Ankara, Turkey Arrival and Transport

Ankara, Turkey Arrival and Transport


Ankara Esenboğa International Airport Ankara Airport
is located 28 km northeast of the city and offers some international connections. Most foreign travelers, however, have to change to domestic flights in Istanbul to get to Ankara. The airport is very well connected to Ankara via airport buses. Connections go to Ulus, the historical part of the city.

Trains and buses

Arriving by train
Due to its central location, Ankara can be reached by almost all trains departing from Istanbul in an easterly direction. It takes about 6 to 7 hours to get there – depending on the type of train. A high-speed line has recently been launched in the direction of Istanbul.
There are several daily connections between Istanbul, Ankara and Izmir. Otherwise the connections are rather bad and time consuming. It is better to use the intercity buses.
The city’s main train station is Ankara Garı (Türkiye Cumhuriyeti Devlet Demiryolları), an important transfer point for connections to the western and eastern parts of Turkey.
Detailed information on the train connections from Germany to Ankara can be found under this link:

Arriving by bus
The Ankara City Intercity Bus Terminal (Ankara Şehirlerarası Terminal İşletmesi) is an important part of the bus system that serves every part of Ankara. Most of the Turkish cities have a direct bus connection to Ankara. It takes about 5 hours by bus from Istanbul to Ankara.
An inexpensive and comfortable journey from Germany to Ankara is by long-distance bus. Since Flixbus took over the Turkish provider Kamil Koç in August 2019, the local bus network is also available.


In Ankara – as in the rest of the country – you drive on the right side of the road.

According to zipcodesexplorer, the road conditions in Ankara depend on which part of the city you are in. In the old city center of Ulus they are more than bad, whereas they are being gradually renewed around the new city center in Kızılay. Ankara has the eight-lane O-20 ring road. This contributes enormously to the relief of (inner) urban traffic.

Maximum speed:
In Ankara there is a speed limit of 50 km / h for motorists and motorcyclists. You can drive up to 90 km / h on country roads and up to 130 km / h on motorways.
As a matter of principle, in addition to the general speed limits shown, the speed limits indicated by signs must be strictly adhered to.

Blood alcohol limit:
The official blood alcohol limit in Turkey for drivers of motor vehicles is 0.5. There is a blood alcohol limit of 0.0 per mille for motor vehicle drivers with trailers.

In case of an accident or other problems with the car or motorbike to reach information and assistance at the following numbers:
Tel.: 0212 288 71 90
Mobile: 0090 to 212,288 71 90
The ADAC reach 24 hours in Munich on the following number:
0049 – (0) 89 – 22 22 22


Ankara Metro (Ankara Metrosu)
The Ankara Metro is currently made up of two lines. Three more lines are currently under construction. The metro currently runs (2007) from Kızılay (= city center) to Batıkent in the northwest of the city.


In Ankara you can easily find taxis that are very cheap. There are also so-called dolmus, shared taxis. The small buses stop at the sign and are much cheaper than normal taxis.

Museums and exhibition venues

Ankara Ethnographic Museum (Etnoğrafya Müzesi)
This museum is located opposite the Opera House on Talat Paşa Boulevard in the Ulus district. There is a beautiful exhibition of folkloric, Seljuk and Ottoman artefacts.

Çengelhan Rahmi M. Koç Museum (Çengelhan Rahmi M. Koç Müzesi)
The museum shows a large collection of exhibits on subjects as diverse as engineering, scientific instruments, seafaring and medicine. The beautiful and atmospheric courtyard also offers the Divan Café or the Divan Brasserie, where you can relax after visiting the museum.

Museum of Anatolian Civilization (Anadolu Medeniyetleri Müzesi)
This museum is located in the Atpazarı area and consists of the old Ottoman Mahmut Paşa Bazaar building and the Kurşunlu Han. After extensive redesign, the museum was opened to the public in 1968. It is one of the richest museums in the world.

Museum of the War of Independence (Kurtuluş Savaşı Müzesi)
This building on Ulus Square once housed Turkey’s first parliament building. Now exhibits on the War of Independence are shown there, including numerous photographs or wax figures of former presidents.

State Art and Sculpture
Museum (Resim-Heykel Müzesi) This house is located near the Ethnographic Museum and exhibits a rich collection of Turkish art from the late 19th century to the present.

TCDD Locomotiv Museum
The open-air museum on Celal Bayar Boulevard traces the history of the steam locomotive.

Ankara, Turkey Arrival and Transport