The local airport is called Samsun-Çarşamba Airport (IATA: SZF, ICAO: LTFH), 23 km from the city centre. There are flights from Istanbul and other big cities almost every day.
Buses are a cheaper and slower alternative.
Samsun also has a railway connection with the interior of the country, with passenger trains plying the route between Samsun and Sivas via Amasya back and forth. As with the rest of Turkey, this is the slowest alternative for getting in.
The city has a network of trams, buses, dolmuşes, and taxis.
Tram, with its 21 stations all along the city between its terminii of Gar (mainline train station) and University stations, is possibly the most useful option.
However, dolmuş might be a faster alternative, and the first timers in Samsun might feel more comfortable in taking dolmuş instead of a tram, as you can always ask the driver details on where to get off, etc.
Replica of SS Bandırma. This is the replica of the ferry that took Kemal Atatürk from Istanbul to the port of Samsun. Inside, there is a collection of photographs of Atatürk and his comrades. You can also watch a short film.
Sculptures in the Cumhuriyet Center are a must-see.
Museums. Gazi Museum in Mecidiye is a witness to Atatürk's activities while in Samsun. It collection includes some clothes and personal paraphernalia, purportedly belonging to him. Ethnographic Museum near Cumhuriyet Center is dedicated to local history and artifacts.
Amisos Hill offers an amazing sea view, as well as some cafes. Take either the cable car or a taxi, or walk uphill from Baruthane.
Kızılırmak Delta. This is the delta plain of Turkey's longest river (1355 km source to sea), Kızılırmak (literally "red river", due to its colour). The delta is great for birdwatching (320 species of birds call there home) as well as for fishing.
Göğceli Mosque, Çay Mahallesi (inside Göğceli cemetery). One of the rare wooden mosques in Turkey, this one dates back to 1206, and its construction does not involve even a single nail (all wooden plates were inserted through each other).
Boat trip. A trip along the coast which takes 2 hours, on a boat named Samsunum ("my Samsun").
Horseriding. There is a course in town.
Fishing. Black Sea is rich in fish varieties.
Beaches. In Samsun Beach, there are nice cafes.
Arts. If you are interested in arts, you will find a thing or two that you might like. There is a very large and interesting opera building with weekly shows.
Festivals. Two festivals are celebrated annually in the city. Some competitions are held during the Bike Festival. On the other hand, concerts of popular singers are to be found during the Festival of OMÜ (Ondokuz Mayıs Üniversitesi, the local university). Both festivals are usually celebrated around the end of June.
Paintball. There is a paintball ground in the locality known as Körfez, somewhat far from city centre.
Go Kart. There is a go kart course in Batıpark.
Pide is one of Samsun's delicious 'events' and has four different types available Kapalı, peynirli-yumurtalı (cheese&egg), pastırmalı-yumurtalı (spicy bacon&egg) and sucuklu-yumurtalı (Turkish wurst&egg) although there are some further varieties also possible such as spinach, kavurmalı etc.
The local people all eat pide every Sunday almost ritualistically.
These pides are totally unique to the city, so don't expect to find them anywhere else.
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Amasya (3.5 hours) to south is a pleasant riverside city with whitewashed houses and plenty of other historic attractions.
Sinop (3 hours) to west is a historic city enclosed by preserved ancient walls on what is the tip of Anatolia's northernmost cape.
Ordu (2.5 hours) to east is on the way to more popular cities and sites of eternally rainy and green Eastern Black Sea.