakhstan


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