Tashkent-Almaty is roomy and smooth, Astana-Almaty more cramped and with a cheap, plastic finish. This is not high-speed rail. Well worth to have a woman in Aqtobe Nasty. No passport control here even though it goes through Woman in Aqtobe Nasty twice. We have no reviews on the food yet, only that the prices are about double that from a normal bar or restaurant. The issue was a 4-hour border halt: To go to Nukus, add another 24 hours. Selling food on the train is now forbidden, so there are less food hawkers nowadays, but during stops there is enough time to buy food on the platform.