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About Ankara

Ankara is Turkey’s capital, and the second-most populous city with nearly 5 million inhabitants. A small village before the Republic was founded, Ankara’s development skyrocketed once it became the capital. The grandest buildings of the city 
are those of the ministries and embassies. Anıtkabir, the mausoleum where Mustafa Kemal Atatürk’s tomb is located, is the site that attracts the highest number of visitors in Ankara. Other places to visit in the city are the Archeological 
Museum, Ethnographic Museum, and State Art and Sculpture Museum.

Atakule (an observation tower), which offers a wide view of the city, and the shopping mall Karum are other popular spots in the city. There are inner-city parks such as
Kızılay, Gençlik Parkı (Youth Park), and Atatürk Orman Çiftliği (Atatürk Forest Farm). Another highlight is Gölbaşı, where watersports can be performed. There is an extensive subway and bus network.
 
Ankara hosts a myriad of cultural events such as the Ankara International Film Festival, Ankara International Music Festival and Ankara International Theatre Festival. Universities in Ankara include the renowned Middle East Technical University, Bilkent, Çankaya, TED, TOBB University of Economics and Technology, Turgut Özal, University of Turkish Aeronautical Association, and Ufuk University.

The airport is far away from the city center. Shuttle buses operated by the company HAVAŞ or municipal bus lines provide transportation to and from the airport. Ankara has a continental climate with hot and dry summers, and dry and cold winters.
 

 

Transportation to Ankara City Center from Airport

You can get to Ankara’s central locations like Kızılay, AŞTİ, Gar, Sıhhiye and Ulus from the capital’s only airport Esenboğa Airport using Belko Air municipal buses, EGO buses, taxi, and personal vehicle.

You can also rent a car at Esenboğa Airport, which is located 28 km from the city center.

Belko Air

A service of the Ankara Metropolitan Municipality, these buses provide transportation between the airport and central locations in the city, like Kızılay, Sıhhiye, and Ulus. The 442/A and 442/K lines operate between 6 am and 12 am in both directions. These 45-passenger buses feature hostess services.

EGO Buses

The 442-3 bus line takes off at the terminal exits. While the line is infrequent it does provide transportation to AKM, Ankara Arena, Güvenpark, Ulus, and Sihhiye.

Taxi

Within the city taking a taxi is generally affordable but since the airport is located 28 km from the city center, getting to the city by taxi is a more expensive alternative.

Rental Car

Located in the domestic terminal at the Esenboğa Airport are 11 car rental agencies, including Sixt, Avis, Budget, Central and Hertz. You can rent a car to get to the city center; there are car rental agencies located in the city center as well. The city is easy to navigate by car when its not rush hour.   

Airport Information

The Esenboğa Airport is frequently used by government staff and therefore features many amenities. Those awaiting their flight in the domestic terminal can get a quick bite to eat or some coffee at Caffe Nero, Ankar Café, Bus Gate, or Bufe Ic Hat. If you prefer local Anatolian flavors head to Tadinda Anadolu. Bomonti Brasserie is ideal for those interested in international cuisine. This terminal also has fast food restaurants like Burger King.

If you’re traveling internationally, the departures and arrival terminals have many cafes, kiosks, and bars. You can also enjoy some tax-free shopping at Duty Free after you go through passport control. Both terminals have souvenir shops and kiosks that sell general items.

Last Updated: September 03, 2018
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