Turkey is easily accessible from most European and international destinations year round.
Recent years have seen great improvements in the country’s infrastructure and now most popular resorts and cities run regular direct flights from their local airports to popular destinations worldwide.
New and refurbished airports, an ever increasing number of flight companies and budget airlines, international buses and coaches, and even ferries boats regularly carry travellers and visitors to Turkish shores.
When is the best time to travel to Turkey?
Istanbul is popular throughout the year running regular direct flights to many international and domestic locations. As a major trading city, holiday destination and Turkish property hot-spot, Istanbul is a busy, interesting and thriving city year through.
A main international gateway, there is no ‘best time’ to visit as such, simply book your flight and enjoy all this fascinating city has to offer at any time of year.
Although the climate is changeable and rain is common throughout the winter months, as is the case with most major cities, it has great shopping, a wealth of historic sites, fabulous investment opportunities and something to do no-matter the weather.
The popular tourist resorts around Fethiye, Antalya, Kas and Kalkan are most popular during the summer season (April to November).
Thousands of tourists come from all over the world to enjoy the long hot summer days, fabulous warm waters of the Med and Aegean, great Turkish hospitality and marvel at the glorious scenery and wealth of historic sites on offer.
High season, spanning July and August, is traditionally the busiest period with many families choosing to enjoy their summer breaks in resort hotels, villas and apartments.
For Turkish property
investors viewing coastal properties, April to June and September and October are perhaps the best times to visit. Early and late season mean the resorts are not overly busy, the weather warm but not too hot, and the flights and accommodation normally cheaper.
Flights to Turkey
The majority of visitors and Turkish property investors choose to visit Turkey by plane.
Many international schedule airlines like Turkish Airlines, KLM, Swiss and BA run frequent flights to many international destinations from Istanbul throughout the year, and occasional direct flights from resort airports during the summer season.
Schedule airlines, although generally more expensive, tend to operate on time, offer more luggage allowance and grant more leg room therefore are a good option for those that can afford it. Most schedule airlines run regular promotions online and via agents so it’s worth asking about any current deals they are running.
Charter flights are generally cheaper and certainly the most popular choice for tourists and those travelling to the coast during the summer months. Thomas Cook, Easy Jet, Monach and Jet2 fly frequently to resort airports from March to November.
Often great bargains can be had online or for those that book in advance so it’s worth keeping your eyes open for good deals. Although flights from the resort airports are less frequent during the winter, most airports run daily domestic flights to Istanbul where international connections can easily be made.
Coaches and Buses in Turkey
Long distance buses and coaches
Turks and travellers looking to explore Turkey tend to use the very good long distance buses to get around. Most towns and cities have an ‘Otogar’ (bus station) that operates modern, first-class, overnight and budget services to most Turkish destinations daily.
The majority of these coaches are very well maintained with spacious seats, toilets and an on-board attendant.
Departures are frequent and tickets reasonably priced and booked direct at the bus station, online or via offices and travel agencies found throughout the resorts and city centres.
Small minibuses, or ‘dolmus’ run throughout towns, villages and resorts taking travellers short distances. These are very popular, cheap and convenient but do tend to get extremely busy on occasion. If there is a group of you, it may be worth considering a taxi for short journeys to avoid hassle and feeling crammed in!
Car hire in Turkey
If you are an experienced driver, car-hire is a great option allowing you the freedom to explore and travel around Turkey as you wish.
Driving in Turkey can be challenging and the country does have a high traffic accident rate. Those considering car-hire should be cautious, drive carefully and defensively and make sure they use a reputable hire company where the vehicles are modern and fully insured.
Car hire companies can be found at airports, online and via agents and resort offices – haggle for the best deals.