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By Car

The Anatolian highway system is uncomplicated enough that a visitor can easily make his or her way to the greater Ankara area. Problem is, once you get there, one-way streets and avenues wind around until you unexpectedly pass your destination in a no-turn lane. And the population boom has resulted in an absence of adequate parking. If you'll be navigating by car, get your hotel to spell out the route in advance -- or leave the car at the hotel in lieu of a taxi.

By Taxi

Taking taxis makes the most sense in Ankara, especially for short stays. Gasoline costs less here and taxi fares are slightly lower than in Istanbul.

By Public Transportation

Ankara's rapid transit system is composed of a light metro (called the Ankaray) and the Ankara Metro. There is also a suburban rail system. Currently, construction is under way for the addition of three new metro lines (serving, roughly, areas southwest, west, and north), while five more connections are in the planning stages. The only problem is that the entire system, however efficient and clean, caters to residents of the suburbs and not tourists. So unless you need to get from Kizilay to Ulus (not a great connection, as the stop in Ulus is still a hike from the Roman ruins and the citadel) or to the ASTI bus station, my recommendation is don't bother. One single ride costs around 1.70TL; a pack of 10 costs 14TL. The system runs from 6am to midnight.

Metropolitan buses and dolmuses depart from Güven Park in Kizilay and from Ulus to all points around the city. But if you're trying to catch a bus somewhere along the middle of a route, the system can be perplexing. Unless your stay here is extended, it's not worth wasting the time to decipher the local system.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.