Most people fly to
Turkey: check Cheap
Airfares & Airlines.
There are other ways to get to Turkey:
including deluxe Varan Turizm,
run big, comfortable buses to and from
Europe weekly, but it's a long
and with airfares so
cheap these days, why not fly? More...
Most ships calling at Turkish
ports are for cruises,
not simple passage (more
on cruise ships docking in
Turkey...). As of 2011,
there are no longer direct ferries
between Turkey and Italy, but you can
still travel on this route via Greece
and the ferries
between the Greek Aegean islands and
The days of the fabled Orient
Express are long gone. Cheap
flights, modern buses and the Balkan
wars of the 1990s put an end to through
trains between Istanbul and Europe.
Still, there is one s-lo-w nightly
train, the Bosphorus
Express, between Istanbul's Sirkeci
Station and, Sofia, Bulgaria;
Belgrade, Serbia (Belgrat, 23
hours) and Bucharest, Romania (Bükres, 20
hours), whence you can connect with
trains to Budapest (36
hours), Venice, Munich and
other destinations in central and western
Europe. I don't recommend it. More...
There's also the nightly Dostluk/Filia
train between Istanbul and Thessaloniki,
the only train between Turkey and
Greece, which I do recommend. More...
If you drive your own car to Turkey,
you'll need to buy Green
at the border from the Turkish
Touring and Automobile Association. More...
you may get a