Ankara’s main bus terminal, AŞTİ, is a mammoth building southwest of the city center (map), with hundreds of buses roaring in and out every hour on routes to all cities and large towns in Turkey.
AŞTİ is an acronym for Ankara Şehirlerarası Terminal İşletmesi (Ankara Intercity Terminal Administration)—so you can see why everyone prefers to call it AŞTİ (AHSH-tee; or Terminal, TEHR-mee-NAHL).
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Services at AŞTİ include ticket offices (yazıhane), snack stands, restaurants, pastry shops, book stalls, telephone stations, bank ATMs, toilets, showers, Internet cafés, amusements, a mescit (small mosque), and two Emanetçi (Left Luggage/Baggage Check) counters (on the lower level).
The AŞTİ website shows you many pretty pictures of the bus terminal, but is fairly dysfunctional and only in Turkish. Mostly, it tells you to call a telephone number (in Turkish).
—by Tom Brosnahan
|Ankara Gar (Railway Station)|