Syria Transportation

  • Transportation
    by Robin020
  • Transportation
    by Robin020
  • Transportation
    by Robin020

Syria Transportation

  • No stops for mini buses

    Be aware that there no stops for minibus (van) except the main or start point,you can stop it by rasing your hand,or giving a sign that you want to stop it and when you are on board you can also ask the driver wherever you want.No ticket required You pay cash ONLY when you are on board.Bear in mind the front board of the bus is ONLY writen in...

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  • Getting to Syria from Istanbul

    You can get to Syria from Istanbul by plane, train or bus. Trains are long and infrequent. Several buses travel between Istanbul and Syria each day, but the journey is long. And direct flights can be expensive. An alternative may be a plane/bus combination. Book a flight on Onur Air from Istanbul to Adana, in southern Turkey. I paid $92 for a...

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  • Trustable and cozy bus companies in...

    There a lot of bus company in Syria. Kadmous is the best. But Al Alniah, another company. Cheaper, more frequently. Esspecially if you want to go urbanize area very hard to find Kadmous voyage. Wait for Al Alniah. Other firms will keep you and never depart on time.

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  • Syria, Lebanon Archeological Sites

    Although many travelers take an organized group tour to Syria & Lebanon and its wondrous archeological sites, we chose to hire an independent driver for our road trip. After some research, I contacted Abdul Ibrahim. Although, I had a specific itinerary, Abdul was helpful with information on hotels, etc., etc. Much more than a driver he became a...

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  • Minibus, Bus, & Taxi

    Syria has a modern traffic infrastructure and most roads are in good condition. For mid-range distance between cities, the minibuses are great bargains. For example, a minibus-trip from Damascus to Maalula would cost about 50 Syrian Pounds, roughly 1 Euro (one-way). For longer distances, a Pullman bus would be the more comfortable choice. Between...

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  • Walking

    .You will most probably walk a lot while in Syria. Walking is the best way exploring the Old City of Damascus, the Souks of Aleppo, the Ancient City of Palmyra etc.So, do take some comfortable shoes with - you will be happy you done so.

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  • Bus

    I enjoyed travelling by bus in Syria. There are quite a few bus companies offering very good connections. There is no problem with luggage, the busses are very comfortable and are air-conditioned.And, they are really cheap.I would recommend travelling by bus in Syria anytime.Pullman or Karnak are just two of the many companies. I used both, and...

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  • Syrian Airlines

    I flew from Damascus to Aleppo with Syrian Airlines. It was possible to buy a ticket at the airport for a flight the same day. I tried to book online, but you cannot pay for a ticket on the website at this stage. A one way ticket from Damascus to Aleppo is only SYP 1700 and the flight takes about 50 minutes. The only problem I encountered was that...

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  • Arriving and leaving by Air

    I flew to Damascus with Emirates, via Dubai. Emirates is definitely my favourite airline. The important thing to know is that the airfare includes the departure tax which needs to be paid when leaving Syria. Some airlines do not include departure tax in your ticket, and you will have to pay an amount of 1600 SYP (April 2010). There is a designated...

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  • TO AND FROM PALMYRA

    "The bus station" (two bar-restaurants selling tickets, each one for different company) is located in the outskirts of Tadmor (Palmyra). Walking distance to the center about 20 minutes. The maximum taxi fare 30-50 Syrian Pounds to the center. The ruins are in walking distance from the center. There are more buses to Damascus in the afternoon. I was...

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  • Traveling by train from Damascus to...

    I decided to go back to Aleppo by train. I bought a 1 class ticket in the Hejaz station in the morning of the day of departure. I paid 110 Syrian Pounds (1.90 €- 2009).The night train departs at 00.01 and arrives in Aleppo after seven hours of rolling and rattling.The car was not heated and it was cold but I crawled into my sleeping bag and enjoyed...

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  • Damascus (Qadam) train station

    The trains, no longer runs from the Hejaz Station but from Qadam station in the outskirts of the Syrian capital. It's not so complicated to get to the Qadam station by the public transport. You take the bus Number 22. For bus stop location see the picture 1. The bus costs 10 Syrian Pounds (2009) and it takes about 30 minutes to get there. The stop...

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  • Traveling from Halap (Aleppo) to Hama...

    The Aleppo station is situated close to the city center. About 15 min. walk from the Clock tower. It's very modern and clean.If you want to buy a ticket to Damscus you have to find the counter that sells tickets to Damascus. Every direction has its own counter. Buying a ticket you have to show your passport. Having a ticket (everything written in...

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  • From Hama to Maarat Al Noman,

    You can get to Maarat Al Noman from Aleppo and from Hama by Micro buses. From Hama you can go to the main bus station and ride one one Aleppo buses. Ask the bus driver to drop in Maarat Al Noman and you'll be dropped on the high way. In Damascus you can also take any Bus heading to Aleppo and they will drop you on the same spot. Fron there you can...

