Journey to Kazakhstan’s lofty cultural hub when you book flights to Almaty with flydubai. Tucked away in the foothills of the Alatau Mountains, the country’s largest metropolis seamlessly blends jaw-dropping natural beauty with upscale cosmopolitan lifestyle.
As soon as you’re booked on to one of our flights, we’ll be here to provide you with a smooth journey to the Kazakh mountains. We’ve thought of everything to improve your experience with us - from online check-in to spacious cabins, a range of fares to award-winning WiFi, we haven’t left anything to chance.
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If you opt for Economy Class you’ll find comfort, entertainment and incredible value for your money on board our aircraft. Every seat comes with 12.1-inch touchscreen, each one packed with more than 2,000 hours of entertainment. As you watch, you can relax in your ergonomically designed seats, which give every traveller extra leg room. If you get hungry on your journey, our crew will be on hand to provide you with delicious snacks and beverages from our inflight menu.
If you’d prefer something hot to eat, pre-order a meal before you fly. We’ve prepared a full menu of dishes inspired by cuisines from all over the world, so you’re sure to find something tasty to enjoy.
One of the most intriguing buildings in Almaty is the Kazakh Museum of Folk Musical Instruments. Made entirely of wood, the building is stunning and houses a beautiful collection of traditional Kazakh instruments. Visit the museum when there’s a performance on for the full experience.
To the south-east of the city, you’ll find Medeu, the world’s highest outdoor speed skating and ice hockey rink. Situated in the mountain valley, this vast rink is open year round and is the ideal place to watch some high-speed, adrenaline pumping winter sport.
Take part in some winter activities yourself and head to Central Asia’s largest ski resort, Shymbulak. There are more than 7 miles of pistes to follow here, so bring your skis and get ready to shred some powder.
This city is a charming fusion of modern aspiration and outstanding natural beauty - so whether you’re visiting to trek snow-capped mountains or to explore glitzy shopping malls, Almaty has it all. Explore museums, stroll through leafy parks, trek alpine national parks or tuck in to delicious cuisine as you discover Kazakhstan’s largest city.
Almaty is a place where striking skylines and natural landscapes rub shoulders happily. Venture to Panfilov Park and wander around this tranquil spot to get away from the buzz of the city. On your walk, you’ll come across the arresting Zenkov Cathedral. Not only is this elaborate building incredible to look at, it’s also a fantastic feat of engineering. Almost magical in its architecture, the structure is made entirely out of wood, without any nails holding it together. For another dose of greenery, head to Central Park, where you can enjoy long walks through beautiful gardens. There’s something for the kids too, with the fun fair promising a day of outdoor excitement.
This city is perfectly placed for the intrepid traveller to discover some of Kazakhstan’s most beautiful natural wonders. The Ile-Alatau National Park is right on the city’s doorstep and offers you more than 2000 sq km of mountainous terrain to explore. You may not have time to see it all but, if you do visit, the highlights include the Turgen Gorge where you can trek the valley, heading from waterfall to waterfall. You should also see Big Almaty Lake when you explore. Framed by rugged alpine terrain and lush green forests, this glacial lake stands out like a vibrant blue jewel amongst the craggy peaks.
Swap the snow-topped mountains for extraterrestrial landscapes when you venture to Charyn Canyon. Deep red, stark and striking, this beautiful corner of the country is reminiscent of the iconic Grand Canyon and definitely worth a visit.
Take on a shopping trip like no other and visit the huge Barakholka flea market. When you arrive you’ll be greeted with all the sounds, smells and sights of the bustling stalls. From food to souvenirs, live animals to rugs, everything you can imagine is on sale in this colossal market.
While in the city, tuck in to some of the region’s signature dishes for a real taste of the local cuisine. Try beshbarmak and enjoy a meal of slow-cooked meat, usually mutton or lamb, with noodles and a flavoursome stock. If you can, sample shashlyk while in the city. This dish involves tasty cuts of mutton, skewered and barbecued over a bed of charcoal for a smoky dish.
Before you set off on your journey to Almaty, ensure you contact your embassy to check for visa requirements.
While in Almaty, you’ll use the national currency of Kazakhstan – Kazakhstani tenge (KZT). The most frequently used notes include: 1, 3, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500, 1000, 2000, 5000, 10000.
The most commonly spoken languages in Almaty are Kazakh and Russian, both of which you’ll hear widely spoken in the city.
Temperatures in Almaty vary greatly depending on the season, with warm summers and cold summers. Expect highs of around 29°C between July and September and lows of -7°C between January and March.
Public transport in Almaty is well organised and frequent. You can easily make your way around the city by bus, tram or trolleybus throughout the day - however they can get a little crowded at rush hour. To avoid the busiest time of the day, take a taxi. These are readily available throughout the city, although we recommend agreeing a fare before you set off. If you want to take the wheel on your trip to Almaty, hire a car and discover the city and beyond.
Book a flight to Almaty and you’ll be travelling in and out of Almaty International Airport (ALA). Situated just 15 km from the city, you can quickly and easily make your way from the airport into the centre.