Transport in Atyrau
Atyrau airport is some 6km west of the town centre, along the road which starts off in town as Satpaev Street. From the airport there are direct flights to Aktau, Astana and Uralsk daily; to Aktobe, Almaty and Amsterdam most days; and to Baku, Moscow and Istanbul two or three days a week.
The railway station is on the northeastern side of town, around 5km from the centre. Head north up Makhambet Utemisuly Street, turning right at the columned pastel green-painted registry office onto Baymukhanov Street. You reach the railway station on your left, towards the end of this road. Atyrau lies on a main railway from Russia through western Kazakhstan to Uzbekistan. From the station trains go daily to Aktau (Mangyshlak; 20 hours), Aktobe (16 hours), Almaty (50 hours), Astrakhan (Russia; 16 hours) and Kungrad (Uzbekistan; 19 hours); to Moscow and Volgograd five days a week; to Nukus (Uzbekistan) and Saratov (Russia) four days a week; to Samarkand three days a week; and to Tashkent twice a week. Atyrau also lies on the route of trains running between Dushanbe and Moscow, Tashkent and Saratov, Khojand and Saratov, and Almaty and Simferopol (Ukraine). There is also a local train five times a week between Atyrau and Kulsary.
Among the local bus routes serving the railway station is route number 14. The bus station is next door to the railway station. There are four daily buses to Uralsk (9 hours) and two to Astrakhan (8 hours), plus minibuses and shared taxis to Uralsk from early morning to early evening, both taking five hours.
Getting around town is reasonably straightforward. Local buses, mostly minibuses, cover city well.