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  • Getting to Busra

    You can get to Busra on a day trip which is very good considering that Busra has only one 5 star hotel. The Hotel is expensive and for thhe most part is usually empty.To get to Busra from Damascus you have to head to the Assomaryyah bus station on the west side of town. There are many micro buses go to Assomaryyahm just ask around.LP last edition...

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  • Train from Damascus to Aleppo

    The train from Damascus to Aleppo is highly recommended. The trains are only about 2 years old. It costs all of $5 for first class and $4 for second class. The difference between the two classes is minor - slightly larger seats in first class. The train is air conditioned and comfortable and takes about 6 hours.Do take food and drink with you on...

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  • By train to Syria

    This is the best place to start, if you are planning a trip to Syria (also Lebanon and Jordan)http://www.seat61.com/Syria.htmSome personal comments.Direct train from Istanbul to Aleppo is by far the easiest way. Yes, it takes few hours but it's convenient and you can make some good friends on board! Crossing the border by taxi from Antakya to...

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  • Syrian Airlines

    Very basic! The choice of food and drink are not to everyones (anyones?) taste and the seating is cramped. The flight to Damascus from London was not good. The return flight was awful: we were delayed by nearly an hour so that some important people could be brought to the plane by limo. Once they were seated we took off. The air-circulation system...

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  • Lots of taxis......all over

    Many cabs, but make sure you negotiate first........and stick to it because sometimes the cabdriver agrees a price, then tries to charge you more in the end. That happened to me in Aleppo and I refused to pay anything beyond what we agreed upon.

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  • By Train

    You can came or go by Train to Turkey Istanbul 1 trip per week in Tuesday at 11 am and this Train have the way by Keles city and to Iran Tehran also 1 trip per week on Monday 1:10 pm it,s new lines with new servises ...

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  • Damascus to Beirut

    Travelling Between Beirut and DamascusThree options- bus, service taxi or private taxi.Best option- Service taxi- $10 one way.Service taxis depart from the bus station in each city (check with a local for the name of the station in Damascus as there are multiple). The drivers will find you when you arrive! There may be a small amount of haggling...

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  • organised tours

    I rented the car in Riad Hotel in Hamah for to take me to Krak. The driver was about 60 years old arab man, who was feeding me with sweets during all trip. very pleasant person! in 5 minutes after meeting him I thought: I wish he would be my grandfather! :)) I mean I have great grandfather but ... you know!I never asked but he took me to St....

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  • Train Slow but Sure

    I only used the train to travel from Aleppo to Lattakia. Trains in Syria are old, basic and infrequent and the railway network is not extensive. However this particular trip was memorable. It was my first time on a train. The views were spectacular: mountains, hills, valleys, rivers, forests, plains, lakes, fields, olive trees, flocks of sheep,...

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  • Coach for travel around Syria

    The best way to travel from Damascus to the major cities around Syria and neighbouring countries is by coach. Several companies work around the clock providing comfortable transport from either the Haraste Terminal (known as Haraste Pullman to taxi drivers) or Baramke depending whether you are going to the North or to the South of Damascus. For...

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  • Microbus

    Microbuses or Service are the small minivans with sliding doors which hurtle through traffic and pick up and/or let off passengers along set routes. I spent a month and a half in Damascus but I could never understand fully how these set routes functioned. Poring over detailed city maps or asking Damascenes did not help much.Finally, working my slow...

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  • Visa at Damascus Airport

    Since I am a Maltese citizen and there is no Syrian embassy in my country, I had no problems getting a visa at the airport. It did not take long. Arrival = change about US$72 for visa at exchange desk = pay passport official the US$-made-SYP = passport gets stamped = immigration card (filled on aeroplane) stamped = soldier opens gate = collect...

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  • Getting around Syria

    Unless you are traveling to the northeast part of Syria, you will never spend more than five hours on a bus in Syria. That is how long it takes to get from Aleppo to Damascus. In most bus stations, everything is written in Arabic. Before you check out of your hotel, have someone from the front desk write down the name of the bus station in Arabic...

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  • Taxi

    Just took a taxi only once, from hotel to airport. it costed 500 pounds. the driver asked for 100 more coz it was late at night.

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  • Taxis are like the wind..they're...

    Taxis are very inexpensive in Syria...though they will usually try to charge the foreigners more. The fare is usually 25 pounds. All taxis are yellow and smaller and tend to be newer vehicles. They are everywhere and you can't miss them.

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  • Karnak

    Karnak is the state run bus system that provides service through much of Syria. Buses also run to and from all surrounding countries. Fares are usually a few dollars. Damascus to Beirut cost me $4.

