You've checked Kayak and the other airfare meta-search engines listed on TTP's Cheap Airfares page, you've found a wonderfully cheap flight to Turkey, and you're ready to go.
...but where? And what's the full cost of getting to your final destination?
Consider this: if you fly into Istanbul's Atatürk International Airport, Turkey's busiest, you can get into the city center by Metro and tram for about TL4.
But if you fly to Dalaman on your way to Bodrum, getting from the airport to your hotel may cost you more than you just paid for your cheap flight from Europe! Not only that, it may cost you more than flying to Bodrum-Muğla Airport directly.
And if you fly to Dalaman to get to Istanbul, it may take you a day to get to Istanbul by bus, and then a day back to Dalaman to catch your return flight and, again, it may end up costing more than you spent for your "cheap" flight in the first place.
If you're unlucky, you may end up spending more on this roundabout route than you would have spent to fly directly to Istanbul.
Why? In a country such as Turkey with good, comfortable, frequent, ubiquitous bus service, why don't convenient buses serve all airports?
There are some airport bus services by an airport-services company named Havaş Ground Handling, and in Istanbul a company called Havataş, but they do not always go where or when foreign visitors want them to go.
Antalya Airport, one of Turkey's busiest, used to be a problem, but now there are numerous cost-effective ways to travel between the airport and city center. (More...)
The best? If you stay in Antalya at the Tuvana Hotel, they'll pick you up at the airport at no charge. More...
What to do? Look carefully at the transfer situationand calculate all trip costs—transfers as well as airfares—before making your reservations so that you don't suffer a rude surprise.
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