Transport for Trabzon, Turkey

Last Updated on May 7, 2019

By Plane

BoraJetOnur AirPegasusSunExpress, and Turkish Airlines have flights to Trabzon from Ankara and/or Istanbul. There are some international flights as well from Germany, Georgia and the Crimea.

Trabzon’s airport (TZK) is 6 km (3.7 miles) southeast of Atatürk Alanı along the Black Sea shore (map).

By Bus

There’s frequent direct bus service from Istanbul, Ankara and other major Turkish cities, particularly by the Ulusoycompany.

By Car

Although the Black Sea coast offers some beauty spots, it’s really not worth the long drive and the fuel expense to drive all the way to Trabzon from some distant city. Unless you have a particular interest in many cities and towns along the coast, I’d suggest that you fly to Trabzon, then rent a car there if you want to explore further on your own.

Eastern Turkey Tour

If you’re following my Eastern Tour itinerary, you’ll go from Trabzon up into the Kaçkar Mountains to ArtvinYusufeli or Erzurum on the Anatolian plateau.

Local Transport in Trabzon

With no Metro or tram, with narrow, twisting streets difficult for large buses, a lot of Trabzon’s public transit needs are met with dolmuş minibuses, and of course taxis. Ask at your hotel for directions on how to reach a particular destination.

Distances & Travel Times

Amasya: 500 km (311 miles) W, 8 hours

Ankara: 780 km (485 miles) W, 12 hours

Artvin: 235 km (146 miles) E, 4 hours

Ayder: 131 km (81 miles) E, 2.5 hours

Erzurum: 325 km (202 miles) SE, 6 hours

Giresun: 150 km (93 miles) W, 3 hours

Gümüşhane: 100 km (62 miles) S, 2 hours

Istanbul: 1110 km (690 miles) W, 18 hours

Hopa: 165 km (103 miles) E, 3 hours

Kars: 434 km (270 miles) E, 8 hours

Rize: 75 km (47 miles) E, 1.25 hours

Samsun: 346 km (215 miles) E, 5.5 hours

Sinop: 514 km (319 miles) W, 9 hours

Sumela Monastery: 46 km (29 miles) S, 45 minutes

—by Tom Brosnahan

What to See & Do

Trabzon Hotels

About Trabzon



Black Sea Coast

Central Anatolia

Eastern Turkey

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