Arriving at Ankara
Arriving at METU
Bus + taxi: Two bus companies (BelKo Air and Havas) run between the airport and the main inter-city bus terminal AŞTI(pronounced ASHTEE). The buses depart the airport every half an hour between 5:00 am and 11:30 pm. The departures are every hour after midnight between 00:00 am and 6:00 am. The journey takes around one hour. The trip costs 10 TL (~3 EUR). You should get off at AŞTİ (pronounced ASHTEE), and then take a metered taxi (~10 EUR) to the METU campus.
Taxi: Taxis are available round the clock, and could be found at the Domestic and International Arrivals and Departures floors. A taxi directly from the airport to the METU campus would cost about 200 TL(~50 EUR).
Private transport: There are also private vans available for transport. This option is cheaper compared to taxis. Reservations should be made at least 6 hours before the arrival time at Secure Drive Travel.
Directions to the Venue at METU: For those arriving at the meeting directly, please show the following instruction (in Turkish) to the taxi driver: "ODTÜ Kültür Kongre Merkezi".
Travel from campus to the city center: Easiest way to go to the city center (Kizilay) is via subway (Check here for the subway map). The subway station is near the A1 gate (northeast of the campus). Alternatively, there are taxis and minibuses available, close-by to the venue.
Transportation in Ankara
Currency, ATM’s, Credit cards
The currency used in Turkey is Turkish Lira. Foreign currency is not accepted in shops (exceptions might be found in touristic areas).
ATMs & Credit Cards
ATMs are widely available throughout Ankara and METU. Most shops accept credit cards.
Telephones and Electricity
+9 is the international code for Turkey.
Electricity: 220 volts, 50Hz
Plugs are of the European type (two pronged, round pin plugs). They fit into recessed sockets. You can buy adapters at big shopping centers located close to METU. Some hotels may have their own adapters.
Tap water is safe to drink in Ankara. Most people though prefer to buy mineral water.
Usual temperatures in September are in the range of 20-24 Celsius. Nights are considerably cooler.