Kazakhstan Travel Budget - Visit Kazakhstan on a Budget or Travel in Style


How much does it cost to travel to Kazakhstan?

You should plan to spend around $22 (KZT9,983) per day on your vacation in Kazakhstan. This is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors.

Past travelers have spent, on average for one day:

  • $6.48 (KZT2,893) on meals
  • $0.77 (KZT345) on local transportation
  • $16 (KZT7,108) on hotels

A one week trip to Kazakhstan for two people costs, on average, $313 (KZT139,757). This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

All of these average travel prices have been collected from other travelers to help you plan your own travel budget.

  • Average Daily Cost Per person, per day
    $22
    KZT9,983
  • One Week Per person
    $157
    KZT69,878
  • 2 Weeks Per person
    $313
    KZT139,757
  • One Month Per person
    $671
    KZT299,479
  • One Week For a couple
    $313
    KZT139,757
  • 2 Weeks For a couple
    $626
    KZT279,514
  • One Month For a couple
    $1,342
    KZT598,958
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How much does a one week, two week, or one month trip to Kazakhstan cost?

A one week trip to Kazakhstan usually costs around $157 (KZT69,878) for one person and $313 (KZT139,757) for two people. This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

A two week trip to Kazakhstan on average costs around $313 (KZT139,757) for one person and $626 (KZT279,514) for two people. This cost includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

Please note, prices can vary based on your travel style, speed, and other variables. If you're traveling as a family of three or four people, the price per person often goes down because kid's tickets are cheaper and hotel rooms can be shared. If you travel slower over a longer period of time then your daily budget will also go down. Two people traveling together for one month in Kazakhstan will often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

A one month trip to Kazakhstan on average costs around $671 (KZT299,479) for one person and $1,342 (KZT598,958) for two people. The more places you visit, the higher the daily price will become due to increased transportation costs.




How much do package tours cost in Kazakhstan?

Organized tours are usually more expensive than independent travel, but offer convenience and peace of mind that your trip has been planned by a travel expert.

The average price for an organized tour package in Kazakhstan is $258 per day. While every tour varies by total price, length, number of destinations, and quality, this is the daily average price based on our analysis of available guided tours.



Independent Travel

Traveling Independently has many benefits including affordabilty, freedom, flexibility, and the opportunity to control your own experiences.

All of the travel costs below are based on the experiences of other independent travelers.

Is Kazakhstan expensive to visit?

Kazakhstan is a very affordable destination to visit. It is in the top 10% of countries in the world for its affordability. Many budget travelers enjoy spending long periods of time exploring this country in depth.

Within Asia, Kazakhstan is very affordable compared to the other countries. It is in the top 10% of countries in Asia for its affordability. Very few countries in the region are as affordable as Kazakhstan.

For more details, see Is Kazakhstan Expensive?

How much money do I need for a trip to Kazakhstan?

The average Kazakhstan trip cost is broken down by category here for independent travelers. All of these Kazakhstan travel prices are calculated from the budgets of real travelers.


Category Cost
Accommodation 1 (Double Occupancy) KZT7,108 ($16)
Local Transportation 1 KZT345 ($0.77)
Food 2 KZT2,893 ($6.48)
Entertainment 1 KZT1,290 ($2.89)
Alcohol 2 KZT3,016 - 9,049 ($7 - 20)
Accommodation Budget in Kazakhstan
Average Daily Costs

Calculated from travelers like you

The average price paid for one person for accommodation in Kazakhstan is $7.96 (KZT3,554). For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price paid for a hotel room in Kazakhstan is $16 (KZT7,108). This cost is from the reported spending of actual travelers.


  • Accommodation1 Hotel or hostel for one person
    $7.96
    KZT3,554
  • Accommodation1 Typical double-occupancy room
    $16
    KZT7,108

Hotel Prices in Kazakhstan

Looking for a hotel in Kazakhstan? Prices vary by location, date, season, and the level of luxury. See below for options.

