Driving To Turkey From The Uk
Posted 07 March 2011 - 12:40 PM
Posted 08 March 2011 - 03:52 PM
Hiya, have many driven to Turkey from the UK? I am going to make the trip as my Mrs wants certain things brought over when we make the move in October, any tips would be most welcome safest way what to avoid etc. What not to bring, just peoples experiences would help , many thanks in anticipation of your replies.
We did the same just last week. Here's a brief rundown.
We left our home in Kent in our pickup truck with Truckman top and towing a 12' x 6'6" x 6' box trailer then headed for the Channel Tunnel & then on to Colmar in France for an overnight stop. From there we drove through Switzerland & on to Ancona in Italy for the 2nd night stop. The morning of the 3rd day was spent doing very little whilst waiting for the 1.30pm ferry to Igoumenitsa in Greece (overnight & arriving at 5.30am). We then drove across Greece and stopped again at Alexandroupoli, just before the border with Turkey (we did this because we did not know how long we would be stuck at the border [totally justified in the end] and not being able to find a hotel close to the border on the Turkish side. After getting through the border we headed for the Canakkale ro/ro ferry (30 minutes) across the Bospherous (rough roads but it cuts out about 500 miles of driving)then on to Altinoluk for the final overnight stop (Lambada Hotel-WOULD NOT RECOMMEND IT!)Final day drove to our home in Uzumlu, Fethiye, a total of 1925 miles. All on EU roads until you reach Turkey and although we had the cost of the ferry from Ancona it was outweighed by the cost of the vignettes (tolls) in many of the countries & the exhorbitant car insurance we had to pay in Serbia when we drove over last year (without the trailer) as the green card does not cover you there. Last year we took the France, Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Slovenia, Slovakia, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Turkey route and that was about 500 miles more + many of the roads are a bit iffy, especially Bulgaria where it is a matter of dodge the pothole! The trouble we had this year was that at the Turkish border they decided they wanted our truck & trailer unloaded so they could see what to charge us import tax on. We had the option to unload it ourselves or pay some of their workers to do it, we elected the latter. Thankfully because it was bitter cold & snowing they were not too enthuastic & were happy after they found our large American style fridge/freezer,smaller drinks fridge, small generator & computer in the trailer so didn't search & find all the electrical items in the truck which is really what they look for. They then calculated the second hand cost (we had nothing new) & charged tax on them at 18%. Unfortunately they did not take any care when reloading & our 3 piece suite + some other bits were damaged. I wasn't there to supervise as I spent most of our time at the border running around with paperwork. Just as you think they have everything they decide they want copies of something else. There is a shop in the Duty Free mall that does photocopies & I visited there 4 times. Once you have paid the taxes you are sent back to the customs office for them to check everything again before sending you back to the entry kiosk (5 visits to there) but if you get to the customs office as I did just after 12 noon you find they are all at lunch until 1pm. Total time at the border 3.5 hours! Also at the border you can insure your car as your UK insurers won't, 139TL for 6 month's cover is what we paid there. Hope this is of help to you. Keith
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Posted 08 March 2011 - 04:24 PM
Posted 13 March 2011 - 07:40 AM
Have a good journey.
Posted 13 March 2011 - 10:24 AM
Posted 29 March 2011 - 12:35 PM
I have been down and back to Bodrum twice now in July/August.
First time I went via Anconna Italy and through Greece 2009.
Second time through Austria, Hungary Serbia Bulgaria then into Turkey 2010.
It was a lot more expensive for tolls and ferrys going through Italy.
Going through Serbia I had to change my car insurance company to Halifax, which does supply green cards for Serbia and so you will not have to pay at the border.
Serbia was much less of a problem than I had expected, only difficulty was going through Belgrade without street maps.
Roads in Bulgaria were fine except for the last 150miles before the Turkish border when they were single carriageway and covered with water, but this was more due to torrential rain which followed us from Belgium all the way to Cannakale.
I did speak to another British person who said he had removed the cross from the Serbian box on the green card in order to get through, but obviously i could not recommend doing this.
The other alternative is to go through Romania and Bulgaria.
What ever way you choose have a safe and enjoyable journey.
Posted 06 May 2011 - 02:59 PM
We made this trip twice, in May 2008 and this year in February. In 2008 we (3 adults, 2 children, long wheel base high roof minibus with seats stripped out for belongings) went via the chunnel (06.30am Thursday morn.) to Calais down through France with one overnight stop, through to Italy and an overnight stop in Parma, on to Ancona for the ferry (11.30pm Saturday) arrived in Cesme, Turkey Tuesday morning, then down to Didim. We stuck to the motorways all the way, using a sat nav with a mapped route as back up. Tolls were expensive, Italy the worst. Paid extra for worldwide insurance with Norwich Union but still had to buy Turkish insurance (after an argument) in Cesme, cost 61 Euro, as worldwide insurance is not valid in Turkey ???? Took two dogs with us with all the paperwork but never got searched. Took the bus back in the August same route except ferry from Cesme to Brindisi in Italy and only one overnight stop in France. Total cost of £2500 including food and bus doing 25mpg on diesel.
