Domestic Transportation in Turkey
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:
|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
|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
- 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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