Getting There in Turkey

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Turkish Airlines

Turkish Airlines

When traveling to Turkey, getting there can be done in a variety of ways. Whether by air, car, train or bus, there are a number of ways that you can travel into the country and even more ways to commute around once you're safely in this Middle Eastern country. You will need to obtain a sticker-type point of entry visa when traveling into Turkey no matter your method of transportation. Visas average $20 USD  or 10 euros.

By Air

The primary international gateway into Turkey is by using Istanbul's Ataturk International Airport. The largest airport in Turkey, Ataturk International Airport has planes that fly out to other, smaller cities. You must go through security checks when traveling to any other inland airport so you need to hurry and not take your time when in transit.

By Bus

From Bucharest, Romania, there is a daily bus traveling daily into Istanbul. There are other daily buses connecting major surrounding cities to other cities within Turkey.

By Train

Through there are a number of trains leading into a number of cities throughout Turkey, trains nowadays are primarily used for historic sightseeing and romantic getaways and trips.

By Car

If traveling from central Europe, traveling into Turkey by car is fairly easy. You will need to get your International Insurance Card (Green Card) and if you plan on traveling into other parts of the Middle East, you will need to get a "carnet de passage" as well. The three major roads that lead into Turkey are E80, E87 and E90.

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Turkish Airlines (THY): THY has regular flights on Boeing 737-400’s, 737-500’s, Rj 100’s, and Airbus 310-200’s, 310-300’s, and 340-300’s to Ankara, Istanbul, Izmir, Antalya, Adana, Trabzon and Dalaman from principal capitals and major cities of the world.

International Airlines: Regular flights from all major cities of the world come to Turkeys International Airports.

Lufthansa Airlines: From the east coast of the USA, Lufthansa along with the Star Alliance has very reasonably priced more..

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By Rail

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Train journeys can be made to Istanbul directly from and via some of the major cities in Europe.

London to Istanbul

The journey from London to Istanbul takes three nights, using Eurostar to Paris, the 'Orient Express' overnight to Vienna, a connecting 'EuroCity' to Budapest and a direct couchette car from Budapest to Istanbul (or more comfortable sleepers with an additional transfer in Bucharest).  Departures from London are daily.  The recommended journey is now via Bucharest because of the effects of the recent war on more..

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By Coach

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There are regular bus services between Turkey and Austria, France, Germany, Holland, Italy, Switzerland, and Greece as well as Iraq, Iran, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Syria.

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By Sea

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Passenger Ferries: Apart from numerous cruises in the Mediterranean, several foreign shipping companies have regular services to the ports of Trabzon, Samsun, Istanbul, Dikili, Izmir, Cesme, Kusadasi, Bodrum, Marmaris, Antalya, Alanya, Mersin and Iskenderun.

Car Ferries: There are several car ferries for tourists who wish to bring their cars while sightseeing: Connections run from Venice, Ancona, Brindisi and Bari to Istanbul, Izmir, Cesme, Kusadasi, Marmaris and Antalya.

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