The railway sector of Kazakhstan is at the stage of development. Its technical potential is increasing every year. Kazakhstan trains run weekly to Kyrgyzstan, China, Uzbekistan, Russia and other countries. There are regular routes to Kazakhstan from Russia. You can get to Astana in 56 hours, leaving Moscow. There are trains that follow from Samara, Chelyabinsk, Novosibirsk and other Russian cities. Some Russian trains dock in Petropavlovsk.
The country's railways form an extensive network, which was founded during the existence of the USSR. Large settlements are connected by constant communication. However, in Kazakhstan there are huge sections that are not covered by the railway network..
Where to buy a train ticket
You can buy a train ticket in Kazakhstan on the official website of the Kazakhstan Railways. Payment is accepted in various ways, including from a Russian Sberbank card. To buy a train ticket, you should register on the website https://epay.railways.kz. Then the passenger can use a convenient search system. After entering the place of arrival and departure, the date of departure, the system will select a list of suitable routes. You can also see prices and arrival times there..
To buy a ticket, a passenger can use an additional website of Kazakhstan railways pcente.kz. This method allows for significant savings. If you use the Russian Railways website to purchase tickets for trains in Kazakhstan, then some are much more expensive.
Regular train tickets are cheap. It is most expensive to travel on Italian-made trains, which recently began to run on the railways of Kazakhstan. They move much faster than conventional trains. But there are such trains on the main routes: Almaty-Petropavlovsk, Almaty-Astana. Having bought an electronic ticket on the website, it must be exchanged for a traditional one by contacting the ticket office at the railway station. There are trains for which electronic registration is valid at the time of purchase of a ticket. In this case, the passenger can go straight to the train without going to the ticket office..
The train schedule in Kazakhstan can be viewed on the Internet. It should be noted that Kazakhstani trains are usually overcrowded. It is almost impossible to buy a ticket at the box office and leave immediately. Therefore, passengers are advised to buy tickets in advance. At the same time, it is possible to get a discount of about 35% of the original ticket price. If demand is high, ticket prices rise by the train departure date.