Flying is the fastest and often the most expensive way to travel from Istanbul to Ankara, but with a bit of luck you can score very good deals for as little as TRY 175.
Things to remember: Note that some of the airlines may have restrictions on checked luggage weight or require paying extra for check-in, choosing seats or transportation of oversized luggage.
If opting for a flight, calculate the time you will spend getting to and from the airports as well as the waiting time before your flight, getting through immigration in case of an international flight and recovering your checked luggage.
In certain cases all these procedures can add no less than 5 hours to your total travel time.
Airlines flying between Istanbul and Ankara
Pegasus Airlines, Turkish Airlines
Travelling from Istanbul to Ankara overland will inevitably take longer but in many cases it is the cheapest option if you opt for a bus.
Things to remember: For a more comfortable ride opt for a higher-class bus wherever possible. These buses usually have soft reclining seats and are equipped with air-conditioning and on-board toilets.
They often include water, snacks or a light lunch into your ticket price and make bathroom stops en-route.
Companies operating bus routes between Istanbul and Ankara
Adiyaman Anka, As Adana, Astor Seyahat, Best Van, Can Diyarbakir, Cayiragasi Vip, Cesur Bingol, Dilmenler Mardin, Es Turizm, Gulen Turizm, Has Diyarbakir, Hatay CSR, Istanbul Seyahat, Kahta Petrol, Koksallar Seyahat, Malatya Kayisikent, Malatya Medine, Malatya Zafer, Marses Turizm, Mersin Nur Turizm, Mersin Vif Turizm, Midyat Seyyidoglu, Nigde Inan, Nilufer Turizm, Oz Elbistan, Oz Ercis, Oz Gularas, Oz Sivas Huzur, Ozel Diyarbakir, Ozkaymak, Ozlem Cizre Nuh, Sanal Kirsehir, Selcuk Canlar, Ses Turizm, Siirt Kurtalan Ekspres, Varan Turizm, Yeni Aksaray, Yesil Mus Ovasi, Yukseller Aksaray Birlik
Train is a often a great choice for long-haul travel especially if you opt for a night sleeper train with berths which will allow you to sleep all your journey through. To make the most of your train journey, choose the class of your ticket wisely.
Note that there are air-conditioned and fan-only carriages; private compartments for 2 or 4; hard and soft seats.
Though the upper class you get the smoother is your journey, often second class air-conditioned or fan-only sleepers are a good money saving alternative.