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Astounding Astana

Book flights to Astana with Etihad Airways and experience a captivating metropolis.

This gleaming capital, rising from the Kazakhstan steppe, is one of Asia’s most dynamic and exciting cities. It has been renamed Nur-Sultan, in honour of a national Kazakhstan figure.

view of baiterek landmark and blue skies in astana capital of kazakhstan

Witness a breathtaking skyline and explore the sights and attractions that make Astana so unique.

Head straight for the Bayterek Tower and take in the vistas from up high – this is especially impressive at night when all the bright lights are shining.

Then shop until your heart’s content at Khan Shatyr and MEGA Silk Way, or take time to experience the fascinating Palace of Peace and Reconciliation.

Those looking to indulge in a little history and culture will adore the city’s museums too – especially the renowned National Museum of Kazakhstan.

Be sure to visit some of the exceptional mosques and cathedrals during your stay as well.

Book your flight tickets to Astana and experience a unique, vibrant city.

What’s the weather like in Astana?

What’s the weather like in Astana?

Average temperatureAverage rainfall

JAN

-13°C

1cm

FEB

-12°C

1cm

MAR

-5°C

1cm

APR

9°C

1cm

MAY

18°C

3cm

JUN

23°C

2cm

JUL

24°C

4cm

AUG

22°C

5cm

SEP

16°C

2cm

OCT

8°C

3cm

NOV

-4°C

3cm

DEC

-11°C

2cm

Astana’s climate varies season to season. The summers are warm, with temperatures averaging 21°C in July – the hottest month.

Winters, on the other hand, can be very cold. Average temperatures drop well below freezing in January – so bring thermals if you plan to visit at this time.

Reasons to visit Astana

view of the square and hazrat sultan mosque

Stunning architecture

Astana – now known as Nur-Sultan – is making a name for itself as a city of phenomenal growth.

Its cutting-edge, modern-day architecture is rapidly surpassing more traditional buildings, making for a fascinating skyline of unique architectural structures. Dominating that skyline is the magnificent Bayterek Tower – a striking monument with a remarkable observation deck, and one of the most popular attractions in the city.

Other must-see buildings include the Palace of Peace and Reconciliation (also known as the Pyramid of Peace and Accord) and the pristine Hazrat Sultan Mosque.

view of the transport tower and the khan shaty in the distance at night in astana

Cultural wonders

Astana/Nur-Sultan may be becoming a modern metropolis, but there are still plenty of opportunities to delve into the region’s rich culture.

Discover the history of the steppe nation at museums such as the National Museum of Kazakhstan, the Kazakhstan Military History Museum and the Museum of the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

The city is home to some spectacular religious buildings too, so be sure to visit the stunning Hazrat Sultan Mosque, the Nur-Astana Mosque and the Assumption Russian Orthodox Cathedral – with its brightly-coloured blue and gold domes.

view of the nurzhol boulevard and president palace acorda and flowers

Sensational shopping

Leave some room in your suitcase on your flight to Astana, as you’ll certainly be wanting to bring back more than you take.

Here there are countless malls to explore – one of the best being the Khan Shatyr Entertainment Center. As well as a wave pool, a sauna and an amusement ride, there are three entire floors of stores to browse – each showcasing the biggest brands.

Visit Zelyony Bazaar (the Green Bazaar) to shop like the locals do – there are heaps of local ingredients and hand-crafted souvenirs on offer.

Things to know before you fly

plane Airport transfers

Astana flights with Etihad Airways arrive at Nursultan Nazarbayev International Airport (TSE), around 10 miles outside the city.

Book a transfer with Etihad and get picked up in arrivals – the transfer should take around 25 minutes. Alternatively, take a taxi or one of the regular bus services to the city centre.

meals Local cuisine

Food in Astana is typically hearty and delicious. Local dishes to look out for include shashlik, cubes of meat skewered and cooked over coals, and manti – a Kazakh dumpling, typically stuffed with ground lamb and squash, and served with sour cream for dipping.

bus Getting around Astana

You can see most of Astana/Nur-Sultan’s main sights on foot once you’re in the heart of the city. There are also many bike rental docking stations across the streets, if you want to make the most of your time and see even more. The city bus network is also fantastic.

socket Plugs

There are two main plug types in Kazakhstan – types C (with two round pins) and type F (with two round pins and two earth clips on the side).

Flying to Astana: FAQs

Where should I stay in Astana?

Staying close to the Bayterek Tower, around the Chubary or Zarechnyi districts, is a good option. It puts you near the main attractions, where you can easily explore both sides of the river and enjoy convenient travel connections to the rest of the city too.

How many days should I spend in Astana?

You could see a lot of Astana/Nur-Sultan’s main attractions in a few days, but it’s really worth staying for a little longer. Book your Astana plane tickets over a long weekend and spend around four days exploring the city and soaking up the Kazakh atmosphere, or consider a full week if you really want to immerse yourself in its charms.

What should I see in Astana?

Astana blends the old with the new, with fascinating modern structures popping up around its historical buildings. Taking in the views from the top of the Bayterek Tower should be a priority, alongside visiting the National Museum of Kazakhstan and exploring the city’s beautiful mosques and churches.

Why we love Astana

“You’ll love flying to Astana. It’s such an exciting city to explore, with an incredible new buildings and attractions to see every time you come here. Enjoy shopping in the Khan Shatyr Center, taking in the view from Bayterek Tower, and visiting the national museums.”

Weather in Nur-Sultan

28 °C
Sunday31 May 2020
30 °C
Monday1 Jun 2020
26 °C
Tuesday2 Jun 2020
27 °C
Wednesday3 Jun 2020
20 °C
Thursday4 Jun 2020
18 °C
Friday5 Jun 2020
17 °C
Saturday6 Jun 2020
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