Fethiye To Fethiye – Planes, Trains, Automobiles & Others Besides. It’s Good To Be Home.

Nineteen days ago, we set off from home in Fethiye to take the bus to Eskişehir. Since then, we’ve exhausted many types of transport travelling around Turkey – we just needed a donkey or a horse to complete the list – and this morning, we woke up in our own bed, back home.

Fethiye, Turkey

Arriving back to Fethiye

At the beginning of our trip, from home to Fethiye otogar, we took the dolmuş.

We got from Fethiye to Eskişehir by two intercity buses.

Eskişehir is a small city so we explored by what we think is the best way to get a feel for a city; on foot.

We left Eskişehir for Ankara using Turkey’s relatively new YHT (Yüksek Hızlı Tren – High Speed Train) which took us across the west Anatolian countryside at speeds of up to 250km per hour. 90 minutes later, we were in Turkey’s capital.

We explored parts of Ankara on foot – and when our feet and legs could carry us no more, we used taxis and the city’s underground metro system.

Ankara to Patnos in the east of Turkey almost didn’t happen…but we stayed an extra night in Ankara in the hope of getting a train. The evening after, we were on the Doğu Express train to Erzurum. We arrived there 23 hours later.

We walked to Erzurum otogar to take a local mini coach south to Patnos.

In Patnos, we hired a car to go on a two day road trip around the area.

And when the time came to come home to Fethiye, we took another mini coach from Patnos to Van. We had time to kill so we jumped on a dolmuş to take us to Gevaş. From there, we took a boat along Lake Van (Van Gölü) to Akdamar Island.

After missing the dolmuş, a taxi took us to the airport and then we got from Van to Antalya by plane.

The municipal bus took us from Antalya Airport to the otogar and, from there, at 5:30 am, we took a random intercity bus that just happened to be passing through the otogar en route to Fethiye.

Fethiye Harbour, Turkey

Fethiye’s newly cobbled streets along the harbour

Thanks to the train delay in Ankara and the friends we visited in the east of Turkey, in between all the travelling bits, we’ve seen, tasted and experienced much more than we dreamed of before we set off on this trip and our heads are swimming with the whole thing. We’ve got thousands of photos to go through, to delete, to edit, to upload. We’ll collect our thoughts through the photos and throughout the coming days, weeks and months, we’ll break our mass of swimming thoughts down into bite-sized chunks and somehow morph them into blog posts that make some kind of sense…

…And where better than sitting and pondering on our terrace at home in Fethiye to do just that? It’s good to be home…

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  1. Anonymous says

    WOW That must of been Amazing we love Turkey cant wait to go back to Hisoronu X

  2. Nicholle Gulcur says

    I just discovered your blog and am in love! My husband is from Fethiye and we go visit family there as often as possible. (We’re in the States) Thanks for documenting your adventures in this lovely place and taking me on a mental trip back to the town that I so adore.

  3. ç ç from ‘İyi yolculuklar! to ‘Hoş geldiniz!’ in one post – impressive!

  4. Hosgeldiniz 🙂 Man, it made me dizzy just reading all the transportation means.
    Enjoy some good time at home 🙂

  5. Alan & Pauline (ovacik2) says

    Sounds a great adventure and an inspiration to many of us to “Just do it”

  6. @ Anonymous: We’ve had a great time. The East Turkey experience has been one we will never forget and I suspect we might be back. 🙂

    @ Nicholle Gulcur: Glad you found us and welcome. 🙂 Fethiye has a strange effect on people doesn’t it? 🙂

  7. @ Alan: Nice to look back on how we actually get around all the different places. We don’t usually fly anywhere but we were so tired this time and all of a sudden, Fethiye felt like such a long way away. 🙂

    @ Ilke: Yes, we’re still tired I think but always good fun to make use of Turkey’s public transport options. 🙂

  8. @ Alan and Pauline: Definitely. And the beauty of travelling around Turkey is it is so easy to do. There’s always some form of transport to take you to where you need to go. 🙂

  9. Welcome home! Sounds like a lot of running around in Turkey, but there’s so much to photograph and enjoy along the way, right? Looking forward to the posts! 🙂

  10. How easy it’s to travel with a child in Turkey, especially on the beautiful coast? We are not planning to rent a car. We would like to use local transportation (bus, train, or/and plane). Thank you…

    • We haven’t got children, Bernadette but lots of people do travel around Turkey using public transport with children. The intercity buses and trains in Turkey are very comfortable, as are the municipality buses in many places. It depends how old your children are. If you have a pushchair with you, for example, the dolmuş can be tricky, but there’s usually a helpful person who can help you on and off. 🙂

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