Be aware if u take a bus from rize to batumi in georgia or from trabzon.when bus gets to border crossing,they let all passengers off to clear turkush and georgian immigration but do not pick up their passengers once at the georgian side
Turkey is also a good country generally for exploring by your own car.
Rental cars are readily available and agencies are, in our experience, reliable, friendly, and accommodating.
Roads are overall good and there is an extensive highway system in the western half, with excellent freeways. Gasoline/petrol stations are plentiful and often have great stores, bathrooms, etc., and Turkish highway rest stops are grand things - whole markets, restaurants, gas stations, etc., rolled into one. Of course, there are plenty of mediocre or dirt/gravel roads, and the road network is not as good in all areas, especially the far eastern part of the country, but overall, thw road network is good and driving places is easy.
Bus travel is probably the number 1 method of long-distance travel in the country and Turkey has an extensive, extremely effective bus system. There are numerous bus lines running everywhere throughout the whole country, major bus stations where all bus lines converge together in all significant cities, buses run constantly, day and night, and they are generally fast, clean, and efficient. They also provide snacks, movies, etc., during the trip. Long hauls will stop at rest stops along the road where people can eat, rest, etc.
country is developing very fast and so many new agencies are also around late ten years. The main problem i see here, the system force you to follow all discount campaings if u want to get good priced flight.
There are two airport in Istanbul ;
Ataturk Airport (European part and easy to reach city center even by metro)
Sabiha Gokcen Airport (Asian part, it takes really time and no metro line here)
Carriers i know;
Atlasjet, Pegasus, Anadolujet, Sunexpress, Turkish Airlines,Onurair
all the best
You'll have no problem driving in Turkey.
Actually I found it very "exciting" in Antalya as the speed is not so strict controlled and the roads are new and wide... that's the nice part of the life isn't it? :)
Of course, you have to be more careful than in your place as they are driving a bit "different"... nothing to be scared about anyway.
The rules are more or less the same and you’ll understand the signs without problem… keep safe anyway and … have a nice trip!
All is so simple… “do what the locals- but not the Romans- do” :)
The beauty of driving in any country is that you are the boss and in control of your own jouney - stopping (or not) where it does or doesn't suit...
Driving in Turkey is pretty easy. The driving test is 10 meters forwards and 10 meters back in reverse... and this is probably the biggest hazard of the road... the standard of driving combined with some of the silly risks some of the drivers take.
It seems as though there is not a road in Turkey that is not being constructed or being repaired or resurfaced. This means that you can drive a full day spending your time switching from one side of the carriageway to the other... and it is not always easy to guess where you are meant to be driving!
There are lots of signs that say RADAR and you really want to take notice of these and ensure you are doing the correct speed because 8 out of 10 times the police will be there with their radars. I got pulled twice - both times I was waved on my way after several minutes....
The petrol stations do not all supply the same quality of petrol. We were very specifically told (by National car hire) to only use O-pet & Shell petrol stations and to use "Euro petrol/diesel". At the time of writing (Aug 2011) the price of petrol/diesel was on a par with that of the UK - very expensive. Petrol stations are not self service and if you wish to pay by credit card it involves having to go into the shop and so it is not unusual for the guy to ask you for your pin number to save you the hastle. Of course, only an idiot would provide it... decline the offer, go into the shop and enter it yourself and stay credit card fraud protected!!!
All petrol stations have toilets which are usually in relatively good condition and the shops sell everything you would expect - cold drinks, snacks etc...
There are tolls on the big motorways (the E roads) - a good road map will clearly show these roads. They are well kept and offer some rapid relief when trying to travel vast chunks a little quicker. At the tolls there are NO kiosks that take money! The ONLY way of getting through these kiosks is by having a KGS kart which is prepaid. Each toll charges a different amount of money. The lowest denomination KGS is 20 lira. When I arrived at my first kiosk (expecting to pay with cash) I had to reverse out and slink off to the side where there was an office and a man who looked very unimpressed with me but sold me a card. I was lucky I had come across a pretty empty toll first - all the ones I went through after that were heaving with traffic and I would not have been able to reverse out! Do NOT rely on there being anybody around though! These cards can be purchased in petrol stations. I was told my 20 lira card was good for 5 tolls. I managed to eek 6 out of it. I did not manage to work out how to tell how many kiosks a journey would take me through... it was all a bit of a magical mystery stumble on my behalf!!! You hover the card over the scanner, it reads it et voila - the barrier gets raised!
