Prices for airfares and domestic buses were announced, just days before the Ramadan holiday. Due to rising fuel prices, bus and plane ticket prices on this holiday have increased by 50-75% compared to last year. As a result, residents of Istanbul who want to spend the first vacation of the year in their vacation regions or hometowns have to pay an average of at least 700 Turkish liras round trip. Considering Friday, April 29, the last official working day just before the Eid holiday, bus company “one-way” fares for holiday regions like Izmir, Antalya and Bodrum start from 350 Lira and go up to at 500 lire. The “one-way” departure fare to the holiday regions on the planes is determined at a minimum of 700 lira. For Central Anatolia and Eastern Anatolia, the one-way fare for bus tickets is sold for at least 500 lira, while air tickets are sold for at least 700 lira.
BODRUM IS STILL EXPENSIVE
To travel from Istanbul by bus or plane to Antalya, Bodrum and Izmir, which are the most popular places during the holidays, you have to pay at least 700 Turkish liras round trip. According to the ticket prices on the companies’ websites, the return bus ticket from Istanbul to Izmir is 700 lira and the plane ticket is 1200 lira. While the return bus ticket to Antalya is at least 760 TL, the plane ticket is offered for sale for 1,400 TL. The cost of travel to Bodrum, which burns both with accommodation and food and drink prices, is more expensive than in other regions. So much so that a return bus ticket from Istanbul to Bodrum sells for at least 1000 lira. The cost of round trip from Istanbul to Bodrum by plane during the holiday period is about 1400 lira.
MINIMUM 1000 TL IN DIYARBAKIR
Citizens who will travel from Istanbul to Ankara during the holidays will have to pay at least 700 Turkish liras for their bus tickets. Those who fly to the capital during the holidays and return must sacrifice 1000 lira. By the way, the full return ticket to Ankara with the high-speed train (YHT) is 261 lira. However, due to the limited number of tickets, it is very difficult to find any here. The fees to be paid by citizens who will travel to and from different cities in Anatolia vary depending on the distance to be travelled. In this context, return bus tickets from Istanbul to Trabzon are on sale for 900 TL and plane tickets for 1450 TL. Similarly, while the return bus ticket to Diyarbakır is 1000 TL, the flight ticket is offered for sale for 1500 TL. The cost of the trip to Kars varies between 1000 lira and 1400 lira.
“THEY LEFT THE CAR AND TURNED TO THE BUS”
Birol Özcan, president of the Turkish Bus Drivers Federation (TOFED), whose opinions on the matter we received, said that people will prefer to travel by bus and plane instead of traveling by car because of fuel prices. this holiday. Özcan said, “Currently, our party bus occupancy rates have reached 80%. We have asked the Ministry for authorization for additional flights. Soon we will launch additional flights as we do every year. Prices will not go higher than the level they are currently at. Prices for additional services will be at the same level as current bus prices,” he said.
ADDITIONAL TRAINS FOR 45 THOUSAND PEOPLE
The Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure has taken steps to increase train services, which are more affordable than bus and air travel. In this context, there will be additional flights for a total of 45 thousand 528 people, 10 thousand 728 on the high-speed train line and 34 thousand 800 on conventional trains during the Eid period. Tickets for additional flights on Ankara-Istanbul, Konya-Istanbul YHT lines and additional carriages to be placed on Izmir, Eastern Express and Aegean Express will be on sale from today. In the ministry’s written statement, it was announced that TCDD Tasimacilik AS will add additional flights to the trains to meet the increasing passenger demand due to the Ramadan holiday. As a result, additional YHT services will be organized on the Ankara-Istanbul (Söğütlüçeşme) and Konya-Istanbul (Söğütlüçeşme) lines. An additional capacity of 10,000 728 people will benefit from additional flights that will operate daily between April 29-30 and May 1-6-7-8. YHTs that will run between Ankara and Istanbul (Söğütlüçeşme) will depart from Ankara at 11:50 a.m. and from Istanbul (Söğütlüçeşme) at 5:50 p.m. YHTs that will run between Konya and Istanbul (Söğütlüçeşme) will depart from Konya at 09:45 and from Istanbul (Söğütlüçeşme) at 15:30.