A large country straddling the border between Europe and Asia, with Ankara as the capital.

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Good (and Bikini) beaches in Turkey (including Izmir and Antalya)?

Please don't get me wrong! I know where Turkey is and I have been to Istanbul 3 times and Ankara 2 times. All I know is that Istanbul is a prime destination for tourists going to Turkey. However, I ...
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Should I cancel my trip to Turkey due to the recent protests?

I've been planning a trip to turkey for this July. How easy would it be to avoid the areas where people are demonstrating? If I hadn't already booked my flights, I would probably postpone the trip ...
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Will travellers be able to get full internet access in Turkey during the current protests/riots?

With the current widespread riots in Turkey, the police reaction, the government's intervention and the worldwide observation, there've been reports of threats to have the internet restricted, as has ...
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How to get from Istanbul Atatürk Airport to Çanakkale‎?

The usual way to get from Istanbul to Çanakkale‎ is to take a direct bus from the Büyük or the Harem otogar (bus station). That's especially true if you stay somewhere in the "center" of Istanbul. But ...
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How can roadside cafe quality be measured in Greece or Turkey?

When traveling by car it is always a big question how to determine the quality of roadside cafe in front of you. In Russia I've noticed some dependency between quality of food and wares, although ...
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Mobile and mobile internet provider Turkey

I am going to Turkey for a 10 day trip. Is it possible to buy a 3G chip to have internet access in all Turkey for this period? What are my options and average price?
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Is there a direct train from Bucharest to Istanbul?

I would like to travel by train to Istanbul via Budapest and Bucharest along the road recommended by the Man in Seat 61. According to that description, there should be a daily direct train between ...
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Sufi Dance in Turkey

I'm looking for a Sufi dance show in Istanbul. I'd like to watch for a "real and non-hollywood" show. I don't need dinner nor drinks nor any kind of extras.
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What are some recommended itineraries for visting Turkey in July? [closed]

I'm visiting Turkey for 13 days with my 19 year old nephew. We're flying in and out of Istanbul. I'd like to get out of Istanbul and see the country. What are some recommended itineraries and ...
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Getting from Göreme to Denizli by car

What is the best car rental company to rent a car to get from Göreme to Denizli in Turkey? What I need is a reliable company, i.e. one wich I can believe will have a car for me if I make a ...
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How do we get from Fethiye/Dalaman to Cappadoncia by bus?

We are planning a holiday to Turkey, and we be starting off in Fethiye, then going via Cappadocia to Istanbul. I am trying to find out how to get from Fethiye to Cappadocia we do not mind stopping ...
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What's the best way to travel around Greece? Train or Bus?

Looks like a train pass for a 25 year old is only $150 for 5 travel days, but I hear the trains don't run everywhere, so would it just be cheaper to take the buses everywhere? And what is the best way ...
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Do I need a Turkey transit visa for a layover?

I have an Indian passport and am planning to visit Germany with a valid visa. To book a flight for Germany (Mumbai – Dusseldorf), I came across some connected flights that stop at Istanbul. Do I need ...
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Getting to Cappadocia: Nevsehir or Kayseri Airport?

We (my wife, our 3.5 year old kid, me) are planning to visit Cappadocia in April for about about 4 days, following a stay in Istanbul. According to google maps, it takes 1 1/2 hours from Kayseri ...
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Non-EU citizen travelling with EU citizen (Irish spouse) to Turkey; do I need a visa?

Am a non EU citizen but my husband is. We live and work in UK and I have a residential permit. I'm looking to book a holiday to Turkey for my hubby and I for 5 days. Do I need to apply for a visa to ...
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Traveling on a nearly expired passport

Several months ago, I left my home country to work abroad. At the time of departure, I had > 6 months remaining on my passport, but now I have only about 2 remaining. I want to take a brief trip ...
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Should I tip in restaurants in Turkey?

