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ROAD:
THERE IS AN EXTENSIVE NETWORK OF ROADS. CONDITIONS VARY.
TRAFFIC DRIVES ON THE RIGHT, THERE ARE THREE AXIS ROADS
WHICH TRAVERSE THE COUNTRY. THE E5 TO SYRIA AND LEBANON.
THE E24 TO IRAQ AND THE E23 TO IRAN

CAR HIRE SERVICES ARE AVAILABLE IN ALANYA, ANKARA, ANTALYA,
BODRUM, CESME, ISTANBUL, IZMIR, KEMER, KUSADASI, MARMARIS
AND MANY TOURIST CENTRES.

TAXI:
TAXIS ARE ABUNDANT IN ALL CITIES AND CAN BE HIRED FROM TAXI
STANDS. TAXIS ARE YELLOW. TAXI-METERS ARE USED. FARES ARE
CHARGED ACCORDING TO DISTANCE. MOST TAXI DRIVERS DO NOT
SPEAK ENGLISH. IT IS ADVISABLE TO WRITE DOWN YOUR
DESTINATION. WHEN CROSSING TOLL BRIDGES THE TOLL MUST BE
PAID BY THE PASSENGERS.

THE DOLMAS ARE SHARED TAXIS. OFFICIAL STOPS ARE MARKED WITH
A D. INEXPENSIVE AND EFFICIENT. PASSENGERS PAY THE DRIVER
AT THE END OF THE JOURNEY. FARES ARE FIXED BY THE
MUNICIPALITY. THE MAIN DOLMUS STATIONS ARE THE TAKSIM,
EMINONU, SIRKECI, BESIKTAS, AKSARAY, USKUDAR AND KADIKO.

BUS:
CHEAP BUT SLOW. ON THE EUROPEAN SIDE OF ISTANBUL THE MAIN
BUS LINES START FROM TAKSIM SQUARE, EMINONU AND BEYAZIT. ON
THE ASIAN SIDE THERE ARE DEPARTURES FROM USKUDAR AND
KADIDOY. TICKETS ARE SOLD AT DESIGNATED KIOSKS AND MUST BE
PURCHASED BEFORE ENTERING THE BUS. FOR CITY TRAVEL BUY A
BOOK OF TICKETS PUT A TICKET INTO THE BOX BY THE DRIVER FOR
EACH JOURNEY. THERE IS A REGULAR SERVICE EVERY HOUR
BETWEEN ATATURK AIRPORT AND THE THE AIRLINE TERMINAL .

LONG DISTANCE BUSES ARE FAST AND EFFICIENT. THE CHEAPEST
FARES CAN BE OBTAINED BY BUYING TICKETS AT THE BUS STATION
BEFORE DEPARTURE. BUSES AND MINIBUSES DEPART FROM TOPKAPI
OTOGARI CENTRAL BUS STATION. TRAKYA OTOGARI FOR WEST BOUND
AND ANADOLU OTOGARI FOR EAST BOUND.

RAIL:
THERE ARE TWO STATIONS IN ISTANBUL. SIRKECI GARI FOR
WESTBOUND TRAINS AND HAYDARPASA GARI FOR EASTBOUND TRAINS.
IT IS BETTER TO USE THE EKSPRES OR MAVI TRAINS.
OTHERS ARE VERY SLOW.

MAVI TREN, DAILY. ISTANBUL-ANKARA 7HRS 30MINS.
BOGAZICI EKSPRESI, DAILY. ISTANBUL-ANKARA 9HRS 30MINS.

AIR:
TURKISH AIRLINES OPERATE REGULAR INTERNAL FLIGHTS.
CONNECTING ISTANBUL, ANKARA, IZMIR, AND ANTALYA, ALSO
TRABZON, ERZURUM AND VAN. THERE ARE REDUCTIONS ON SOME
FLIGHTS FOR FAMILIES AND CHILDREN.

SEA:
CAR FERRIES CROSS THE ISTANBUL BOGAZI AND MARMARA SEA.

SIRKECI-MUDANYA 4HRS
SIRKECI-YALOVA 2HRS 30MINS
HAREM-YALOVA 2HRS 30MINS
KARTAL-YALOVA 1HR 30MINS
DARICA-YALOVA 1HR

SEA BUS LINES:

BOSTANCI-KABATAS 20MINS
BOSTANCI-KARAKOY 20MINS
BOSTANCI-BAKIRKOY 25MINS
KABATAS-MUDANYA 1HR 15MINS NO SERVICE SUNDAYS.
KABATAS-MUDANYA-ARMUTLU 1HR 30MINS
KABATAS-BUYUADA 1HR 30MINS
KABATAS-AVSA-MARMARA 1HR 30MINS
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