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TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM IN TURKEY
Getting around and about in Turkey is very easy and is not complicated as it sounds.
Turkish railway is not widely spread and improved as one would expect. Trains are running regularly only between some major cities and it is not so convenient and comfortable as the buses are.
If you wish to travel from one city to another, there are bus companies operating, available 24 hours all year around to everywhere in Turkey. The most known ones are Pamukkale, Metro, Varan, Ulusoy, Kamil Koc.
Usually their offices are within the main busstation of the town, however in bigger Cities such as Istanbul, Antalya, Izmir they do have in most parts of the City Booking offices, also you can be collected from one of these booking offices and transfered to the Bus waiting at the Main Bus Station.
They are modern up to date vehicles with TV and Radio as well as internet facilities. There are usually free snack and non-alcholic drink service available on board.
Prices are very cheap, your journey is comfortable, butler service on board, tea-coffee,soft drink, biscuits and sweets are free. Regular 20-30 minutes breaks in a very clean service stations, usually owned by the bus company.
DOLMUSH SHUTTLE BUS
If you wish to travel within the city or town it self, then consider using Dolmush. The most convenient public transport ever in Turkey.
Operating from very early hours of the day till midnight. They pick you up anywhere and drop you off anywhere you want, and cheap too.
Dolmush is a shuttle bus. Dolmush means filled or full. These Dolmushes usually starts their journey from the starting point when they are full with the passenger.
Dolmushes are minibuses with up to 21 passengers, in some places you may have the feeling that there are more passenger on the bus then it should be, well you are right, however it is getting more and more strict with heavy fines, so the drives wont take more then appropriate numbers.
Destination or route of a Dolmush is usually displayed on their windows. When dolmush sees a someone waiting on the side of the road, they usually signal you or slowing down and await some sort of a signal back from you indicating that you are or you are not coming, this allows you to read the sign of the Dolmush if you are not sure where this Dolmush goes to.
When you see a Dolmush coming, flag it down by simply holding your hand up or wave then it will stop if it is not fully full. When you are in a Dolmush and wish to get off, just ask the driver to stop and you will be droped off at the next convenient spot.
In Cities such as Istanbul, Dolmush ride may not be fun as you would imagine. You may come a cross that passengers and the driver are not so polite, well i guess this is in very big city regardless which part of the world you are.
This however changes into a fun in smaller towns where the population is used to the tourist and tourism, Dalaman, Marmaris and so on as the rush rush move does not apply as it sdoes in bigger cities.
Addition to Bus companies, flight companies starting to encourage people to travel with plane which it seems like they are archiving alot as more and more people starting to use the domestic flights to travel from one city to another.
A business man had to travel nearly 36 hours from Istanbul to far end of Turkey, now he can do this in an hour or so, and it is not that expensive at all.
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