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  1. Garages and Bus Stops Turkish city buses usually start from a garaj (gah-rahjh) or central bus station. Although the word "garaj" implies a covered building, they are usually just big parking lots with ranks of buses. City buses operate on a time schedule, and will only stop at an otobus durağı (o-tow-boos doo-rah-ooh), or bus stop. These bus stops may or may not be marked, and may or may not have a shelter. If the stop you're looking for isn't obvious, ask a passer-by where it is. Transportation Cards In the big cities, bus drivers don't accept cash. You must have a transportatio
  2. Somewhere between a bus and a taxi is the Dolmuş (dohl-moosh), a kind of "shared taxi" which has characteristics of both. It's a cheap and easy way to get around--from your hotel to a nearby beach--or from your home to work. By all means get over any reluctance to ride one for the first time. Once you take your first dolmuş ride you'll probably use them as a regular means of transportation, and probably wonder why they don't have them in your own country. Although cars are sometimes be used for this purpose, 12-passenger mini-bus dolmuşes are the norm. The word "dolmuş" means "stuffe
  3. Turkish long-distance buses are modern, comfortable, and air-conditioned. Some buses (called teknobus), even have wireless internet and entertainment systems so you can watch a small selection of Turkish television shows and movies on a screen mounted on the back of the seat in front of you (earphones provided). A steward will also serve you snacks, tea, coffee and soft drinks. There are no toilets, and smoking is not allowed. But the trips allow for a ten-minute break, called a mola, approximately every 40 minutes, with longer breaks for meals at designated rest stops along the way. The
  4. For short trips to and from nearby cities and towns, or for excursions to local attractions, you can catch a smaller, no-frills bus which usually hold around 15 passengers. These buses either depart from the main bus station, and/or from a smaller satellite bus station on the side of town nearest the destination. These bus routes are run by local companies or cooperatives, and the buses usually depart from around 6:00 AM to midnight on an hourly basis or less. The smaller companies seldom, if ever, have a website where you can book online. To book a seat, you will need to call or go
  5. If you know you're being scammed by a taxi driver, you can tell him to take you to the nearest police station to let them sort out the dispute. If he won't take you (and he probably won't), tell him that you have his taxi number and will go to the police and file a complaint. Besides becoming the focus of an investigation, this will also cost him time sitting in the police station and having his taxi meter inspected. Don't assume that the police won't be interested. One tourist reported that the police in Istanbul were rather grateful for the report, since the Istanbul municipal government was
  6. Taxis are cheap and plentiful in Turkey. They are usually compact cars or mini-vans which carry three to four passengers (two or three in the back, one in the front passenger seat). The larger mini-vans have a cargo compartment in the back, which provides more luggage space than the regular cars do. Since taxis in some cities (like Istanbul) are fueled by liquefied natural gas (LNG) cylinders in the trunk (boot), this limits their cargo space, making the larger mini-vans a better choice if you have luggage. Practically all taxis in Turkey are air-conditioned. Turkish taxis are always yell
  7. Toll Highways (Otoyol) Depending on where you are driving in Turkey, you may come across an otoyol, which is a modern highway where the speed limit is 120 KPH. Otoyols also have rest stops with petrol stations, restaurants, and other travel necessities strategically placed along their lengths. These are toll roads, and the only way you can pay the toll is by registering with the Hızlı Geçiş Sistemi (heez-lee geh-jees see-steh-mee) [HGS]), which means "Fast Pass System." This involves pre-paying into the system, and mounting an HGS transponder on the inside of your vehicle's windshield behi
  8. If you're a resident of Turkey and want to ride on public transportation, you must get a Hayat Eve Sığar Kodu (Shelter at Home Code, or HES Code). While it's called a "Shelter at Home Code," it doesn't mean you need a code to stay home. It's for you to be able to use public transportation and enter public buildings and malls. The rules apply not only to Turkish citizens and residents, but also to those temporarily visiting Turkey with a visa or visa exemption. What is an HES Code? An HES code is a number which is associated with your yabancı kimlik numerası (foreigner identification n
  9. Hey all, just found a great website that will help you get around Istanbul on public transportation: Buradan Oraya (From Here to There).
  10. Good afternoon I have just got a job in a nursery in Istanbul and will be moving in August, and wondered if people could give me some advice please? Is 4500TL a good wage? How do I go about finding accommodation? What are the start up costs like (e.g deposits etc) Is the commuting really as bad as everyone says it is? How do I go about getting a bank account? Is it easy to make new friends? What are the best supermarkets? I know I have asked a lot of questions but I'm sure that you lovely people can help Thanks in advance
  11. A people-carrying tractor will take you from a parking lot on the other side of the highway to the entrance of Aphrodisias.
  12. Hi All, I recently had to apply for a monthly pass (aylık mavi kart), because it turns out that you cannot simply purchase them over the counter at any kiosk anymore (apparently, this has been the case for a few months). A picture and ID number is now required on each monthly pass. If you use your current IstanbulKart or Akbil more than three times per day, you may want to consider the monthly version. The rate is 140TL. If you are enrolled at a school in Turkey, you can apply for a student card, which runs at 70TL. I won't explain how to do that because your school should help
  13. If you stay in Patara town, you can take this people-carrying tractor to the ruins or to the beach.
  14. Ken Grubb

    Meis Express Ferry, Kas

    The Greek Island of Meis is just a 20-minute ferry ride from Kas.
  15. The bus company offices are in Pamukkale town center. Touts from some hotels know when the buses arrive and will offer to take you to their hotel. If you go, you'll find out why they have to hang around the bus station for business. There are excellent pensions and hotels around town center, so just have a walk around and find one on your own instead.
  16. You can get to Karahayit by catching a shared taxi (Dolmus) from Pamukkale.
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