Astana is a big transport hub in which aviation, river, railway, motor and pipeline transport ways cross. Astana can be reached by a few international flights as well as by several everyday domestic flights.
more about flights... Besides, Astana can be reached by a number of trains and buses.
All information about interesting trains and planes you can
receive via e-mail or telephones of the Organizing Committee. Also
look at the Web.
Kazakh money unit is Tenge. 390 Tenge is equivalent to about 1 EUR and 370 Tenge is equivalent to about 1 US$ (the currency rate changed sligtly with time).
For more details, see http://finance.yahoo.com/currency
There are many currency exchange points in Astana open during day time.
VISA, MASTERCARD are acceptable at some Astana banks, hotels, and shops.
In Astana there are many so called Internet-cafes where one can use a computer connected to the Internet (hourly pay). Some cafes and hotels operate Wi-Fi free of charge.
The main types of public transport are buses, trolleybuses and tramways. The cost of a trip is 18-20 rubles. To buy a ticket one should pay cash inside. There are also uniform tickets on all kinds of public transport for 30 or 15 days. One can buy the uniform ticket in specialized kiosks at bus stops. This kind of transport tickets is valid from the 1st or from the 16th day of the month.
Passengers also can use a fix route taxi-bus. The cost of a trip is up to 20 rubles depending on a route. The uniform tickets are invalid on any fix route taxi-bus.
Public transport works from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. There is a twenty-four-hour taxi service in Astana. The cost of the trip can be defined at the order by many taxi services when one gives them a route.
Nowadays Astana offers its citizen and visitors Kazakh and European cuisine in cafes and restaurants. One can try dishes of Japanese and Chinese cuisine in specialized places. Many cafes and restaurants offer business-lunch from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Please note that business-lunches are much cheaper than offers from the menu.
Tips are a commonplace in restaurants and bars. Tipping is optional, but it’s always appreciated to leave some extra money to the waiter as a thanks for excellent service. The average amount of tip is 5 % of the bill.
Small shops usually work from 10 a.m. to 7–8 p.m. without lunch breaks and days off. Large trade centers and hypermarkets are open until 10–12 a.m.
Museums work from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The most part of the museums is closed on Monday. It’s allowed to take pictures and to shoot in museums for an extra fee.
Emergency medical assistance is provided free of charge.
Emergency numbers: when use a stationary telephone, one should dial 03; when use cell-phone, one should dial 112. The call is free of charge. While calling the emergency one needs to tell the reason of the call and the location. Scheduled medical assistance is provided on a fee paid basis.
There are plenty of pharmacies in Astana. The most part of them works round the clock.