Traveler’s Checklist

A trip requires careful planning.  Listed below are important steps you can take to prepare for a safe trip anywhere outside the Country. In addition, you can search for your destination to view more specific information about that country or area.

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  • Getting to Turkey

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    The best price found from Russia to Turkey is on December 26th, 2016, travelling with Azerbaijan Airlines. See more options, compare prices and book: search flights.

    Getting around Turkey

    Bus Generally efficient and good value, with frequent services between the major cities and tourist spots. Often less services in winter.
    Air Turkey is a vast country and domestic flights are an affordable way of reducing travel time. More route choices if flying to/from İstanbul.
    Train The growing network of high-speed services offers rapid routes across Anatolia, for example between İstanbul and Ankara. The bus is often quicker than normal trains.
    Car A great way to explore rural areas, with rental operators in cities and airports. Drive on the right. Petrol is expensive.
    Ferry Regular services cross the Sea of Marmara and link parts of the Aegean coast.

    Getting to Turkey

  • BUS
  • AIR
  • CAR
  • ‎FERRY
  • When to go and weather

  • High Season (Jun–Aug)
  • Shoulder Season (May & Sep)
  • Low Season (Oct–Apr)
  • Weather in Turkey
  • High Season (Jun–Aug)
    Prices and temperatures highest
    Expect crowds, book ahead
    Turkish school holidays mid-June to mid-September
    İstanbul's high season April–May and September–October
    Christmas–New Year and Easter also busy
    Shoulder Season (May & Sep)
    Fewer crowds, apart from around Kurban Bayramı holiday (currently in September)
    Warm, spring and autumn temperatures, especially in the southwest
    İstanbul's shoulder season is June–August
    Low Season (Oct–Apr)
    October is autumn; spring starts in April
    Accommodations in tourist areas close or offer discounts
    High season in ski resorts
    İstanbul's low season is November to March


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