Domestic Transportation in Turkey

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Means of Transport Recommended in Town

Means of public transport are not well developed. There are only two metro lines and the tram network is very old. On the other hand, it is relatively easy to travel by bus, even if they are often packed out.
It is better to take a taxi. In this case, collective taxis (dolmus) are a good compromise.
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Maps of Urban Networks
İETT website - Network of public transport Istanbul Town Hall
UT Library on line
Urban Transport Agencies
Find an Itinerary
Istanbulguide : full of information, practical advice and maps about Istanbul.
Taxi Companies
There is no taxi company in Turkey. Istanbulguide gives precious information on how to use taxis in Istanbul.

Transportation From Airport to City Centre:






Car Rental
Istanbul - Atatürk Intl (IST) 24 km / 15 miles TRY 20-30-USD 15 / 30-50 min Available TRY 1.30 / 30 min Available

Means of Transport Recommended in the Rest of the Country

The national railway company links the main towns in Turkey, but the train is very slow and the network antiquated. Buses, which cover the whole country or almost, are very comfortable. All the main cities are served by domestic flights, it is the best way to travel to distant cities or those not served by the motorways. Click here for further information.
Rail Companies
Turkish railways


Name Type Domestic Flights International Flights
Onur Air Airline company Domestic flights Yes
Atlas Jet Airline company Domestic flights No
Turkish Airlines Airline company Domestic flights Yes

You Can Consult the List of Airlines Banned Within the EU. Look Also at the rating of the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).


Traveling By Yourself

It is absolutely not advised to drive in town: traffic is dense and driving extremely dangerous.
Driver's License
French driver's license (pink) or international license.
Conditions For Renting a Vehicle
Nearly all the international agencies are present. Rental prices are generally higher than in the rest of Europe: allow 50 euros per day. Be careful to read attentively the insurance contracts which often only cover the vehicle. You should plan at least 48 hours ahead if you want to rent an economic model.
Rental Agencies
Tolls or Taxes
The motorway network is expanding and is very inexpensive (Istanbul - Ankara: about 4 euros).
Road Maps
Directorate of Turkish road infrastructures
Road map of Turkey
Find an Itinerary
Michelin website
Traffic Conditions Online
Istanbul Town Hall traffic information
Parking Facilities
You should always use public parking lots or the many guarded private parking lots.

Rules of the Road

Minimum Driving Age
Side of the Road For Driving
Drive on the right
Speed Limits
50 km/h in urban areas, 90 km/h on main roads and 120 km/h on motorway.
Safety Belts
Obligatory in the front and at the rear
Permitted Amount of Alcohol in the Blood
National Roads Organizations
Road and motorway Directorate

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