|You Are Here : Home / Transportation Main / Intercity Transportation|
Turkey with its airports in many cities, offers suitable access to most parts of the country by airlines. It is easy, fast and comfortable. With an average of an hour flight time you reach different parts of the country. The domestic flights are operated by the national air carrier Turkish Airlines which uses Boeing or RJ planes depending on the traffic. For more information about domestic airline transportation just click...
As airline transportation is expensive when compared with bus transportation, most of the intercity transport is made by buses. Country wide scheduled bus services are available to even the smallest town or village within Turkey. Cities, towns and villages do have their own local transportation company serving passengers on scheduled bus, midibus or minibus services. They have their main offices located in the "Otogar" (The main bus station of the city) and also do have some branch offices in other locations spread in the city.
Before the scheduled bus departs from the "Otogar" or companies main stations, some minibuses of the company do collect the passengers from branch offices (free service) to the main station so that the bus could depart straight and the passengers are being transported easily without any additional inner city transportation cost.
The inter-city bus quality is top of the top. As there is a big competition in the market, companies are urged to offer good and new models of vehicles that brings the quality to vehicles. Most buses are Mercedes (304-403), Mitsubishi, Scania, or similar and are in average 2 years old. When talking about smaller cities and towns buses offered get older but are still over the average.
For distances over 6 hours companied do have a second driver available in the bus.
Most companies offer tea, coffee, water, coke or orange juice, some cookies, cakes, crackers, and cologne during the trip on the bus. Even in some bigger companies full breakfast or lunch is offered on board.
In most of the buses smoking is not allowed.
Although quite a lot buses do have toilets, depending on the total driving duration, buses generally do stop in every four hours for toilet, refreshments or meals.
Check the companies which do have scheduled bus services to your requested destination.
Call one of their offices to reserve a ticket. After you tell your preferred trip date, they would tell you the scheduled times. Select one and also tell your seat preference (window, corridor, woman seat (Most companies do offer women for their comfort women seats. This means that, if you are a woman you either travel your next seat empty or they would only sell that seat to a woman) ). Mention also if you prefer a return or student ticket (which are cheaper). Generally you need to pick your ticket up latest 24 hours before the trip. You could get your ticket from the nearest branch of your location. enjoyturkey.com delivers your bus ticket to your location with an additional cost of 5 USD (per ticket)...We are an e-mail away.
When you get your ticket, you should ask the exact departure time and location of the bus, If branch office transportation to the "Otogar" is available and what time. You also should ask for the locations where you could get out when you arrive as buses do have some stations located in different parts of the city. Many companies do also offer free transportation from the "Otogar" to town centers on arrival.
You should be ready at least 15 minutes before the departure. Your luggage is placed in the bottom of the vehicle after a security check and you would get a number also stated on you luggage. After, just place your self to the number of seat assigned mentioned on your ticket for you and place your hand luggage or coat on the top of your seat.
Some companies do have TV's or walkmans offering movie or music service during the drive. If your trip is a night trip the lights switched off as many people do prefer to sleep. You may use your seat light in case you prefer to read your book or magazine.
When the bus stops for the refreshment, toilet or meal stop, you should be sure of the departure time so that you do not miss your bus. They would wait a little but would not make any announcements. During the refreshment stops you either could have a cup of Turkish tea (most times it is free for bus passengers) or something to eat. Most stopped restaurants are self service that enables you to check the possibilities. You should have some change Turkish money for the restrooms as they are nearly all paid ones . An average toilet would cost you about 15 cents (250.000 TL).
Every bus depending on the duration does have two drivers, and a hostess (mostly man, rarely woman) which serve the passengers beverages and assists peoples' requests. In case you have a question or need something during the drive just, like in airplanes, push on the red light on your seats' top or call the hostess with your hand. Some companies also do have one additional staff that takes care of the luggage.
During bus transportation you might face some language problems so just bring a small dictionary or check our language lesson page.
