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Alat passenger & car ferry port for Aktau and Turkmenbashi | Vehicle Shipping

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Last Visited: 7 months ago
GPS: 39.948825, 49.402536
Altitude: -22.2 masl
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As of december 2017 all ferries to Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan leave from Alat port and not Baku port. If you want to take yourself and/or your car to Aktau or Turkmenbashi (we went to Aktau) here is the process :
- call Vika +994552665354 who is a nice english speaking lady who will tell you when the next ferry leaves. There is no set up schedule and even if Vika tells you a boat is supposed to leave it still may be delayed by a few days. Just go to the port when Vika tells you to
-go to Alat port, drive thru security check point, they will check car and documents, drive down to parking lots where all the trucks are parked. DO NOT GO THRU CUSTOMS YET
-to the left of customs gate you will see white containers behind a fence. they are ticket office, supermarket, cafe, atm and police station. Buy ticket at ticket office for passengers and car (was 80$pp for 2 people cabin and 300$ for passenger car). He will give you a slip that you pay at the bank next door.
-The ticket office person might be able to give you more informations on when the boat leaves. In our case it left 2 days after supposed departure. We slept in our car on the parking lot, there is no hotel until Baku. Small cafe will heat up food that you buy at supermarket
-after buying your ticket there is also a 12$ bridge fee to be paid at the port office container next to ticket office
-in theory before you have gone thru customs you can leave the parking lot. we did on the first day because they said the boat would not leave until that night or next morning. we went to have lunch in alat town, did some snack shopping for the boat and visited mud volcanoes. On the boat you will have 3 meals, a 4pm snack and unlimited tea and water. But if you want additional snacks or alcohol bring it with you. Vegeterians should bring their own food.
-once boat is here, they load all big trucks first. They woke us up at 4am, we then went thru customs and we loaded the car at 9am.
-our boat left at 2pm that day but we were anchored in the bay outside baku for 2 days because of bad winds ahead.
-we then crossed and anchored again for 2 days in Kendirly bay by Kazak shores.
-in total the trip took 6 and a half days (2 days on port parking lot and 4.5 days on boat). From what we have heard this is pretty normal. But nice private cabin with shower, we liked the food, electricity outlets so watched many movies, staff is really nice and you should drop by and say hello to captain he likes visitors, took long strolls on deck as weather was beautiful. If you speak a little russian you will make freinds (especially if you brought alcohol with you). Our boat was Professor Gul, very clean and nice.
-once on Kazak side, officers will come on boat and go thru your carry on baggage. Then you leave car behind and go for passport control. After passport control you will go get car and they will do a thorough inspections. Note Kazak website says you are allowed 3 liters alcohol per person but Kazak border guys said 1 liter per vehicle.
-after inspection drive your car to customs office and get following documents : 1 customs declaration for car, 2 pay a port fee of 6500 tenge and get a stamped receipt from bank outside, 3 insurance 13500 tenge for 1 month, 4 you will then need the port fee paper stamped a second time when you exit. There is a bank machine but it ran out of money so bring us dollars. This process also took us a long time around 6 hours between people on lunch breaks, different stamps, back and forth.

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Drive the new road to the entrance gate and ask to be let in, then drive around to the right past the trucks to the temporary sheds near the cranes to where someone will tell you where to park. The ticket office, bank and amenities are there as is a shop. The prices are on the shed and we had to pay for a bus price per metre, harbour fees of $40 dollars and parking fee of 15 manat for our 4x4 motorhome/ truck. Get paperwork done at office and go to bank to pay cash then ticket should be available some time later. Wait for news on sailing. Looks like a new terminal building is being built.