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Actual Hotel Prices
The average hotel room price in Kazakhstan based on data provided by Kayak for actual hotel rooms is $43. (Prices in U.S. Dollars, before taxes & fees.)

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Local Transportation Budget in Kazakhstan
Average Daily Costs

Calculated from travelers like you

  • The cost of a taxi ride in Kazakhstan is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $0.77 (KZT345) per person, per day, on local transportation in Kazakhstan.


  • Local Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    $0.77
    KZT345

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Food Budget in Kazakhstan
Average Daily Costs

Calculated from travelers like you

  • While meal prices in Kazakhstan can vary, the average cost of food in Kazakhstan is $6.48 (KZT2,893) per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Kazakhstan should cost around $2.59 (KZT1,157) per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Kazakhstan is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.


  • Food2 Meals for one day
    $6.48
    KZT2,893

Recommended


Entertainment Budget in Kazakhstan
Average Daily Costs

Calculated from travelers like you

  • Entertainment and activities in Kazakhstan typically cost an average of $2.89 (KZT1,290) per person, per day based on the spending of previous travelers. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.


  • Entertainment1 Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    $2.89
    KZT1,290

Recommended Activities


Alcohol Budget in Kazakhstan
Average Daily Costs

Calculated from travelers like you

  • The average person spends about $14 (KZT6,033) on alcoholic beverages in Kazakhstan per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.


  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day
    $14
    KZT6,033

Recommended


Water Budget in Kazakhstan
Average Daily Costs

Calculated from travelers like you

  • On average, people spend $0.57 (KZT252) on bottled water in Kazakhstan per day. The public water in Kazakhstan is not usually considered safe to drink.


  • Water2 Bottled water for one day
    $0.57
    KZT252


Kazakhstan On a Budget
Kazakhstan Kazakhstan
From astounding cathedrals to breathtaking landscapes, Kazakhstan is often overlooked by many tourists. However, within its borders, exquisite architecture and amazing historical landmarks adorn the country. The ninth largest country in the world, Kazakhstan is home to over 131 ethnicities as well as a wide variety of religions, making the land enriched by culture and tradition. This former Soviet republic is one of the most economically developed countries throughout Central Asia, generating 60% of the region's GDP, primarily through its oil/gas industry. This allows for higher standards to be placed upon such accomodations as restaurants or transport. As you travel through the glimmering metropolitan areas of its capital, Astana, and its most popular city, Almaty, you will be amazed at how Europe has influenced the country so generously, with its leafy avenues, chic cafes, glossy shopping centres, and partying nightlife. When in the cities of Kazakhstan, you will find the number of adventures you can have is seemingly endless.

However, if you are adventurous enough to move beyond the futuristic skyscrapers and dazzling towers, you will find yourself equally amazed. Kazakhstan is known for its biodiversity, with its terrain acquiring flatlands, steppe, taiga, rock canyons, hills, deltas, snow-capped mountains, and deserts. Engage in your favorite winter sports at the Medeu Skating Rink and Ski resort. With a to-die-for view of Kazakhstan's true beauty, feel free to skate and ski amidst the snowy mountaintops. If you venture to the bottom of these endless mountains, you will find the land is equally as beautiful, such as the Big Almaty Lake. A stunning spot for a picnic, the Big Almaty Lake is located 28.5 kilometers south of Almaty, up a gorge of the Bolshaya Almatinka River. Sit back and relax as you take in the full serenity of Kazakhstan's natural world.

In Kazakhstan, you can use taxis, buses, trains and planes to get wherever you need to go. If you are traveling within highly populated areas, taking the bus is a cheap way to get around. Nevertheless, due to its popularity, be prepared for the bus to be crowded. It can also be quite inconvenient as none of the bus systems stick to a given schedule. Knowing and speaking Russian is definitely a plus, but is not needed. Taxis, however, are far more convenient than buses and are relatively cheap. Often times, you do not even need to use proper taxis as most drivers are willing to pull over if you raise your hand. While this works best in Almaty and Astana, when it comes to places like Karagandy, it is best to order a taxi over the phone.