Tell the Hostess where you want to get out and ask the transportation possibilities to the center so that he/she could assist you. After your luggage is taken out from the bottom (no tipping is expected) just check the available service bus that takes you to the center. The driver of the service bus would help you with your luggage to be placed in the vehicle and just tell him your final location so that he could assist you to get out at the nearest point of your destination. This is it ... Please forward us your comments and experiences you have with inter-city bus transportation.
Although train transportation could have been supplying a bigger part of intercity transportation, unfortunately the Turkish Railway system does not have a suitable infrastructure. the Number of train are limited and the qualities are on average.
Trains on the other hand are preferred by passengers who does not like the bus transport. It is said that, you could get up and walk, have something to eat or drink in the meal wagon and have wide seating places.
The scheduled trains between cities are very limited. Not every town is reachable via railways and the trains are relatively slow. You should prefer train transportation if you are get used to it and do not prefer the bus transport. enjoyturkey.com delivers your train ticket to your location with an additional cost of 5 USD (per ticket)...We are an e-mail away.
Check the trains and routes to your requested destination.: www.tcdd.gov.tr
Call one of the train stations to reserve a ticket. After you tell your preferred trip date and train, mention your seat preference (window, corridor, smoking or non smoking wagon. Mention also if you prefer a return or student ticket (which are cheaper). Generally you need to pick your ticket up latest 48 hours before the departure. You could get your ticket from the nearest main train station of your location. enjoyturkey.com delivers your train ticket to your location with an additional cost of 5 USD (per ticket)...We are an e-mail away.
When you get your ticket, you should check your preferences (Smoking, non smoking etc) and exact departure time of the train. Incase you are not going straight to the final destination point of the train and would get out some station in the middle, ask the approximate arrival time for that stop.
You should be ready at least 20 minutes before the departure. After you have found your Peron train and wagon, find your seat and place your luggage on the top.
No TV or music service is available in trains so you should take care of your own walkman and cassettes. You either could walk to the meal wagon to have something to drink or eat , or you could bring something your self to eat and during during your trip.
Keep your ticket ready as it would be checked sometime on the way by the conductor.
Every wagon has a toilet , but bring your own soap and toile paper for your own comfort.
When you get out of the train you could make usage of the taxis ready at the exit to reach your final point in the city .
During train transportation you might face some language problems so just bring a small dictionary or check our language lesson page.
Although Turkey's three sides are covered with sea, the sea transport level has still not reached the level it should have been. There are limited numbers of scheduled passenger ferry boats managed by the states maritime lines (Deniz Yolları Mudurlugu) that sail between coast cities. The newly municipality operated seabus transportation is getting more demand as the schedules are proper and quality is good. enjoyturkey.com delivers your tickets to your location with an additional cost of 5 USD (per ticket)...We are an e-mail away.
Ferry Boats: The scheduled boats are in average quality and not much choice is available. The main destinations are Istanbul, Sinop, Samsun, Giresun,Trabzon in the Black Sea (North), and Istanbul, Canakkale, Izmir in the Aegean Sea (West).
Seabus: Although the destinations are limited, schedules do increase rapidly and the quality of the hovercraft type seabuses are quite good. The main destinations are Istanbul, Yalova and Bandırma.
Vehicle boats: The boats used for carrying all types of vehicles between bays as shortcuts for intercity transport are mainly used around Istanbul between Eskihisar-Topcular (Near Yalova), in Izmir Karsiyaka-Konak, and in Canakkale up
Driving inter-city in Turkey is not much advised to foreigners. Most probably you would find driving dangerous and different unless you have not driven before in similar type of traffic and roads. Most roads are two lined and only between big centers like Ankara, Istanbul and some others highways are available. When driving in Turkey you should take care of the all four corners of your vehicle and care how the other vehicles act before you take action. You either could rent a car or drive to Turkey with your own car.