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Re: From China to Almaty

Posted: Wed Apr 25, 2012 5:54 am
by steven
Please read and post reports and questions about the Almaty-Yining bus service below.

We summarize all info on the Yining-Almaty bus page.

Yining-Almaty bus Q&A

Posted: Sun Apr 24, 2016 9:30 am
by arthurschmidt2000
The books describe very well how to go from Urumqi to Almaty.

There is an alternative via Yining. A hard sleeper from Uru is Y160. The ride takes you 8 to 9 h.

In Yining base yourself in the youth hostel. The staff speaks English. Make a reservation by There you are shown the adress of the YH in Chinese characters. As it ist located in a small street don't be surprised if the 1st taxi driver does not know it. Taxi from the railway station was Y 20.

From Yining is a bus on monday and thursday to Almaty.


Take a bus to Khorgos (100 km, Y20, 1,5 hrs). The bus terminal is +- 1 km away from the YH.

Buy a bus ticket. Don't worry about the given depature times. The frequently running minibuses leave when they are full.

In Khorgos the bus terminates in front of the bus station. Inside the bus station you must buy a Kazhakstan bus ticket for steep Y 70. Without that ticket you can't enter the immigration area.

Walk 500m ++ to the Chinese immigration. Pass it and wait for the bus.

On the KZ side pass the immigration. Wait for the bus. It will drop you on a place where the taxis are waiting for you.

Or, while waiting for the bus, someone will offer you a ride.

I choosed the latter option and had a front seat for 5000 Tenge.

If you know where to stay in Almaty the taxi will take you there.

You must pay before you leave. Don't worry, if you have to change the car.

Only on the Chinese side of the border are money changers.

It took me 12 hrs from the YH to my place in Almaty. So don't leave the YH after 10.

Yining - Almaty bus

Posted: Sun Jul 23, 2017 10:38 am
by doug27
Hi guys,

I've seen the article about making the crossing from Yining and the forum post about buses leaving from Urumqi twice a week, I was just wondering if anyone knew whether this was still accurate and hasnt become any more frequent?
It looks like buses go KZ to CN every day but from Urumqi only twice a week?

Thanks in advance for your help!

Re: China to Almaty July 2017 Update

Posted: Tue Jul 25, 2017 11:28 am
by Ewcyna
Hi Doug, last month I checked it, tge bus was not every day, but if you still need exact info I can get to the bus station no problem, I live in Urumqi and it is not far.

Re: China to Almaty July 2017 Update

Posted: Thu Jul 27, 2017 8:40 am
by doug27
Hi E,
If you're not far that would be really helpful, but please dont go far out your way!
Thanks a lot,

Re: China to Almaty July 2017 Update

Posted: Thu Jul 27, 2017 1:39 pm
by Ewcyna
Hi, not too far, passed by today.
The bus us every day now at 7 PM Bejing time, it takes one day, 24 hours to get to Almaty. Tickets at 440 and 460 RMB, lower and upper bed.
The bus station is a bit tricky to find though, looks like a backyard actually.. just one small sign at the main Renmin Lu street.
Hope it helps, Ewa

Re: China to Almaty July 2017 Update

Posted: Wed Aug 02, 2017 6:11 am
by doug27
Thanks a lot Ewa. Appreciate your time!

Re: From China to Almaty

Posted: Wed Aug 30, 2017 3:25 am
by Jaysun
For those looking to travel the other way, ie Almaty to Yining, I was told this morning at the bus station ticket office that there is not longer a direct bus from Almaty, apparently it stoked operating a month ago.

China to Almaty!

Posted: Tue Mar 20, 2018 10:33 am
by Ann90
Hello guys, I’ve already read all the things I could find on internet about how to get from Yining to Almaty but most of the post are old and in the others still I cannot understand which is the best way to cross this border and when the buses leaves exactly, at what time, etc....Any tips for me? Someone went around this route recently?
I’m going to try to cross the border in not more than ten days!

Re: China to Almaty!

Posted: Sun Apr 01, 2018 1:56 pm
by steven
This post was updated in September 2017 and says there are no more buses. ... ng-almaty/