June 16, 2021
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Are you planning a trip to the Antalya province soon? You must have questions about the best and easiest way to move around the area with minimum worries.
We have created this complete guide to public transportation in the Antalya province. It will help you plan your holiday in Antalya and to be free of all transportation issues that might happen during your trip.
Here you will read everything about all the public transportation options like the dolmuş, long-distance-buses, the AntalyaKart, tramways, taxis in Antalya, ferries, Antalya Airport transfers, and other airports in the province.
Keep in mind, that there is no railway in Antalya. But there are plenty of other options.
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The most important local public transport vehicle is the Turkish dolmuş or mini bus. Read more about the dolmuş here. These buses provide service along fixed routes in towns and also between districts.
Currently, in the city of Antalya, two tramway lines connect important locations like the Antalya Airport AYT with Antalya's city center. There are also larger public buses that operate in Antalya and Alanya. The payment for public transportation in Antalya and Alanya is made with the AntalyaKart and the AlanyaKart.
Long-distance busses are the most important means of transportation for travel between provinces in Turkey. They leave from the local bus station, called an otogar.
There are no train connections in Antalya!
Taxis in Antalya are generally a bit pricy compared to other transport options. A pre-booked airport transfers are usually cheaper than taking a taxi from the airport to your hotel.
There are also ferry connections from the Alanya harbor to the Turkish Republic of North Cyprus and from the Kaş harbor to the Greek island of Kastellorizo.
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There are two airports in the province of Antalya. The main airport is, Antalya AYT, in the capital Antalya, the second airport is Alanya-Gazipasa with a few international flights and national connections.
With more than 25 million passangers Antalya AYT is the biggest airport in the province. The airport has connections in summer to all major european and international destinations to welcome tourists.
The small local airport is an option for tourists that are staying between Side and Alanya. There are only a few international flights to Alanya-Gazipasa available currently.
Flights within Turkey are very economical. A ticket for a flight from Istanbul to Antalya or from Ankara to Antalya can be bought for 200 Turkish lira. However, these prices don't apply during the high season, when tickets costs quickly double, and sometimes even more. It's advisable to book as early in advance as you can.
The national airline providers are Anadolu Jet, a subsidiary of Turkish Airlines, Pegasus, SunExpress, Onur Air, and of course Turkish Airlines. As a rule, charter flights are cheaper than Turkish Airlines tickets. Flights that operate at less convenient times, such as very early in the morning or very late at night, are also cheaper.
The airport is located approximately 10 kilometers east of Antalya's city center and is easily accessible by car on the D-400 highway.
Since the extension of the new tramway line, called AntRay, the Antalya Airport can be reached by tramway. These ultra-modern trolleys usually run from 06.00 in the morning until midnight and operate every 10-20 minutes. The stop is directly opposite International Terminal 1, as well as the National Terminal.
Transfers are usually included in popular package travel options in Antalya. Check for information from your travel agency before booking an additional transfer.
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For transport from the airport to the surrounding provinces, long-distance buses are the best option. These buses are modern and comfortable and there are numerous operators. One of the best known is Kamil Koç, followed by Ulusoy, and Metro Turizm, to name a few.
They depart from the central bus station in Antalya. Buses are very cheap, for example a more than 500 kilometer journey from Antalya to Cappadocia costs around 80 Turkish lira. During the high season, prices are significantly higher.
Sometimes a cruise ship docks, but there are no international ferry connections from the port of Antalya. The nearest port with connections to the Greek islands is Fethiye, about 2.5 hours from Antalya by car.
From the K Yacht Harbor in Kaleiçi, Antalya, boats go to Kemer three times a day, during the summer season.
From Alanya there are ferries to Girne, Northern Cyprus, and from Kaş you can go to Kastellorizo. This boat trip to the Greek island takes only 25 minutes and is often used as a day trip.
Taxi stops can be found in front of all terminals at the airport. In Turkey, city or county authorities set taxi fares. The Antalya taxi fare was last fixed in February 2020 and published in the official fare regulation. Always check to make sure that the taximeter is turned on.
Prices for trips to more distant areas, outside the city area of Antalya or Gazipaşa, such as Belek, Alanya, Manavgat, Side, and the like are usually set in foreign currency. Drivers have a list from which you can see the prices for a trip to the corresponding area in euros or dollars.
More detailed information about taxis in Antalya.
The AntalyaKart is a card ticket that is valid on all public buses and trams in Antalya and the AlanyaKart is used for all public buses in Alanya. You can't use public transport without this card. The credit card-sized card can be purchased at authorized points of sale and many kiosks sell the AntalyaKart. Additionally, there are two points of sale at the airport.
If you want to take the dolmuş, you always have to pay cash.
Tickets for long-distance busses can be paid cash or booked online and paid by credit card.
During the week, public transport usually runs between 6:00am and 11:00pm. From 11:00pm onwards, a total of 22 inner-city buses run every hour in Antalya, with the last trip at 3:00am. On weekends, trips start at 7:00am.
During the high season in the summer, more buses are in operation, according to need, and timetables are adjusted accordingly.
Dolmuş schedules are also based on actual needs and past usage. During the high season, journeys are possible until late into the night.
No, there is no railway connection. The best way to get from Antalya to Side is by dolmuş or bus.
There are no international ferry connections from the port of Antalya. The nearest port with connections to the Greek islands is Fethiye, about 2.5 hours from Antalya by car.
From the yacht harbor in Kaleiçi, Antalya, boats go to Kemer three times a day during the summer season.
In Antalya and Alanya public transportation payment is made with the AntalyaKart and the AlanyaKart. Dolmuş payments are made in cash and tickets for long-distance busses can be paid either in cash or by credit card and online booking.
Flights within Turkey are very economical. A ticket for a flight from Istanbul to Antalya or from Ankara to Antalya can be bought for 200 Turkish lira. However, these prices don't apply during the high season, when tickets quickly cost double, and sometimes even more. It's advisable to book as early in advance as you can.