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Edirne

Getting there & around

Bus & tram

Bus & dolmuş

The otogar is 9km east of the city centre on the access road to the TEM. There are frequent buses for İstanbul (€6.70 to €8.35, 2½ hours) and at least five daily buses to Çanakkale (€11.10, 3½ hours). City bus 5 (€0.28) and frequent minibuses (€0.55) run to the otogar from in front of the tourist office.

If you’re heading for the Bulgarian border crossing at Kapıkule, catch a dolmuş (€1.40, 25 minutes) from opposite the tourist office.

Pazarkule, the nearest Greek border post, is 13km south of Edirne, but there are no longer direct dolmuşes to take you there. You could catch a dolmuş to Karaağac and then take a taxi, but it’s easier just to pick up a taxi all the way from the centre (€5.50 to €8.50, 15 minutes).

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Car & motorcycle

Car

The main highway connecting Europe and Edirne travels along the river valleys past Nis and Sofia, in between the mountain ranges of the Stara and Rhodopes to Plovdiv, and then along the Meriç River into Edirne, following the route of the ancient Via Egnatia from Rome to Constantinople.

From Edirne, the old highway (D100) continues east across the rolling, steppe-like terrain of eastern Thrace, still following the Via Egnatia. However, the E80 Avrupa Otoyol/TEM offers a far quicker and safer route to İstanbul, and is used by the majority of bus companies. If you’re driving yourself, the toll of about €5 is a small price to pay.

You can hire a car from Turizm Rent A Car (214 8478; www.turizmrentacar.com; Talat Paşa Caddesi). Prices start at around €35 per day for a small sedan.

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Train

Edirne train station is 4km southeast of the Eski Cami. Bus 2 comes right here but any dolmuş or city bus along Talat Paşa Caddesi can drop you on the road 200m away. A taxi will cost around €5.55.

The Edirne Ekspresi connects Edirne and İstanbul (€5.85), leaving Edirne at 7.30am and returning from Sirkeci station at 3.50pm. It makes 31 stops and takes 5½ hours. The Bosfor Ekspresi to Sofia and Bucharest passes through Edirne at 2.35am.

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