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Travelling to Turkey

Your ultimate guide to Turkey 

Discover Turkey

Turkey is a transcontinental country situated on the border of Western Asia and Eastern Europe. It has amazing landscapes, coastlines and beautiful cities making it one of the best destinations in the world for vacationing.



Here’s our handy guide to everything you need to know.


Discover Turkish cities

Many of Turkey's cities date back thousands of years. There is a fascinating mix of cultures and traditions. One of the world’s largest cities, Istanbul (formerly Constantinople) was once the capital of both the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires, and impressively, it’s the only major city in the world that straddles two continents: Europe and Asia. Ankara, Turkey’s cosmopolitan capital, sits in the country’s central Anatolia region. It is a centre for the performing arts, home to the State Opera and Ballet, the Presidential Symphony Orchestra and several national theatre companies. A cultural hub where elegant mosques and traditional bazaars dot the palm-lined boulevards and ancient Greek ruins look down from the hilltops, Turkey’s third-largest city, Izmir, has plenty to offer cruise visitors en route to nearby Ephesus.


Explore Turkish culture

The crossroads of many civilisations throughout history, Turkey is a great place for lovers of history and architecture. For ancient Greek and Roman ruins, head to the Aegean and Mediterranean regions, where you’ll find stunning marble relics of cities, monuments and temples – the likes of Ephesus and the Aegean coast are a great place to start. For Byzantine architecture, the strikingly grand Hagia Sophia in Istanbul certainly doesn’t disappoint, whilst Ottoman-era monuments can be found in Bursa and Edirne. Of course, perhaps the most famous site is the ancient city of Troy, which is now a UNESCO Word Heritage Site, found in the north west of the country.


Turkish Beaches

With so much coastline on offer, Turkey boasts stunning beaches stretching from the Mediterranean to the Black Sea. In popular resort Bodrum, olive trees line beautifully rocky coves, whilst the beautiful beaches of Çirali and Phaselis are known as the turquoise coast. For all inclusive delights, popular resorts include Antalya, Marmaris, Fethiye and Kas, whilst the likes of Kalkan and Alaçati hold onto their village charm.



The currency of Turkey is the Turkish lira, which is broken down into 100 kuruş.

Here’s a roundup of what you can expect to spend in Turkey, with prices in British pounds:

Inexpensive meal for one – £3.25

Mid-range restaurant meal for one – £5.75

Bottle of water – 20p    

0.5 litre beer – £1.85

Cappuccino – £1.40    

Local bus ticket – 45p

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Travelling around Turkey


By bus

Long distance buses are a great way to get around Turkey, and there are plenty of routes to choose from. Prices vary depending on how luxurious you want your journey to be – for example, a trip from Istanbul to Antalya can cost around ₺45 with a standard bus company or ₺60 with a premium company. For local buses within cities, you’ll need to buy your ticket from a kiosk near the terminal or a local newsagent.

By train

Again, Turkey’s trains are a great way to get around the country. The network is run by Turkish State Railways and again, fares depend on the class of ticket you buy, with sleeper trains available for long distances. It’s definitely worth booking your tickets a couple of weeks in advance for long distances, although you might find it easier to book your train tickets through a site in English such as

By plane

In a country as huge as Turkey, travelling by plane is a fast and direct way to get around. Turkish Airways are a good place to start, with a comprehensive network of flights across the country.

By taxi

Taxis are a common way to get around the cities of Turkey and you can either hail one down in the street, or use one of the street corner telephones to call one. Prices are on a meter and are easy to follow, although you may need to write your destination down to help the driver. A dolmuş is a mini bus taxi that runs on a set route, costing just ₺2 for the journey.

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