transport nexus for train, plane,
bus and highway routes.
Here's how to travel between Ankara
huge AŞTİ (AHSH-tee) bus
terminal is the hub of the
country's road transport network,
service to all points at
all hours of the day and much
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
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Airlines, AnadoluJet, AtlasGlobal, Pegasus
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.
33 km (21 miles, about 50 minutes
in normal traffic) northeast of
city center, reached by Havaş
airport buses from the AŞTİ bus
terminal or Ankara
station, or by expensive taxi.
has two underground
trains: the Metro and Ankaray lines.
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.
you want to rent
a car in Ankara to
drive elsewhere, or to return a rental
car here, consider renting
or returning at Esenboğa
which may make the task a bit easier.
—by Tom Brosnahan