About Ankara

Ankara, a city from the Bronze Age, is the capital of Turkey. Formerly known as Ancyra and Angora, it is the country’s second largest city, after Istanbul. Ankara is both a modern and an ancient city that has many Roman remains and a well-conserved Byzantine fortress. Being a commercial and industrial city today, it is the center of the Turkish Government and houses all foreign embassies. The landscape of Ankara is interesting with the presence of Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman civilization ruins. The oldest area in the city is the Ankara Citadel that has restored Turkish houses. The city is dominated by mosques that were constructed during the 12th to 18th centuries. Some of the largest and notable mosques in the city are the Aladdin mosque, Ahi Evlan and Haci Bayram mosques in the Ulus quarter, and Kocatepe mosque. The city is also well-known for its café culture.

Public Transport System

Bus, metro, taxi

Cleanliness and Efficiency

Cleanliness: Moderate to High; Efficiency: Moderate

Mode & Cost of Transports

1. The bus service Belko Air provides transfers 24 hours a day, every 30 minutes, that starts at the airport and terminates at the main railway station of Ankara (via ASTI). The bus service to the airport starts from ASTI (Intercity Bus Terminal).

Prices        Single       Return   
Adults 10 TL 20 TL
Children 10 TL 20 TL

2. Ankara's underground train network is the easiest way to get around. There are two lines: the Ankaray line and the Metro line. The trains run from 6.15 am to 11.45 pm daily. A one-way fare costs 4 TL or 2.45 TL with the Ankara Kart.

3. Taxis are everywhere and all of them have meters which are normally built into the mirror. The cost is around 20 TL to cross the centre during the day, and the charges rise at night.

Basic Items & Cost

Name Price
Water Bottle USD 0.13
Cup of Coffee USD 1.31
Milk Carton Pack USD 0.52
Rice/Kg USD 0.92
White Bread USD 0.26
Eggs (12) USD 1.18
Combo Meal USD 2.62
Fine Dining USD 2.62
Bottle of Coke or Pepsi USD 0.52
Domestic Beer USD 1.18
Imported Beer USD 1.57
Bottle of Wine USD 5.25
Cigarettes (20 Pack) USD 1.70
Taxi ( 1 km ) USD 0.39
Ticket in local transport (Single way). USD 0.39
Rent ( One Bed Room) USD 152.13
  • As a Muslim city, dress appropriately. Follow the rules while entering a mosque.
  • Avoid the purchase of stones or fossils as they are considered cultural artifacts.
  • Taking pictures of women is strictly forbidden. Avoid taking pictures of any woman wearing a veil, people praying, or any military facility.
  • Try the local food and embrace cultural traditions.
  • Use the local bus system to get around the city as it is super-efficient and cheap.
  • It isn’t recommended to drink tap water. It’s not dangerous to health, but the local water is very chlorinated.
  • Never criticize the traditions and customs of the locals as this may offend them greatly.
  • Always bargain in the local markets and shops but be polite while doing so.

Night Life

If there's one thing that Ankara is famous for, other than its historical and government buildings, it is its nightlife that revolves around cafes, restaurants, and bars where music thumps until late at night. During the peak season right from May to September, the entire city seems to tumble onto the pavement as café terraces, gardens and open courtyards all come to life after dark. Every evening tourists in the city enjoy exciting entertainment in numerous clubs and colorful discos. The most famous club in the city is Laila where you will find the best bartenders and performances by the most popular DJs. Biber, Hayyami Wine House, and Newcastle Pub attract a good mix of Turks and foreigners. Escape, Budha Club, IF Performance Hall are some of the venues for a big clubbing night. Some of the city’s top live music venues are Nil Bar, Adres Bar, and Ruhi Bey Mayhane.

Must See

  • Explore the Ankara Citadel which is the oldest area of the city.
  • Combine your visit to the Citadel with a walking tour of the historical Old Quarters. There are lots of overpriced restaurants and street touts selling cheap souvenirs and trinkets.
  • Visit the Kocatepe Mosque, one of the largest mosques in the world, and admire its elegance.
  • Enjoy the panoramic views from the Atakule Tower as it offers the highest viewpoint in the city.
  • Watch the exotic creatures from various rivers and oceans from around the world in Aqua Vega Aquarium.
  • Learn the colorful history of Turkish aviation in Ankara Air Force Museum.
  • Experience what life was like in the villages of Turkey over a hundred years ago by visiting Altinkoy Open Air Museum.

Experiences

  • Don’t forget to try out the delicious street meat!
  • Enjoy walking and running in Seğmenler Park.
  • Try the roller coaster ride in Nata Vega Outlet.
  • Go shopping in Kentpark Alisveris Merkezi.
  • Enjoy sports activities in Ahlatlibel Tesisleri Parki.

