Almaty, the former capital of Kazakhstan and the country's largest city, is a cultural gem in the heart of Central Asia. Orbitz.com can help you find cheap flights from Almaty out of Almaty International Airport, the area's small but bustling air transportation hub. The airport is located at Turksib District, Mailin Street 2, approximately 11 miles from the downtown area, and offers direct flights to many popular destinations, including London, Moscow, Amsterdam, Dubai and Bangkok. KLM, Lufthansa, Air Astana, British Midland International and more than 20 other airlines fly out of this airport.
Almaty International Airport offers outdoor and garage parking areas for travelers who want to leave a car at the airport. Parking up to 15 minutes is free. Parking for six hours costs 800 KZT, while parking for a full 24-hour period costs 1,800 KZT. Each additional 24-hour period after the first day costs 2,000 KZT.
If you are traveling during the daytime, it is feasible to take the city bus 492 to Almaty International Airport for a small fee per passenger. Otherwise, your ground transportation options include taxi service and hired car service. It is important when selecting a taxi that you choose a licensed taxi and not a car without a taxi sign. A taxi from the downtown area to the airport should cost approximately $25. Typically, the drive should take 30 minutes, but plan for congestion at the airport. Another option is to arrange for a hired car in advance. Many of the high-end hotels provide shuttle service to the airport free of charge.
Almaty International Airport is a small airport with few amenities. There aren't any restaurants where you can grab a bite to eat before a flight. Your best option is to eat before you get to the airport. Dining options in the downtown area for a quick bite to eat in the morning or a cup of coffee that you can take with you include Coffeedelia, La Grenouille, Madlen, AmBar and Esperanza. Orbitz.com can help you find local sales and low cost dining options in the area, as well as help you book cheap flights from Almaty.
When planning a visit to the United Kingdom, use Orbitz.com to find cheap flights to London through the four major airports. Orbitz.com will make air travel arrangements for you through Heathrow Airport (24 km from London), Gatwick Airport (40 km), Stansted Airport (80 km), and London City Airport (16 km). Heathrow provides direct services to 90 country destinations in the world. All major airlines, including budget airlines, serve Heathrow and Gatwick airports. London Stansted Airport serves domestic and continental flights. If you prefer landing in the London financial district, Orbitz.com will get you affordable flights through the London City Airport.
Orbitz.com helps you find safe and inexpensive parking in proximity to the terminals for the airports to facilitate your departure to the city at the end of the cheap flights to London. These parking lots also provide access to taxi services such as Black Cab, which charges approximately Â£50. There are also shuttle bus connections (such as Airbus) between the airports and the city. Airbus runs pick-up operations at each terminal.
Orbitz.com will arrange for cheap transportation through the famous London tube to Heathrow's underground station, in addition to deals for cheap flights to London. Heathrow has two tube stations at the Piccadilly Line end, with the first serving Terminals 1-3 and the second serving Terminal 4. It takes about 40 minutes to go from Heathrow to Earl's Court Station in Central London. Heathrow Express Train will take you to Paddington Station in 15 minutes and costs Â£13. Gatwick Express takes about 30 minutes and charges Â£9.50.
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