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(1) Overnight train from Cappadocia region to Izmir? (2) Discounted tickets on Turkish Airlines?

(1) Overnight train from Cappadocia region to Izmir? (2) Discounted tickets on Turkish Airlines?

Old May 19th, 2003, 10:36 AM
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(1) Overnight train from Cappadocia region to Izmir? (2) Discounted tickets on Turkish Airlines?

Hi! I am wondering if there is a train that goes directly from the Cappadocia region (Kayseri?) to Izmir. If so, how does one make bookings etc.? Also, I would love recommendations of travel agencies/websites that will allow me to get better prices for flights (Istanbul-Kayseri-Istanbul and Istanbul-Izmir-Istanbul) within Turkey. So far, I have found the fares to be around $150/leg. Thanks!
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For Turkey Rail information see tcdd.gov.tr

The station for Izmir is Basman. You will not find any direct trains, you would have to connect in Ankara. Also you might only find one or two trains. Train from Kayseri to Ankara takes about 7 hours, from Ankara to Basman(Izmir) about 13 hours.

The bus would be much faster, I don't think that you will get direct service, however you should be able to get a bus almost every hour. Bus to Ankara about 5 hours, from Ankara to Izmir about 8 hours. Good bus service in Turkey.

Both Bus and train will cost much less than air.
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Hi SEN28,

If I were you I would not go to anywhere with train EXCEPT Istanbul to Ankara. Because of the time. There is speed train between Istanbul and Ankara that's why you can use train in this route but other route.

The price of Bus less then flight BUT if you don't have time YOU HAVE TO CHOSE FLIGHT. If you have a time but money. You can choose BUS thay are very confortable in some routes.

What for are you looking for Travel Agency's web page. If you would be more specific I may help you.

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Old May 19th, 2003, 12:15 PM
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Thank you for your replies! Sinan: I am looking for travel agents that offer discounted fares on Turkish Airlines. Is it cheaper to buy from travel agents or directly from airline?
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The Thomas Cook overseas timetable confirms that you must change in Ankara, a city with a fine national museum of pre-Moslem archaeology.

Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays Kayseri 0009, train with 4 berth couchettes and restaurant car, Ankara 0658.
Saturdays Kayseri 2313, train with 4 berth couchettes and restaurant car, Ankara 0730
Not Sundays Kayseri 0440, train with 1, 2 and 3 berth sleepers and restaurant car, Ankara 1138.
Daily Ankara 1810, train with 1, 2 and 3 berth sleepers and restaurant car, Izmir Basmane 0752
Daily Ankara 1910, train with 4 berth couchettes, Izmir Basmane 1012
Turkish sleepers and restaurant cars are cheap, good, and a little slow. But if you want wine, peanuts, or fresh fruit you should buy them before boarding.

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SEN28,

I think there is no different between travel agency and Turkish air. If you get discount from travel agency, You can get other service high. You have to be carefull this.

I read that one of the cappadocia travel agency is given really good price but I am not sure about that. Yes travel agencies have some specials discount for Hotels, but airplane

Turkish Airline ticket is $ 122 for one way if you want to check go to :
www.thy.com and choose KAYSERI TO IZMIR then you will get the price of ticket.
2 way ticket IST/KAY/IST around $162
2 way ticket IZM/KAY/IZM around $210


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I found that booking from the US added quite a bit to the price. I could not book the lower fares, even though I could see them, from the Turkish Air website, they referred me to the local offices in the US and the price rose considerably.

I booked my airfare through Cappadocia Tours (www.cappadociatours.com), $85 each way between Istanbul-Kayseri and Antalya-Istanbul but that was last year in May. The tickets were delivered to our hotel in Istanbul and we paid for them when we arrived in Cappadocia (we did have to give our credit card # as a guarantee).

