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1. Posted by ajacobs (Budding Member 2 posts) 8y

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Curious as to what suggestions people have about travelling to Syria without flying into Damascus. What are the cheapest cities to fly in and out of?

2. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5595 posts) 8y

Uhm, well, not really nearby but I flew to Istanbul for about 100 euro return from Amsterdam, and a few hours later after landing in Istanbul I took a bus to Antakya and on to Aleppo. I assume you want to visit more of Syria than just Damascus so starting in Aleppo like I described could be possible. Make a loop and travel back to Turkey.
It was with Corendon by the way, the airticket

[ Edit: Edited on Dec 12, 2007, at 3:15 AM by Utrecht ]

3. Posted by sting658 (Budding Member 7 posts) 8y

UTrecht is absolutely right , I was going to say the same, but I will give you more details about the rest of the trip from Istanbul to Aleppo
You can take either a bus or train:Buses are cheaper than train and more flexible in timing Although still the train more comfortable and enjoyable
Buses have many trips aday from Istanbul to Aleppo,Takes around ,takes 15 hour from Istanbul to Hatay(Antakia) and then might stop for 2-3 hours (it depends,some of them just stop for less than an hour) then 3 hours to Aleppo(depending how much time you spend on the border) Costs 40-45 Turkish Lyra
Trains:One trip in a week,leaves Istanbul at 8:55 AM every sunday,reaches Aleppo at 15:35 Monday,Costs around 45 EUR with a sleeping space...GD Luck

4. Posted by ajacobs (Budding Member 2 posts) 8y

thanks for the suggestion.

5. Posted by patdoody (Budding Member 45 posts) 8y

i flew into amman,jordan.very easy to get bus to damascus,or anywhere esle for that matter.will be hold up at border if you dont have pre arranged visa.bus trip bout 7 hrs,very safe,new buses,cant remember price but cheap

6. Posted by QCLisa (Budding Member 40 posts) 8y

We drove from Jordan to Damascus and then drove on to Beirut.