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mborolad Posted on 14/02/2020 11:44
Travelling by Train in Turkey
 
Was hoping to get the train from Istanbul to Bodrum but doesnt look like its possible.

Looks like the best I can do is get a ferry to Bandirma, then take a train from there to Izmir.

Anyone had any experience this?

Cheers
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masqueSmog Posted on 14/02/2020 12:16

Travelling by Train in Turkey
check the buses. it's a bit of a trek (12 hours I think) but the buses are pretty comfortable with recliner seats and loos etc. I am going to guess it is more or less motorway to Izmir, then partly dual carriageway from there.

I done the drive in a car a few times Bodrum/Izmir. The road is pretty good and fast.

I know a few people who have done this and it seems fine.

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mborolad Posted on 14/02/2020 13:00

Travelling by Train in Turkey
Thanks MS.....

Think it might be a bit too long to drive (going with my elderly folks).
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Hammies_Tash Posted on 14/02/2020 13:54

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Worked as holiday rep in the 90's in Bodrum,Marmaris,Fetihye and did a lot of travelling end of summer season. Train service is pretty much none existent, everyone traves by coach, it's really cheap, most are modern coaches with the nescessary facilities and busy on the main routes.

The bus stations are lively though and a bit of an experince in themselves, you can go direct from Bodrum to Istanbul (Taksim)12-14 hours, there will be a bus almost every hour, weirdly found that night travel was stupidly busy, so best to travel by day
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asredastheycome Posted on 14/02/2020 15:02

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Have you looked at flights. Just did a quick check on Skyscanner using June as example date. One way 17 takes 1hr 15min.
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mborolad Posted on 15/02/2020 05:35

Travelling by Train in Turkey
Pagasus Airways? [:O]
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borolad259 Posted on 15/02/2020 07:19

Travelling by Train in Turkey
I've had a couple of internal flights in Turkey recently while making the Hidden Gems of Turkey series for Nat Geo. Cheap and painless in my experience. And even taking into account the recent unfortunate events with Pegasus, I'll take my chances in the air rather than the roads any day.
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mborolad Posted on 15/02/2020 09:23

Travelling by Train in Turkey
So where are the Hidden Gems??
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borolad259 Posted on 15/02/2020 09:49

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All over, but I had my tiny mind blown in Eastern Analtolya ... Ani, Van, Mardin, Sanliurfa, Gobekli Tepe, Antakya, Nemrut.
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masqueSmog Posted on 15/02/2020 11:59

Travelling by Train in Turkey
Thanks MS.....

Think it might be a bit too long to drive (going with my elderly folks).

I was assuming you didn't want to fly. Of course there are at least 10 flights a day between Bodrum and Istanbul.
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borolad259 Posted on 15/02/2020 12:52

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mborolad ... the hidden gem nearest to where you are heading was a place called Stratonikeia. An ancient romano/hellenic city which is off the main tourist routes. I loved it.
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mborolad Posted on 17/02/2020 05:34

Travelling by Train in Turkey
Thanks for the info chaps....not going till September/October so plenty of time to check out all your tips [^]
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