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Travelling through Turkey by bus and train
1.       Trudy
7887 posts
 28 Jul 2007 Sat 12:16 pm

In June and July 2007 I travelled through Turkey. Maybe the list below can be helpful for other travellers, giving an idea about distances, required time and prices. The information per line is: date, starting-point, sometimes an in-between city, arrival-point, used transport, distance in kilometres, price in YTL. Required time you calculate by dividing the distance by 60 if by bus and dividing the distance by 50 if by train. The result is the hours you'll spend travelling.

2/6 - Elazığ Airport - Elazığ Centre - servicebus - 11 - 4
4/6 – Elazığ - Malatya – Sivas - bus - 336 - 7
5/6 - Sivas - Kangal (v.v.) - bus - 182 - 9
5/6 - Kangal - Balıklı Kaplıca (v.v.) - taxi - 28 - 30
6/6 - Sivas - Kayseri - bus - 200 - 17
7/6 - Kayseri - Kahramanmaraş - bus - 291 - 15
8/6 - Kahramanmaraş - Gaziantep - bus - 75 - 5
9/6 - Gaziantep - Kilis (v.v.) - dolmus - 120 - 10
10/6 - Gaziantep - Birecik - bus - 60 - 7
11/6 - Birecik - Şanliurfa - bus - 80 - 5
12/6 - Şanliurfa - Kahta (tour) - minibus - 200 - 125
13/6 - Kahta - Adıyaman – Malatya - minibus/bus - 282 - 10
15/6 - Malatya - Battalgazı (v.v.) - minibus - 16 - 2
16/6 - Malatya - Arapgir - taxi - 120 - 7
16/6 - Arapgir - Kemaliye - bus - 56 - 5
18/6 - Kemaliye - Bağistaş (station) - postbus - 28 - 5
18/6 - Bağistaş - Erzurum - train - 350 - 8,5
19/6 - Erzurum - Kars - train - 217 - 7
21/6 - Kars - Trabzon - bus - 585 - 35
23/6 - Trabzon - Uzungöl (v.v.) - bus - 160 - 20
24/6 - Trabzon - Tirebolu – Ordu - bus / dolmus - 180 - 17
26/6 - Ordu - Samsun – Amasya - bus - 305 - 21
27/6 - Amasya - Samsun – Sinop - bus - 298 - 24
28/6 - Sinop - Erfelek (v.v.) - bus - 58 - 5
28/6 -Erfelek - Tatlıca (v.v.) - taxi - 38 - 30
28/6 - Sinop - Hamsilos (v.v.) - dolmus - 30 - 3,5
29/6 - Sinop - Kastamonu - bus - 195 - 25
29/6 - Kastamonu - Kasaba (v.v.) - taxi - 40 - 30
30/6 - Kastamonu - Safranbolu - bus - 120 - 9,5
1/7 - Safranbolu - Ankara – Afyon - bus - 478 - 34
2/7 - Afyon - Sultandağı – Akşehir (v.v.) - minibus - 210 - 16
3/7 - Afyon - İhsanıye (v.v.) - minibus - 70 - 4
3/7 - İhsanıye - Aslankaya – Memeckaya (v.v.) – taxi - 40 - 30
4/7 - Afyon - Kütahya - bus - 95 - 7
5/7 - Kütahya - Çavdarhisar – Emet - bus - 100 - 10
6/7 - Emet - Kütahya – Eskişehir - bus - 182 - 16
7/7 - Eskişehir - Bursa - bus - 149 - 11
8/7 - Bursa - Mudaniye (v.v.) - car - 50 - -
10/7 - Bursa - Yalova – Istanbul - bus/ferry/bus - 146 - 14
11-14/7 - Istanbul - Istanbul - tram / metro / funicular (akbil) - ? - 20

43 days - Overall distance: 6181 km - Average per day: 144 km - Distance per hour (bus): ± 60 km - Distance per hour (train): ± 50 km

2.       si++
3785 posts
 28 Jul 2007 Sat 12:27 pm

Wow! You are a great contributor to this site.

Prices are very reasonable except one (12/6 - 125).

All the way, you wrote down this?

3.       Trudy
7887 posts
 28 Jul 2007 Sat 12:30 pm

Quoting si++:

Wow! You are a great contributor to this site.

Prices are very reasonable except one (12/6 - 125).

All the way, you wrote down this?



Yes, I kept a diary. 12/6 was a tour, including 3 meals, pension, a guide and transport. That made it more expensive.

4.       lady in red
6947 posts
 28 Jul 2007 Sat 03:37 pm

Quoting Trudy:

Quoting si++:

Wow! You are a great contributor to this site.

Prices are very reasonable except one (12/6 - 125).

All the way, you wrote down this?



Yes, I kept a diary. 12/6 was a tour, including 3 meals, pension, a guide and transport. That made it more expensive.



Trudy - how can you travel further in an hour by bus than you do by train? Surely the train is much faster and therefore travels further? I'm not being 'picky' just interested to know.

5.       MarioninTurkey
6124 posts
 28 Jul 2007 Sat 03:40 pm

Hey .. you have never been travelling round Turkey, I guess.

The road network gets all the investment, so it is beter.

Train network is being upgraded (we expect a high speed link from Istanbul to Ankara soon) but it is old. Sometimes the train goes a very long way round (I heard a story to explain it: the track was laid by the Germans before the First World War and they were paid by the mile, so never took short cuts!).

Also the train tends to stop at every little village.

I once got on an "express". These are even slower than the other trains,as I soon found out! It is nice to get a sleeper train overnight, though.


6.       lady in red
6947 posts
 28 Jul 2007 Sat 03:42 pm

Quoting MarioninTurkey:

Hey .. you have never been travelling round Turkey, I guess.

The road network gets all the investment, so it is beter.

Train network is being upgraded (we expect a high speed link from Istanbul to Ankara soon) but it is old. Sometimes the train goes a very long way round (I heard a story to explain it: the track was laid by the Germans before the First World War and they were paid by the mile, so never took short cuts!).

Also the train tends to stop at every little village.

I once got on an "express". These are even slower than the other trains,as I soon found out! It is nice to get a sleeper train overnight, though.




Thanks Marion - Im coming to Turkey to live very soon so I'll bear that information in mind!!

7.       qdemir
805 posts
 28 Jul 2007 Sat 03:51 pm

It takes 7,5 or 8 hours to go to Ankara from İstanbul by train, but 5.5 hours by bus.

8.       Trudy
7887 posts
 28 Jul 2007 Sat 04:35 pm

Quoting lady in red:

Trudy - how can you travel further in an hour by bus than you do by train? Surely the train is much faster and therefore travels further? I'm not being 'picky' just interested to know.



The train is slower and most destinations have only one or a few trains per day according to sometimes hourly departure of buses but there are some pro's for travelling by train too. I only travelled by train in the east because in the other parts scheduled times were not good for me or there was no train at all. The train goes often through more nature instead following the road like the bus. There are toilets, a restaurantcar and you can walk to strectch your legs. But most important I found were the views and because of the low speed I was able to make some nice pictures out of the window.

Information about trains in Turkey you can find on:

http://www.tcdd.gov.tr/tcdding/yurtici_ing.htm

This is their English site but if you want to try to book an online ticket, it instantly changes into Turkish I noticed when I tried.

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