|Mid range bottle of wine||$20.34|
|One-way ticket (local transport)||$0.27|
|1 Pair of Jeans||$77.69|
|Water bottle (0.33 liter)||$0.40|
|Apartment (1 bedroom) outside of centre||$939.88|
Up until 1991, Atyrau was Kazakhstan’s transcontinental city when it was thought to be lying in both Europe and Asia. Today, it is the country’s Atyrau Province capital. The city is situated below sea level at roughly 20 meters. Cheap flights to Atyrau bring in the many business travelers and tourists that frequent the city all throughout the year.
Strategically located at the delta of the huge Ural River, the city’s main industry is fishery. Atyrau is the country’s chief harbor city by the Caspian Sea. The city also benefits from its booming oil industry. It is an oil hub in Central Asia with its many oil wells at the Kashagan Field and Tengiz Field oil exploration areas.
One of the biggest tourist draws in Atyrau is the memorial complex named Khan Ordaly Sarajshyk, a tribute to the leader who introduced ancient Kazakhstan history to the world. The ancient majestic Sarajdzhuk area is now known as the Shed. It used to be the site of flourishing trade between Asia and Europe. The ancient ruins of Shed are some of the most culturally significant finds in Central Asia. These consist of Iranian ancient pottery such as the Khorezm ware made from grey clay, ancient fishing tackles, pipes made of bone, exquisite Chinese porcelain pieces, and an astonishing array of ancient jewelry.
Hotels in Atyrau are a mixture of highly luxurious places and more affordable accommodations. The massive Renaissance Atyrau Hotel is found along Satpaeva Street in the Mosque District. The Golden Tulip River Palace is along the Aiteke bi Street. The Chagala Hotel stands gloriously along Smagulov Street. The Marriott Executive Apartments Atyrau is conveniently located on Satpaeva Street. These hotels in the city are almost always filled because of the many foreign visitors that get to experience cold winters and hot summers.
Cheap flights to Atyrau bring in these many business travelers and tourists to the city. There are direct flights from Istanbul and Amsterdam. Atyrau is also a vantage entry point to the rest of Kazakhstan. Most of these business travelers are involved in the city’s thriving oil industry as the metropolis hosts Kazakhstan’s third largest oil refinery.