Getting Around Turkey

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You’re going to Turkey on a trip and would like to know how to best get around the country? In this article we’ll explore some of the best options you can use. Here we go.

1. Getting Around Turkey By Car

You can easily get around Turkey by car. Most roads between Turkish cities are in good condition and even those that aren’t are undertaking serious renovation work and upgrades. Plus, on Turkish roads there are European-style signposts and tourist attractions are well marked with ubiquitous brown signs.

While it’s great to travel between Turkish cities by car, even though the drivers are at times a bit hot headed, it’s not so great to use the car into a major city such as Istanbul or Izmir. There are serious congestion issues in such cities and you’ll run the risk of seriously hampering your travel experience if you use a car. Plus, in Istanbul, if you book a well situated hotel, such as any of those in the Sultanahmet area, you’ll be quite close to many of the city’s major attractions. See our cheap Turkey hotels page and cheap Turkey hostels page for more on hotels and hostels in Turkey.

You can also rent a cheap car in Turkey. For more on this, check out our cheap Turkey car rental page.

2. Getting Around Turkey By Train

Getting around Turkey by train means using the services of Turkish State Railways – or TCDD. They have a comprehensive website where you can also buy train tickets online. TCDD runs an extensive network of train lines that go through all Turkey. Most of the network has been built up until the 1970s but major lines are undergoing serious upgrade work at the time of this writing. As an example, getting to Istanbul to Ankara by train or vice-versa meant spending up to eight hours in transit. That has been reduced to five hours and there are plans to reduce it further to four hours.

You can also buy cheap 30-day travel passes on the Turkish railway network from TCDD. You need to get these in person though since they’re not available online.

One problem with the trains in Turkey is that they might incur serious delays on long journeys – e.g. from Istanbul to Adana or from Istanbul to Kars. If that doesn’t bother you much then there’s nothing stopping you from taking a train journey as prices are cheap and trains are comfortable.


3. Getting Around Turkey By Bus

Bus service in Turkey is nothing short of excellent. Clean, comfortable and thoroughly enjoyable. Several amenities such as free tea or coffee plus biscuits served by a steward are usually included in the regular ticket price. One can use the bus to travel all over Turkey in excellent conditions. Nonetheless, no matter how enjoyable bus service might be it is still rough on you on long travel distances in which you’d be better off taking the plane.

Some of the most reputable bus companies in Turkey are Metro, Varan, Ulusoy and KamilKoc.

4. Getting Around Turkey By Plane

Getting an internal flight to travel between various Turkish destinations is one of the fastest ways to get around the country. There are several lines operating internal flights and one can usually find decently priced tickets on them. Of the most important, we mention the national air carrier Turkish Airlines as well as three privately operated low-cost airlines, AtlasJet, Onur Air and Pegasus Airlines. Search through them to find the best flight for you.

If you’re coming with Berlin Air into Turkey then it’d be useful to know that Pegasus Airlines has connecting internal flights for Berlin Air’s passengers.

One last thing to know is that it takes up to 90 minutes to get from Istanbul’s Ataturk airport to Istanbul’s Sabiha Gokcen airport so it’d be best to schedule a 4 hour interval in case you’re landing at Ataturk and need to get a flight at Sabiha Gokcen or vice-versa.

5. Getting Around Turkey By Ferry

There are fast catamaran car ferries running from Istanbul’s Yenikapi Feribot Terminal to short destinations inside the sea of Marmara such as Bandirma, Yalova or Bursa via Guzelyali. One doesn’t need a car to hop on one of these ferries. There are also car ferries crossing the Dardanelles between either Gelibolu and Lapseki or Eceabat and Cannakale.

Unfortunately, there are currently no major ferries running between Istanbul and any Aegean or Mediterranean coast destination. The same holds true for the Black Sea coast, either between Istanbul and any of the major cities located on it or between those cities. However, one might find ferry rides on very short distances between various Turkish locations, other than those listed above, but one shouldn’t count on this.

This concludes our article on how to get around Turkey. If you have more useful information that you would like to add on the topic of getting around Turkey then don’t hesitate to post it inside a comment.