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Old 2nd November 2019, 08:09   #11 (permalink)
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Re: Driving to Turkey

I can't advise about customs etc - far better to follow Redders for the legislation stuff, but I have driven both ways fairly recently.

From UK, we drove down to the south of France, then east across Italy and caught the ferry to Igoumenitsa, Greece then into Turkey at Erdene.

From Turkey, we drove through Bulgaria, Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia, Italy & France to UK.

Actually felt very safe both ways.

Things to prepare for or consider:-

1. Toll roads in France are frankly extortionate. If you're not in a rush, take the A roads, avoid the high speed traffic and no tolls. Most A roads in France seem to closely follow adjacent to the motorways.

2. Toll roads everywhere else were quite cheap.

3. Fuel seems to get cheaper the closer you get to Turkey (but fill up in Luxembourg if you happen to be going near).

4. Don't try to avoid paying a vignette - they will catch you! even in Serbia they seem to have CCTV on nearly every road.

5. Avoid Switzerland - the vignette cost is frankly ludicrous given that you may only be in the country for a couple of hours.

6. Getting into the EU at Greece or Bulgaria can be a bit of a pain - the EU pay for extra checks to limit illegal immigration - so they check everybody and every vehicle. We were stood in the queue at the Bulgarian border for 7 hours. When we complained we were told that we had 'luckily' avoided the bayram the previous week - because the queue was 20 hours!

7. The ferry from Italy to Greece is very comfortable, but quite expensive. You can catch it from Venice, Ancona & Bari - the higher cost from Venice can be counterbalanced by less miles of course from say Bari.

8. Be careful of the time of year, as once you get into November, you are required to have snow chains for tyres in some of the places when crossing the alps

9. Have fun. It's a great trip. I think we rushed it a little. Yes, it can be done in 3 or 4 days, but if you have the time it may pay to treat it as an adventure... check out some of the castles in Rumania, sip Aperol of the banks of lake Garda, try the truffles in Motorvun and enjoy

Happy to try to answer any questions you might have about the journey
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Re: Driving to Turkey

Sleepys top tip.
When driving from Greece/Bulgaria most folk go via Canakkale and down the very slow E87 to Izmir.
A much faster route is crossing the Dardanelles at Gelibolu to Cardak and take the D200 /E90 and hop on the new highway (0-5 ) at Karacabey to Izmir.
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Re: Driving to Turkey

At a cost though John.
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Yes indeed Pete.
I recently did the Izmir to Karacabey on the high way and as I recall it cost me 90tl...superb road though.
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