Here are tips on travel in
Turkey by plane, bus,
car, train, ship
transport from other countries to Turkey,
is fairly easy to travel in, but
it's a big country (maps). I've noted distances
and travel times, in
both kms and miles, for all major and many minor destinations in the Where
to Go section of TurkeyTravelPlanner.com.
All methods of transport
may be crowded on major
holidays. Plan accordingly!
Here's how to compare
costs for various means of transport.
Airlines and a number of other competent air carriers have flights among major
cities which are convenient for
longer distances, and relatively
inexpensive (most fares are
Air, Atlasjet, Anadolu
Air and Sun
Express have growing
route systems and reasonable
fares. See also Major
Airports and Airport/City
Thousands of modern, luxurious
buses roar between Turkish cities
and towns daily. This is how most Turks
travel. Unfortunately, it's
difficult to get fares and schedules (try
but you can do that easily when you
in Turkey. Departures are
frequent, and you
don't need advance rservations on
most routes. Here are sample
routes, fares and travel times from Istanbul to
many cities. More...
If you are an experienced driver
and can manage a standard shift ("stick
shift," not automatic) transmission,
and want freedom of movement, consider renting
a car in Turkey. More...
Express is long gone,
but Turkey is hard at work building an impressive network of high-speed trains which, within a decade, will link 15 cities holding half the country's population. A number of useful routes are already in operation. More...
Older, conventional trains can also be useful on some routes (here's
a map). They may be slower than the bus but
offer more seating-room and comfort
for less money. More...
Turkey is surrounded
by seas, so ships play a significant
part in the Turkish transport picture.
Here are the major services:
ships from other countries
Turkey at Istanbul, Kuşadası (for Ephesus) and
other ports. Here's
information on the ports
of Marmara ferry services run
between Istanbul on
the north shore and Yalova and Bandırma on
the south shore (map).
ferries connect Europe
with Asia, Çanakkale and
Troy with the Gallipoli battlefields.
ferries connect the
islands with the Turkish coast. Look
dates, times and fares on
in Greece help you travel
between Athens, the Islands, and
ferries: no longer
any direct service, but you can
go via Greece.
ferries connect Girne (Kyrenia)
and Taşucu/Silifke all
year, and Alanya in