The sights and museums around Konya is concentrated mostly around the Alaadin Hill and there's a tram that circumnavigate the whole Alaadin Boulevard -- the street that surrounds the foot of the hill.
So if you're tired of walking, you can take this tram to move conveniently from one sight to another.
The only time I took the bus is when I headed to the main bus terminal of Konya. From the hotel I was staying I stand along the Mevlana Street and waved at one of the passing bus and asked for "Otogar Kampusu" and jumped in. Fare is I think 1.50TL. It is the locals means of transport so be ready to stand as it gets really full with students going to school and it was early in the morning.
The trip took about half an hour from Mevlana Museum to the main bus station, stopping by everynow and then to pick up passengers. The driver will tell you if it's already the main terminal.
You can also take this minibus around the city but you have to ask the driver if it's going to your destination.
The highlights of Konya is at the center and most of it are walking distance. My tip -- follow the Iraninans or those people on religious group tour, they certainly know where to go, they follow a specific route stopping by the sights of the city and they have guides.
Take a walk to the Mevalana museum, the mosque beside it, then onto the Aladin Tepese on a hill with a lovely garden and the nice Aladin Mosque, go down the garden onto the Ince Minare Museum, then onto that park where there's a fountain and the new still being built mosque. It will take you the whole day to see the most important ones.
See the parks, mosques, museums, etc...juz by walking. Most of the sights and museums are situated around the Alaaddin Hill -- literally around the foot of the hill at Alaaddin Boulevard which surround it. Except for the Mevlana Museum which is in a fair walking distance.
One day before, I took the ferry to the Hydarpasa train station from the Eminonu ferry port and bought a one way ticket to Konya.
The ticket costs TL40 for the couchette (ortulu kusetlix) in a small room of 4 beds - 2 up and 2 below. The hydarpasa is the main railway station in Istanbul and the busiest in eastern europe. Nice historical station. The ticket staff do not speak much english but easy to communicate, just mention the time and date and the type of wagon/seat/sleeps. It was a very clean train called Meram Ekspresi or Meram Express, they supply nice blankets and small bed cover.
The seats convert to beds at night and very comfortable, there are toilets at every end of carriages and it has a lot of carriages including first class seat that looks like bus sedats except that it has more space. And best of all, it has a restaurant car serving soup, hot/cold bev, sandwiches and some other food stuff. I did not see anyone smoke except for one local guy at the end, that space that connects the 2 carriages beside the exit.
The train left at 7:40pm on time and arrived early in the morning, past 8:00am, though it's not exactly on the Meram train station. When we arrived there are 3 big buses that transports passengers (free) from that station to the Meram station and it took quite a long trip, more than an hour or so, and it was a rainy morning, and the bus stopped at the Meram Station and I had to walk under the rain from there to Mevlana Museum area which I thought was near - in fact it was a long walk. Took me at least half an hour walking and asking couple of people.
The train ride was a restful trip though and nice one as it passes through nice green landscape.
Konya is situated at the distance of 258 km south from Ankara and 232 km west from Nevsehir. You can get to Konya by train from Istanbul (2 times a day, 14 hours in a way), by bus from Antalya (4 times a day, 6 hours in a way), from Ankara (1 time an hour, 3 hours in a way), from Goreme (3 times a day, 4 hours in a way) etc.
We came to Konya from Cappadocia by tourist bus. It took us 4 hours.
Konya is rather large city. We crossed it from East to West by bus.
You can watch my 3 min 29 sec Video clip Konya out of a bus window with Turkish folk music by Bedia Akarturk – Konyalim.
For our return trip to Istanbul we decided to take a bus. The bus got to Istanbul a little faster than the train did the reverse - Turkey has a very good motorway system. The bus itself was pretty comfortable and was a modern Mercedes built bus. The overnight trip is annoying though, as it is hard to sleep on a bus. There are at least two stops: one in Ankara bus station - and once on a rest area on the way to Istanbul. Upon arriving in Istanbul you can get off on the Asian side, or continue to the main bus station on the European side. In Konya, there is a main otogar that is new and clean - to get there, you can take a minibus for a few lira in front of the bus station.
There are various bus lines that make the route, we took Kontur, their service was fine.
We took the Mernasi Express from Hydarpasa train station in Istanbul to Konya. As it was an overnight train, we decided to get our own compartment. It had a sink, two beds, and plenty of room. There was one bathroom per car though, and by the middle of the trip it was really dirty. The compartment was nice, but I didn't like the train - I found it very hard to sleep because the train would become absolutely quiet when it stopped (I'm a light sleeper) - my wife became motion sick during the trip. It was nice though to see the Anatolian countryside. I don't think that I would personally do this again, as it is a long trip (about 12 hours), and I didn't get much sleep, but others might look into it. I should say that the man responsible for overseeing the train was very kind and friendly.
The tickets cost about 45 Lira, and we booked it through a travel agent on Divan Yolu Cadessi in Sultanahmet, Istanbul.
Konya has large public bus services which are serving to transport people everywhere in the city and in environmental areas.
There are two bus companies:
1.KBOI bus service of municipality
2.TOI municipality controlled private bus service.
There are 2 types of tickets blue one is discounted and pink one is adult fare. You can get the tickets from the kiosks or from the vessel directly.
rate:0,50TL for discounted 0,60TLfor adults
In the picture a steam train passing over Egirdir lake near Konya.You can have a super rail travel begining from Ankara or from Konya train Station.
From time to time TCDD (Turkish state railways) arranges tours in Turkey with seam train. For further information on these tours just call (312) 309 05 15 and 311 06 20.
TCDD ANKARA GAR
19 Mays Caddesi Ankara
The Konya tram system (LRT) is based on a nearly 20Km's long track laying between north and south directions .Another line is under construction for Meram district. It is the cheepest way (less than 1.-$)to discover the city and city life.
Aside from minibuses and tram, there's an extensive network of big buses the ply around the city of Konya ... that is -- if you know your way. Or, maybe ask... no harm.
There is a tram that runs through Konya, although I didn't make use of it. I think it runs on one route towards the university.