Bursa hotels are mostly in the city center around the historical spots within Bursa between Heykel("Statue," the square with an equestrian statue of Atatürk) and the Ulu Cami (Grand Mosque); the Kültür Parkı (Culture Park); or the spa district of Çekirge to the west.
It is also centrally located, so many options exist for visiting Bursa. Let's look at the most common ways of Transport to Bursa.
Traveling to Bursa from Major Cities in Turkey
You can use buses, ferry boats, and planes to visit Bursa from any major airport in Turkey. There are tickets available every day. Since Bursa is centrally located, most major cities will be within hours of drive distance.
Istanbul to Bursa
There are many options for traveling from Istanbul to Bursa. You can take a bus all the way around the Sea of Marmara takes hours through heavy traffic, so you'll probably end up traveling faster by a fast catamaran ferry boat. Planes are another option. However, please note there are no trains from Istanbul to Bursa.
Let's look at the most common travel methods by Sea to Bursa.
Buses in Bursa
Buses can get you anywhere in Bursa. There is also an air conditioner and many bus routes for various destinations. However, it can get crowded during the rush hours.
Remember to have a ticket/card before boarding the bus. Tickets are sold at many newsstands and snack shops. Look for Bu Kart Satış Noktası (Bu Kart Sales Point) signs in shop windows.
Bus Terminal Transport in Bursa
The bus or taxi ride from the Terminal to Ulu Cami or Heykel can take 45 minutes or more in heavy traffic, at least 30 minutes even in lighter traffic (if Bursa can ever be said to have light traffic).
To get to the Ulu Cami and Heykel, walk out the front doors of the Terminal, turn right, and walk to the taxi rank or, beyond it, the city bus stops. Before going to a bus, buy a bus card and put some money in it at the ticket office. You can also get a one-time bus ticket for a small fee.
Bus ticket in hand, walk to the Peron (row, gate) for Bus 38. Say Ulu Cami or Heykel to the driver so he can assist you in getting out at the proper stop. If you're ever in doubt, say either of those words to any other passenger for help.
To return to the Terminal for your trip back to Istanbul, ask at your hotel, or anyone for that matter, for a Terminal otobüs. Bus 38 departs from the south side of Atatürk Caddesi just west of Heykel.
Travel to Bursa
Bursa is one of the hidden gems in Turkey, popular with local and international tourists.
The city is full of ancient structures left by the Ottoman Empire and famous for snowboarding tourism in winter.
Regardless of your choice, remember to embrace the journey and have an amazing time in Bursa!