Transport to/in Ankara, Turkey

Last Updated on May 7, 2019

Ankara is Central Anatolia‘s transport nexus for trainplanebus and highway routes.

Here’s how to travel between Ankara and Cappadocia.


Ankara’s huge AŞTİ (AHSH-tee) bus terminal is the hub of the country’s road transport network, with bus serviceto all points at all hours of the day and much of the night. More…


Ankara Garı (train station) has good service to points east and south of the capital, including daytime and overnight trains to İzmir, and a train all the way to eastern Turkey: the Doğu Ekspresi. More…

But the real draw is the high-speed trains to Konya and to Istanbul via Eskişehir. These trains will use a new, different station in the first half of 2016. More…


Turkish AirlinesAnadoluJetAtlasGlobal, Pegasus AirlinesOnur Air and others thave frequent flights to/from Istanbul, and service to most other important cities more than about 300 km (186 miles) from Ankara.

Esenboğa Airport is 33 km (21 miles, about 50 minutes in normal traffic) northeast of Ankara‘s city center, reached by Havaş airport buses from the AŞTİ bus terminal or Ankara Gar train station, or by expensive taxi.


Ankara has two underground trains: the Metro and Ankaray lines. More…


I certainly do not recommend driving in Ankara. The traffic is fierce, fast and intense, traffic patterns crazy, driving habits bizarre, and signage insufficient—to name only a few good reasons. However, here are distances and driving times between Ankara and various other Turkish cities.

If you want to rent a car in Ankara to drive elsewhere, or to return a rental car here, consider renting or returning at Esenboğa Airport, which may make the task a bit easier.

—by Tom Brosnahan

AŞTİ (Main Bus Terminal)

Ankara Gar (Railway Station)

Esenboğa Airport (ESB)

Metro & AnkaraySubway Trains

Distances & Travel Times

What to See & Do in Ankara

About Ankara

Central Anatolia

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