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Old 25th April 2012, 01:25   #1 (permalink)
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Arrow Kalkan -Antalya Bus via Gombe/Elmali June 2012 ?

As an anual visitor to Patara for holidays I wonder if anyone can give me details of bus times to Antalya via Gombe/Elmali this season (from Patara or Kalkan) ?

I have always found the bus offices in Antalya and Kalkan to be REALLY unhelpful at providing info of this bus service. It is as if they don't want to divulge any info and just want you to use their own service along the coast road via kas , demre etc..etc..

Two years ago I managed to catch one at about 0800 from the bus station in Kalkan that took me to Antalya over the mountain route.

Last year, I took a bus from Patara to Kalkan and got off , in order to find a mounian route bus.
The Kalkan office and drivers there were really unhelpful , many refusing to acknowledge that there was one. Eventually one guy told me that there WAS one , but its' departure point was NOT in Kalkan bus station , but somewhere else about a mile away up the hill. He could not be specific with the location or times , so , I ended up getting back on the bus that had brought me from Patara and riding it along the coast road to Antalya.

So , i am due to travel Antalya - Patara and then in reverse , Patara to Antalya in June 2012.
Can any reader tell me if THERE IS a mountain bus service (via Gombe/Elmali) running this year?
Where does the bus depart in Antalya and Kalkan ? ( I imagine in Antalya it wil be the main Otogar). In Kalkan , will it be the bus station or somewhere else ?
What TIMES does the bus run from Antalya - Kalkan and from Kalkan (or Patara) to Antalya ? (Inland , over the mountains)

Many thanks in advance to anyone who can shed any light. (I just hate that coast road journey , around all those twisting bends and the sheer number of stops for people getting on and off - it seems to go on for ever and ever . The mountain route is so much more bareable)
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Re: Kalkan -Antalya Bus via Gombe/Elmali June 2012 ?

I received a reply to my question on another forum and I will reproduce it below in order to help other. Scottielondon...........

The 'Yayla' (mountain) route to Kalkan from Antalya runs all year, (weather permitting in the winter). It goes approx every hour but timings are a bit hit and miss, so it is not possible to give an accurate prediction of when it will arrive at a given point.

The last bus departs early evening from Antalya the same from Patara - usually abut 5 p.m. The First bus is about 7 a.m. again in both directions.

At the bus station in Antalya ask for the Kinik yayla (yay to rhyme with eye) bus. When you are in Patara, go to Kinik - a short distance away by bus or taxi and enquire at the bus station in Kinik about bus times to Antalya. The staff there are very helpful. The yayla bus does not go from Kalkan bus station.

You can pick up the Antalya mountain bus either in Kinik itself or at the junction where the Patara road meets the main D400. It does not go into Kalkan but it does stop on the Bezirgan road above Kalkan and you can wait for it opposite Ardic Pen - a large window manufacturer on the Bezirgan road. There is even a very good kofte stall here, with tables and chairs, sun umbrellas and soft drinks to make the waiting less arduous. The owner of the kofte stall is also very helpful with bus times and does have a timetable.
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