Planning a Football Trip to Astana? Free guide – where to stay, eat, drink and how to get tickets; to the stadium.
Football Trip to Astana – How to get to Astana & How to get around
Football Trip to Astana – Fly to Astana
Astana International Airport has recently been upgraded, as befits the airport serving Kazakhstan’s new capital. Astana has been the capital of the country since 1997, and the glittering modern architecture hints at a bright future. The city has an interesting combination of Western, Soviet, Islamic and modernist buildings, and at ground level you’ll find plenty of wonderful sculptures and excellent eateries. From the UK you can fly in with Air Astana, and although there are a few flights from Western European airports the majority of traffic comes from Russia.
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Directions from the Airport
Bus 10 and Bus 12 connect the airport and the city centre at least twice hourly, price is 60 tenge. You can find the time table at the bus stop directly in front of the main entrance to T2 (domestic) terminal. It’s a one-minute walk from T1 (international) terminal.
Taxis from the Airport
A taxi from the airport to the city centre is about US$20
Football Trip to Astana – Travel By Train
Three direct trains run daily between Almaty and Nur-Sultan, taking 20 hours overnight. For Russia, there’s a direct train to Moscow (not daily) via Petropavlovsk; or travel to Chelabynsk (18 hours) for connections across the Urals and European Russia.
Football Trip to Astana – Travel Around Astana
There are plenty of taxis around: expect to pay 300-1,000 tenge for a trip within the city.
Street taxis: Stand at the side of any road and thumb down a passing car, within 3 minutes you should have had a string of them. Tell them your destination and they will either drive off or gesture you in. It is useful to know numbers so you can set a price for the journey before starting. They are much cheaper than official taxis and you can expect to pay about half the price in one of these, prices start at about 500 tenge for a cross river trip. Some drivers will practice their English on you, others will race around the streets like a maniac, slowing down for the obvious speed camera. Use this method with caution and try to travel in groups.
Uber is available in Nur-Sultan.
Football Trip to Astana – How to Get to the Match
Football Trip to Astana – The Stadium
Astana Arena holds 30,000 and has a retractable roof. It serves as the national stadium for the Kazakhstan national football team.
The second largest stadium in the country and it was built from 2006 to 2009 at a cost of $185 million, and was officially opened on 3 July 2009.
The stadium hosted the opening ceremony of the 7th Asian Winter Games on 31 January 2011
Football Trip to Astana – Getting to the Stadium
The Astana Arena is located in the south of Astana at about 3 kilometres from central Astana with its axis of the Presidential Palace, the Bayterek Tower, and the Khan Shatyr entertainment centre.
The stadium is located in between Turan Avenue and Kabanbay Batyr Avenue, which are two of the city’s principal avenues running south from the centre.
Take a taxi or one of the buses running south along one of the before mentioned avenues to get to the stadium. Buses include line 10, 12, and 27.
Football Trip to Astana – Getting Tickets
Ticket prices range from 500 to 1,200 tenge and are categorized depending on the sector of the stadium. Tickets can be purchased in
the official website of the Football Club Astana fcastana.kz, ticketon.kz and kassir.kz websites and at kiosks “Bilety Astany” located in
all major shopping centers of the capital. Also, the day before the match, ticket offices of the stadium Astana Arena will open.
Football Trip to Astana – Fixtures
When planning your football trip please note that the dates shown represent the weekend that the game is scheduled to take place and games are likely to change through the season and be moved for TV scheduling.
Plan your Football Trip to Astana with our full list of fixtures.
Football Trip to Astana – Where to stay. What to See. Where to Eat. Where to Drink
Football Trip to Astana – Where to stay
Formerly known as Akmola, in 1997 the new capital (meaning, ahem, ‘The Capital’) was unveiled to eagerly awaiting Kazakhs. After an unprecedented makeover it was transformed into the 21st century metropolis it is today. Astride the Ishim River the ‘new’ town is an architectural mecca with a sprinkling of Norman Foster creations; whilst the ‘old’ town remains a warren of crumbling Soviet structures.
Football Trip to Astana – What else to see & do
Bayterek Tower, a golden orb cradled between white talons atop a latticed pylon, stands as the towering centrepiece of the new Astana. Perhaps a somewhat kitsch representation of a traditional Kazakh legend, the views from the top overlooking the city are spectacular, particularly around sunset.
The Palace of Peace and Reconciliation is another interesting feature in Astana’s glittering skyline. The blue and silver pyramid stands as a symbol of peace and friendship between religions and cultures and houses a concert hall, museum, winter garden and a beautiful interior glass display. English guided tours are included in the 600T ($2) entrance fee.
Explore the city along the waters of the river that divides it for a unique tour of Astana.
A favourite weekend destination are the salt lakes of Korgalzhyn State Nature Reserve – home to migrating pink flamingos in the spring and summer months: a birdwatchers dream
Hazrat Sultan Mosque is the largest mosque in Kazakhstan, and the second-largest in Central Asia. The mosque was opened in 2012, but has all the grandeur of older mosques in the region. It’s located right next door to the National Museum of Kazakhstan and the Palace of Peace and Reconciliation. The mosque is one of Astana’s greatest Islamic attractions.
Football Trip to Astana – Where to Eat and Drink
Line Brew, which is a favourite for expats in Astana. But there are plenty of other options including Pivovaroff and The Barley.
Chechil Pub is located across from the Central Park and is very popular among both the foreigners and the residents of the capital. You better make sure you make your reservation starting Thursday to make it. Besides good-quality time the pub offers sheesha, big screen TVs for watching sports events and its own-brewed beer.
Fair Play Sports Bar is reminiscent of an old English pub. English national team accessories are showcased in every nook and cranny. But this is a true sports bar and the staff welcomes supporters of any team or nation. Fair play Sports Bar is one of Astana’s best places to watch your favorite team because it offers six large screen televisions and two large wall screens offering a view of the action from anywhere in the establishment.
Pinta is actually a chain with fifteen locations across Kazakhstan. They have their own beer brewed for them.
Harats Pub ( ) Irish pub offers 28 types of own brewed beer for true beer lovers. It’s located at the Grand Alatau residential complex, near the river bank – an ideal place for a quick stop over for a fresh beer in hot summer
Rixos’ Irish Bar is spacious and has a pool table and live music. Some of Kazakhstan’s hottest bands play there. In addition to songs that everyone’s heard of, the groups perform their own originals.
Kazakh food is centered around horse meat and mutton. We admit it doesn’t sound that appealing, but you can’t come to Kazakhstan and not try the national dish besbermak. Besbermak is basically boiled horsemeat or mutton, chunks of fat, and flat noodles.
The enormous, translucent tent Khan Shatyr is another must-see. The state-of-the-art energy-saving design ensures the building stays comfortably warm without artificial heating even in the depths of winter.
Turfan, Alikhan Bokeikhan St 10, +7 717 239 0850. Popular restaurant with the locals, offering a good range of Central Asian food selectable by pictures, they don’t have an English menu but the staff will happily try their English on you. Slightly cheaper than the near-by Alibaba. During Ramadan they don’t serve alcohol