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.
On your next trip to the Pacific Northwest, use Orbitz to find low-cost domestic and international flights to Seattle. The primary airport is the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, more commonly known as Sea-Tac, located roughly 15 miles south of downtown Seattle. The Boeing Field-King County International Airport is less than 10 miles south of the city, but flights into this airport are generally more limited and a bit more expensive.
You will have several public transportation options once you land in Seattle, including Link Light Rail and King County Metro Transit. There are also public taxis, share-a-ride shuttles and private car services ready to bring you to your final destination. Expect to pay a fare of between $35 and $45 from Sea-Tac into downtown Seattle, and roughly half of that from the Boeing Field airport. Use Orbitz.com to plan your trip, and you will be able to either rent a car or choose a hotel that has free shuttle service to and from the airport.
Seattle has a mild climate, with winter temperatures usually ranging from the mid-30s to the mid-40s and summer temperatures that rarely go above the mid-70s. November and December usually have a fair amount of rainfall, but the rest of the year is fairly dry. Because cool nights occur year round, plan a wardrobe that you can layer to accommodate the fluctuating temperatures.
Visitors to Seattle have no shortage of things to see and do. Some of the most famous landmarks include the Space Needle, the site of the original Starbucks in Pike Place Market and Bill Gates' house on Lake Washington. There are also plenty of parks, museums, theaters, shops and restaurants in and around the city. Enjoy your stay, and the next time you need discount flights to Seattle, be sure to use Orbitz.com.
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