Turkey is the meeting point of Asia and Europe. Throughout history, Turkey has played host to an amazing blend of cultures, history and archaeological sites and is often referred to as the cradle of civilizations. In Turkey you can find a wide variety of landscapes, including mountains, lakes, forests and seas. It is surrounded by three seas, the Black Sea to the North, the Marmara to the North West, and the Aegean/Mediterranean to the South/West.
Ankara is Turkey's young and vibrant capital city, located in the heart of the Anatolian region. Ankara has been the crossroads of many civilizations, dating back to the Bronze Age and was declared as the capital of the Turkish Republic by Ataturk in 1923. The name Ankara comes from the word 'Ancyra' which means ‘anchor'. The hill which overlooks the city is crowned by the ruins of the old citadel, which creates a picturesque view. The city, located on the High Anatolian plain, is the hub of governmental activities for all of Turkey and, as host to embassies and a variety of international organizations, is a gateway to the rest of the world.
Getting to Ankara
Direct flights to Ankara's Esenboga International Airport are available from many cities in Europe. In addition, most major airlines including Turkish Airlines have international flights landing at Istanbul's Ataturk International Airport . Domestic airlines provide connections to Ankara.
Getting to BILKENT
The Ankara Esenboga Airport terminal complex is 33 km (21 miles, about 40 minutes in normal traffic) Havas shuttle buses connect the airport and the city center. The Havas bus departs the international terminal, ends its journey at Otogar, the bus station. The Havas bus fare is about $8, 25% more after midnight and before 06:00. From the last shuttle bus stop in downtown Ankara (The first main stop is near the Gar train station, and the last one is at the intercity bus station, ASTI), one can take a metered taxi to the Bilkent campus or Bilkent Hotel. A metered taxi would cost about 20EUR.
Taxis are always available in the airport and the journey takes about 40 minutes. All of the taxis are yellow and have fitted metres. The cost of getting from the airport to Bilkent region is about 50.-Euroos between 6:00 am and midnight, with a 50% increase after midnight
For arriving to Bilkent campus or Bilkent Hotel , the participants may either take a taxi or take the shuttle organized by Asterya for ITiCSE 2010 participants.
For the shuttle service, please book in advance by filling out the ITiCSE 2010 ACCOMMODATION AND TOUR RESERVATION FORM.
To enter Turkey, you are required to have a passport that is valid for at least six months from the date you travel to Turkey. In addition, nationals from some countries require a visa to enter Turkey. Depending on your country of origin, you may purchase a visa stamp at the point of entry, or you must apply for the visa before arriving in Turkey. For information on whether you require a visa to enter Turkey, visit the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website.
For up to date information about visa fees, visit http://www.mfa.gov.tr/visa-fees-at-border-gates-for-2008.en.mfa . Please note that visa stamps purchased at the airport are payable in cash only(USD/ €). Traveler's checks and credit cards are not accepted.
Credit/bank cards may be used at ATMs at the airport or in the city to get Turkish Liras (TL). The international arrivals area has currency exchange offices and bank branches. The best exchange rates are found in banks and currency exchange offices in the city center.
Electricity in Turkey operates on 220 volts, 50 Hz, with round-prong European-style plugs that fit into recessed wall sockets/points. If your device does not accept 230 volts, 50 Hz you will need a voltage converter and if your appliance plug has a different shape, you will need a plug adapter.
The climate in Ankara is continental. The weather in June has an average high of 26°C
(79°F) and an average low of 12°C (53°F).
All of Turkey is on Eastern European time, UTC/GMT +2 hours.
Daylight saving time is 1 hour, and begins on the last Sunday in March, and ends the last Sunday in October.
International country code: +90 (Turkey)
Ankara Area Code: 312
Local phone numbers have 7 digits.
For additional travel information please visit
Ministry of Culture and Tourism