You can get to Antalya, Turkey by airplane, bus or car.
Distances & Travel Times
Here are road distances and travel times to Antalya from various Turkish cities. Here’s how to travel betweenAntalya and Cappadocia.
(Sorry, no train service to Antalya.) No regular ship or ferry service, either.)
City buses and Havaş Airport buses can take you from Antalya International Airport to Antalya’s Otogar (intercity bus terminal), where you can board the AntRay tram to reach the city center.
If you plan to stay at the Hotel Tuvana, they can arrange a transfer for you.
Otherwise, your choice is an expensive taxi to… anywhere, unless you use an equally expensive but more comfortable and reliable private transfer service which you can reserve even before leaving home.
Bus Terminal (Otogar) Transport
The easy way to travel between the Otogar and the city center is by the AntRay tram.
Otherwise, several city bus routes and Halk midibus routes run to Antalya‘s huge bus terminal (Otogar, Terminal). Look for Otogar or Terminal on the signboard; or take a taxi.
Transport in Antalya
Paying by card allows discounted transfers to connecting lines. Paying in cash does not.
A-Karts are sold at the Antalya Otogar AntRay tram ticket kiosk (open daily until 19:00/7 pm), and at a few transit company offices. You can buy and use the card anonymously, loading money onto it at the point of sale, at a number of shops, at DenizBank ATMs, and at major public transit transfer points (TAM).
The AntRay tram and Nostalji Tramvay connect most of the places you’ll want to go.
City buses can be useful on a few routes. I’ve mentioned them on the appropriate pages in the Antalya section.
Besides the full-size city-operated buses, there are Halk Otobüsü (“Peoples’ Bus”), privately-owned, city-regulated midi-buses and minibuses. They follow many of the same routes as city buses, with the same route numbers. Fares are the same as on city buses, paid the same way.
And there are always taxis.
In summer the Antalya municipal government operates a shuttle boat service, Antalya Deniz Otobüsleri, between Antalya’s Kaleiçi Yat Limanı (the old Roman harbor in Old Antalya, map) to the Kemer Yat Limanı (yacht harbor at Kemer, 47 km (29 miles, 1 hour) southwest of Antalya, with five departures daily from each harbor on the 45-minute voyage. Confirm times locally.
The big car hire/rental companies and many smaller ones have offices here. Don’t rent a car to travel within the city, but for excursions to nearby places, a car can be a good way to go.
—by Tom Brosnahan
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