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About Aktau

Aktau, which is situated in the southwest of Kazakhstan and the only port city on the Caspian Sea, is the capital city of Mangystau Region. Having the most important uranium reserves in the country, the city is also rich in oil and natural gas resources. Aktau, which is 13 meters below the sea level, means "White Mountain" in Kazakh. Aktau is a city that the Soviet architects designed meticulously and built in 1963. The streets have no names in this city, which is famous for its micro-region address system. The city was founded as a means of economic development completely based on processing the rich uranium and oil reserves in the region.

With a well-planned development on a regular basis, Aktau connects the country to overseas trade routes with its harbor. Oil, natural gas, trade and international transport are the top priority industries of the city. Aktau is a city of Kazakhstan, which also has many tourism investments. Beaches, especially on the shores of the Caspian Sea, are the center of marine tourism and water sports. Yntimak Square, Botanical Garden, Beket-Ata Mosque, and Drama Theatre are the main tourist attractions in the city. Summer and winter seasons are quite dry (arid) in the city where the desert climate is effective. Aktau Airport is 21 kilometers northwest of the city.

Transportation to Aktau City Center from Airport


Aktau Airport

The transportation system in Aktau, the second largest and modern city in Kazakhstan, is highly developed and practical. The main transportation means in the city are buses, matryoshka and taxis. Apart from this, other cities in Kazakhstan and neighboring countries of Kazakhstan are directly connected to Aktau by sea. Aktau Port is one of the leading ports in the region and most famous ports in terms of commerce and transportation.

Addresses in Aktau are generally expressed as 14-42-30. While 14 is the number of the province/region, 42 is the building number and 30 is the apartment number. As the streets in the city are not named, they can create some problems for tourists in terms of transportation. There are many train services from the Mangestau train station, 12 kilometers outside of the city.

It takes about 2 days to travel with the trains that provide transportation service between Astana, another important city of Kazakhstan, and Aktau. The train journey between Almaty and Aktau takes 3 days and the train journey between Atyrau and Aktau takes 1 day. The main means of public transportation you can use to get to the city center from Aktau Airport are buses and minibuses (matryoshka). Apart from that, you can also go to the city center at very reasonable prices thanks to the private transfer services affiliated with the airport or other transportation companies.

It is possible to make your transportation in the city in the most practical way by paying a little more where car rental and taxi services are also highly developed.


With the Aktau local buses waiting right outside the airport terminal, you can reach the city center or other points of the city at reasonable prices. Bus tickets cost 25 Tenges. By taking these buses that take you from the airport to one of the city's central points, you reach the city in 40-45 minutes.


The size and appearance of the matryoshka are like minibuses. These much smaller than the normal local buses but they provide access to more points in the city. The fact that the matryoshka and bus routes in the city are connected with each other makes it possible to reach any point of the city in a very short time. Some of the matryoshka you can see in Aktau city center go to the airport. The departure points and destinations of most of these are written on the vehicles.


If you want to get to the city center from Aktau Airport by taxi, you need to pay approximately 1600 Tenge. You are likely to see many taxi stands ready at the exit of Aktau Airport's arrival terminal. You can choose the vehicle you want to travel with and tell where you want to go or show it on the map to the driver.

You must bargain with the taxi drivers because the fares that Aktau taxi drivers demand are usually open to it. It is possible to get this journey of 23 kilometers in 30-35 minutes on average with a taxi.

It is possible to have more detailed information from the most popular taxi company (+777 753 33 55) among the ones waiting at the airport's exit which is also offering the most affordable options.

Car Rental

If you have already looked through many car rental companies in Aktau Airport in advance and made your choice, you can rent a car at much more affordable prices. So as long as you benefit from car rental services, where the pre-booking system is much more economical, you can pick your cat at the airport in a short time after a few small transactions. It takes approximately 25-30 minutes to drive from the airport to the city center of Aktau. Renting a car in the city where traffic is not too crowded is one of the best options.

Weather in Aktau

DayMin - Max
TuesdayMin 25ºC - Max 35ºC
WednesdayMin 25ºC - Max 33ºC
ThursdayMin 23ºC - Max 29ºC
FridayMin 21ºC - Max 31ºC
SaturdayMin 22ºC - Max 31ºC

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