GETTING TO ANKARA FROM İSTANBUL
If you haven’t booked a transfer flight, there are a few ways to get to Ankara from İstanbul. Flights are available from Anadolu Jet, Turkish Airlines, and Pegasus. Book as early as possible to avoid high fares – flights should be available for less than 100TL.
Train tickets (70TL) are available from the TCDD website: https://yolcu.tcdd.gov.tr/view/eybis/tnmGenel/tcddWebContent.jsf You will need a Turkish bankcard to book online, so please contact us if you require assistance. Trains take approximately 3h45mins and depart from Pendik, on the Asian side of Istanbul, which you can reach by bus from Kadıköy or Üsküdar, or via Marmaray/Metro from Ayrılıkçeşme/Kadıkoy to Kartal, followed by a 15 minute bus (number 17b) or taxi ride.
A large number of bus companies (Nilüfer, KamilKoç, MetroTurizm etc.) travel to Ankara AŞTİ bus terminal from İstanbul Otogar and other points of departure. Prices are around 55TL each way and the journey takes 6-7 hours. Again, if you do not have a Turkish bank card you will face problems booking online. Visit one of the companies’ many offices in Istanbul to buy a ticket in person or contact us for assistance.
GENERAL COMMUTING IN ANKARA
There is a selection of buses, dolmus buses, underground and taxis for your commuting in Ankara. Taxis can be located anywhere. Trustworthy and quick outside rush-hours.Prefer the ones waiting for customers at designed spots. Buses: You will need an EGO kart to use public buses (that can be bought from kiosks or büfe/markets) or 2.25TL change for the private buses (there is a person collecting the ticket price when you enter). For routes see the interactive map. http://www.ego.gov.tr/EN/indexEN.asp The underground has two lines Metro and Ankaray and you can use an EGO kart to commute. The dolmus buses are fast and economic way of travelling around but you need to know the specific spots that they launch from. Güven Parkı in Kızılay is a major station for Buses and Dolmus Buses
AIRPORT TO CITY CENTRE
You can use the BelkoAir airport bus to reach the city centre (Kızılay). You will find the Belkoair buses located outside the arrivals hall at the airport. Please tell the bus driver that you are going to ‘Kızılay’ so as to place your luggage correctly. Kızılay is usually the first stop of the bus (journey time from the airport approx. 35-45 minutes). From there you can catch a bus (2.25 TL) (numbers 114, 427) to Kuğulu Park, 5 minutes walk from Hotel AlDino or simply take a taxi direct (10 TL)
Speakers who have requested accommodation will be staying at the Aldino Hotel, Bülten Sokak 22, on the nights of the 9th and 10th April. Information on the hotel is available at their website: http://www.hotelaldino.com/en_iletisim.htm