Travel /Accommodation/ Visa

Transportation and access

Astana international airport (TSE) is located about 10-15 km from downtown Astana city center.

The following taxi companies are recommended:

1) Astana taxi - http://astana-taxi.kz/ - tel: 158 00

2) Uber

Average taxi fare is 2000 - 2500 KZT (6- 7 USD)

The following buses are going from the airport to the NU campus (it takes 15 - 20 min. from airport to NU Campus):

1) #10

2) #12

3) # 100

The price for a bus ticket is 180 KZT (0.5 USD)

Nu campus access:

The Nazarbayev University address is 53 Kabanbay Batyr avenue

NU campus has 2 entrances

The 1st is from Kabanbay batyr avenue

The 2nd is from Turan avenue.

Please see the campus map

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please note that the conference venue is block – C3

NU Accommodation is in block 21

Accommodation

LIST OF RECOMMENDED HOTELS AND CONTACTS:

Participants can also apply for accommodation at the Nazarbayev University campus/ Campus Inn Hotel. For booking, please contact gsppconference@nu.edu.kz

Visa

VISA TO KAZAKHSTAN

Under this link you can check if you need a visa for staying in the Republic of Kazakhstan.

Please also read the information on the pages below, where you can find information about:

To apply for visa support, please contact gsppconference@nu.edu.kz at least 1 month before your arrival date.

Local attractions

CITY TOUR 

Nur-Sultan (Astana) city tour (hop-on, hop-off bus tour) is organized for GSPP conference participants on the 3rd day of the conference. 

6 lingual audioguide will be provided.

If you are interested to take the city tour you are kindly asked to fill in this form and gather at the lobby of the Block C3 (in front of midpoint cafe) on October 12 (time will be announced later)

Date: October 12

Time: tbc

Route: Mega silk way mall - National museum - Pyramid - Baiterek - Duman oceanarium - Khan shatyr entertainment center - Mangilik el Arch - Mega silk way mall / EXPO

Payment: tickets are purchased on the bus 

Price: 3 000 kzt. (please bring cash)

The bus stops next to Mega silk way mall (it is just across the road from the central entrance of NU from Kabanbay batyr avenue)

For more detailed information please visit the official website http://redbus.kz/en

You may contact Madina Lukpanova, 

+7 701 271 07 40, 

by the COB on October 12, 2019

The map of the city tour is attached below

CURRENCY

The national currency of Kazakhstan is tenge.

US dollars, euros and other major currencies can be easily exchanged for tenge and back at official exchange offices and banks.

Most European and international credit and debit cards

including Visa, Master Card, Euro Card are accepted in most hotels, major stores and restaurants.

COMMUNICATION

3G, 4G Mobile network coverage is available throughout Kazakhstan, although coverage may be limited in remote areas.

Internet access: free Wi-Fi is available at airports and railway stations of major cities (Astana and Almaty). In addition, there are Internet cafes in the cities.

Two-pin sockets are used.

WEATHER

Weather in Kazakhstan

Summer in Kazakhstan is hot, and winter is cold, since Kazakhstan has a rather large territory, the weather can vary significantly in different parts of the country. The average temperature of the coldest month in the winter of January is -20 ° C in the north and -5 ° C in the south. Due to the dry weather and the bright sun, the temperature of -15 ° C can be felt as -5 ° - 0 ° C.

Snowy winters are ideal for winter sports at ski resorts.

The average temperature of the hottest month of summer - July – is + 20 ° С in the north and + 30-35 ° С in the south. Beach holidays on the sea and lakes of Kazakhstan are popular among tourists during the hot summer. August and September are ideal for trekking in the mountains in the east and southeast of Kazakhstan.

Weather forecast for the beginning of October 2019 + 15 / + 7, cloudy, rainy.