Airfare to Almaty, Kazakhstan
Almaty is no longer the capital of Kazakhstan, but it remains the largest. When walking around town, gawk at the Presidential Palace and pay your respects at the 28 Panfilov Heroes Memorial Park. Head outside of the city on a day trip to visit the world’s second-largest canyon, Charyn Canyon.
Airfare to Almaty will be the cheapest on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursday. Mondays are popular with business travellers and weekends are key dates for holidaymakers wanting the longest trips possible – avoid these dates.
Also consider flights into Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. To get between the cities, you can grab a spot on a train, bus or flight. Look for cheap flights on no frills airlines. Although it will take longer to reach your destination, a bus or train could save you enough cash to make it worth your while.
Another possible money-saving tip is to look for flights that go through Bangkok, Thailand; Delhi, India; or another major gateway city instead of flying direct. Because there are more flights – and competition – from these cities on low budget airlines, you can save some cash over flying non-stop to your destination. It is very common to layover in one of these main cities.
Finally, consider traveling on a lesser-known carrier. Air Astana is the national airline. However, KLM, Lufthansa and other airlines also stop in Almaty.
The most expensive air tickets to Almaty are found during peak holiday travel times, such as the New Year. Also be aware of national events or festivals, which can also cause ticket prices to rise.
Summary of Money Saving Tips:
- Fly mid-week
- Book your holiday during the off-peak season
- Consider flying into Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan and traveling overland to Almaty via train or bus
- Look for flights that go through large cities, with many flights
- Check out carriers besides the national airline – they may undercut the monopolistic competition
For more information on Almaty, check out BootsnAll’s Almaty Travel Guide.