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About Atyrau

Located in the west of Kazakhstan, 30 km north of the Caspian Sea, Atyrau is situated at the delta where the Ural River flows into the Caspian Sea. Since the river forms the border between Asia and Europe the city is considered to be both in Europe and Asia. Another interesting geographical fact is that Atyrau is located 20 m below sea level.

Founded by Russian trader Mikhaylo Guryev in 1645 as Lower Yaik Fort, the city was the target of Kazakh raids and was destroyed several times. The city was named ‘Guryev’ in 1708 and carried this name until 1992. Atyrau is the energy capital of Kazakhstan. Global giants in the oil and gas sector focused their investments on this city due to its rich reserves. The Kazakh-Russian pipeline, which operates as a joint venture, is located between Atyrau and the Russian city Samara. The line is the route that exports the highest volumes of oil in the country. Hydrocarbon production and fishing are other important sectors. The Ural River, Makhambet District, Atyrau Regional History Museum, Art Museum, Manjali Mosque, Oblakimata Park, Drama Theater, Orthodox Church, and Roman Catholic Church are interesting sites in the city worth visiting. Atyrau has a desert climate. The city is dry most of the year with a small amount of rainfall throughout the year. The Atyrau Airport is located 8 km northwest of the city. 

Transportation to Atyrau City Center from Airport


Atyrau Airport

There are direct and connected flights from Atyrau International Airport, located 8 kilometers from the city center, to cities such as Almaty, Amsterdam, Aktau, Istanbul and Moscow. In case you need to travel from the airport, serving to its passengers with a smaller terminal, to Atyrau center, you can use the taxis standing just outside the exit of the terminal, rent a car from the terminal or agencies close to the airport, make benefit from the comfort of the private shuttles if you are travelling with a group, or prefer a more affordable journey by taking a bus to the city center.


Taking a taxi among the taxis waiting in front of the Atyrau International Airport terminal to get to the city center from the airport is one of the easiest and most comfortable options on this route. Moreover, the taxi fares at the airport are not too high compared to the city and the whole country. If you want, you can agree with other passengers at the airport willing to go to the center and share the taxi fare, thus have a more affordable journey by reducing the amount you will pay in total. However, the close proximity of the Atyrau International Airport to the center allows you to use these vehicles without paying a high fare even if you are travelling alone.

Car Rental

You can also opt for getting to the center of Atyrau by renting an affordable car from the airport or the city center. Renting a car might also be useful for travelling to other close by destinations than the city center. You can consult to the information desks which you can find by following the signs at the airport after landing and get information about the car rental options at or around Atyrau International Airport.

Private Shuttle

You can also choose getting to the city center from Atyrau International Airport by taking a private shuttle. You can get information about how to book a private shuttle from the information desks at the airport, or request your shuttle to pick you up from airport terminal by booking online or getting in contact with your hotel in advance. Private shuttle vehicles might be useful for one passenger, as well as families of 4 or 5 or larger groups. You can get information about the passenger capacity and fares of the shuttles in advance and book a shuttle serving in Atyrau. Private shuttles take you to the door of your desired destination, and thus provide the visitors of the city a comfortable and joyful journey.


It is possible to get to Atyrau city center with the buses operating in line with the schedules of the flights from the airport. Bus schedules on the other hand might change according to the season. After landing to the airport, you might get information about the schedule of the buses departing from the stops outside the airport terminal and other means of transportation used to get to the city center.

Weather in Atyrau

DayMin - Max
ThursdayMin 19ºC - Max 28ºC
FridayMin 19ºC - Max 30ºC
SaturdayMin 19ºC - Max 29ºC
SundayMin 18ºC - Max 30ºC
MondayMin 21ºC - Max 32ºC

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