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Old 6th May 2014, 21:39   #1 (permalink)
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Ferry to Turkey

I noticed the two ferries one is Ancona-Igoumenitsa,
the other is Brindisi-Igoumenitsa
which ferries to forum members prefer?
And is extra cost of first ferry viable?
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Old 7th May 2014, 07:10   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Ferry to Turkey

We did the Brindisi route in Sept 2012, overnight, arrives about 6am in Greece. The new motorway starts just outside the port and goes all the way to the Turkish border. Easily do that in a day. Most of the toll booths were deserted, only a few were in operation in 2012. Beware of the ferry timetables. We arrived in Brindisi and the ferry had departed 5 hours before the time on the timetable, there was no ferry the next day even though there was one scheduled. Our ferry was heaving with Bulgarians so I would recommend booking a cabin as all the inside seats and inside floor space was occupied.
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Re: Ferry to Turkey

I've done the Ancona route on 3 occasions. The motorway also starts immediately you leave the port and is an easy journey to Turkey. Last year all toll booths were open. We arrived at 7.00 am and were through Turkish customs by 2.00pm. If you take this route, take my advice and fill up with fuel as you arrive in Igoumenitsa. Also come off at Alexandropulu, just before the Turkish border to fill up. Fuel is much cheaper in Greece than in Turkey.
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Re: Ferry to Turkey

We did the Ancona-Igoumenitsa, both ways last year. I suppose it depends where in Italy you want to see that will affect your choice.

Loading and unloading is very efficient. I would recommend paying for a cabin,for a good place to sleep and wash.(the prime non cabin spaces are quickly taken by backpackers who know the ropes)There is not a lot to do or see on the journey so it is better to sleep through most of the journey.

The motorway through greece. But you have to leave the motorway to find petrol stations. As suggested fill up in Italy and the last possible place in Greece. We stopped overnight in Greece as close to Turkey and a branch of Aldi in Greece.(for essential pork supplies).

WQe found the Turkish authorities more friendly than their Greek oppos. Maybe it was out Turkish number plate.
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