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Yalova

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Yalova is a city in Marmara Region, Turkey. It lies to the south of Istanbul, across the Gulf of Izmit.

Get in

By boat

The quickest and easiest way to get to Yalova from Istanbul is to take a fast ferry [1]. Fast ferries operate from Yenikapı (south of Sultanahmet), the voyage takes 70 minutes and costs 14 TL per person, 12 TL per person in vehicles, 67 TL for cars and 5 TL for bicycles. Concessions of about 1-2 TL is available for students and for those who buy their tickets online through İDO's (the ferry operator) website, as are early booking discounts.

Fast ferries also operate from Pendik, a suburb of Istanbul on the Asian Side, with a shorter voyage duration of 40 minutes. Sea-buses run from Kartal also on the Asian Side and similarly take about 40 minutes.

There is a cheaper ferry line between Eskihisar just east of Istanbul and Topçular, about 30 km to east of Yalova. These ferries take about 45 minutes to cross the Gulf of Izmit and in 2010 it costs 45 TL for a car and 55 TL for a minibus, free for passengers within the car. Passengers without a vehicle pay 2.80 TL per person. You cannot book this service, you just turn up and pay when you get there. In Topçular, it’s possible to find minibuses heading for Yalova running on the highway lying just next to the harbour.

By car

Take the roads numbered: D130 from Izmit (east) and D575/E881 from Bursa (south). There are also car-ferries from various points in or near Istanbul.

Get around

Yalova is a small city and for the most-art very walk-able. In the warm months, GaziPaşa Caddesi ıs ver popular for strollıng, both with tourısts and locals.

Like most small Turkish cities, Yalova has a dolmuş (mini-bus) system. Yalova's dolmuşes are light blue and run from most important sites in the city, primar,ly along Atatürk Caddesi and Fatih Caddesi.

Noteworthy stops include: Yalova Otogar (bus station), İDO (ferry terminal), Heykel (merkez/city center), and Termal. Like always, unmarked stops can be requested at any time directly from the driver.

Dolmuş-riding costs 1.50 TL (bir buçuk) to most destinations, although from the city center it does cost 2.50 (iki buçuk) to ride to Termal.

Taxis are also readily available, especially from the İDO station.

See

Do

Visit the hot springs. There are many services offered.

Buy

Visit the market, opposite the ferry terminal on the seafront. Open on Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday. A huge and superb selection of very fresh, mainly locally grown fruit and vegetables. Plus a good selection of other stalls.

Eat

There are some tea gardens by the shore where you can also eat balık ekmek (a fish sandwiched inside half a bread).

Drink

Sleep

Contact

The telephone code of Yalova is 226 (+90 226 when calling from out of Turkey). It used to be 216 prior to late 1990s, so old guidebooks may say so, which is not useful any more.

Get out

  • Cinarcik nearby is a popular family vacation resort.
  • Termal to the south is one of Turkey’s oldest hot spring resorts (which dates back to Romans, last time it was renovated was 1930s with a design based on that of Carlsbad of Czech Republic). On the way to Termal, you may also check out Karaca Arboretum if it’s weekend.
  • Armutlu on the southern side of the peninsula is also a town known for its hot springs.
  • Bursa lies some hundred kilometers south. A bus ride there takes around an hour and costs 9 TL pp.



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