Winter road trip: Istanbul to Ankara


Saturday 12 September, 2015 by Uncle Spike

The drive from Istanbul (our largest city) back to Ankara (the second largest, and our capital) takes some four to five hours, with a distance of 450km (280mi) over the mountains at Bolu. Overall, it’s a decent run and quite a good journey, both in terms of road and scenery.




Always a bit emotional, the drive through İzmit, the city devastated by the 1999 earthquake of 7.4 magnitude that flattened everything, killing over 19,000 of our citizens. I remember that time well. I was in the UK at the time, and flew out a week later, whilst my wife (to be at that time – long before we met) was working in Ankara, and has told me how they really felt that one!




Thankfully, the city is by and large pretty much rebuilt.






Compared to our rugged pine forest clad Taurus Mountains of the south, the rolling hills of the Anatolian Plateau are so beautiful and picturesque.




Driving between the major cities of Türkiye, and you’d often be forgiven for wondering if the roads are indeed closed! Within city limits, for sure it can be a gridlock of fume-emitting cars, trucks, bikes, buses, mopeds and taxis… but beyond the city limits, the highways can be pretty relaxing by comparison.






2 thoughts on “Winter road trip: Istanbul to Ankara

  1. Paula says:

    wide open roads! how lovely…

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