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Istanbul to Bolu

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Istanbul to Bolu

Hello

We're six, planning a trip to Turkey in early September. We simply love natural places and 'Bolu' seems simply perfect. From what I could find, it is the Abant lake area in Bolu that has beautiful mountains and lakes. Can anyone give me an idea on how we can reach there from Istanbul? If there is a bus, how often does it operate and what are the costs? I believe it is a three hour journey one-way? Thanks!

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1. Re: Istanbul to Bolu

Felicity, welcome to Turkey.

The best way to reach Abant is by renting a car. Perhaps you can rent a small van type of a vehicle for 6 people or a maybe a jeep. This way you will have the independence and freedom of staying wherever you want and as long as you want.

Otherwise you can take a bus from Istanbul Otogar (Main Bus Terminal) to Bolu and then from the Otogar at Bolu take a minibus dolmush to Abant. For example Metro Turizm has many buses from Istanbul to Bolu. "http://www.metroturizm.com.tr/en/index.htm#", and tickets are 26-28 TL on the internet. On the average the trip takes 4 hours. Once you arrive timely at Bolu, you can always find minibuses leaving for Abant.

You will need to stay at Abant at least overnight by the lake, and there are three hotels, "tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g609054-d630997…", and "tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g609054-d505131…", and "tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g609054-d140047…". I prefer the Buyuk Abant.

good luck,

enigma...

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2. Re: Istanbul to Bolu

Hi,

Search for travel agency for a private tour, I have seen this for eid break:

http://tinyurl.com/clqz9tu

As Bolu gets attraction during fall, there would be other travel agencies.

Have a nice stay in Turkey.

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3. Re: Istanbul to Bolu

Hello

Please I want to ask you I am planning a visit with my friend to Istanbul in February! And I am planning to visit 3 cities bursa, Ankara and lake Abant. Can we go to these cities by bus? And how much is the round trip ticket form istanbul to these destinations?

Thank you

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4. Re: Istanbul to Bolu

Hello

Please I want to ask you I am planning a visit with my friend to Istanbul in February! And I am planning to visit 3 cities bursa, Ankara and lake Abant. Can we go to these cities by bus? And how much is the round trip ticket form istanbul to these destinations?

Thank you

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5. Re: Istanbul to Bolu

Ibrahim, welcome to Turkey.

Yes, you can go to all these destinaytions by bus.

As I explained in my post No.1, I would take a bus to Bolu and a minibus to Abant first. After your stay at Abant, take a bus from Bolu to Ankara, and after your stay at Ankara take the High Speed Train to Eskisehir (1.5 hours) and the bus is waiting for the train from Eskisehir onwards to Bursa. You can buy one ticket to Bursa at the train station. "http://www.tcdd.gov.tr/home/detail/?id=872".

good luck,

enigma...

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