Public Transport in Fethiye – The Belediye Otobüs

We always had a car when we lived in England but we’ve never felt the need to buy one in Fethiye. There aren’t many places in this area that you can’t get to by public transport and, on the odd occasion when I feel the need to drive, we hire a car. It works out much cheaper and much less hassle for us – and I can’t be doing with hassle.

Fethiye Public Transport Council Bus

The Fethiye council bus

So, apart from Shanks’s pony (the act of getting to one’s destination on foot – if you’re from Wigan), the cheapest way to get around in Fethiye is by taking the council bus (Belediye Otobüsü). We use it whenever we can because at the moment, it’s only 80 kuruş to get into Fethiye. ‘…whenever we can,’ is the key phrase here though. You can guarantee that whenever we need one, there isn’t one. They start running at around 6:30am and stop at around 6:30pm with later services in the summer months and I think they were originally put on for ferrying employees to their places of work. Hence the odd times of running I suppose – put there for other people’s convenience, not ours. They even have a lunch hour (well, 90 minutes), a break at around 10am and one in the afternoon some time.

Fethiye Council Bus Stop

The Fethiye Council Bus Stop

As you can guess from this, there aren’t loads of them in a day but if you’re lucky enough to need a bus at the time they run, they take you all the way into town very cheaply. Even better, if you’re on the Fethiye-Çalış-Fethiye route, the council bought two brand new buses about three years ago (see photo) so it’s all modern and comfortable.

If you’re not on this route, well, maybe you’ll get a new bus soon for your route but for now, at least they’re cheap and they run on time. The system has become a bit more strict on our route recently and you need to wait for the bus at the designated stops – a blue-rimmed sign with a black D in the middle – or else they’ll go careering past you. Pay the driver when you get on – and when you’re close to your stop (they’re quite close together so it’s not the end of the world if you miss your nearest stop) – press one of the many bells and he’ll open the doors. (If you’re on one of the old buses, the bell is the little silver circular thing at the top of the doors.)

On the Fethiye-Calis-Fethiye route the buses run on the hour and the half hour (apart from all the hours they don’t run, that is) and they drop you right at the main palm tree roundabout in the centre of Fethiye so they’re really handy – especially for me in summer when I’m going to Deep Blue bar in my great big wedge sandals!

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  1. I love love love traffic signs in other countries. The first time I went abroad when I was in high school, I was obsessed with the signs and took pictures of all of them. I wanted to put them together in a collection and comment on them… of course I never did. But I love the one of the big D. It seems to say… “CONSONANTS ARE IMPORTANT!” No vowel love in Turkey.

  2. @ Boomka: Interesting hobby! We’re more familiar with these signs now so they don’t look quite so strange anymore. 🙂

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