minibuses are the
heart of the city's urban transport system:
from the city limits
right through the center to the city limits on the
other side. Fares are less than TL4.
They run along prescribed routes—of
which there are many. To learn many of the routes
would be confusing, but—luckily—it's
Just learn a few major reference
look on the signboard in the bus's
front window to see if it stops there:
Museum = Müze
Bus Terminal = Terminal or Otogar
Kalekapısı = Kalekapısı
Gate = Üçkapılar
Park = Karaalı or Park
Beach = Konyaaltı (Caddesi)
Beach = Lara
Few buses run along the
main boulevards in
the city center. Rather, they run
along streets (some one-way) slightly
inland, so as to remove some frequent
traffic from the city-center boulevards.
Thus, if a bus sign reads Kalekapısı, it
may not actually pass the stone tower
at the city center. You may have to
get out a block inland, which means
you must mention Kalekapısı to
the driver so that he knows to let
you out at the stop that's nearest
to that destination.
For many top sights, the trams
are easier to use. If you're in a hurry,
comfort, take a taxi.
Midi- and minibuses can take you to
Antalya's bus terminal (Otogar), but
the airport you must take a
airport bus or a taxi.
—by Tom Brosnahan