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Inexpensive intercity buses travel between major towns all over Turkey—it's about $40 one way for the 12-hour journey from Istanbul to Antalya. These days, though, that's only about half the price of flying.
Buses and minibuses (dolmuşes) are a useful form of short-haul transport within and around the Turquoise Riviera. Every city has an intercity bus terminal, and minibuses to smaller destinations set off from there, too. Major routes, such as Marmaris to Fethiye and Fethiye to Antalya have hourly buses into the early evening, typically charging about $5 per 100 km per person. Minibus schedules depend on the popularity of the route and generally stop anywhere if asked to.
When the intercity bus terminal is outside the city center (as in Antalya), major companies usually provide minibus service from their city center locations to the station: ask for a servis (minibus transfer service) when you book your ticket, otherwise, finding your own way to the terminal can be difficult and time-consuming. The Varan Bus Company is more expensive than others, but has better service, no-smoking buses, and its own privately owned and spotlessly clean rest stops.
Varan Bus Company (; 212/444–8999 national. www.varan.com.tr.)
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