Transport in Turkey

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Detailed information on transport in Turkey. Find out how to get into the country and how to get around whether by land, sea or air.

Getting around

Train:  Turkish State Railways provide a modern and efficient option for much of the country. We sued trains to travel from Izmir to Selçuk for Ephesus and onwards to Denizli to visit Pamukkale and found them very comfortable and punctual. Bookings can be made through the website which has an English language option available. There are also long-distance and sleeper services available.

Bus: Long-distance buses are a key part of overland travel in Turkey and continue to be used widely by locals and travellers alike. Metro Turizm provide long-distance and shuttle services across most of the country and have an easy-to-use English language website. Other recommended companies are PamukkaleVaran TurizmUlusoy and Kamilkoc.

Air: Air travel is becoming the norm in a country the size of Turkey. Prices are still relatively cheap compared to many European countries and make sense for those on a tight schedule or who wish to visit far-flung places on the other side of the country. Book flights via

Metro: Istanbul’s metro system is reliable, clean and easy to use. Ankara, Izmir, Adana and Bursa are all served by a mixture of metro and rapid transit systems.

Car rental: If you want to rent a car during your stay then we suggest Rentalcars to find local car rental companies.

Getting there

Istanbul Atatürk Airport (IST) international airport is Turkey’s largest international airport and most convenient. The airport is international but also has connections to a number of domestic destinations throughout Turkey. On the Asia side of Istanbul is Gökçen International Airport (SAW) which is also a popular option for budget travellers or those with connections to other destinations around Europe and Asia.

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