Trams in Antalya, Turkey

Antalya‘s two tram lines, the AntRay and Nostalji Tramvay, will be useful to you on your visit.

AntRay

 

AntRay Fare Card, Antalya, Turkey
An old A-Kart: expose the QR matrix barcode to the scanner to pass through the turnstile.

Antalya’s major light rail line is the AntRay (AHNT-rye), a streamlined 16-stop Metro-like operation running from Fatihnorthwest of the city center via the Otogar (bus terminal) and Meydan due east of the center to Antalya Airport, Aksu (for Perge) and EXPO 2016 Antalya (map).

Three-ride AntRay fare cards (TL5) bearing QR matrix barcodes are sold from a booth at one end of each major station. Expose the barcode to the scanner at the turnstile, and pass through to the platform.

However, note that the fare card booths are open only from 07:30 am (10:00 am on Sunday) until 19:00/7pm. Outside of those times, it is difficult to buy a fare card.

Riding AntRay you can journey easily between theOtogar (bus terminal) and the city center, including Kaleiçi—but beware the fare card booths closing around 19:00/7pm! Board an AntRay tram at the İsmetpaşastop, just north of the intersection of İsmetpaşa Caddesi and Cumhuriyet Caddesi (map). The trip to the Otogar takes about 30 minutes, which includes the 7- or 8-minute walk through a tunnel and aboveground to the Otogar entrance. More…

Nostalji Tramvay

 

Tram, Antalya, Turkey
Nostalji tram

The original Nostalji Tramvay starts on the shore to the west of the center at the Antalya Museum near Konyaaltı Plajı (Beach) and Antalya Beach Park (the Rixos Downtown Antalya Hotel and other large, modern luxury hotels are here as well).

The tram runs eastward along the main seaside boulevard to the city center at Kalekapısı, a convenient gateway to Kaleiçi (Old Antalya) and the Tuvana Hotel.

It then continues east and south and passes Hadrian’s Gate and Karaalioğlu Park before passing near the deluxe Ramada Plaza Antalya Hotel and ending on the way to Lara Plajı (Beach) to the east.

There are only two tramcars. They run along a single track, passing one another at a short length of double track near Kalekapısı.

Both trams depart on the hour and half-hour, 07:00 am to 21:00 (9:00 pm) from the termini (east and west), and reach Kalekapısı between 10 and 15 minutes later (so if you want to catch the tram at Kalekapısı, be there at 10 minutes past the hour or 20 minutes before the hour). The one-way fare is TL2.

—by Tom Brosnahan


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