Due to developing Internet services, Almaty every year more and more suits the category of Smart City and becomes convenient for Smart Tourism.
The official language here is Kazakh, but most of the inhabitants speak Russian, and somewhat less English. In Almaty, thanks to the southern climate, delicious and organic food products - fruits, vegetables, meat, dairy products. From any point of the city you will open an unforgettable panorama of the mountain peaks. In just an hour you can get from the city center to the mark of 3200 meters above sea level.
What to do and where to go in Almaty
Using the free mobile application - audio guide (link below), you will get acquainted with the history of Almaty and the sights of the city. You will be surprised by the hospitality of local residents and the abundance of parks and fountains. We recommend to visit the Central Museum of Kazakhstan, the museum of Almaty, the Kasteyev Museum of Art. And, of course, you need to see the world famous high mountain skating rink "Medeo" and the ski resort "Chimbulak", located in the mountains near the city.
And beyond the city you will find amazing creations of nature. This is the famous Charyn Canyon, Altyn Emel National Park, Kolsai Lakes and many other unique places that are definitely worth a visit. You can perform mountain ascents, ride horses, skate and ski. Mountain rivers are waiting for rafting enthusiasts, and lovers of exotics can spend the night in a real yurt and feel how the nomads lived - the ancestors of local residents.
In Almaty there are more than 150 hotels and hostels located in different parts of the city. Prices in hostels start from $ 7 per seat, and prices in five-star hotels from $ 150. It is better to stop closer to the center, where the main sights of the city are concentrated. Or along the metro line to get to the center, regardless of traffic jams.
Flights to Almaty
11 airlines carry out flights to more than 55 cities of the world from the international airport of Almaty. The airport is 15 km away. from the city center, which can be reached by bus. Directly from the terminal to the city departs only 1 route No. 92. The stop of other buses going to the city is outside the airport's terminal area. You can use the official airport taxi, order a taxi online or by phone. In this case, the trip will cost you from $ 10 to $ 20. It is necessary to avoid private drivers who offer their services directly at the airport terminal. As a rule, they inflate the price.
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Most hotels in Almaty provide access to a free Wi-Fi network. In a city to find free access points it is difficult enough. The best option is to buy a SIM card from one of the local operators. 20 GB of internet traffic will cost you no more than $ 20.
In Almaty, a fairly young, but very beautiful and clean metro. While there is only 1 line. The city has 160 bus and 8 trolleybus routes. The taxi is convenient and safe and can be booked by phone or using mobile applications: Yandex Taxi and Uber. For fans of bike tours, the city bike rental system operates year round. There are 200 cycling stations all over the city. In the city there are 2 bus stations and 2 railway stations.
Local currency is Kazakh Tenge (KZT). To change the currency to the local and back is not a problem, thanks to exchange points throughout the city. The recommended currency for the exchange is the US dollar.
To avoid troubles and large fines, we give several warnings: do not litter, observe the rules of the road, do not leave things unattended on the street, do not use obscene language, do not smoke in closed and public institutions, do not drink alcohol on the streets, do not buy anything from strangers on the street, in crowded places be vigilant, do not use the services of random passing cars.
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