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Karaganda (also Karagandy or Qaraghandy) is the largest city of the Central Highlands of Kazakhstan.


Karaganda is the biggest mining Soviet city in the country.

Get in[edit]

Karaganda Train Station

By train[edit]

From Astana, trains run frequently during the day. Tickets cost from 850 tenge third class. Slower trains take 5hr 15min, faster ones taken less than 3 hours. Tickets can be bought online.

Get around[edit]

Within Karaganda the buses cost 65 tenge per ride. Information on their routes is available here, or [here. A Russian language smartphone app for the is also available called Smart Transport by developer Проект Bus62.


  • KarLag museum - in Dolinka village, 40 km from Karaganda. Ticket 700 tenge, photos 300 tenge extra, English-speaking guide cost 800 tenge. To reach there, take bus 121 from Karaganda to Dolinka, once there at the highway junction take local bus 5 or 205 or 239 (ride 3 stops) which go along the main village road (R-191).
  • Karaganda regional museum
  • Monument to Cosmonautics
A huge plate of purple creedite crystals, mined at Aqshatau Mine in Karaganda Oblast'






  • Hostel Ekonom, ul Keramicheskaya 86a, +7 701 239 0194. Dorm bed from 1700 tenge.


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