The actual coordinates for the ticker office are: 39.975333, 49.439649
It is the last container of the row near the roof with checkpoint 2 on it.
You don't have to go to the port in Baku. There is nobody there anymore.
Or you can call this number before you come for info: 00994559999124
So first go get your ticker. 300 dollar for a car, 110 for a motorbike or 80 dollar per meter for a minibus.
I drive a vw t5 witch they see as a minibus so i told it is 4m (it is 4m80, but they didn't check) so i had to pay 320 dollar.
Then you can choose between a 2 or a 4 bed cabin. 70 or 80 dollar.
You have to go pay in the bank in the next container. Only cash but there is a ATM next to it who gives dollars and manat. He also excepts euros.
Then there is the 48 dollar port fee to pay in the third container.
And i also had to pay 12 manat for parking in the port while waiting on the boat.
Then the waiting game starts. They always says maybe tomorrow but also they don't know when the next ship will be.
There is a container with a shop who sells enough for a simple diner. There is also a container with a cafe witch sells cay and ice-cream. He will also make you an egg with sausage if you buy it in the shop. And there is a tv and airco. He also can give you the key to the shower.
There is now waiting room or much place to hide from the sun. You can camp there but there is no grass.
Then if they call you with the van i had to go to the building behind checkpoint 1 where they check the paper when you payed the road taxes when entering the country (not for motorbikes) . Then there is the passport control in the small huts and then they check the van. This was not a very deep check. And the you are off the the ship. This all takes a very long time. 1 Guy has to check everybody's passport, also from the truck drivers .
So they called is to go at 22u then at midnight the bikers and foot passengers where on but i had to wait until the last to get on and that was at 4. We finally left the port at 6 in the morning.
On the ship itself you get a room pointed to you and clean sheets from the lady. The room was clean but it was more like a sauna. Not possible to stay there longer then 10 minutes. There is a shower and some toilets but after a day with 40 truck drivers it smells in there!!! I saw a 2 bed cabin witch had a private shower and also a bunk bed. But maybe worth the extra money. As it was not possible to sleep i side most of the tourist where sleeping outside on the deck.
You get food at 7:30, 11:30 and 19:30. But don't expect much. Some rice with chicken and bread. So maybe bring some cookies. And we really had to go looking for some water. Difficult to find. So bring some as well.
They lock the door to the cars during sailing but will open it if you ask for it. All other doors are open also the the engine room and the bridge.
At 5 the next morning we arrived in Aktau.
First some police comes on the ship and checks you carry on bags. You have to take every thing out the bag. Then off the ship and they take you with a small van to the passport check. Here you also get a small piece of paper witch is your registration card.
Then back to the ship and off. To a parking lot where they check the car. This is a good search. Also with a dog. Then you drive to the parking of the passport control building and go on foot past the gate for the paper work.
First to window 3 where they register the car and bikes. This takes a half hour per car so a lang wait here. Then to window 14 to pick up the papers for the port fee. This was 7200tenge.
There is an atm in the building.
You pay at the post office outside.
When payed you have to take a copy off the receipt you get there. Then to the insurance which is the room right when entering the building. For a car for 15 days i payed 9200tenge.
Then go back to the car and drive close to the gate. At the side of the gate building there is a small office where they write you in the big book and the they take the copy of the receipt. They checked the van again and then i was off!!
I was out of there by 13h. So a long time. There is a small cafe across the road where you can get some cold water.
The whole adventure took me 6 days. But it was "fun" with all the other people who are also going through it with you.
Hope this helps you a little any questions send me a message!!

As of december 2017 all ferries to Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan leave from Alat port and not Baku port. If you want to take yourself and/or your car to Aktau or Turkmenbashi (we went to Aktau) here is the process :
- call Vika +994552665354 who is a nice english speaking lady who will tell you when the next ferry leaves. There is no set up schedule and even if Vika tells you a boat is supposed to leave it still may be delayed by a few days. Just go to the port when Vika tells you to
-go to Alat port, drive thru security check point, they will check car and documents, drive down to parking lots where all the trucks are parked. DO NOT GO THRU CUSTOMS YET
-to the left of customs gate you will see white containers behind a fence. they are ticket office, supermarket, cafe, atm and police station. Buy ticket at ticket office for passengers and car (was 80$pp for 2 people cabin and 300$ for passenger car). He will give you a slip that you pay at the bank next door.
-The ticket office person might be able to give you more informations on when the boat leaves. In our case it left 2 days after supposed departure. We slept in our car on the parking lot, there is no hotel until Baku. Small cafe will heat up food that you buy at supermarket
-after buying your ticket there is also a 12$ bridge fee to be paid at the port office container next to ticket office
-in theory before you have gone thru customs you can leave the parking lot. we did on the first day because they said the boat would not leave until that night or next morning. we went to have lunch in alat town, did some snack shopping for the boat and visited mud volcanoes. On the boat you will have 3 meals, a 4pm snack and unlimited tea and water. But if you want additional snacks or alcohol bring it with you. Vegeterians should bring their own food.
-once boat is here, they load all big trucks first. They woke us up at 4am, we then went thru customs and we loaded the car at 9am.
-our boat left at 2pm that day but we were anchored in the bay outside baku for 2 days because of bad winds ahead.
-we then crossed and anchored again for 2 days in Kendirly bay by Kazak shores.
-in total the trip took 6 and a half days (2 days on port parking lot and 4.5 days on boat). From what we have heard this is pretty normal. But nice private cabin with shower, we liked the food, electricity outlets so watched many movies, staff is really nice and you should drop by and say hello to captain he likes visitors, took long strolls on deck as weather was beautiful. If you speak a little russian you will make freinds (especially if you brought alcohol with you). Our boat was Professor Gul, very clean and nice.
-once on Kazak side, officers will come on boat and go thru your carry on baggage. Then you leave car behind and go for passport control. After passport control you will go get car and they will do a thorough inspections. Note Kazak website says you are allowed 3 liters alcohol per person but Kazak border guys said 1 liter per vehicle.
-after inspection drive your car to customs office and get following documents : 1 customs declaration for car, 2 pay a port fee of 6500 tenge and get a stamped receipt from bank outside, 3 insurance 13500 tenge for 1 month, 4 you will then need the port fee paper stamped a second time when you exit. There is a bank machine but it ran out of money so bring us dollars. This process also took us a long time around 6 hours between people on lunch breaks, different stamps, back and forth.

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