WHAT TO BRING
Ankara has a moderate climate with four seasons. It gets cold in the winter and hot in the summer. You might want to bring a winter coat and boots if you are arriving in January, and light clothing for August. We suggest that you do not bring traveler’s checks, as they are difficult to exchange. 2 Banks’ ATM machines are available on our main campus in Etimesgut (Vakıfbank & Denizbank). All ATMs are united in Turkey. Thanks to this, you now have the opportunity to use your ATM card for “money withdrawal” and “checking balance” transactions at all banks’ ATMs. Even though you can find almost anything you might need in Ankara, you may still want to bring some personal or specific items (for instance, particular brands of cosmetics or electronics, etc.) with you, especially those that might be more expensive or less readily available in Turkey. Be sure to consult the nearest Turkish consulate to find out what you can and cannot bring under customs regulations.
Although it is possible to ship some of your belongings in advance, it is not advisable due to the complicated customs procedures. (For instance, you cannot pick up your shipment until after you receive your residence permit.) However, if you still wish to do so, check with your department for the correct delivery address, and make sure that you have all the necessary documents prepared.
If an item remains in storage at customs because, for example, you have sent it ahead of time, or left it for later clearance, there are additional fees and commissions to be paid. Please be aware that tax rates, fees and duties are subject to frequent change. For detailed information regarding customs regulations in Turkey, you can visit www.gumruk.gov.tr.
The weather in Ankara is fairly typical for central Anatolia. While spring and fall are generally moderate, with temperatures ranging between 10º C (50º F) and 20º C (70º F), the winter and summer seasons can bring more extreme temperatures. The months of highest rainfall are October-November and April-May. Snow is not unusual from the end of November until the end of March.
Seasonal Average Temperatures:
January 0º C (32º F)
April 17º C (63º F)
July 25º C (77º F)
October 20º C (68º F)
You can find current temperatures and daily weather reports for Ankara on the following websites:
The voltage of electrical appliances in Turkey is 220V. To use North American appliances, you may want to bring with you voltage converters and/or adaptor plugs appropriate for the particular items in question. Although converters can be purchased in Turkey, they are sometimes difficult to find and may be very expensive. You may nonetheless occasionally experience problems with voltage surges, which could cause damage to your electrical appliances. Consider purchasing a good surge protector.
Most laptop computers do not need a special converter. Be sure to check on the transformer box of the power cord, or in your computer manual, to see if it is 220V-compatible. If it is, all you will have to do is purchase a small adaptor to plug your cord directly into a socket. It is strongly recommended that you use a surge protector for computers.
SOME USEFUL WEB SITES
Turkish Council of Higher Education: www.yok.gov.tr
Ministry of Culture and Tourism: www.tourism.gov.tr
Ministry of Foreign Affairs: www.mfa.gov.tr
National Library: www.mkutup.gov.tr
Official City of Ankara site: www.ankara.bel.tr/TasarimOgeleri/defaultEn.aspx
Turkish Airlines: www.thy.com
Anadolu Jet: www.anadolujet.com
Pegasus Airlines: www.flypgs.com
British Airways: www.britishairways.com
Lufthansa Airlines: www.lufthansa.com
Ankara Intercity Bus Terminal (AŞTİ): www.asti.com.tr
Turkish State Railways: www.tcdd.gov.tr
Helpful travel links: www.sunfinder.com, www.turkeytravelplanner.com
Turkey in general: www.allaboutturkey.com
For more Ankara information: www.ankaracityguide.com
News and Information
Turkish Press: www.turkishpress.com
Turkish culture information: www.turkishculture.org
TRT English language podcasts: www.trt.net.tr/wwwtrt/podcasting.aspx?dil=12
Practical matters and useful information run by and for expats: www.mymerhaba.com
PLACES to VISIT in ANKARA
You will certainly want to do some traveling and exploring while you are here. Turkey is a vast country, and there is so much to see. Travel agencies can provide information, brochures and guidance. You may want to begin by visiting the historical monuments and museums in Ankara that we have listed here.
- The Atatürk Mausoleum (Anıtkabir) is an impressive fusion of ancient and modern architectural ideas, which remains unsurpassed as an accomplishment of modern Turkish architecture. There is also a museum in the Mausoleum.
