Central Anatolia Places

Advertisement

Ankara

Getting Around

Ankara is a big city with chaotic traffic, and you'll save yourself a lot of grief if you park your car and use public transportation. The main neighborhood encompassing the old part of the city is called Ulus; this is where most of the tourist attractions are, and it's quite compact and walkable.

A car is useful for excursions to the Hittite cities and to Cappadocia. Boğazkale and Hattuşa are about 200 km (124 mi) east of Ankara, Konya is 261 km (162 mi) to the south, and Kayseri is 312 km (194 mi) southeast.

Taxis are more expensive in Ankara than in Istanbul—a taxi from the airport, approximately 35 km (20 mi) from the city center, can cost you about $40. Traveling by taxi to historic sites outside Ankara is usually reasonable ($30 to $60), but always agree on the fare in advance. Cabs can be hailed, or ask your hotel to call one.

There are two subway lines in Ankara: the Metro, which runs north from Kızılay; and the Ankaray, which goes east–west from the AŞTİ bus station in the western suburbs, through Kızılay and on to Dikimevi in the east. It's very easy to get downtown from Ankara's otogar (AŞTİ), which connects directly to the Ankaray. Take the Ankaray to the Kızılay stop and then transfer to the Metro (using the same ticket) if you want to continue north to Ulus. Fares are about $1 and trains run between approximately 6 am and midnight.

Advertisement