Mudanya, 5 km (3 miles) northwest of Güzelyalı and 30 km (19 miles) northwest of central Bursa (map) is a useful dock for passengers traveling between Istanbul and Bursa via Sea of Marmara ferryboats.
Bursa Deniz Otobüsleri (BUDO) operates at least 6 voyages per day in each direction between Istanbul‘s Kabataş docks and Bursa‘s Mudanya docks. The fast catamaran ferries carry foot passengers only. More…
İDO car and passenger ferries serve Bursa’s Güzelyalı docks. More…
Here’s how to travel between Mudanya, Güzelyalı, the intercity bus terminal, and the center of Bursa by city bus and Bursaray Metro train.
Mudanya: A Bit of History
Besides being a port for centuries, Mudanya’s claim to fame is as the town in which the forces occupying Turkey and fighting in the Turkish War of Independence met to sign an armistice.
The signing of the armistice on October 11, 1922, is a milestone in Turkish Republican history, for it established the victory of the Republican armies and the concession of Greece and its European allies France, Great Britain and Italy.
The formal peace treaty, negotiated and signed later in Lausanne, Switzerland, rewrote the earlier Sèvres treatywhich was highly disadvantageous to Turkey.
The peace of Lausanne allowed the new Turkish Republican government to get to work on the daunting challenge of building a new 20th-century government and society on the ruins of the medieval Ottoman one.
History buffs may want to visit the Mudanya Armistice House Museum (Mütareke Evi) and monument, 825 meters (1/2 mile) northwest of the Mudanya ferry dock along Halitpaşa Caddesi, the waterfront street.
—by Tom Brosnahan