December road trip in Turkey
Replies: 30 - Last Post: Dec 14, 2012 12:07 PM Last Post By: hobbittr
Nov 12, 2012 12:27 AM
15Once again you are all awesome, the advice is priceless...
On the toll cards, where do we get it and how do we load it with money?
Another question is where do I get a schedule and prices for ferries leaving Istanbul to Canakkale or Bergama for example? I'm having trouble to find useful links on the internet.
Nov 12, 2012 1:00 AM
16Here's the Yenikapı-Bandırma ferry timetable - http://www.ido.com.tr/en/yolculuk-oncesi/tarifeler/352-yenikapi-bandirma
Nov 12, 2012 1:39 AM
17The company you hire the van from will give you a card if you ask them and they will explain how it works.They can be topped up at booths near the toll stations.
I don't know where you'll stay in Istanbul but Yenikapı ferry jetty is pretty close to Sultanahmet district so it is easy to find and is well signposted.
This web site also has good info on ferries in different area's plus other stuff.
Edited by: sarikanarya
Nov 12, 2012 5:04 AM
18Yes we are staying in Sultanahmet the first few days so that simplifies that...
Thanks a lot!
Stay tuned for more questions....
Nov 12, 2012 4:26 PM
Nov 13, 2012 7:06 PM
20That is a common car-hire exclusion, especially if the ferry goes to a Greek island. However, I don't think that the ferry crossing the Dardanelles from Eceabat-Cannakale counts? Can someone confirm this please?
Read the car-hire fine print, especially for things like additional drivers, extras such as sat-nav, different drop-off point fees, and most importantly, insurance coverage. Some good travel insurance policies will cover collision damage waiver excess which can cost you US$ thousands .
When driving in Turkey the odds of car damage, particularly around Istanbul and airports, are greater than many other places.
Nov 13, 2012 8:21 PM
21When I rented a car in Istanbul last year I showed the manager on a map the route I was going to take which included the ferry crossing from Dardanelles to Eceabat-Cannakale and he said that was fine. There was nothing in the contract about ferries at all.
Before accepting the car I walked around it with my 'point & shoot' Canon on movie mode, and recorded every small scratch and dent I could see. Doing this with the guy looking on I think also helps discourage the company from making any false accusations on your return (I also do this at home with AVIS & Budget rentals).
Overall I rented 3 cars at different places (Istanbul, Cyprus and Mersin) and the only thing that peeved me slightly was each car had barely enough fuel at the start to get to the first available petrol station, but when I returned each car running on fumes the operators insisted I pay an extra $5AUD approx for fuel because they had to drive the vehicle across town for it's 'post hire' service.
I much prefer the system at home where you take possession of the vehicle with a full tank and have the opportunity of topping it up with the cheapest (suitable) fuel you can find before dropping it off again. A work colleague dropped off a rental at Melbourne Airport a month back and was charged $4AUD per litre to top up the tank (the average cost of fuel at the bowser in Aus is around $1.40 !).
Nov 13, 2012 11:16 PM
22This give it empty and return it empty is common to all hire companies here I'm afraid.Perhaps one day they will catch on to the idea of give full return full but for now that's how it is.
Hire cars can be taken on internal ferries(Dardanelles,Ataturk Dam etc.) but not on international ones(e.g. Greek Isles etc).Similarly the car cannot be taken out of Turkey by road either.
The car should be checked over carefully before accepting it and any damage however minor pointed out to the hire company.The idea of going over it with a video is a good one!If there is any controversy later then you have absolute proof of it's original condition.
Solohobo this price is probably correct as during winter months there is not the demand of summer time,flights are also cheaper now than summer too.
Re;insurance.'Sigorta' is the standard cover given and this is equivalent to 3rd party,fire and theft.For a small additional daily charge one can uprate this to 'Kasko' and this is equivalent to fully comprehensive cover.For anyone intending to do a lot of mileage it is worth the extra payment for peace of mind IMHO.
For anyone needing a baby/child seat then bring your own from home as the ones given here are crap!
Nov 14, 2012 2:49 AM
Dec 12, 2012 11:43 PM
So finally we are leaving for Turkey on Monday! Cant wait...
Final question and just to confirm (this after endlessly scanning the internet and calling the consulate) we will be able to get a point of entry Visa valid for 30 days at the airport on our arrival for about $12?
Anything else I should know concerning our arrival and the airport?
Dec 13, 2012 2:53 AM
25Here it is in black and white from the Turkish Government web site,scroll almost to the bottom-
You will see it says ordinary passport holders can obtain their 30 day visa at the border gate(airport in your case).But it is free,not 12$ :)
Anything else you need to know?....be sure to go to the visa desk BEFORE you go to passport control or they'll just send you back to queue again.
How are you getting from the airport into the city?5 of you plus luggage would not fit into one taxi and two would be expensive.Maybe prebook a private transfer,they would send a people carrier for you and it'll work out much cheaper per head than 2 cabs.
If you're travelling very light of course then you could use the Havataş bus into Taksim or the metro/tram combo into Sultanahmet.However you do it you will need some Turkish Lira to pay for your journey so just change up a small amount enough for this at the airport.Don't change a lot as the rates are poor there.
The exception is the private transfer whom you can pay in Euro and dollars too.
Other?...don't speak to strange women :)
Have a great time and during your trip keep in touch with the forum if you need any further help or advice.
Dec 13, 2012 8:16 AM
Dec 13, 2012 12:53 PM
27True,the bus wouldn't be a problem for large cases etc.but I was thinking more of the problem of dragging them over Sultanahmet's famous cobbled streets if they have a distance to walk from the tram stop.
Dec 13, 2012 1:09 PM
28We ended up not even leaving Istanbul, the entire 10 days we spent enjoying the great city, museums, cuisine, the arts, ferries, boat rides, walking tours, shopping, nightlife, markets etc etc etc... it is like a mix of Rome and Paris. Enjoy.
Dec 14, 2012 2:45 AM
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