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Taking Turkish Buses and tasting Turkish luxury

Surviving the Overnight Turkish Bus & how to get lost

So far I’ve heard that Turkish buses happen to be pretty luxurious.  I’m not sure how true that is but tonight we’re going to take an overnight Turkish bus.

I took two overnight buses in Turkey.  What you’re watching in my video is my second overnight Turkish bus and it’s pretty decked out.

Booking an overnight/long-distance bus in Turkey

I took the bus from Istanbul to Cappadocia and back.  My cost was under $30USD one- way.  As far as I know, there are two main ways you can book your bus:

1- Book tickets through a Turkish travel agent.

In Istanbul, I price shopped. I had a rough idea of how much tickets to Cappadocia would cost and many agents quoted me tourist prices that made me gasp.   However, I managed to find a pretty down to earth agency on the Sultanhamet strip (across the park), that gave me normal prices. Additionally, they threw in a nice air-conditioned shuttle van from Sultanhamet to the bus company office in Istanbul otogar (for roughly a dollar more)!  It was a steal.

2-  Go to the bus station and book it directly with the company.

Booking direct through the bus company was a fantastic idea for my bus ride back to Istanbul because Goreme is a small town and the bus station companies sit lined up on one sidewalk strip, not even the length of a block.  Prices were competitive, routes spread to all parts of Turkey and it was easy to do price comparisons.

Istanbul otogar (aka bus station) on the other hand, is much larger and more spread out.  From a distance, it looks like a stadium ( you’ll get a glimpse of it in my video!) If you’re going to attempt it via the tram, I’d plan at least an hour in advance.

With that, let me take you inside …

 ‘Surviving Overnight Turkish Buses & how to get lost .’


“So far I’ve heard that Turkish buses happen to be pretty luxurious.  I’m not sure how true that is but tonight we’re going to take an overnight Turkish bus.  This is my second Turkish bus. It’s got an HD flat screen monitor, a USB charger that powers my iPhone, headphone jack, light It’s kinda cool It’s pretty cool. It’s pretty styling. I even heard there’s free wifi on this bus.  There’s just no outlet to charge a laptop. I think those Myanmar buses spoiled me. Still. this is pretty nice.  A lot of people were telling me that the buses here are pretty nice and they’ll redefine your perspective of traveling via overnight long distance buses.

Touch screen . A lot of it’s in Turkish though. I can’t read Turkish but I can guess.  Drama, comedy, biography,.. I’m not sure what those are.  “FBI Froghead Investigation. “

It’s charging.  And so we’re off!

My bus said they were going to take me to Sultanhamet. but really they were going to drop us off at Aksaray and we needed to catch the tram to Sultanhamet.

So that wasn’t clear. Was terrified and wasn’t sure if I was going to make it to the right stop. Felt lost for a bit, but sometimes you gotta trust the process, follow the foreigners, read gestures …and trust yourself.

Here I am finally, at the station.  Now you can see how this was confusing to me. There were two types of transportation. The metro I went into was not the transportation I need to take. I actually need to take the tram. I didn’t know that!.  Gonna go,.. I was direct to take the tram around the building.   I think when I find it I’ll be on the right path. I’ll follow the bags. I’ll follow the rolling bags unless they stop in a different area.

I’m definitely taking the next one. Morning traffic.  …And I think I’m taking the next one after that.

Until then travel safe, smart and fun. Hopefully not lost but definitely fun!”

Ever taken a Turkish bus? What do you think?


  1. Shane says:

    Hey Christine, I hope you enjoyed Turkey. I don’t think I realised how big this country is until we tackled it by bus. We try to keep bus journeys under 8 hours where possible but the fact we’ve tolerated longer bus rides in Turkey is an endorsement of the country’s bus system – even if throwing up was the first thing I did when getting off a coach from Istanbul to Selcuk.

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