TRANSPORTATION

TRANSPORTATION

Urban transportation in Balıkesir is carried out by road vehicles such as buses, commercial minibuses and minibuses. The duties and responsibilities of the Metropolitan Municipality are officials in the regulations regarding transportation throughout Balıkesir.



Urban transportation in Balıkesir is carried out by road vehicles such as buses, commercial minibuses and minibuses. The duties and responsibilities of the Metropolitan Municipality are officials in the regulations regarding transportation throughout Balıkesir.

A total of 455 lines are transported throughout the province, 85 of these lines are within the district municipalities of Karesi and Altıeylül in the city center.

Balikesir; It is connected to the provinces of Bursa, Ankara, Istanbul, Izmir and Çanakkale by smooth asphalt roads. Ayvalık - Edremit part of the highway connecting İzmir-Çanakkale cities is within the borders of Balıkesir province. The Izmir - Istanbul Highway, which was opened in 2019, also passes through Balıkesir.

Balıkesir is 400 km from Istanbul, 150 km from Bursa, 170 km from Izmir, 530 km from Ankara, 300 km from Eskişehir, 215 km from Kütahya and 500 km from Antalya. away. It takes an average of 4 hours between Istanbul and Balıkesir by road.

Especially Susurluk is a frequently used over-the-road accommodation station on the Istanbul - Bursa - Izmir route. The ferry services made by IDO between Bandırma and Istanbul every day of the week are the second option between Balıkesir and Istanbul, combining the road and the seaway.

All of Turkey’s leading intercity bus companies have daily mutual flights from many important cities such as Istanbul, Ankara, Izmir, Antalya, Eskişehir, Kütahya to Balıkesir. In addition, there are direct bus services between tourism regions such as Edremit, Akçay, Altınoluk, Ayvalık, Burhaniye, Erdek and important centers.

Balıkesir Intercity Bus Terminal is 6.5 km away from the city, in the vicinity of Ayşebacı village. There is a 24-hour city bus service between the terminal and the city center.

 Bandırma Port, which is the most important sea route exit of Balıkesir, is among the biggest ports of Turkey. Bandırma Port is a trade gate with a very wide hinterland thanks to the road and rail network connecting to the Aegean and Central Anatolia.

Fast ferry services from Bandırma to Istanbul organized by IDO every day constitute an alternative that shortens the road on the Istanbul - Izmir line.

With the fast ferry running between Yenikapı and Bandırma, the average travel time from Istanbul to Bandırma is around 2 hours and 15 minutes. With the ferry-road alternative, you can reach Balıkesir from Istanbul in 3-4 hours and Edremit Bay in 4-5 hours.

Apart from this, naturally all connections of Marmara and Avşa islands of Balıkesir are realized by sea.

Balıkesir is one of the first regions in Turkey to meet railways. Balıkesir is still connected to İzmir via Manisa in the south and to the Marmara Sea with Bandırma in the north. Following the railway renewal works that started on April 1, 2013, İzmir Mavi Express flights from Balıkesir to Kütahya, Eskişehir and Ankara resumed. Karesi Express, Aegean Express, Izmir Blue, 6 Eylul Express and 17 Eylul Express continue to operate between Izmir and Balikesir.

There are two airports in Balıkesir: Balıkesir Central Airport, which is 5 km away from the city center, and Balıkesir Koca Seyit Airport in Edremit district.

Balıkesir Central Airport serves military and civilian flights. However, the passenger traffic of Balıkesir Central Airport is low. Balıkesir Central Airport: It can be reached by phone at (0266) 294 7060.

Tourism centers such as Edremit, Burhaniye, and Ayvalık, where demand is particularly high during the summer months, increase the passenger traffic of Balıkesir Koca Seyit Airport. Scheduled flights from Ankara and Istanbul are organized every day of the week for 12 months; In addition, foreign tourists are transported to the region with direct flights abroad.

Balıkesir Koca Seyit Airport is 80 km from Balıkesir. / 8 km from Edremit. / 6 km from Burhaniye. away. It has a car park for 114 vehicles. Within the scope of the Barrier-Free Airport Project, all kinds of accessibility for the disabled have been provided. As of June 19, 2010, the Temporary Border Gate has been declared and opened to international flights.

THY, Pegasus and Borajet have regular reciprocal flights from Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen Airport and Ankara to Balıkesir Koca Seyit Airport. Ankara flights are sometimes made connecting to Sabiha Gökçen.