Intermediate (Toyota RAV4 or similar) is the most frequently booked rental car type in Kazakhstan.
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Even though there will most likely be a language barrier, driving as a foreigner in Kazakhstan is not difficult. Rules and regulations are in place to ensure your safety on the huge open road, so simply follow them and the locals will likely be as helpful as they can. Cars drive on the right here, while pedestrians have right of way on all roads. You are expected to give way to vehicles turning right at roundabouts and intersections, and out on the country roads, traffic lights are scarce, so right of way depends on where the vehicle is coming from.
You must be at least 23 years old to rent a car in Kazakhstan, although they do allow 18-year-old drivers to drive. They also have a maximum rental age of 75 years old. If you do not fit into one of these groups, car rental businesses will most likely levy a premium or require more stringent insurance packages.
Generally, you’ll find gas prices are quite reasonable in Kazakhstan, with a gallon of gasoline setting you back around 800 KZT (1.75 USD) which works out to be about 210 KZT (0.45 USD) per liter. Be mindful of filling up your rental car when you’re in urban areas, especially if you plan to drive the long distances that make up this vast country. It’s worth keeping a gas can full for those long drives, just in case a petrol station is hard to come by.
When you’re driving on roads in the cities, highways, and rural areas of Kazakhstan, you must keep to strict speed limits. Local law enforcement can come down hard on speeding violations, so be mindful to respect speed limits to avoid any issues. In urban areas like Almaty and Astana, you can drive up to 60 km/h (37 mph), which reduces to 20 km/h (12 mph) in residential zones. On open country roads, you can drive at 90 km/h (56 mph), and when on motorways the limit is 110 km/h (68 mph).