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  • Taxis

    I used the taxis quite often to get between my hotels and the train or bus stations. There were always plenty around even in quiet areas and I never had trouble finding one, even during busy times of the day. Usually, when I said that I was planning to take a taxi, a local person from the train, bus or hotel would tell me the approximate price for...

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  • Taxi in Syria

    Taxi is really cheap there. around cities (like Aleppo, Damas) generaly the prise is 1 USD (50 SP). In Damascus from bus station to the center of the city they took about 75 SP. Also, from the center of Damas to the mountain near the city (with beautiful view on the city) they took 150 SP (3 USD).taxi drivers don't know english, you should know the...

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  • Tadmor (Palmyra) to Damascus

    In Tadmor (Palmyra) Karnak Bus Company has an office just opposite the museum. They have a few air-conditioned buses a day to Damascus for 110 SP (July 2002). When I was going we were not many people leaving for Damascus and the bus was almost empty, but somewhere along the desert road to Damascus the bus stopped and we had to change buses. I guess...

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  • Travelling to Syria by Train (Hejaz...

    I travelled to Syria on the train from Amman in Jordan. It took a lot longer than the bus or service taxi (twelve hours, as opposed to four and a half) but was an unforgettable experience, due to the friendliness of fellow passengers and the train staff and the fascinating history of the railway (the carriages currently in use date from 1926 and...

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  • From Aleppo to Beirut

    Buses to Beirut from Aleppo cost 300 SP and takes about 6 hours. When I travelled it took 6,5 hours as it took quite long time at the border. The buses leave from Karajat Hanano (Ibrahim Hanano) an to go there by taxi from the clock tower is 25 SP. In Beirut the bus stops at Charles Helou Station. I travelled with Serraj bus company, which had good...

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  • Food and Drink on Syrian Transport

    Whenever I was on a bus or train in Syria, I noticed that most people seem to bring plenty to eat and drink and have the kindness to share what they have with other people; I had never encountered this in England and wish that I had known before I came here because the first time a lady pressed me to accept a drink from her I felt embarrassed that...

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  • Train Transport

    Wherever I asked, I rarely heard anyone mention anything positive about using Syrian trains and generally people would try to put me off, recommending the bus as a better option, yet when I persisted, my experience of using them was a pleasure: sitting on clean spacious comfortable seats, finding helpful staff and arriving at some beautiful...

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  • Local bus and van transportation is...

    Buses and microbuses that service Syria are fast and cheap. One can get from one side to the other of the country in a day. We spent about 10 days there, but I would recommend at least two weeks to grab the chance to capture the major archeological sites and the sound of the two main cities--Alleppo and Damascus. Officers that greet you and help...

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  • Travelling Around...

    Buses are the best way to travel around if you are a backpacker like me.They are convenience & most of the times, on-time !The small buses or the service taxi (us tourists call this...) but the locals call them as 'serveeeees'.We can take service taxi to some remote places in the countryside or even between big towns.The fares would be much higher...

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  • Boat on Euphrates

    At the Qalaat Jaabar Fortress it was possible to hire a boat and go around the island to get a good view of it. I don't remember how much it cost, but there were a few of us and split that many ways, it was pretty cheap.

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  • Leaving Syria

    Don't forget, you have to pay a departure tax in cash when you check in at the airport to leave the country. It is 200 SL or 4 US$. You could wrap your luggage for 100 SL or 2 US$ as well.There is an exchange office at the airport in Damascus, but they don’t sell US$ for Syrian currency. So you have to spend your many for beer (110 SL) or Nescafe...

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  • Hama's old cars

    Hama is the best place in Syria to observe the country's fleet of veteran cars though even here they are disappearing. Years of relative isolation and a struggling economy have meant that cars that elsewhere have been long superceded are kept on the road by all means possible. Big American saloons of the 40s and 50s are becoming a rarer sight,...

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  • Driving youself

    Driving yourself around Syria is probably the best way to go if you want to make the most of your time and get to out-of-the-way places.The roads are reasonable and, apart from the Damascus/Aleppo and Latakia/Aleppo Highways, they are rarely very busy once you get out of the cities.Driving in Damascus and Aleppo can be a little daunting at first,...

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  • Bus

    The price to a destination depends on what kind of bus you take. There are the microbuses (often white), the old buses and the more luxury buses with air-condition.Aleppo to Hamah:In Aleppo I stayed at Spring Flower Hostel and they wanted to sell me a ticket to Hamah with a morning bus and said there were no others. But of course there are, and I...

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  • Fancy Ride

    While the large coach buses are just as bland and sterile as in Canada (but with service!!), the smaller ones are really something else. Many of the smaller local buses / mini-buses are decorated by the driver, making each bus quite unique. It almost gives the buses an individual sense of personality, something not found here in Canada, and it...

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