Planning trip in Turkey - Few questions

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1. Posted by norian (Full Member 71 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Hello Everyone

I'm planning a trip in Turkey in July.
we'll get the country in Istanbul...cause we want to visit this city during almost a week.
After that, we want to get the south...maybe Adrasan or Cirali, close to Antalya.
(That is also the best occasion to ask if someone here has already hear about those two cities and what to u think about'em)

I'm sure that the quickest way from Istanbul to Antalya, but i want to see the country and don't really want to take the plane.
I've seen a train which goes from Izmir until Burdur, Isparta or Denizli.

So, my questions :

- What are, according to you, the best way to get Antalya from Istanbul (plain excepted.) ?
- Is this interesting for us to do Istanbul - Izmir and Izmir - Isparta if we want to get Antalya ? And can we catch a bus from isparta or Burdur which goes to Antalya ?

Moreover, if someone here knows the length of differents trips i've written above it could be great :)

Anyway thank you by advance :)

2. Posted by nesli (Budding Member 19 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!


As you guess the easiest way to go Antalya from Istanbul is travelling by plane, but you have already eliminated it, so I think you should get busses. I don't recommend the train you mention. Bus will be a better choice for that route. In Turkey, you can get busses almost everywhere.Therefore, you can get a bus directly from Istanbul to Anlatya, but remember it takes about 13 h. Alternatively, If you want to stop between these two cities, you can go Izmir first and spend some time here (even you can visit Çanakkale before Izmir), then you can go Denizli to see Pamukkale and get another bus to Antalya from Denizli.

Have a nice trip


3. Posted by oozcelik (Budding Member 5 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Hi Norian,

One week in Istanbul is a good choice, I could advise better if I knew how long you will stay in Turkey totally. From Istanbul to Izmir takes arround 8 hours if you are using bus which is a much better choise then train. Izmir itself is just a big city. Worth to see. But you should see ephesus which is one hour away then izmir. After Ephesus, instead of going to south, I suggest you to see Pamukkale in Denizli (cotton castle) which can be on your way to Antalya if you will choose that route. After that point you can to to Antalya in about 3-4 hours by bus. When you are in Antalya if you will have enough time, I suggest you to go and see Cappadocia. Its worth to go and spend 2-3 days in there.
I can advise better if you will give more details to me.
Enjoy your holiday.

4. Posted by norian (Full Member 71 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Thank you both for your advices :)

I think we'll stay in Turkey two weeks, so it's a short trip. But we really want to visit and stay few days in Istanbul.
8 Hours to get Izmir by bus is a bit long.
Is there another nice place where we can stop before Denizli ?
What do you think about Eskisehir and around ? It would be only for one night.

And last thing : why don't you both recommand the train ?

Thank you by advance.

5. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Trains in Turkey are a royal pain in the you-know-where. It is difficult to get to the train stations and almost impossible to get tickets beforehand. Except one fast luxury train between Istanbul and Ankara trains are very very slow, almost never arrive on time and the cars are old and dirty. It is much faster and easier to travel by bus.

Have you seen this site: ? Answers most of your questions.

6. Posted by norian (Full Member 71 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Ok i see..

Thank you for the url, this website seems to be very detailed.