Sulaymaniyah to Turkey Bus Question
Replies: 2 - Last Post: Jul 8, 2012 1:46 PM Last Post By: almondy23
Jul 8, 2012 9:53 AM
Sulaymaniyah to Turkey Bus QuestionJust bought my ticket to Erbil today here in Diyarbakir, for my return trip was thinking of getting a direct bus Sulaymaniyah back to Turkey through the same company I booked with here (Can Diyarbakir), as it may be the cheapest/easiest option for me.
However, on the signboards around town, the bus route is advertised as Zakho - Dohuk - Erbil - Kirkuk - Sulaymaniyah. I assume this means the bus will stop in Kirkuk on the way? Which is a very very bad idea, right?!? Fluffy and others who may have done this trip, what do you think? I can't get a straight answer from the transport operators here in Diyarbakir as they are just travel/booking agents.
Just to put my mind at ease, the bus does not stop in Mosul right?? Its not advertised so I assume not...
On a totally unrelated note, is it easy/cheap to buy an Iraqi simcard in Erbil for an unlocked phone?
Thankyou in advance...
Jul 8, 2012 12:28 PM
1I have never taken the "big" buses between Erbil and Suly. What is do know is these buses (like Best Van Tur and Can Diyarbakir) do not go through Mosul. And they only go through the suburbs of Dohuk.
My assumption is, the bus will stop near the security gates of Kirkuk, but not actually go into the city itself. The road passes closes enough to Kirkuk that you can clearly see the city. But to cross into the city will involve tremendous security checks, it's virtually the same as a border crossing. For that reason, i assume it won't go into the city. As for the road, i've done it many times and it's perfectly safe.
SIM cards are available at any mobile shop. They will advertise the numbers they have available outside. There is a significant difference in price depending on the number. Urban legend is someone even paid $1,000,000 for a highly desirable number. That said, you should be able to pick up an undesirable number for $5-$6.
Jul 8, 2012 1:46 PM
2Thanks again for the advice Fluffy. I guess it is most likely the buses would stop on the far outskirts of Kirkuk, however the way the route is written Erbil - Kirkuk - Sulaymaniyah - Baghdad had me a bit worried. I'll make some more enquiries whilst there. The bus leaves Diyarbakir midday-ish, which means rolling past Mosul and into Erbil into the evening time, which should be fine, right?
As for the phone, well, for a 10-day visa I'll be looking at Iraq's most undesirable number for the lowest price. I mean, its just a number!
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