Activities

Bahçelievler İddaa Bayi
Casino
Yukarı Bahçelievler Mahallesi, 54. Cad. No:16, 06490 Çankaya/Ankara, Turkey
Distance From City Center
13.2 km
Macera Adasi
Casino
Gazi Mahallesi, Mevlana Blv. Ankamall Avm No:2, 06330 Yenimahalle/Ankara, Turkey
Distance From City Center
18.5 Km
Doğa Dostları Parkı
Zoo
Prof. Dr. Ahmet Taner Kışlalı Mahallesi, S. Saltoğlu Blv., 06810 Yenimahalle/Ankara, Turkey
Distance From City Center
8.9 km
Atatürk Forest Farm and Zoo
Zoo
Gazi Mahallesi, Cumhurbaşkanlığı Blv No:150 D:150, 06560 Yenimahalle/Ankara, Turkey
Distance From City Center
13.6 Km
Elmadağ Ski Centre
Ski
Merkez Elmadag Merkez, Elmadag, Ankara, Turkey
Distance From City Center
18 km
Hakan San Casino Yonetimi ve Danismanlik
Casino
Aziziye Mahallesi, Hoşdere Cad./hava Sok. No:23 D:4, 06690 Çankaya/Ankara, Turkey
Distance From City Center
17.7 km
İddaa Bayi
Casino
Karşıyaka Mahallesi, 506. Cd. No:2, 06190 İvedik Osb/Yenimahalle/Ankara, Turkey
Distance From City Center
9 km
Safari Horse Farm
Safari
Güzelhisar Mahallesi, 06750 Akyurt/Ankara, Turkey
Distance From City Center
26.4 km
Ankara Golf Club
Golf
Ahlatlıbel Mahallesi, Incek Şht. Savcı Mehmet Selim Kiraz Blv No:9, 06805 Çankaya/Ankara, Turkey
Distance From City Center
19.9 km
House of Lü
Zoo
Alacaatlı Mahallesi, 06810 Çankaya/Ankara, Turkey
Distance From City Center
23.7 Km
Çiftliği Hayvanat Bahçesi
Zoo
Gümüşyayla Mahallesi, 06145 Çubuk/Ankara, Turkey
Distance From City Center
33.8 Km
Ceylanlar Parkı
Zoo
Kavacık Subayevleri Mahallesi, Park İçi Yol, 06135 Keçiören/Ankara, Turkey
Distance From City Center
23.9 Km

Shopping

ANKAmall Alisveris Merkezi
Shopping Malls
Gazi Mahallesi Mevlana Blv. No:2 06560 Yenimahalle, Ankara Turkey
Distance From City Center
16.5 kms
Nata Vega Outlet
Shopping Malls
Dogukent Bulv. Mamak Merkez Mamak , Ankara Turkey
Distance From City Center
31 km
BatIkent Mall
Shopping Malls
Kentkoop Mahallesi Batkent BulvarI No: 255 Ankara Turkey
Distance From City Center
15 km
Ankara Mobilya Alanlar
Flea Markets and Bazaars
İtfaiye Meydanı, Ayhan Sk. No : 10, 06140 Ulus/Ankara, Turkey
Distance From City Center
17.3 km
Armada Shopping and Business Center
Shopping Malls
Beştepe Mahallesi, Dumlupınar Blv. No:6, 06560 Yenimahalle/Ankara, Turkey
Distance From City Center
12 km
Tesbihci Muharrem
Antique Markets
Giresun Cad.Kasalar Saat Kulesi Karşısı 47/C, 06010 Keçiören/Ankara, Turkey
Distance From City Center
20 km
Nişantaşı Pazarı
Flea Markets and Bazaars
Çukurambar Mahallesi, 1425. Cd. 24/31, 06510 Çukurambar - Çankaya/Çankaya/Ankara, Turkey
Distance From City Center
19.1 km
Panora Alisveris ve Yasam Merkezi
Handicrafts and Souviners
Oran Mahallesi Turan Güneş Bulvarı, Dikmen Cd. No:182, 06550 Çankaya, Turkey
Distance From City Center
13.2 km
365 Alisveris Merkezi
Handicrafts and Souviners
Birlik Mah. 428. Cad. No:41 Yildiz, Cankaya, Ankara, Turkey
Distance From City Center
19.7 km
Emin Antik Cafe
Antique Markets
Kale Mh., Atpazarı Sk. 22-24, 06250 Altındağ/Ankara, Turkey
Distance From City Center
17.8 km
ANTİKA KURDU
Antique Markets
Bahçelievler Mahallesi, Taşkent Cd. No:51, 06490 Çankaya/Ankara, Turkey
Distance From City Center
15 km
Fires & Flavors
Handicrafts and Souviners
Söğütözü Mah, Muhsin Yazıcıoğlu Cad. Jw Marriott No:1, 06510 Çankaya/Ankara, Turkey
Distance From City Center
10.8 km
  • The blue evil eye of Turkey – Nazar Boncuk
  • Turkish carpets and rugs with elegant patterns
  • The 1 TL coin minted by the Turkish Treasury which says Ankara Keçisi
  • Refined Turkish tea and glasses
  • Uniquely flavored Turkish smoking pipes - Nargile Pipes
  • High carat gold
  • Hanging Turkish mosaic lamps made from glass and brass
  • Turkish ceramic pieces in the form of bowls, plates, ashtrays, mini vases and much more
  • Turkish copper coffee pots and cups
  • Turkish saffron and spices
  • Lemon cologne
  • Excellent quality leather products

Official Language

Turkish, Kurdish

Other Language

English

Spoken Language

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Currency

Turkish Lira (TRY)

Population

5.5 (Millions)

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Weather

Clear Sky 28.41°C

TimeZone

14:07 PM (GMT +03:00)

 

Ambulance

112

 

Police

155

 

Electric socket

Type F
Type F ( 220 V 50 Hz)

Airport Name / IATA Code

Ankara Esenboga Airport - ESB

Best time to visit

June, July, August, September, October: The sun shines bright and the days are warm and pleasant.

Moderate time to visit

April and May: Summers are dry and hot, but the nights are relatively cooler.

Worst time to visit

November, December, January, February, and March: Winters are extremely cold, and the city sees snowfall. The temperature can go down to -15 degrees.

Taxi

Start Tariff: TRY 4.00

1 Km. Tariff: TRY 3.00

1 Hour Waiting Tariff: TRY 20.00

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