Getting To Turkey

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How does one get to Turkey? To be honest, that’s quite easy and we’re going to cover the most important methods and offer tips for each of them here.

1. Getting To Turkey By Plane

Turkey is a well connected country. You can reach Turkey by plane from pretty much anywhere in the world. The Turkish national carrier, Turkish Airlines, is a reputable company offering flights to Istanbul from many of the world’s major airports. Other than them, you can also catch cheap flights to Turkey from Europe, especially Germany and England. If you can’t find any good flights from North America then you should get a flight to either Germany and England and connect to Turkey from there. Timing is extremely important when trying to get cheap flights to Turkey or anywhere for that matter. Check out our cheap flights to Turkey page for more on this issue.

2. Getting To Turkey By Ferry

One can also reach Turkey by ferry. Most of the routes are linking Greek locations, mostly islands, with close-by Turkish locations as well as Cyprus with Turkey and, a bit farther, Italy with Turkey. There are several companies operating such lines. One of the most important is Anker Travel, which is operating several routes between Greek Islands and Turkey and has an interesting site where one can search for ferry departures and make reservations as well. One other major online ferry reservation site that is offering ferries to Turkey and that is worth checking out is UK-based aferry.co.uk. If you’re looking for a ferry from Italy to Turkey or vice-versa as well as alternatives to Greek-Turkey ferries you should look on Aegean Ferry Services. They have a good map showing all of their ferry routes. One of the most interesting is their ferry from Ancona to Cesme.

It is worth knowing that ferries running between Greek islands and Turkish coastal towns are very seasonal and thus their schedule is very erratic. If you don’t manage to find the schedule and book accordingly online you may want to contact a travel agent in the Greek island of choice a week or a couple of days before and arrange for ferry tickets to Turkey.

Also worth knowing is that trying to cross by ferry from Greece to Turkey is very easy for EU citizens. The rest may encounter problems so if you’re in this situation it is best to inquire about visas and border-crossing issues at your embassy.

Sites:
Anker Travel – offering ferries from Greek Islands to Turkey
AFerry.co.uk
Aegean Ferry Services

3. Getting To Turkey By Train

If you’re planning to use a train to get to Turkey then you can do so both from Europe and from Asia but not from every Asian neighbor. From Europe, you can go the Thessaloniki – Alexandroupoli – Istanbul route if you’re in Greece or, from London, you can either go through France – Hungary – Bulgaria or through Germany – Hungary – Romania – Bulgaria to Istanbul. The better route is the one that goes through Germany and Romania. From Syria, you can take the Damascus – Aleppo train and then you’ll need to get a bus to cross the border and reach Adana. From Adana you can take any train you like to any Turkish destination. From Iran, there’s a weekly train to Istanbul that goes through Ankara as well. From Georgia, you can take a minibus from Batumi to Sarp at the border, cross the border, get a Turkish minibus to Kars or Erzurum and then travel by train from there. And from Armenia, you can’t take the train to Turkey directly but you can take a train to Georgia and use the route we’ve mentioned from there on.

For European rail passes, you should check out both RailEurope and RailPass.

4. Getting To Turkey By Car

This is easy from Europe. You can enter either from Greece or Bulgaria and reach Istanbul through Edirne. The roads are in good condition in Turkey so that shouldn’t be a worry. You can also reach turkey from Iran, Georgia and Syria by car; not Armenia though since the border is closed at the time of this writing.

But can you get to Turkey by rented car? The answer is no. Maybe you can find exceptions to this rule, but almost all car rental companies will refuse such a request or, if given the chance, will ask you to post an exorbitant sum as collateral. You should check out our cheap Turkey car rental page for more on car rental in Turkey if that’s of interest to you.

5. Getting To Turkey By Bus

Using a bus to get into Turkey is another option. This is good and cheap if you’re planning to get into Turkey from a nearby country such as Bulgaria, Romania or Greece. For example, bus service from Constanta or Bucharest, Romania to Turkey costs around ~50 EUR at the time of this writing for a round-trip. For Greece – Turkey routes you can even book tickets online through Varan Turizm for Thessaloniki to Istanbul. If you’re planning to do that from a farther European country then it may get quite tiring although you can at times find such a service, especially from Germany or Austria.

From Asia, one can take buses from Georgia to Turkey in both Batumi and Tbilisi but service is irregular and one should inquire around. From Armenia one can go through Georgia by bus to Turkey. From Iran there are buses to Turkey from Tabriz and from Syria one can get a minibus (shared taxi) from Aleppo to Adana. If you’re starting your journey to Turkey in Damascus you should get the bus to Aleppo and switch to shared taxi there.

Thessaloniki To Istanbul Bus & Vice-Versa

Remember to always know all about visas and border crossings by doing full research and thorough preparation before leaving.

This concludes our article on how to get to Turkey. If you’ve got more to add on the topic of getting to Turkey then don’t hesitate to post a comment.