I will be in Istanbul for a week. Do I have to tip in restaurants or not?
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Do I need a visa to Turkey if I am crossing from Georgia?

I am Egyptian. I will travel to Georgia in February. I have the visa for Georgia and I would like to cross from Georgia to Turkey by bus. Do I need a visa? And if so, where should I get it? Egypt or ...
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Cheapest way to get to Istanbul from North America

I'm checking out what could be the best way to get to Turkey from North America (JFK, LAX, MEX, ATL are all possible departing airports depending on airfare). Crossing the Atlantic is actually no ...
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How to calculate stays against 90/180 visa rules?

Some destinations have a "90/180 rule" which says you can come and go but you must not spend over 90 days out of any 180 days in the area. A recent question asked by a new contributor concerns this ...
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Turkey to Egypt by ferry?

Since April this year, Anrusstrans is offering a ferry service between the Turkish port of Mersin, in the south east of the country, and Port Said, east of Alexandria on the Egyptian coast. Over at ...
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Do any of the currency exchanges at Istanbul Atatürk Airport deal in Korean won?

I'm about to fly from Istanbul to Seoul and I have a useful amount of Turkish Lira (TRY) left but I don't have any South Korean Won (KRW) to pay for the metro to my hostel when I get there. Several ...
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Do any of the currency exchanges at Incheon International Airport deal in Turkish lira?

I'm about to fly from Istanbul to Seoul and I have a useful amount of Turkish Lira (TRY) left but I don't have any South Korean Won (KRW) to pay for the metro to my hostel when I get there. Several ...
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When is the last / overnight bus from Ankara to Goreme (Cappadocia)?

I wanted to save some money by taking an overnight bus from Ankara to Göreme in Cappadocia. I cannot find details online and my copy of Lonely Planet is not very helpful about what time the last bus ...
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How to get from Bodrum to Datça when ferry isn't running?

I'd like to go to Datça when visiting Turkey in early October. It looks like normally there is a 2-hour ferry ride from Bodrum (an easy transit transfer city) to Datça during the summer tourist ...
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Which bus terminal in Istanbul for a bus to Bodrum?

My initial plan on arriving in Istanbul was to catch an early morning ferry out of the city and then making my way down by train to Izmir. However, now that I think of it, this plan sounds like an ...
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Turkey transit visa for a stateless person?

I am a stateless person but I am a resident of Uzbekistan. I am going to visit Bulgaria on the 16th of August this year. Unfortunately there is no direct flight to Bulgaria so I have to fly through ...
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Suggestions for cheap accomodation in Turkey?

We're a couple and we'll land in Istanbul on the night of the 10th of August for five days. We'd like to find cheap accommodation (possibly around 30 euros, meaning 15 each) either in the city or in ...
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Why did the price of Turkish on-arrival visas for Australians just rise by 200%?

So I've had to get three visas for Turkey in the last couple of years and each time it cost € 15 / $ 20. But a few days ago I met some Australian travellers here in Georgia who just came from ...
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How to use Turkish toilet tap?

I was in Turkey a while ago, and encountered sit toilets with taps (edit: taps controlling a nozzle a wee way below a normal western sit-toilet rim, making a little fountain from the back to the front ...
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Is there a bus/coach direct from Batumi, Georgia to Istanbul, Turkey?

I've been doing some online searches for a friend staying in my hostel here in Batumi who wants to travel to Istanbul tomorrow. Now I know there are direct buses from various cities in Turkey to ...
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Crossing from Georgia into Turkey

Going from Georgia into Turkey overland—can you do that without problems? (Assume no visa requirement for either country.) What border crossing points are there? Also, what are the public transport ...
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Can I get a short-term visa on arrival in Turkey?

I'm visiting a friend in Turkey for two weeks in early June. I'm a US citizen and have a valid US passport, but I did not apply for a visa. Are there short-term tourist visas that I can use? I heard ...
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Do I need to get a visa for Turkey?