I didn't check when we were in Istanbul but there were all kinds of people selling travel along the main street in Sultanahmet. It was also suggested to me that the prices would be lower if I waited until we arrived and bought at the airport but we didn't really have the luxury of waiting until we got there with our short time frame.
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Hi, we also planned on trains, but were advised by Turkish locals in Istanbul to use bus instead. We recommend Nevtur Bus Co. It is comfortable and stops for food a couple of times on its overnighters. For our Cappadocia-Izmir overnighter we left from Nevsehir, but I know Nevtur leave from other parts of Cappadocia as well, e.g. Konya, so you could always connect there. From Izmir we bussed (without having to leave the Izmir arrival depot) to Celcuk, a very pleasant town near Ephesus.
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Hi! We just returned from Turkey and I can tell you for certain that if you decide to fly via Turkish airlines, it is cheaper to buy your tickets directly from the airlines while you are in Turkey. You will pay more if you book here in the States. Also, they give a small discount for anyone over 65 (which I am not) in case anyone is curious. You can usually book pretty late.

While in Istanbul, I booked the night before I wanted to leave. They asked me to be there 1 hour before take-off to pay for my tickets. (for a flight to Izmir) Then in Antalya, I went in the afternoon to the ticket office in town (next to Tourist Information) and booked for the next morning, but I paid on the spot. Each time it was approximately $89 (the dollar keeps falling).

Hope this helps!

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Thank you all for your feedback! Looks like buying air tickets once we are in Istanbul might be the best way to go. I am a little concerned about the seats being sold out since we arrive Sat morning and leave for Kayseri the next morning (Sunday). Is it possible to buy tickets on a Saturday?
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Sen28,

I want you reserve your seat before buy. (Just incase) you don't pay for your reservation. Yes you can buy your ticket anytime you want.

You are on the way SEN28

Have a nice trip in Turkey, Have fun

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Travel in Turkey by Bus

Generally you need to pick your ticket up latest 24 hours before the trip. You could get your ticket from New Deal Travel & Turkey Travel Bazaar Travel Agencies in Sultanahmet - Istanbul in Turkey.
http://www.turkeybustravel.com/turkey-bus-tickets.html You can reserve your seat an e-mail.

When you get your ticket, you should ask the exact departure time and location of the bus, If branch office transportation to the "Otogar" is available and what time. You also should ask for the locations where you could get out when you arrive as buses do have some stations located in different parts of the city. Many companies do also offer free transportation from the "Otogar" to town centers on arrival.

You should be ready at least 15 minutes before the departure. Your luggage is placed in the bottom of the vehicle after a security check and you would get a number also stated on you luggage. After, just place your self to the number of seat assigned mentioned on your ticket for you and place your hand luggage or coat on the top of your seat.

Some companies do have TV's or walkmans offering movie or music service during the drive. If your trip is a night trip the lights switched off as many people do prefer to sleep. You may use your seat light in case you prefer to read your book or magazine.

When the bus stops for the refreshment, toilet or meal stop, you should be sure of the departure time so that you do not miss your bus. They would wait a little but would not make any announcements. During the refreshment stops you either could have a cup of Turkish tea or something to eat. Most stopped restaurants are self service that enables you to check the possibilities. You should have some change Turkish money for the restrooms as they are nearly all paid ones . An average toilet would cost you about 75 cents (1.00 TL).

Every bus depending on the duration does have two drivers, and a hostess (mostly man, rarely woman) which serve the passengers beverages and assists peoples' requests. In case you have a question or need something during the drive just, like in airplanes, push on the red light on your seats' top or call the hostess with your hand. Some companies also do have one additional staff that takes care of the luggage.

Tell the Hostess where you want to get out and ask the transportation possibilities to the center so that he/she could assist you. After your luggage is taken out from the bottom just check the available service bus that takes you to the center. The driver of the service bus would help you with your luggage to be placed in the vehicle and just tell him your final location so that he could assist you to get out at the nearest point of your destination.

Turkey Travel Bazaar Agency
Mimarmehmetaga Caddesi No: 29/B
Sultanahmet - Istanbul - Turkey
Phone 1 : +90 212 518 6821
Phone 2 : +90 212 518 6822
Fax: +90 212 518 7822
Web: www.turkeytravelbazaar.com
E-mail: [email protected]

New Deal Travel Agency
Dalbasti Sokak No: 3 / B
Sultanahmet - Istanbul - Turkey
Phone 1: +90 212 638 8622
Phone 1: +90 212 638 8623
Fax: +90 212 638 8624
web: www.turkeybustravel.com
E-mail: [email protected]

http://www.turkeygallipoli.com/galli...us_travel.html
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