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Here's special information on getting
Turkey's bus system has so many companies
and departures that it's usually
not necessary to buy your ticket far
In fact, in the large cities and popular
tourist destinations, it's often
possible to just go to the
bus terminal on
the day you want to travel, buy a ticket,
and board the next bus.
The exception to this easy-bus-travel
rule is national and Islamic
and special events.
At holiday times,
or when there are important special
events or festivals (such as Istanbul's Formula
1 Grand Prix races),
seats on the bus you'd prefer to take
might be fully booked in advance.
So how does one reserve a seat on
a Turkish bus?
If you're in Turkey, ask your
telephone a good
bus company and reserve
your seat a day or two before you plan
to travel. You then go
to the bus terminal in advance and
pick up your ticket. This way, you'll
have a better chance of getting the
seat you want (front, middle; sunny
side, shady side) on the departure
that's most convenient for you.
Buying Bus Tickets Online
If you're not in Turkey, some of the
companies have online ticket
reservations systems, but
in general the bus websites are not
easy for non-Turkish-speaking foreigners
to use. Either they're all in Turkish,
or difficult to navigate, or they simply
don't work right (which
is sadly common among Turkish travel
websites). And you may struggle all the way through the process only to find that you're required to have a Turkish credit card or Turkish citizen identification number to complete the sale.
Brazilian TTP visitor Raquel Schaitza suggest that you call the bus company's ticket reservation number via Skype. When her attempt at making a reservation online ended in an error message, she called the company and was able to make her reservation in English. Click
here for Turkey's top bus companies.
Buying Bus Tickets at Travel Agencies
What about travel agencies? Few
of them will agree to make bus reservations
for you, because they usually lose
money on them. If you use a Turkish
travel agency to reserve numerous other
services for you (hotels, car rentals,
flights, tours, guides, etc.), they
may be willing to reserve your bus
tickets for you, as these other services
will pay for their time.
There are exceptions, such as Backpackers
Travel in Istanbul,
who will make reservations for you
on certain bus lines. If you ask for
bus tickets, you should also consider
reserving other services,
such as hotels and tours, through the
Buses travel between Istanbul and Ankara
every 15 minutes, 24 hours a day.
AŞTİ, Ankara's main bus terminal.