Getting Around, Bursa Travel, Transport and Car Rental

(Bursa, Turkey)

Photo of city centre traffic and taxisThe transport connections available in Bursa and quite reasonable, with several major international airports being located nearby. Central Bursa is best explored on foot, and this really is an enjoyable way to travel around, allowing your to sightseeing at your leisure and your own pace.

Dolmus transport is especially popular in Turkey and Bursa is no exception to this, while for day trips and journeys outside of the city, buses really are the only way to travel to your destination, unless of course you choose to hire a car at one of the airports.

Image of the airport at nearby Istanbul

Airports / Arriving by Air

Although Bursa is not actually home to its own airport, it is conveniently close to a number of major Turkish airports, all of which are well connected via bus transport and taxis. The closest and most significant of these international air facilities include:

Istanbul Ataturk International Airport (IST) Guide

Panoramic view of the city

Car Rental

Renting a car is the preferred transport option for many a tourist flying into Turkey, since it means that you can travel into Bursa at your own pace, ideal for exploring north-western Turkey and the Bay of Izmit. Most choose to pre-book a car and collect it upon their arrival, simply presenting a valid driver's licence and passport. Driving in Turkey is relatively straightforward, although if you decide to drive into Istanbul, you can expect it to be slow, busy and rather overrun with aggressive taxi drivers, hooting their horns at every given opportunity.

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Buses and Coaches

Buses are readily available in Bursa and offer a surprisingly direct and fast way to travel to Istanbul, which can be reached in just over three hours for very little outlay. Many choose to leave the bus at Yalova and from there, take the IDO fast ferry to Istanbul's Yanikapa harbour area.


The city features a convenient metro line, which links the downtown district with the north-westerly suburbs. Known as simply 'Bursaray', this light-rail system comprises two lines (North and East-West), has three underground metro stations and stretches for just under 20 km / 12 miles.

Dolmus and Taxis

Dolmus (shared taxis) are always popular in Turkey and Bursa is now exception to this. Local dolmus transport is both cheap and convenient, with fares being less expensive than conventional taxis in the city, although they are not as cheap as buses.