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By plane : from Paris flight time is 3 hours to
Istanbul, Izmir, Dalaman and Antalya. Count on 4
hours for Ankara.
There are about 40 regular or charter flights from
France a week.
Air France or Turkish Airlines
Istanbul Airlines have flights Paris/Istanbul every
Thursday and Sunday. (tel 01 42 46 00 89)
The tour operators which specialize in Turkey are
Maxi (01 43 12 85 85), Marmara and Pacha Tours.
By rail or road : since the war in Yugoslavia, the
rail and road distances are long and the travelling
By boat : boats are not frequent and tend to be
overloaded from Greece or Italy.
Internal transport :
Plane : internal flights are very cheap. Be careful
: the arrivals and departures board is marked in
Bus, Trams or underground : All these are
operational in Istanbul.
Trains : The railway network is being renovated.
There will soon be a TGV between Istanbul and
Coaches, collective taxis : The coaches with their
varying degrees of comfort, are more practical on
the main road axes than the train. Collective taxis
are little buses with a lantern 'dolmus'
which go around the villages on a fixed itinerary.
They drop you off wherever you want. They only go
though when they are full.
Cars/Taxis : You should preferably reserve your
rented car from France. Like that you are sure to
have a choice. The best means of transport in
Istanbul is the taxi.
Others : To cross the Dardanelles take a ferry at
Gallipoli (every 2 hours) or at Canakkale (every
hour). Between Istanbul and Izmir there also exists
stops (during the high season) at the main sea
The road network has greatly improved since 1994.
The best road maps are the ones from the Tourist
Office which are more often up-to-date than others
(they are quickly out of date), but be careful as
they have very few details. Take both kind of maps
Traffic is very dense in Istanbul, there are
constant traffic jams.