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Istanbul to Ankara

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Istanbul to Ankara

I am planning to go to Ankara on 2 Dec from Istanbul by bus. I want to know how many hours to get there. Because I want to plan the itenerary. Tq.

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11. Re: Istanbul to Ankara

Was just wondering, suppose the Metro Turizm website indicates starting location as Istanbul, where exactly is this (Büyük Otogar)?

Also, is Metro Turizm the only site that accepts foreign credit cards?

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12. Re: Istanbul to Ankara

Buyuk Otogar is the main bus terminal of Istanbul located on the European side in Bayrampasa also known as Esenler Otogari.

Turkey has a very strong bus network in place. There are many buses going to many places and you will never be left without a seat unless you're travelling on Islamic holiday periods (Eid al Adha, Fitr). I wouldn't worry about booking any bus fares in advance.

Probably only a quarter of the bus companies operated within Turkey have an internet presence or accept online bookings for that matter. They don't need to as their main bread winner is locals whom prefer to purchase tickets from bus offices found in the suburbs of direct from the otogar.

You're probably used to booking bus tickets in advance in Singapore or other places you've been to but in Turkey the system is a tad different.

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13. Re: Istanbul to Ankara

So probably we can just head to Buyuk Otogar and ask around for a ticket? Is this the most common way of getting a ticket?

Thanks.

Edited: 8:01 am, November 05, 2013
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14. Re: Istanbul to Ankara

Yes to all your questions.

Istanbul to Ankara is the most operated bus route in Turkey and there are probably 10-20 if not more bus companies operating on that route.

Prices range from 20-50 lira depending on which company you use. Not much difference between them apart from more comfy seats and being offered food in the more expensive buses (Kamil Koc, Varan, Ulusoy).

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15. Re: Istanbul to Ankara

Many thanks ResmeN

Are there any reputable companies we should be looking out for at Buyuk Otogar?

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16. Re: Istanbul to Ankara

As mentioned in above post Kamil Koç, varan & Ulusoy are the most luxurious bus companies in Turkey.

These companies offer great service.

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