It's a thrill to visit ancient Troy, easily done in a day from Çanakkale, Bozcaadaor Assos, or overnight from Istanbul, by car or tour.
Troy is impressive for its great age (the
oldest ruins date from 3000 BC) and beautiful
situation. The hokey wooden
horse is just for fun (especially
A movie, with Brad
Pitt and Diane
Kruger, was released in
May 2004. More...
Discovery of Troy
most of the last 3000 years, people
assumed that Homer's Iliad was
fiction, and that Troy (Truva in
Turkish) never existed.
in 1863 a British expatriate named Frank
Calvert discovered ancient
ruins at a place in western Turkey
called Hisarlık (maps),
and was convinced they were Troy.
Schliemann showed up in 1868,
provided money for more digging,
and took credit for discovering Troy.
Here's a tour by private car with driver-guide that takes you from Istanbul across the Sea of Marmara to Troy, then along the Aegean coast, stopping at Pergamum and Ephesus, and the hill village of Şirince, then heading inland to Aphrodisias and Pamukkale/Hierapolis, then returns you to Istanbul by plane, all in only 4 days. More...
tours to Troy and
battlefields run from Istanbul,
especially in April around ANZAC
you can visit
Troy from Istanbul in one day,
I don't recommend it. The drive (or
bus ride) is about five hours each
way. It's much better to make an overnight
excursion by rental car or by
bus, including a guided
minibus tour or self-guided
hiking tour of the Gallipoli
The East Wall of Troy...
What to See & Do
visitors think "there's not
a lot to see at Troy," and that's
true compared to Turkey's hundreds
of other ancient cities such as Pergamum, Ephesus and Aphrodisias.
get a thrill just from
seeing Troy's ancient walls,
climbing around the ruins, and
gazing across the Troad (the
plains of Troy) towards the waters
of the Dardanelles and
the hills of Gallipoli beyond.
The new Troy Museum opened in late 2018, displaying artifacts from the site as well as Trojan treasures from the region around Troy, and displays on archeologial finds taken to other countries that may be returned to Turkey in the future.
Mount Ida (Kazdağı)
You can also wander into the mountains
east of Troy to massive Mount
Ida (Kazdağı), a
great place for a few nights' relaxation
at a mountain inn. More...
Where to Stay
you plan to stay a night in nearby Çanakkale,
Bozcaada or Assos, it makes sense to include Troy in
your itinerary, especially if you're
heading south—it's just off
the main İzmir highway
a few kilometers.
Also, heading south, if you have time to wander, consider going off the beaten path by turning west at Ezine to see the ancient sites of Neandria, Alexandria Troas, and the Apollo Smintheon, on a smaller road closer to the Aegean coast via Gülpınar to Assos (Behramkale). Signs point the way.
here for maps of Troy & Aegean
—by Tom Brosnahan
from Istanbul to Troy
by Car from Istanbul to Troy
by Bus from Istanbul to Troy
More Gallipoli & Troy Tours
Distances & Travel
Assos (Behramkale): 66 km (41 miles) S, 1-1/4 hours
km (112 miles), 3-1/4 hours
230 km (143 miles), 3-3/4 hours
km (208 miles), 5-1/4 hours
km (19 miles), 35 minutes
km (158), 4-1/4 hours
km (230 miles), 6-1/2 hours (including
ferry crossing; car
ferry via Bandırma is
km (196 miles), 5 hours
Thrace & the