bus terminal, AŞTİ, is a mammoth building southwest
of the city center
with hundreds of buses roaring
in and out every hour on routes to all
cities and large towns in Turkey.
an acronym for Ankara Şehirlerarası
Terminal İşletmesi (Ankara Intercity
you can see why everyone prefers to
call it AŞTİ (AHSH-tee;
or Terminal, TEHR-mee-NAHL).
Here's how to buy bus tickets
Here's how to travel between
Ankara and Cappadocia.
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
and two Emanetçi (Left
Luggage/Baggage Check) counters (on
the lower level).
AŞTİ has its own
Ankaray metro/underground train station, with a covered passage
connecting the terminal and the station.
Dozens of companies operate frequent
buses to Istanbul.
Here are Turkey's
top bus companies.
For buses to Cappadocia,
go to ticket office
The airport bus from Esenboğa
and ends its route at AŞTİ,
passing the Ankara
Gar (railway station)
on the way to and from the airport.
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
lofty halls shelter thousands
intercity bus passengers daily.