- The Ankara Citadel (Ankara Kalesi) is in the oldest part of the city, surrounded by restored traditional Turkish houses. A climb to the top is well worth it for the incredible view over the city.
- A Roman theater (Roma Tiyatrosu) is still under excavation. Only the basement and the first floor can be viewed.
- The Temple of Augustus (Ogüst Mabedi) in the old part of town in Ulus was built in 10 A.D.
- A Roman bath (Roma Hamamı) is also in Ulus and has all the typical features of such complexes.
- The Museum of Anatolian Civilizations (Anadolu Medeniyetleri Müzesi) is an old covered bazaar beautifully restored to house a unique collection of archaeological artifacts and antiquities, and it is considered to be one of the best museums in the country. www.anadolumedeniyetlerimuzesi.gov.tr, www.kultur.gov.tr
- The Ethnography Museum (Etnografya Müzesi) is located across from the Opera House and has a fine collection of folkloric artifacts. www.kultur.gov.tr
- The Painting and Sculpture Museum (Resim ve Heykel Müzesi) is also located in the Ulus district and houses a collection of Turkish art from the 19th and 20th centuries. www.kultur.gov.tr
- The Museum of the Republic (Cumhuriyet Müzesi) in Ulus is housed in what was the second parliament building of the Republic. www.kultur.gov.tr
- Çengelhan Rahmi M. Koç Museum is in Samanpazarı, Ulus, across from the main gates of the citadel and houses a unique collection of historic objects used in transportation, communication and industry. www.rmk-museum.org.tr/cengelhan/english/index.html
POPULAR DESTINATIONS for TRAVEL
The places listed below are ordered according to their proximity to Ankara, from nearest to farthest.
- Beypazarı: A small town just an hour’s bus ride away, which has many restored Ottoman-era houses.
- Gordion: The tomb of King Midas can be found here.
- Safronbolu: Home to excellent examples of Ottoman architecture. This is a UNESCO world heritage site. The town gets its name from the saffron that is grown there.
- Hattusas: The original Hittite capital, located just north of Ankara.
- Konya: The home of famed Sufi poet, philosopher and spiritual leader Mevlana Celaleddin Rumi.
- Cappadoccia: One of Turkey’s biggest attractions, famed for its cone-shaped rock formations, underground cities, cave hotels and unique landscape.
- İstanbul: Turkey’s largest city, and the original seat of the Ottoman Empire. It is considered the nation’s cultural capital.
- Olympus: On the Mediterranean coast, it is well known for its tree house accommodations, beautiful view and natural nesting spots for the loggerhead sea turtles (Caretta caretta).
- Ephesus: One of the most extensive ancient Roman sites in the world.
- Mardin: Located in the southeastern Anatolian region. Mardin, along with Venice and Jerusalem, is one of the three cities with the best-preserved historical architecture in the world.
BOOKSTORES and MUSIC CENTERS
- Mesa Plaza, Eskişehir Yolu – Koru Sitesi
- Arcadium Shopping Center – Çayyolu
- Mithat Paşa Caddesi No: 28 Kızılay
- METU Campus
- Kentpark – Eskişehir Yolu
- Sakarya Caddesi No: 8 A Kızılay
Bookish Store (English Bookstore)
- Filistin Sokak No: 17/A – Gaziosmanpaşa
- Konur Sokak No: 4 – Kızılay
- Atatürk Bulvarı No: 237/14-15 – Kızılay
- Ankuva Shopping Center No: 18-19-20 – Bilkent
- Ahmet Taner Kışlalı Mh. No: 179/1 – Çayyolu
- Karanfil Sokak No: 11- Kızılay
- Tunalı Hilmi Caddesi – Kavaklıdere • CEPA Shopping Center – Eskişehir Yolu
- Ankamall Shopping Center – İskitker
- 365 Shopping Center – Çankaya
- Forum Shopping Center – Etlik
- Antares Shopping Center – Etlik
- Panora Shopping Center – Oran
- Ankuva Shopping Center – Bilkent
- Esenboğa Havalimanı
- Selanik Caddesi No: 72/C – Kızılay
- Konur Sokak No: 3 – Kızılay
- CEPA Shopping Center – Eskişehir Yolu
- Armada Shopping Center – Söğütözü
Shades (Music Center)
- Tunalı Hilmi Caddesi (inside the Tunalı Arcade)
For more details about Ankara, visitors can also refer to the following website: