The side is a mysterious ancient city, which today is one of the top 5 most popular resorts in Turkey. Therefore, here at any time of the year, you can meet tourists strolling through the streets and enjoying the warm sun on the Mediterranean coast. And everything would be absolutely great, if not for one "but". In this city there is no own airport - the nearest is located 70 kilometers, in the city of Antalya. How can you get from Antalya to Side? This is what we will try to detail in this article.
For tourists, two bus options are available - to use the services of municipal or private companies. Immediately note that the first option is safer, as drivers drive very carefully; Private traders often violate the rules of the road and "fetch", but come to the destination earlier - the choice, as they say in such situations, is yours.
Buses from Antalya to Side run regularly - they depart from the bus station for 2-3 flights per hour. The route is laid through the famous Turkish city of Manavgat. It is located a couple of kilometers from Side, so during a holiday to visit it will not be very difficult. In Manavgat you can see the biggest mosque in this part of Turkey and the picturesque waterfall. The road from Antalya to Side deserves special attention - you can see and appreciate the Turkish natural beauty. The average travel time is 1 hour 30 minutes. The fare is 10 Turkish Lira.
In fact, this opportunity to get to Side is almost the same as the previous version. The main difference is that you will spend a little less time on the way - this is due to the fact that minibusses stop only on demand, and not at every stop, as the bus does. Every 20 minutes from Antalya Airport a shuttle bus leaves for Side. The fare is slightly higher than on the bus - it is about 45 Turkish lira.
Side is a popular tourist city in Turkey, and as a rule, many tour operators include a transfer from the airport and back. Upon arrival at the airport, you should find the rack of your tour operator and inform you that you have arrived. After that, you will be shown exactly the bus that goes to your hotel, and without additional expenses, you will be taken to your destination. But this method has several disadvantages:
• As a rule, tourists are put on one bus from different hotels. And those whose hotel is located at the end of the list will have to wait until the rest of the tourists are taken to places.
• The shuttle bus does not like waiting for latecomers - if you are late on passport control or when you receive baggage, then the meeting representatives of the company may well not wait for you and leave, deciding that you have not arrived or decided to get in another way. In this case, you need to contact your tour operator and wait for the next flight and a group transfer to him.
The most convenient and practical way to get from Antalya to Side is, of course, a taxi. But, despite all the comfort and speed of arrival to the destination, this trip will cost a lot financially - about $ 80. Do not forget that in Turkey at night there is a special tariff, increasing the price by half.
Finding a taxi at the Antalya airport will not be difficult, but you can order it in advance: by phone or through mobile applications, which today is abundant. The average travel time is 1 hour 10 minutes.