these are mostly closed (49 closed and 40+open)partly open telecabins and operating between Sarialan to Cobankaya.If the weather allows take a ticket (3.-YTLor 2.-€)and get around the mountain the rocks the trees the small rivers are marvelous while you riding this telecabins.You shall find a very good camp site in Cobankaya the final station of telesiej.With bungalows and a tasty restaurant serving almost 140 persons there.
The name of the camp site is "Kizilay Kamping" and serving untill the end of June.
telephone for booking:+90(224)2728950
Bursa is a big city close to Istanbul and therefore there are frequent buses between the cities. I did not buy a ticket in advance but went to the otogar (bus station) to find the first bus. From Atatürk Caddesi bus number 38 goes to the otogar. At the otogar I asked at a few companies and finally bought a ticket for a bus leaving within 25 minutes.
When the bus passed the harbour in Yalova several people left the bus, probably to go on with the ferry to Istanbul (I had read it could be a faster way, but as I had no idea of when the ferries left, or to where in Istanbul they would arrive it was better to go on with the bus all the way).
If you are going to Sultanhamet in Istanbul you should go off the bus at Harem otogar (going on to the main terminal Esenler takes about an hour more) and from there take the ferry over to Sirkeci. From Sirkeci bus T4 and the tram goes to Sultanhamet.
The ticket Bursa to Istanbul was 12 000 000 TL and it took 3 hours to Harem otogar.
Before leaving Ayvacik for Behramkale I did not check what time buses for Bursa left. It could have been good as there is not much information about that in Behramkale.
By the harbour (Iskele) I found a ticket boot selling Truva bus tickets. They had a bus from Ayvacik too early in the morning and one too late in the afternoon. I decided I would take an early dolmush to Ayvacik to see if there were any other bus companies going to Bursa or a bigger city on the way. I had to wait about an hour before a bus to Balikesir came. In Balikesir I was immediately taken to a counter selling tickets. It seemed to be a big competition as three buses (different companies) were leaving at the same hour.
Arriving in Bursa the bus stops at the otogar many kilometres north of the city centre. There are no service buses, but just next to is the stop for the city buses. There seemed to be buses to all over Bursa. Bus number 38 is going to the city centre and Atatürk Caddesi.
Behramkale to Ayvacik was 2 000 000 TL.
Ayvacik to Balikesir was 11 000 000 TL and took 3 hours.
Balikesir to Bursa was 6 000 000 TL and took 2,5 hours.
The city bus in Bursa was 550 000 TL.
Bursa has a fairly new metro system. It is not too extensive yet, but can be very useful especially for travelling between the city centre and suburbs. In the centre of Bursa, there is a station a short walk from the Ulu Cami, Koza Han, etc.
Bursa has an effective LRT system wth approx.21 Km's east-west and north south lines you can use the subway for less than half dollar if you like you can get dayly or weekly multi pass tickets for unlimited using.Subway is opened in 2002 and it is very clean.
To get to Bursa you can take a bus if you are in Istanbul. It takes about 3 hours. But if you are coming from outside the country, you can use airlines.
Inside the city, there is subway and well developed city bus lines. To go to Uludag, you can take skyline, also you can drive, or take a bus.
***HOW TO GO*** Bursa takes advantage of the vast land and sea transportation offered by its location. It's air transportation has the potential for expansion.
Bursa coach station is 10km from city center. There are also connections to other cities from Bursa.
Coach Station Tel. : (+90-224) 261 54 00 Railway
Station Tel : (+90-224) 482 35 00 Maritimes
The sea transporation in Bursa is carried out through Gemlik and Mudanya piers. Both piers are approximately 30km from Bursa.
Sea Transit: Boats leave from the Gemlik and Mudanya docks.
Harbour Tel : (+90-224) 544 30 60 Air Travel
There are two airports in Bursa: Bursa and Yeniþehir.
Bursa airport is 8km from the city center:Bursa-Yeniþehir airport
Airport Tel : (+90-224) 246 50 01 - 773 00 64
The best way is to use the seabuses from Kabatas to Yalova or from Yenikapi to Yalova. If you are staying around oldcity prefer Yenikapi, else Kabatas is better. For the schedules and fares please visit the official site of Istanbul Seabus Authority.
After arriving to Yalova there are charter buses to Bursa, and it takes about one hour bus drive.
For the last two years all the buses are renewed and smoking is banned in the busses, so do not worry !
In Bursa, in the city center the best way is by taxis. For far locations there are minibuses to almost everywhere and do not cost much.
If you prefer to go to Bursa by car (rental) you should use the ferry from Eskihisar (about 40 km. from Istanbul) to Topcular than you will need to drive around 70 km. otherwise you have drive all the Izmit bay and in total you will dirve around 250 km.
As of July 3rd 2001 the cost of ferry is TL. 15,000,000 (about USD 12.00, USD/TL: 1,250,000)
Yes you will definitely need a pocket calculator since the exchange rate is wildiy fluctuating.
It is possible to ascend Uludag by cable lift, leaving from Bursa's Teferrüç station. The first stage is Kadiyayla Station after 2,500m of cable. The second stage is Sarialan 2,480m further on at an altitude of 1,635m.