Hello all, I just watched Im Juli and it inspired me to travel to Turkey after my student exchange in Germany is done.
What's the best route to go from Germany to Turkey, whether it be by plane, train or whatever.
Keep in mind that I don't mind travelling through other countries too!
I'll be starting near Frankfurt AM.
depends how long you have... you can get some really cheap package deals to turkey, im assuming you want cheap since exchange students are always poor (i was also an echange student in germany). but my guess would be that flying would be the cheapest.
check all the budget airline sites, and package deal places.... you can get there really cheaply and then just travel around without relly hanging around alll the toursisty places...
If you have time, you can train it easily via several different routes:
From Frankfurt, a typical journey with some stop offs would be:
- Frankfurt - Munich - Salzburg -Ljubljana - Zagreb - Belgrade - Sofia - Istanbul.
If you don't want to take so long, so you don't have to stop off (or even change trains) in all those places. Frankfurt-Munich or Salzburg-Belgrade-Istanbul is possible.
Alternatively, you can go:
- Frankfurt - (routed either via Nurnberg or Munich and Salzburg) - Wien - (Zagreb and Belgrade) - Sofia - Istanbul.
- Frankfurt-Vienna-Budapest-Belgrade and Sofia or via Bucuresti- Istanbul
All 3 of those are vaguely logical and straight forward, but, of course, there are any number of permutations for moving off those core routes to see other places on the way.
Your route and how long it takes will depend on how much time, and to a point, money you have and what in particular you want to see. You can do similar journeys by bus which in some cases will be cheaper, but not always, or you could always get a cheap package and fly back if price is your #1 objective.
If you want more idea or help on surface options, let me know/reply here. I've travelled all those ways many times, and if i have more of an idea on how long you want to spend/what you want to see, i can offer some alternative route suggestions involving side trips etc
Usually the cheapest way is to fly. In off-season it is possible to fly to Turkey for less than 100 EUR return from a large number of German airports. In Juli/August however prices jump to over 500 EUR return, if you can get flights at all. I highly recommend booking ASAP - cheap flights are usually already sold out in late March and early April.
http://www.skyscanner.net and www.opodo.de can help you find flights. Tip: Check when summer school holidays will be in the Land you are staying - it will have an impact on availability and prices.
If you cannot get a flight the cheapest way to Turkey would be the bus - see http://www.eurolines.com. There is one bus a week, price is around 130 EUR one-way.