I'm going to travel to Iran from Germany. Since I've booked connected flights (Germany- Turkey, Turkey- Iran), do I need a visa for Turkey as well as Iran? This is my flights schedule: ...
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A quiet holiday around Istanbul

I am planning a long and quiet holiday in Turkey, and looking for a cozy city around Istanbul. Since I arrive at Istanbul airport, I wish to find a nice city around Istanbul (less than 200km far) to ...
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Travelling from Germany to Iran

Travelling from Germany to Iran, I'm looking for the cheapest but comfortable way. One idea is to travel to Turkey then going to Iran form there. There are many flights with reasonable price for ...
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What time does the Tbilisi to Istanbul bus depart?

I know there are buses running between Istanbul Turkey and Tbilisi Georgia. I know they take about 30 hours and cost about $35. What I don't know is what time they depart Tbilisi and what time ...
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Do Nigerian citizens still need a visa to visit Turkey?

One of the guests at my hostel here in Georgia is a young guy from Nigeria and he asked me if he needs a visa to go to Turkey. I did some searching on the Internet and found conflicting answers: The ...
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Turkey sea-side cottages

We’d like to go to Turkey next summer to have two weeks holiday. There will be relatively big number of us – 6-8 adults and 3-4 kids. People will be coming from different places – mostly UK, Russia ...
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Is Van a good base to visit Turkey and Kurdistan?

I am planning to spend 3 weeks in Turkey and Kurdistan. I'm told the region is relatively small and I could feasibly stay in Van and explore from there. Is that wise? If not what other cites would ...
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Can immigration authorities make cross checks between multiple passports of the same (German) person?

I have the following specific case but it would be nice to have a general answer if one does exist: A fellow German traveler just spent 3 months in Turkey on his passport. He just then left to ...
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Are there money changing facilities at the Turkey/Georgia border, and how good are they?

Soon I hope to cross the border from Turkey to the Republic of Georgia and need to work out my money. To minimize horrendous and unavoidable bank fees I prefer to withdraw larger amounts less ...
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What might be the cheapest ferry connection from near Athens to anywhere in Turkey?

Soon I'm heading from Albania to Turkey to Georgia. The obvious way is to go through Thessaloniki which is a great city and I'd like to go back. But I'm considering an alternative plan of going via ...
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What should we consider when buying a gift for a host family in Turkey?

In September, we are traveling to Turkey. Part of the trip is a family home stay. We will be staying with a local family who will feed and house us for the night. We want to thank the family with a ...
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What time do the city buses start running in Istanbul?

I want to get an early start tomorrow morning taking bus 83O from Taksim Square to the Bayrampaşa Otogar bus station to the west. I can't find by searching in English what time the Istanbul public ...
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Inexpensive way to use my US iPhone's data connection in Turkey?

I want to use my AT&T iPhone – specifically the data connection – while in Turkey in September. What's the easiet, cheapest way to make my phone work in that country? How good is the service? ...
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Is it cheaper to mail a small package to Germany from Turkey, Bulgaria, or Romania? [closed]

I'm travelling from Turkey slowly to Romania via Bulgaria and I have a package that must be sent to Germany. Which country has the cheapest rates for a small package? Is there a tradeoff versus ...
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Is it cheaper and/or easier to buy a cheap tent and sleeping bag in Turkey or Bulgaria?

I'm currently in Istanbul but will soon head west to the Romania/Bulgaria border (hitchhiking) and intend to buy a cheap tent and sleeping bag on the way. I don't need a famous brand. Just something ...
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Is it safe to drink the tap water in Istanbul?

Is the water from the tap/faucet potable in Istanbul or must I buy bottled water? If not, what are the specific contaminants in it?
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Can I pay for my Turkish visa on arrival at the airport in Euros?

I'm Australian, flying into Istanbul Turkey tomorrow (Ataturk airport) and I know from last year's trip that I must pay a visa fee upon entry. But last year I crossed by land from Bulgaria and this ...