It's possible to visit Troy or the Gallipoli
battlefields in one day from Istanbul,
but the travel time by road between Istanbul
and Kilitbahir, the closest car ferry dock to Çanakkale, is 318 km/198 miles (about 4-1/2
that you may be traveling for 9 or 10 hours
and visiting the sights for much less
An overnight excursion makes
more sense, staying in a Çanakkale hotel, and a 2-night
trip is best if you plan to visit Çanakkale, Troy, Gallipoli, and perhaps nearby sights such as Alexandria Troas and Bozcaada.
Efendi Travel, a TurkeyTravelPlanner.com partner, has a good variety of tours
to Gallipoli, Çanakkale and Troy. More...
To see Gallipoli, Troy, Ephesus,
and Turkey's Aegean
coast, try this 6-day
Self-drive Tour from Argeus
Tourism & Travel. More...
Car and passenger ferries cross the Dardanelles on three routes, two of them serving Çanakkale directly. More...
Numerous companies, including several major bus companies, operate buses on the route between Istanbul's main bus terminal at Esenler, Gelibolu town, Çanakkale, the Aegean coast and İzmir.
The fastest and easiest route from Istanbul to the Gallipoli peninsula is via Highway E80/Otoyol 3 to Silivri, then E84/Highway D110 toward Malkara, turning south on D555 to Gelibolu, Eceabat and Kilitbahir, whence there are Dardanelles car ferries to Anatolia and Çanakkale.
Here are distances and travel times for your likely destinations after Çanakkale. More...
The small Çanakkale airport (CKZ), 2.5 km (1.5 miles) southeast of the Clock Tower and ferry docks, serves AnadoluJet scheduled flights to and from Ankara, and private or charter flights to and from Istanbul.
Seabird Airlines flies small pontoon seaplanes between Istanbul's Golden Horn and the island of Bozcaada, 52 km (32 miles) south of Çanakkale. More...