by Tom Brosnahan
Travel Info Exchange
you travel to Turkey, keep
this in mind: Turkey is big: 1700
km (1056 miles) from east to west
if you travel by road, a
trip of several days.
you can fly from Istanbul (west)
to Erzurum (east) in about two
hours for a one-way fare of
as little as TL70
if you buy your ticket well in advance.
(For comparison, a ticket for the 19-hour bus trip costs TL80!) Most other domestic
flights cost between TL60
How to Buy Tickets...
of the way international airfares
are structured, it is usually far
cheaper to purchase your
Turkish domestic flight tickets on
the Internet, or within Turkey,
or in advance through a good
Turkish travel agency, rather
than in your home country. Here's
Turkish travel agency can
make your flight reservations for
you, and send you the electronic
usually at no charge to you. Here
are my recommended
farther in advance you buy your ticket,
the cheaper it is likely to be.
It's possible to buy low-fare tickets
in English on the websites of AnadoluJet, Atlasjet, Borajet, Onur
Airlines, Seabird Airlines, Sun
Airlines, and several others.
Turkish-German joint venture, flies
from Austria, Germany and Switzerland
to Turkey, and within Turkey from İzmir's Adnan
to Adana, Antalya, Diyarbakır, Erzurum, Kayseri (for Cappadocia), Konya, Trabzon
flies from the UK to Turkey.
Turkey's International Airports
long-haul international flights land
at Istanbul's Atatürk
International Airport, but Sabiha Gökçen Airport, on the Asian side of Istanbul, is the fastest-growing airport in Europe, so you may land there instead.
See my Major
Airports in Turkey and Turkish
City Airport Codes.
Plane? Train? Bus? Car?
Flying used to be expensive in Turkey, but now with numerous airlines competing for domestic passengers, fares have fallen and are sometimes not much more expensive than the train or bus.
Here are guidelines for when it makes budget sense to fly:
per-person travel budget:
miles (1200 km)
miles (800 km)
miles (300 km)
Istanbul you may prefer a value-for-money
private transfer service from
either airport (Atatürk or Sabiha
Gökçen) to the city center because it's
far superior to a taxi,
and not much more expensive; and if you have 3 or more people with luggage, it's definitely the way to go. More...