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AIR : There are frequent flights from Almaty to Chimkent (four times a day), Dzhambul, Karaganda, Astana, Pavlodar, Kzil-Orda, Semipalatinsk and Ust-Kamenogorsk. Flights also leave Chimkent for Almaty, Semipalatinsk and Karaganda. Travellers should note that maintenance procedures for aircraft operating internally may not conform to internationally accepted standards.

Domestic airports : Chimkent has an airport offering mostly domestic flights. However, there are also services to Moscow (four a week) and Novosibirsk (Russian Federation), and to Tashkent (Uzbekistan) (daily). Bus no. 12 runs from the city centre to the airport. Semipalatinsk has a domestic airport with flights to Almaty, Dzhambul, Chimkent, Karaganda and Ust-Kamenogorsk. However, it also receives flights from Moscow (four a week), Tashkent, Krasnoyarsk, Omsk, Tomsk and Bishkek. The airport at Ust-Kamenogorsk receives flights from Almaty and a few other Kazakh cities, as well as from Moscow, Novosibirsk and a few other Siberian cities. Bus no. 12 runs to the Hotel Ust-Kamenogorsk in the city centre.

RIVER : River trips can be taken in Semipalatinsk on the River Irtysh.

RAIL : There are two TurkSib trains leaving Chimkent daily, one to Tashkent (Uzbekistan) and the other to Novosibirsk (Russian Federation), stopping at destinations in between. The cost of rail travel in Kazakhstan is minimal in comparison with Western Europe and there are regular connections between all the main centres. Queues at stations to buy a ticket can be long and passengers should bring their own food and drink on any train journey. It may be advisable for foreign visitors to travel by bus between cities, owing to an increase in robberies on trains.

ROAD : Traffic drives on the right. There is a reasonable network of roads in Kazakhstan connecting all the towns and regional centres. Petrol supplies are reasonably reliable in comparison with other Central Asian republics. Bus : There are regular bus connections between all the main cities of Kazakhstan. Taxi : These are available in all Kazakh cities. Car hire : Available in Almaty and Astana and at the airports. Documentation : An International Driving Permit is required.

URBAN : Almaty is served by trolleybuses and buses.

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