Astana Airport is a small, quiet, clean airport. There is little there to entertain you, the Food and Drinks selection is abysmal and there are none of the extra services frequent flyers have grown accustomed to from other airports, but it does have free wi-fi.
Although recently renovated, another airport will soon be built.
Attention! If you care more about the price of your plane ticket than your carbon footprint you might have an international flight connection that also connects internally, for instance Bishkek-Astana-Almaty-Kuala Lumpur. In this case, you will have an issue if you are not visa-free in Kazakhstan since there is no transit zone from international to internal flights in Astana airport.
How to get to the city centre from Astana Airport?
Transfer to the city is 2500-3000 tenge (around 20$). Look for official taxis outside such as Sary-Arka taxi and request a receipt.
There are 2 bus-stops outside, you can get to the city on lines 10 (to the train station) & 12. Buses often don’t stop at the nearest bus stop. After you get out from the airport, go right for about 150 meters until the next bus stop. 60 tenge for a ride. Buses operate from 6am until 11pm.
Is there free wifi in Astana Airport?
Yes, it’s free, speed is decent, and it appears to work most of the time. The second floor waiting area has the best connection.
Where can I find plugs to recharge my devices?
On the second floor, in the waiting area you can find many plugs to recharge your phone.
In the domestic departure hall, near the Assorti cafe.
Can I sleep in the airport?
Benches are somewhat suited to laying down. During the day taking a nap is ok. In the nighttime, we don’t have conclusive evidence of good or bad sleeping conditions. We do know it’s cold in the airport in winter.
Where can I get decent food?
Food in Astana Airport is ridiculously overpriced and generally of dubious quality. You can get cheap and tasty food in the stolovaja (canteen) of the personnel. This is located in the neighbouring building, to the right if you are looking at the city.
What else can I do in Astana Airport?
You are your own entertainment. If you want to get out of the airport and apply for a visa on arrival, be sure to have it planned in advance. It’s not easy. If possible, get a transit visa in advance.
What else do I need to know?
- The airport gets busy on Sunday when many people take the plane to Almaty.
- You can take the elevator to the top floor for a panoramic view.
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