Fly To Ankara, Turkey
Although Ankara may not boast the opulent Ottoman palaces and regal facades of Istanbul, it drums to a vibrant beat filled with students who frequent Kizilay’s sidewalk cafes and tourists who enjoy the restaurants around Kavaklidere. Dynamic street scenes are just one reason why you should look forward to you Ankara trip. Start your Turkey voyage with Travelstart.co.za and book cheap Ankara flights today!
Visa Requirements & SA Embassy Details
- South Africans travelling to Ankara don’t require a Visa to enter Turkey. Just ensure that your SA passport has at least 6 months remaining on it from your return date and that you have at least 2 blank pages available for stamps.
- The South African Embassy to Turkey can be found at Filistin Sokak No 27, Ankarak. Phone: +90 312 405 6861.
See and do
Ankara is chock full of enticing landmarks and the Atakule Tower, the highest structure in the city, is a good place to start exploring. The tower houses a shopping mall just underneath it and there is also a tranquil botanical garden nearby.
Anitkabir is the mausoleum of Turkey’s founder, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, and the museum displays a substantial collection of his memorabilia. Aviation enthusiasts won’t want to miss out on Ankara Aviation Museum. This exhibition displays various aircraft and aviation items as well as missiles and MiGs.
Other landmarks and remains to see include the Temple of Augustus, Citadel and the Roman Theatre and if you enjoy concerts, many of the universities in Ankara host concerts and festivals displaying the best of Turkish folk and traditional music.
Do pay a visit to Ankara’s Castle where you can browse fine carpets, antiques, kilims and leathers that make wonderful keepsakes from your trip. In contrasts to the city’s traditional mementos, there are also high-end fashion stores such as Zara and Harvey Nichols and international supermarkets including Carrefour.
Getting around Ankara is easy thanks to the good public transport system. The public bus network can be difficult to figure out for first time visitors since all information is in Turkish and there are few maps available. The Metro is a quick, easy and cheap option especially if you want to travel out of town for the day. For shorter distances there are ample and well-priced taxis and bus services.
Esenboga International Airport – ESB
Ankara’s international airport is located 28 kilometres from the city. The name comes from the village of Esenboga which translates as “Windflowing Bull.” In 2009 the airport was awarded the best airport in Europe by Airport Council International.
Food and beverage: There are a few places to grab a bite to eat or have something to drink at the airport including Vadi Café, Bus Gate ad Tera Café. Some cafes only operate during flight hours but there are a few that are open 24 hours.
Currency Exchange: For currency exchange there are The Bank and Exchange offices in the international terminal as well as 6 branches in the domestic terminal. There are also ATMs throughout the airport.
Lost Luggage: If you have damaged or lost luggage to report, you can head to the airline company counter or ground service company that handled your luggage. If you travel with Turkish Airlines their lost baggage hall is situated in the arrivals hall of both the domestic and international terminal building.
Car Hire: If you’d like to rent a car at the airport you can chose from various providers including National, Sixt, Europcar, Hertz, Avis and Budget.
Airport Hub: Ankara’s Esenboga International Airport (code ESB) serves as the hub for AndaoluJet and Turkish Airlines.