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Drive from Istanbul to Eceabat in the afternoon hours

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Drive from Istanbul to Eceabat in the afternoon hours

Hi, is it doable/sensible to drive from Istanbul to Eceabat in the afternoon? Arriving at Attaturk at 4:30 PM. Renting a car and want to head right away to Eceabat. How long would it take if I leave the IST airport around 6 PM/ What roads would you suggest for speed and safety ?

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1. Re: Drive from Istanbul to Eceabat in the afternoon hours

Natalinska, here is the route that you will be using to go to Eceabat from Ataturk Airport: "http://goo.gl/maps/mLqHd". It is 308 km's and 4 hours drive.

good luck,

enigma...

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2. Re: Drive from Istanbul to Eceabat in the afternoon hours

Hi,

There's only one route, Istanbul-Tekirdağ is toll road and rest two lane and comfortable drive. It will take around 3,5 hours. Follow "Çanakkale" signs all the way.

Alper

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3. Re: Drive from Istanbul to Eceabat in the afternoon hours

Thanks for your advice. Would you suggest we stay for the night in Eceabat and take the ferry in the morning, OR take the ferry immediately after we arrive in Eceabat and spend the night in Canakkale ? Which is more fun...? we have two teenage children...

We kind of think that morning crossing of Dardanelle would be more exciting...? Can you suggest hotels for either option..?

Thanks again. Appreciate your time.

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4. Re: Drive from Istanbul to Eceabat in the afternoon hours

Natalinska,

It will be a shorter drive to take the ferry from Gelibolu to Lapseki rather than Eceabat to Canakkale. There are both public and private ferries at Gelibolu. The private ferry (on your right as you enter the dock area) is cheaper but is not very accurately scheduled. If you have to pay a parking fee, that is the entrance to the private ferry.

There are generally better hotels at Canakkale than there are at Eceabat or Gelibolu. But you should ask about lodging at the Eceabat, Canakkale or gelibolu forums and check on Trip Advisor for good reviews.

You will start driving at about rush hour. The traffic will be terrible. I think it will take you about half an hour to get to the motorway entrance. The traffic will be heavy on the motorway also.

There will be a number of speed traps and radar on the divided highway after Corlu on the Tekirdag-Gelibolu route. Make sure that you do not do more than 10% above the speed limit (120 on motorway, 110 on divided highway, 90 on regular highway, 50 or 70 through towns and villages.)

Getting fresh "pogacha" from a pastry early in the morning and eating that while sipping your tea on the ferry is delightful.

Edited: 15 July 2013, 14:42
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5. Re: Drive from Istanbul to Eceabat in the afternoon hours

Now that I see your whole plan I'd suggest you might stop for the night in Tekirdag. I have used YAT HOTEL some 20 years ago and it was fine. If you continue driving later at night you'll not enjoy the scenery, and Gelibolu has little to offer if you get there at 10 pm.

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