This year we had to come back to the UK quickly. I flew to England bought a Honda Accord Estate diesel, kept the registration documents instead of sending them in as we did not have an address in the UK and drove back the same route through France and Italy. The Ancona to Cesme ferry route has now been stopped so went Ancona to Iguemenitsa in Greece on to the motorway all the way to the Turkish border arriving at midnight. Had similar experience to Kieth with paperwork but through in 1 hour including quick search for electrical goods, did not have to buy insurance this time and no stamp for car on passport, maybe because I had Turkish residency visa,or maybe because the officer was cold and tired, then same route as Kieth down to Didim. We returned the same route except for an overnight stop in Istanbul to see friends. Total cost this time 1700Euros with car doing 47mpg.
Only one real problem 2nd time was not booking overnight stops, mistake, as in 2008 we prebooked our hotels, much better.
Going again in September using the same route making sure to arrive at the Greek/Turkish border at midnight.
Hope this helps. If you want anymore details just ask.
One more thing. We lived there for 3 years and met loads of ex pats all saying the same thing. Wish they had not taken so much with them. We took very little compared to others and cost us less to start from scratch as it cost others to bring stuff over, pay tax at the border on some items, only to take it all back again 3/4 years later.
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Posted 06 May 2011 - 03:39 PM
Posted 06 May 2011 - 05:57 PM
Posted 06 May 2011 - 08:32 PM
Posted 06 May 2011 - 10:05 PM
Thanks for the reply. We took 2 tv's with us, one 32"in a false floor under the dogs cage and a 40" wrapped in a sleeping bag inside a vacuum bag and then placed in the middle of all the other bedding etc. all in vacuum bags. but as I said we were not searched. Beware!! tried the same thing coming back with the 32", took too much air out and the screen collapsed and shattered. Migros, the supermarket in Didim were selling 40" LG with high spec for 700 lira and 32" for less than 500 lira, check up the prices are coming down.
As it happens we are in North Wales, and if all goes to plan we want to be back in Didim for the 5 Sept. so plan to leave end of August, journey takes 5 days comfortable, though did it in 4 days in Feb.
Can give you my email address later to keep in touch if you like.
Posted 07 May 2011 - 03:03 PM
Posted 06 August 2011 - 04:20 PM
anyway route and stuff below:
My wife and I drove to Fethiye from London in July 2010. Our route was Dover-Dunkirk via Norfolk Line then National routes E40,E35,E41,E45,E56,E60 E75, through France, Belgium, Holland, Germany, Austria, Hungary, Serbia, Bulgaria and into Turkey Route 80/87 at Edirne. Edirne to Edrimit ferry to Canakkale and then the coastal route via Izmir and Mugla to Fethiye. Virtually a straight line on a map of Europe.
The ferry across the Dardanelles was 24TL for the car including passengers. Service on board is simple but good for the half hour crossing.
We drove very early morning on Day 1 for the Dover ferry at 6am then didn't stop until Passau (625 miles run from East London)on the German Austrian border arriving around 9pm for the pre-booked hotel . The roads are fast, mostly clear we managed this at a steady average speed of about 65MPH (to give you an idea this was a long day but the quality of the roads made it fairly comfortable).
Day 2 Passau to Budapest 320 miles. Overnight stop. On the return journey we spent an extra two days in Budapest which was well worth it. Day 3 Budapest to Sophia about 500miles
Day 4 Sofia to Canakkale 360 miles Overnight stop. (very few decent hotels around here for non-smokers, no such notion of a non-smoking room.....though they tell you they have them...they don't)
Edirne is also worth a longer visit if you have time as of course is the Gallipoli peninsula and Troy.
Day 5 Canakkale to Fethiye 390 miles saw us arrive at about 6.30 pm.
There are no borders in Europe till you get to Hungary/Serbia and then Bulgaria/Turkey. You need
1. Green card insurance for the trip (max 90 days)
2. Road tax for Austria and Hungary that you buy at the border crossings though we failed to spot where to buy for Austria (strangely not required for Turkey and you get a six month visa in your passport for the car.)
3. Best to book hotels en route before you go....keeps you on track and on time and gives some assurance that you will have somewhere to sleep. Hotels we stayed in averaged 70Euros for a double room incl. breakfast. We booked because we had a car full of valuables and required secure parking but the only place we had trouble with that was Edremit which seemed to be a pretty sleazy kind of place as we passed through....
The whole drive for us was about 2200 miles at an ave speed of 50MPH (44hrs driving time) which I thought was pretty good 56Lt of diesel in my 1999 Mercedes (fill up outside Turkey before you enter to save a small fortune.)
We drove back in February. We needed to get new insurance in Turkey in order to exit. The UK company won't insure longer than 90 days outside the UK. While long winded and bureaucratic Turkish green card and traffic insurance wasn't too expensive and made the exit easy.
The roads in Bulgaria vary from fantastic (Some double up as aircraft runways) to downright dangerous so be careful not to leave the main roads. We used a new TomTom purchased with Europe and Turkey maps but with the exception of finding all the hotels with supreme accuracy, the maps and the Routes it contained were less than useless, often sending us way of course into the nothingness of Europe. Complete rubbish, even on motorways and Autobahns it would indicate to turn off where there was no junction and for no apparent reason ....buy a Garmin.
Overall, this is an easy drive and no expensive ferrys or tolls (yes there are NO TOLLs on this route)
Incl cross channel ferry, 4* hotels (except Turkey) gas and food you should spend less than 1000Euros. If its four travelling in the car you are travelling for the same price as an air ticket, in more comfort, seeing the countryside on a four day holiday. OK same price to return but don't forget it includes accommodation for eight nights!
We spent 6 months in Turkey so it was fab having our car here and returning we did stop for several nights at various places (for another post).
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Posted 06 August 2011 - 04:56 PM