There are pros and cons to the buses...
The good thing is that you can travel overnight which means you do not waste any precious time travelling. Another positive aspect of an overnight bus is that you save on a nights accommodation. The buses are generally comfortable - at least as comfortable as you can be when sitting still for long periods, such as 13 hours!
The down side is that the buses have to stop approx every 3 hours for toilet/cigarette/snack break so you don't really get any proper sleep.
Amusingly the buses have little tv screens on the back of the chairs and one of the things you can do (yes, yes on a night bus where is is totally dark - pitch black outside) is watch the live camera that is on the front of the bus... so you can enjoy the same thrills as the driver - dark, dark, dark,,, ooooh bright headlights oncoming and burning out your retinas!!!
The bus journey from Istanbul to Goreme in Cappadocia, for 3 people, was (give or take) the same price as a cheap flight from Istanbul to Nevsehir... so it is worth checking around and then seeing what fits in with your travel plans best.
USE THE TRAM IF YOU CAN.
First of all if you are staying in Sultanahmet or anywhere along the tram line and arriving at ATTATURK INTERNATIONL AIRPORT and want to avoid Istanbul and an expensive taxi ride catch the Metro and than a Tram for about TLR3.50
After exiting the arrivals hall turn right and make your way to the end to the escalators down to the Metro. You need to buy a token first, go through the turnstyles and down to the Metro catch it (theres only one way to go) to Zeytinburnu(6 Stops) get off grab another token and go through the turnstyles and catch a tram to your destination of choice.
Note: easiest to put your bag through the disabled/pram gates and you walk through turnstyle next to it.
that's true! Here you cand find or just compare cheap flights to Istambul http://www.liligo.co.uk/cheap-flights/flight-istanbul_tr/
It would take 1h 10 aproximately... Its faster and more comfortable than a bus or train!
Have fun in Turkey!
I flew roundtrip from Istanbul to Adana in southern Turkey for $90! The service was pretty good. It was about the same as Turkish Air. Onur Air travels from Istanbul to places such as Izmir, Antalya and Trabzon. All are about the same price.
To get to Antakya/Hatay from Istanbul, book a flight to Adana. From there, you will have to take a taxi to the Adana bus station. There are frequent buses to Antakya, taking about three hours. It is a very scenic ride that passes along the Mediterranean Sea and through the mountains.
There are also several buses each day going from Istanbul to Antakya. If you are in another city in western or central Turkey, you might want to take a bus to Adana and then change buses.
AROUND.................Me and my mum went on several sightseeing tours on air conditioned coaches,which were great.We had a guide to tell us about everything and take us to all the important areas.The trips included lunch and drinks and the guides were very friendly and helpful.I learned alot on these tours.The tours were done by Tapestry Travel(web address-www.tapestryholidays.com) and all the tours were very tasteful and show the area,but nice areas,not tacky touristy areas.All the beautiful unspoilt sights.I say a few of these trips are a must.
Turkey is not the first place I have found where good deals for internal flights are hard to find on the most used flight booking services like Expedia, Travelocity or Cheap-O tickets, but are available once one gets into the country. What delighted me about Turkey is that I found a web site for the AndoluJet airline that allowed me to buy a ticket over the internet before I got into Turkey. I saved over 50% of the cost of ticket from Ankara to Van on Air Turkey (It cost only about 40 USD.), by flying on AndoluJet. Oddly, it turns out that AndoluJet is owned by Air Turkey.
One unusual security requirement was that I had to show them the credit card I used to buy the ticket, when I went to get my boarding pass at the airport.
No worries, you will have no problem finding ticket at the same day you want to leave or at your arrival day in any town.
Varan and Ulusoy are better companies than the ones mentioned above, so try to use them at the routes they operate. But all bus companies even the worst ones have a better service than the ones in Europe. They are just more dangerous :)
So, enjoy your June travel, you will like it.
Turkey has one of the best bus networks in the world. They're all ultra modern, comfortable, and reliable. Take advantage of them -- especially overnight buses -- and buy an inflatable pillow. In general, I don't really know the costs as compared to trains, but I'm pretty sure the one time I compared it, the bus was cheaper.
I did take trains for some longer distances (e.g. Kayseri to Ankara, and Ankara to Istanbul) but don't really remember if it was because of the cost or it was the only option. I think it's best to just feel it out specifically each time once you're over there.
Enjoy your trip. Turkey is a great country to travel.
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