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Ankara
Some 300 kilometres away from Cappadocia, the dynamic capital of Turkey, Ankara, is best accessed by bus. The journey should be around five hours long.
Izmir
Head back home from Izmir's Adnan Menderes Airport.When to goThe best months to visit Turkey are from March to May and between September and November, when the temperatures are pleasant and skies are clear. These periods are usually perfect for sightseeing, swimming, kiteboarding and other such activities, with the temperature only going as high as 14ºC. The wonderful Sarıgerme Kite Festival, takes place in April every year by the Sarıgerme Beach near Bodrum, and is a vibrant showcase of Turkey's local traditions.Getting aroundThe best and relatively economical way to get around Turkey is via buses, with the ticket costing around ₹142 for a 160 kilometres.By plane: From Istanbul's Atatürk Airport's domestic terminal and local offices of Turkish Airlines, Onur Air, Pegasus Airlines and Atlasjet, flight tickets to major cities such as Ankara can be purchased. Most of these regional airports are connected by a Havaş bus to the city centre (will cost you less than a taxi).By bus: Buses to most cities ply from Turkey's Otogars (bus stations), with a bus departing every 30 minutes. For long distances, most buses are staffed with a couple of assistants who offer free drinks and small snacks, with the buses stopping after every two and a half hours. A ticket for travel up to 100 miles costs around ₹142.By train/metro: The Turkish Republic State Railways (TCDD) operates passenger trains all across the country. Tickets can be purchased online, the departure station, central post-offices and authorised tourist agencies.The M2 Şişhane-Hacıosman metro line is the fastest way to get around Turkey and runs through most of Turkey's cities, from 5am till midnight.T1 Kabataş-Bağcılar tram line runs across most tourist destinations and is ideal for sightseeing purpose.By dolmuş: Turkey's shared taxi, dolmuş (minibus) accommodates up to eight passengers and runs 24 hours a day.By taxi: The Turkish taxi seats five people and the starting fare is ₹22. A trip spanning several kilometres during the day can cost anything up to ₹265. At night, the rates are usually doubled.CostsFlight from New Delhi to Istanbul, Turkey: ₹33,788 (return fare)One-way ticket on local buses: ₹142 for 160 kilometresTaxi starting tariff: ₹22Hotel stay in Istanbul: ₹1,687 to ₹4,390A meal at a small restaurant or a fast-food joint: ₹562
Antalya
Mediterranean coast in Turkey is full of surprises and one of such hidden surprise is located in the Antalya province. There's a very small fishing village known as Olympos which is a great place to be if you're looking for living in tree houses & having an entire beach all to yourself. This Olympos travel guide will guide you through everything and makes for a great offbeat location.
Bursa
Taking a day trip from Istanbul to the city of Bursa is highly recommended. There are plenty of buses, ferries which takes you to this neighboring and lesser known city of Bursa. Although, smaller to Istanbul, this city has lot of offer in terms of architecture and history. The best part being that it can be explored in just one day. And that too on foot. So what are you waiting for? Go offbeat & let this guide to Bursa help you with planning.


Best Time to Visit Turkey

Peak Season to visit Turkey is from June to August, when the country welcomes pleasant temperatures and clear skies. Perfect time to visit Istanbul and other inland regions.

Shoulder Season: Autumn occurs during May and September and the weather is slightly warm during these months.

Off-season: During October to April, the tourist crowd thins out. October ushers in autumn and April sees the arrival of spring in the country.


Budget for Turkey

For Budget Travellers: INR 600 - 2000 a day

  • Accommodation in hostels and guesthouses: INR 500 - 1000
  • Food in local cafes and street eateries: INR 250 - 400
  • Public Transport in buses: INR 90 - 200
  • Sightseeing (Entry-tickets & shows): INR 300 - 6000

 

For Mid-range Travellers: INR 2500 to INR 4000 a day

  • Accommodation in mid-range hotels and homestays: INR 1500 - 2500
  • Food in mid-range cafes and restaurants: INR 500 - 1500
  • Local transport in ferries and trains: INR 220 - 1000
  • Sightseeing & Tours: INR 600 - 2000

For Luxury Travellers: INR 7000 and upwards

  • Accommodation in 4* or 5* hotels: INR 5000 and upwards
  • Food in upscale restaurants and bars: INR 1500 and upwards
  • Local transport in taxis: INR 2500 and upwards
  • Sightseeing, Guided Tours: INR 3000 and upwards

Visa Information for Turkey

Citizens from Northern Cyprus don’t require a visa, and can travel, stay, study and work in Turkey indefinitely. Indian citizens can obtain a single entry e-visa valid for 30 days within a 180-day period.

Citizens of Albania, Andorra, Argentina, Belize, Bolivia,, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Chile, Colombia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, El Salvador, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Holy See, Honduras, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Iran, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malaysia, Monaco, Montenegro, Morocco, Moldova, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Qatar, Romania, Saint Kitts and Nevis, San Marino, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Ukraine, Uruguay and Venezuela can enter Turkey visa-free for up to 90 days within a 180-day period.

A national ID is accepted in the absence of a passport for nationals of France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Northern Cyprus Switzerland and Ukraine.

Citizens of Russia may enter Turkey visa-free for up to 60 days within a 180-day period. Citizens of Azerbaijan, Belarus, Costa Rica, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Macau, Mongolia, Tajikistan, Thailand, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan may enter Turkey visa-free for up to 30 days within a 180-day period. Citizens of Syria - provided they arrive by land directly from Syria to Turkey and pass through official ports of entry - are also exempt from visas.

Citizens of Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Austria, the Bahamas, Bahrain, Barbados, Belgium, Canada, Croatia, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Haiti, Hong Kong (BN(O) passport holders only), Ireland, Jamaica, Kuwait, Maldives, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Oman, Poland, Portugal, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Spain, Suriname, United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom and the United States will be granted multiple-entry e-Visas valid for 90 days within a 180-day period. A national ID is accepted in lieu of a passport for citizens of Belgium, Malta, the Netherlands, Portugal and Spain. Nationals of Belgium and Portugal are also allowed to enter with an expired passport (up to 5 years beyond expiry date). Citizens of Armenia, 'Greek' Cyprus, China (PRC), East Timor, Fiji, Indonesia, Mauritius, Mexico and Taiwan will be granted a single entry e-visa valid for 30 days within a 180-day period.

Citizens of Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Bangladesh, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Côte d'Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, the Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, India, Iraq, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Namibia, Nepal, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, the Philippines, Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, São Tomé and Príncipe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Vietnam, Yemen, Zambia and Zimbabwe will be granted a single entry e-visa valid for 30 days within a 180-day period.

 

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