The young capital of Kazakhstan recently celebrated its 25th anniversary. Astana is in the top ten most attractive tourist cities in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), as reported on turstat.com.
The city has become famous for futuristic architecture and modern technologies. Some top places to see include:
Check Visit Astana website to get additional information on recreation and free time activities, schedule of upcoming events, dining options, exploring the capital city's other notable landmarks or guided walking tours
Kazakh is the state language in Kazakhstan. Russian can be officially used on a level with Kazakh language.
Here are few useful words and phrases in Kazakh:
|- Сәлеметсіз бе?
|- [zhɔ:q] (zh as in mea-sure)
|Good bye (formal)
|- Сау болыңыз!
|- [sau bo-leu-'ŋeuz]
|Good bye (casual)
|- Сау бол!
Kazakhstan uses power outlets and plugs of types C & F. Take a look at the pictures below to see what these plugs and power sockets look like:
Type C - The standard European plug. Commonly used in Europe, South-America and Asia, but also in quite a few other countries. Plugs of type E and F will also fit in a type C outlet.
Type F - Used in almost all European countries and Russia. Also known as the Schuko plug. Plugs of type C and E will also fit in a type F socket.
Tenge (₸) is the official currency of Kazakhstan. Because most places you visit will be able to take your credit or debit cards, you don’t need to take much cash.
You can exchange your money or buy tenge at the airport (24/7) or in the bank offices inside shopping malls of Astana like Mega Silk Way (which is located next to Nazarbayev University campus (venue of the conference) from 10.00 am until 10.00 pm.
International ATMs are available both on campus and shopping malls in the city.
Standard time in Kazakhstan is either UTC+05:00 or UTC+06:00. These times apply throughout the year as Kazakhstan does not observe Daylight saving time.
Astana time is UTC+06:00
We kindly invite you to use the TimeZone Converter if you have any doubts about the schedule.
In Astana, the summers are long, comfortable, dry, and partly cloudy and the winters are long, frigid, snowy, windy, and overcast. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from -20°C to +26°C and is rarely below -31°C or above +32°C.
Based on the tourism score, the best time of year to visit Astana for warm-weather activities is from mid June to mid August.