Getting a tourist visa for Turkey
We have bundled all essential Turkey travel resources on one page! First things first, you will need a tourist visa to enter Turkey. This is the link to the official e-Visa application website for tourist visas for Turkey. Are you planning on having an extended stay? Then make sure you are not overstaying and use this calculator to avoid it!
FastTrack at Istanbul airports
If you have to deal with connecting flights, know that Istanbul airports can get overwhelmingly busy. Being able to use the fast lane can be a necessity instead of a luxury. Both Sabiha Gökçen and Atatürk airport have a FastTrack system in place. You can skip the line if you:
Air Travel in Turkey – Turkish airports
Air travel within Turkey is also cheap. Find the cheapest flights using this search form.
If you are looking for a fast way to reach your next destination during your Turkey trip, the overview of all airports in Turkey below might be what you are looking for. Click on the logo with the arrow on the top left-hand side of the map to expand the menu with all Turkish airports in alphabetical order.
All Turkish Airports
Travel by bus in Turkey
During all times of the day and night, buses connect major cities. Have a look at all the intercity connections by bus in Turkey and buy your ticket online. These buses take you across province borders.
Within the same province, you will use the public transport system which consists of big buses bringing you to bigger cities within the same province. (e.g., Bodrum to Fethiye) You may have to switch buses at one point. Within the city boundaries, small vans called dolmuş take you wherever you need to be.
For Istanbul, consult the IETT website, which is conveniently available in English.
For other cities, have a look at the Belediye Otobüsü website. While this website contains an overview of bus lines for a lot of major cities, you may not find tourist destinations like Bodrum, Marmaris, or Fethiye on there. You can find them on the official Muğla province website.
Both websites are only available in Turkish, so here are a few guidelines to help you out:
Simply type your destination under ‘Nereden? / Nereye?’ and you will be able to select the dolmuş route you need. After that, click on the red button on the right ‘Seferleri Göster’ for the timetable. To make things easy:
- Hafta İçi: weekdays
- Hafta Sonu: weekends – Cumartesi: Saturday – Pazar: Sunday
- Kalkış: departure
- Otogar: bus station
- Havalimanı: airport
- Tüm: all
Car hire in Turkey
Do you want to hire a car in Turkey? Driving in Turkey is less daunting then a lot of people say it is. Granted, Istanbul is extremely hectic, and you will need to get used to the loose driving style of Turkish drivers, but on the other hand, you will have full control of your transportation in Turkey! If you are looking for a familiar and established company with offices all over Turkey, check out Europcar. They offer:
Train travel in Turkey
As slow travelers, we support train travel! It is the perfect way to enjoy the scenery and the journey. If you are thinking of traveling through Turkey by train, you will find information on train timetables, Turkish railway maps and more on the Rail Turkey Travel website.
Biking Routes in Turkey
Biking is a great way to discover Turkey. This vast country has long nature stretches waiting to be discovered. Check out these cycling routes in Turkey with detailed maps for each route. On the website of The Eco Trails, there are several stunning routes covering ancient Caria and Lycia. The website is in Turkish only, but the detailed maps speak for themselves.
Walking & Hiking in Turkey
Not every season is walking season in Turkey, still, on the Culture Routes Society website you’ll find plenty of detailed hikes all over Turkey, including the option to filter per season. Other great hiking resources are Trekking in Turkey and Wikiloc. The last one has lots of hikes that are only described in Turkish, but with extremely detailed maps (containing even altitude markers), you shouldn’t have any issues using it.
Turkey travel guides
Other essential Turkey travel resources are travel guides. Here’s a sample of our favorite travel guides for Turkey.
Another good source of information and inspiration are the experiences of other travelers. You’ll find what they have to say on TripAdvisor.
Emergency numbers in Turkey
Let’s hope you won’t need to call any of these numbers during your stay in Turkey, but if you do need them, now you know where to find them.
- Ambulance: 112
- Fire: 110
- Police: 155
- Coastguard: 158
- Forest fires: 177
- Missing child/Women’s helpline: 183
Compare all major vacation rental sites in one place
For those who would love more choice, try Tripping.com, they show all vacation rentals of any major vacation rental website in one place, including HomeAway, VRBO, TripAdvisor, Booking.com and more! Saves you the time to go to each website one by one! 🙂
Find the best hotel for your stay
Do you prefer to stay at a hotel? You’ll find a stunning selection of affordable hotels on Agoda.com. They are part of the same group as Booking.com and Kayak, so you are in good hands. You’ll find lot’s of pictures and reviews from both Booking and Agoda clients to make an informed choice.
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