It's possible (but not recommended)
to take a day-trip from Istanbul to Gallipoli or Troy by
bus (map), but it's much better to
visit Troy and
and cheaply on a trip of 2 or 2-1/2
days, staying one or two nights in Çanakkale or
You can do the itinerary below on your own, but you should consider having help from my friends at Efendi Travel in Istanbul, who know this Gallipoli route well and can offer advice and make arrangements as you wish. More...
Before You Go
1. Reserve your hotel room in Çanakkale or Eceabat in advance so you know you'll have a place to stay. More...
2. Arrange for a battlefield tour. It's
35 km/22 miles from the Turkish war
memorial on Cape Helles at the southern
tip of the Gallipoli peninsula to the northernmost
battlefields of the campaign. A tour
solves the transport problem, and is the easiest and best way to visit most of the battle sites in one day. Many travel agencies in Istanbul run Gallipoli tours, including Efendi Travel, a TurkeyTravelPlanner.com partner. More...
3. If you want to take a ferry across the Sea
of Marmara to Bandırma and then a bus to Çanakkale (see below), check the IDO ferry schedules so you'll know when the ferries depart. More...
Bus to the Dardanelles
Take the Istanbul
Metro to the Otogar station
and find a bus for the 310-km (193-mile) trip to Eceabat (5 hours, on the European/Gallipoli shore) or Çanakkale (5 hours + ferry crossing to the Anatolian shore; More...). You may want to depart in the morning, but
in any case leave by midday (lunchtime).
To reach Çanakkale, you take the ferry across the Dardanelles.
The crossing is fun!—a short sea voyage
over the legendary Hellespont after a long bus ride.
Ferry to Bandırma + Bus to Çanakkale
Another way to go is to ride the fast
ferry from Istanbul's Yenikapı
Ferry Terminal to Bandırma,
on the Sea
of Marmara's southern shore,
walk uphill or take a taxi for the
short (2-km, 1.2-mile) ride to Bandırma's
bus terminal (otogar),
then catch a bus to Çanakkale.
There may not be as frequent bus
service from Bandırma as from Istanbul,
but the bus ride is shorter (less
than 3 hours).
you get to Çanakkale, settle into your hotel, then enjoy
a good dinner at
one of the seaside restaurants
overlooking the Dardanelles.
Your tour takes you to around the expansive Gallipoli
battlefields quickly and easily. (If
really want to go on your own and you've got strong
legs, you can do a self-guided
hiking tour of the battlefields.)
If your tour does not include Troy, you
go by minibus
dolmuş to the village
which is next to the Troy archeological
site. To do this, exit the Çanakkale
bus terminal to the main street
(Atatürk Caddesi), turn left
(south), and walk for 6 minutes
(600 meters/yards) to the bridge
over the Sarı River. On the right
(southwest) side of the bridge
is the minibus station.
July, August, September), minibuses
depart about every 30 to 60 minutes,
with highest frequency in the morning,
much less in the late afternoon.
You should leave for Troy
just after breakfast in
order to give yourself the best chance
of finding a minibus for the return
trip to Çanakkale.
Troy is your only interest and you
don't care to tour Gallipoli, you
can catch an Istanbul-bound bus in
the afternoon on Day 2 and be back
in Istanbul by late evening, making
this a two-day, one-night
—by Tom Brosnahan