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About Karaganda

Karaganda is the capital of the Karaganda Region in Kazakhstan. It is the country’s 4th most populated city and is home to rich coal mines. The city gets its name from the ‘caragana’ bushes that are plentiful in the region. The city’s establishment dates back to 1856. The development of the coal and copper mining sectors and the implementation of railway lines gave the city great momentum. Karaganda grew very quickly, gaining ‘city’ status in 1934 and becoming the capital of the Karaganda Region in 1936. The city’s primary economic activity is coal mining however the iron, steel, cement, and industrial machinery production areas are quite advanced as well. It is the country’s most important industrial and commercial center. Traces of the Soviet-era can still be seen in the city, in both daily life and commercial life. A substantial portion of the population is Russian.

The city’s ‘Old Town’ section is situated around the mines and the ‘New Town’ section is located in the south, situated around today’s city center and its surroundings. With its wide streets, parks, museums, and monuments, Karaganda has a vibrant arts and culture scene. The most remarkable of the numerous statues and monuments is the “Miner’s Glory” Monument. Structures such as the Botanical Garden, Regional History Museum, Regional Museum of the Fine Arts, Ecological Museum, and The Miners Palace of Culture are the city’s tourism, culture, and art hubs. Karaganda experiences a cold and temperate climate. The Sary-Arka Airport is located 24 km southeast of the city center. 

Transportation to Karaganda City Center from Airport

You can choose one of the transportation alternatives such as bus, taxi or car rental for travelling to the city center from Karaganda Sary-Arka Airport which is only 24 kilometers of the city center. You can easily see the bus stops and taxi stands when you go out of the airport terminal. Travelling to the city center from Karaganda Sary-Arka Airport lasts maximum 40 minutes.


There are a few bus stops outside the airport terminal building. There are buses directing going to Karaganda city center from these stops. Travelling to Karaganda city center by bus is both practical and budget friendly. The travel lasts about 35 minutes.


The most comfortable and effortless alternative to get to the city center from Karaganda Sary-Arka Airport in a short time is taxi. If you bargain with the driver who demand a fare of about 14-18 dollars, you can get a more affordable transportation service.

Car Rental

Although there are not many alternatives in terms of car rental companies at Karaganda Sary-Arka Airport, you can possible see a few local and foreign car rental companies. By choosing one of these companies and make a pre-reservation before your flight, you can rent your car in a few minutes at the airport. Travelling to the city center from the airport by using the car you will rent lasts approximately 25 minutes.

Last Updated: 23 Nov 2016

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To which airport are the flights to Karaganda arranged?

Karaganda flights are organized to Sary Arka Airport.

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