Turkey by Bus and Coach

Find out how to get around Turkey using the bus and coach networks...

Hundreds of private companies operate bus links between cities in Turkey. Bus travel is the most popular form of travel as they are spacious and comfortable, and often have entertainment, air conditioning, steward service and WiFi.

Buses run everywhere in the country and departures are frequent from all towns and cities. Each town has a centrally located bus station. In Istanbul, the main bus station is the Esenler Otobüs Terminal, situated on the European side of the Bosphorus. There is also a bus terminal on the Asian side of the Bosphorus, called the Harem Terminal. In Ankara, the main bus station is the Ankara Şehirlerarası Terminal İşletmesi (AŞTİ).

Long distance buses generally stop every two hours for refreshments. Tickets for long distance buses can often be purchased online or at the bus station itself just before departure. Tickets can also be bought in advance.

A few of the major bus and coach companies include:

Local buses are operated either by the local municipality or by private companies. Although reasonably priced, they are often slow, and in most cases a pre-paid ticket is required before boarding the bus. Other buses may require cash payment when boarding the bus.


Dolmuş are shared taxi buses that run within and between towns in Turkey. On certain routes the minibuses stop at designated routes, however on less busy routes passengers can board and disembark anywhere along the line. Minibuses usually leave once they are full.

The destination is usually on the front of the minibus and the fares are displayed inside.