Train No. 704T (Astana to Almaty)

October 6, 2018

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Caption

 

 

Astana-1 "Астана-1" Station

 

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Astana-Nurly Zhol "Астана-Нурлы Жол" Station

 

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Alma-Ata 2 "Алматы-2" Station

 

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The Journey

 

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Timetable

 

Timetable for Train No. 704Т*

"Астана-1" Astana (Depart) 20:51

"Алматы-2" Alma-Ata 2 (Arrive) 09:59 

*This train originates from Petropavlovsk "Петропавловск"

 

Train Numbers 004Т, 702Ц, 003Т, 703Т and 701Ц are also operated by overnight Talgo trains. These trains depart daily as follows.

 

Astana to Almaty timetable:

Train No. 004Т Astana-Nurly Zhol "Астана-Нурлы Жол" 15:35 - Almaty-2 "Алматы-2" 06:20 (+1)

Train No. 702Ц Astana-Nurly Zhol "Астана-Нурлы Жол" 18:50 - Almaty-2 "Алматы-2" 08:25 (+1)

 

Almaty to Astana timetable:

Train No. 003Т Almaty-2 "Алматы-2" 15:24 - Astana-Nurly Zhol "Астана-Нурлы Жол" 06:30 (+1)Train No. 703Т* Almaty-2 "Алматы-2" 17:49 - Astana-1 "Астана-1" 07:14 (+1)

Train No. 701Ц Almaty-2 "Алматы-2" 18:36 - Astana-Nurly Zhol "Астана-Нурлы Жол" 08:20 (+1)

*This train continues to Petropavlovsk "Петропавловск"

 

Note: Soviet style trains also operate between Astana and Almaty taking around 20 hours but not necessarily costing less. 

 

 

 

Tickets

 

As I was beginning my journey in Kazakhstan, I used "TicketsKz" which is a basically an online travel agency. It is very important to point out that tickets purchased through this website must be collected in Kazakhstan although some tickets are also available as e-tickets (see below). Ticket prices are marked up by approximately 50% if using this website compared to purchasing a train ticket directly at a Kazakhstan railway station.

 

My Astana to Almaty e-ticket

 

 

 

 

What was the train like (including ticket prices)?

 

Coach 3 – First Class Sleeping “Talgo Grand Class” (VIP) 

This coach has two berth compartments (lower and upper bunks) with a private shower.  Tickets cost around 22,806 KZT (approximately US$61.50) if purchased from "TicketsKz", an online travel agency. Tickets issued via this site must be collected in Kazakhstan unless an e-ticket option is available – these tickets are marked up from the real ticket price obtainable from Kazakhstan railway stations. 

 

Coach 2 – First Class Sleeping “Talgo Class” (VIP)

This coach has two berth compartments (lower and upper bunks) with just a sink. Tickets cost around 14,308.35 KZT (approx US$38.50) if purchased from "TicketsKz", an online travel agency. Tickets issued via this site must be collected in Kazakhstan unless an e-ticket option is available – these tickets are marked up from the real ticket price obtainable from Kazakhstan railway stations. 

 

Coach 4 – Second Class Sleeping “Talgo Grand Class”

This coach has two berth compartments (lower and upper bunks) with just a sink. Tickets cost around 19,454.40 KZT (approx US$38.50) if purchased from "TicketsKz", an online travel agency. Tickets issued via this site must be collected in Kazakhstan unless an e-ticket option is available – these tickets are marked up from the real ticket price obtainable from Kazakhstan railway stations. I have no idea what the difference between coach 2 and coach 4 actually is! 

2 x pictures (internal & external) – Lower and Upper bunks (2 berth)

 

 

Coaches 5 to 11, 13 to 18 – Second Class Sleeping “Talgo Grand Class”

19,454.40 KZT (approx US$38.50) – prices obtained from "TicketsKz", an online travel agency. Tickets issued via this site must be collected in Kazakhstan unless an e-ticket option is available – these tickets are marked up from the real ticket price obtainable from Kazakhstan railway stations.

 

A 4-berth compartment and the seating plan layout (each compartment has 2-lower and 2-upper berths)

 

 

The Restaurant and Bar Carriage

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The Samovar - it's gone!

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Suggested Links

 

The official Kazakhstan Railways website.

 

I used "TicketsKz" to purchase all my Uzbekistan train tickets which is a Kazakhstan based online agency. If using this site, you must pick up your tickets in Kazakhstan and expect ticket prices to be marked up by approximately 50%. Some tickets are sold as e-tickets.

 

Photo Journal

 

 

There are always more photos to be shared but sharing them all on this journal page will just make it look cluttered so if you want to see more photos for inspiration, check out my Flickr “Kazakhstan-2018” album.

 

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