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Travel  from the Airport

There is a shuttle service to the center of Ankara operated by the Havaş Company for all flights arriving at Esenboğa Airport. These buses leave for the city center 25 minutes after a flight or flights have landed. Those bound for the Intercity Bus Terminal-(AŞTİ) should stay on the bus after it drops off passengers at the Havaş city terminal. Trip duration is approximately 60 minutes. The fare for the shuttle bus is 10 TL (an additional 25% is charged between 00:00 and 06:00 hours)

Service Route:

·              Esenboğa Airport

·              Çubuk Junction

·              Pursaklar

·              Hasköy

·              Keçiören Bridge

·              Etlik Junction

·              Havaş City Terminal.

·              Intercity Bus Terminal – AŞTİ

You can get further information about the airport shuttle bus


Taxi Service is available 24 hours a day from the areas set aside for taxis outside the airport terminal buildings. Taxi fare from the airport to Gazi University is approximately 70 TL (30 Euros). From AŞTİ, you can take a taxi to the Gazi University for approximately 10 TL (approximately 4 Euros).


Bus Line 442 runs from the airport to the Intercity Bus Terminal (AŞTİ) and Kızılay. Departures are every 20 minutes from outside of the Arrivals area between 06:40 and 23:00. You will need to buy a bus ticket from a ticket kiosk prior to getting on the bus. The bus fare to the city center is 5.25 TL.


Central Rail Station and Metro

Ankara Central Station, Ankara Garı in Turkish, is the central railway station in Ankara. It is busy because it is a major hub for inbound and outbound trains. There are two lines from the station, one to Eskişehir and another to Konya. You can get further information about intercity at . Ankara has an underground Metro, with two lines. The first one runs from Batıkent to the central Kızılay area, and the second connects AŞTİ (Intercity Bus Terminal) through Kizilay to Dikimevi. The Metro operates from 6am to midnight. Gazi University main campus is 5 minutes walk from Beşevler metro station (four stations on AŞTİ route from Kızılay station in Kızılay); Gazi University Maltepe campus is nearby Maltepe metro station (two stations on AŞTİ route from Kızılay station in Kızılay); and Gazi University Emek campus is very close to AŞTİ metro station. Ankara Central Railway Station is very close to Maltepe metro station, which can be reached through the subterranean passage from the Central Railway Station.


Public Bus and Dolmuş

There are two types of public buses: municipal buses and privately run buses.  Municipal buses are either red or blue and dark blue striped. Electronic ticket is required for traveling on these buses, so you should buy it in advance from subway stations or kiosks with a sign of “EGO Kartı”. The cost of the card varies according to the credit it has. Once you use a ticket with enough credit loaded in it, within 75 minutes you can have two further municipal bus and/or subway services at a reduced price of 0.59 TL each. You cannot use the ticket in privately run buses, Halk Otobüsü, which are blue. On those buses only cash is accepted, the price being around 2 TL. Dolmuş is a special service found only in Turkey. This is a collective taxi, which follows specific routes. It is generally a minibus. Each passenger pays according to the distance traveled and can get off at specific or requested stops. This is a very practical means of transportation and much cheaper than a taxi. You pay the fee to the driver. Prices differ depending on the distance you travel. Gazi University campuses are very close to many dolmuş routes to the east from Sıhhıye, a district which is very close to the central Kızılay area.



Turkey has a lot of public and private banks that offer highly developed services in cooperation with the global banking system. Such transactions as cashing traveler’s cheques, exchanging foreign currency, making credit card payments and sending and/or receiving online money orders are conveniently made. Credit cards such as VISA, MasterCard and American Express are valid in most of the services or transactions.



Holiday (in Turkish) Holiday (in English) Date of the Holiday
Ramazan Bayramı  Ramadan (religious holiday marking the end of fasting) Changes every year according to the hegira calendar
Kurban Bayramı Sacrifice (religious holiday) Changes every year according to the hegira calendar
Yılbaşı New Year's Day 1 January 
Ulusal Egemenlik ve Çocuk Bayramı National Sovereignty and Children's Day 23  April
Atatürk'ü Anma, Gençlik ve Spor Bayramı Commemoration of Atatürk,Youth and Sports Day


Zafer Bayramı Victory Day 30 August
Cumhuriyet Bayramı Republican Day 29 October



















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Summers are warm and dry and the winters are cold and snowy. The rainy season is spring, especially May. In the summer, Ankara is often sunny, dry, and hot. July and August have the hottest weather, with an average of 30°C / 86°F. The coldest months are January and February, with the lowest night temperatures of minus 6 °C to minus 1°C


The currency of the Republic of Turkey is the Turkish Lira. 1 USD is roughly equivalent 1,8 TL or 1 Euro is about 2,3 TL. You can check the current rate on Central Bank’s web site: There are banknotes of 5, 10, 20, 50, 100 and 200 TL and there are coins 5, 10, 25, and 50 Kuruş and 1 TL.


Students of foreign nationality must get an acceptance letter from Gazi University, and then obtain a valid study visa from the Turkish embassy or consulate in their home country. In the province where they reside, all students of foreign nationality must obtain an Oturma İzni, residence permit, from the Police Department of Foreign Nationals. According to the law, a foreign national is required to obtain residence permit within the first month of entry into Turkey.