Trains are also quite popular in Kazakhstan as they cover huge distances between Kazakhstan's main cities. Main train stations are located in Astana, Karaganda and Almaty, but they can be found almost in every major metropolitan area. Kazakhstan's ticket and reservation system is astoundingly similar to that of Russia's, though the price is relatively cheaper in Kazakhstan. Most travelers agree that the train is the most fun way to travel as you are able to meet new people and enjoy the rolling landscape. Be sure to remember when traveling that Kazakhstan is a big country, with the average amount of time between cities like Almaty and Astana being 24 hours. If you are looking for a fast way to travel, going by plane is not a bad option if you can afford it. Air Astana provides offices in a few major hotels in big cities, or you can reserve your ticket online. Similar to the rest of Europe, airline standards are top-tier.

If you're planning a longer trip through multiple countries in Central Asia, read this amazing guide to backpacking routes and border crossings in Central Asia.
The Pamir Highway
KazakhstanThe Pamir Highway
If you are into overlanding, then you might want to check out the M1 highway - also known as the Pamir Highway. One of the highest highways in the world, this one takes you right past the Pamir Mountains and through multiple countries in Central Asia. You can witness the beauties of Uzbekistan, Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan, and you won't even have to get off the main road.

This highway is not your typical road, as it doesn't go on a straight line as many others do. It has many side trips and detours - but on the plus side, you have several magnificent views and impressive colorscapes. Not only will this highway take you through the beautiful natural Central Asia, but it will also introduce you to the culture.

Here are the stops that you may make while you are on the highway:

Nurek Lake: If you start from Dushanbe and take your ride to Osh, then Nurek Lake should be one of the first stops. Indeed, you won't be getting very close to the actual lake, but the view you'll get is still spectacular.

Khorog: Going further on the Pamir Highway, you will come across the beautiful city of Khorog. Plus, if you are fortunate enough to explore this beautiful city in July, you may even witness the Roof of the World Festival.

Wakhan Corridor: This narrow strip connects Afghanistan to China while separating Pakistan from Tajikistan. It is packed with beautiful valleys and mountain views, making it the perfect choice for adventurers and nature enthusiasts.

The Pamir Highway is a great place to go through if you are looking for excitement and beautiful landscapes. You have mountains, lakes, towns - everything that would leave your mouth gaping - and all you need is a 2 or 3-day timeframe.
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Top Tourist Attractions
Zenkov Cathedral: Without using any nails and purely made from wood, the Zenkov Cathedral works as one of the most spellbinding landmarks of Kazakhstan. Located in Panfilov Park, visitors are allowed to enter but should be weary of the customs of the church out of respect. Its elaborate architecture is truly worth the trip if you are in Almaty.

Bayterek Tower: One of the most unique sights in Kazakhstan, the architecture of Bayterek Tower acquires a meaning that is truly unique. Symbolizing the legend of the golden egg on top of the tree of life, this unusual construction has been a hotspot for tourists across the globe who seek to marvel at the 97-meter tower. Observe the collision of old and new traditions as the dated legend is brought to amazing life through the Bayterek Tower.

Kok-Tobe Hill: Take a cablecar and watch the natural beauty of Kazakhstan unfold beneath your feet. Those scared of heights should be wary of this ride as the cablecar is known to slightly swing due to the strong winds. Get an amazing view of Almaty and stop at the few souvenir shops, amusement park, and zoo when you get off.



We've been gathering travel costs from tens of thousands of actual travelers since 2010, and we use the data to calculate average daily travel costs for destinations around the world. We also systematically analyze the prices of hotels, hostels, and tours from travel providers such as Kayak, HostelWorld, TourRadar, Viator, and others. This combination of expenses from actual travelers, combined with pricing data from major travel companies, gives us a uniqe insight into the overall cost of travel for thousands of cities in countries around the world. You can see more here: How it Works.



1 Categories averaged on a per-item basis.
2 Categories averaged on a per-day basis.
For example, the Food2 daily average is for all meals for an entire day, while Entertainment1 is for each individual purchase. Thus, the overall daily average cost is not a summation of the individual categories.