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Hitchhiking at night works well as long as you stand in a somewhat visible spot.
 
== Border crossing ==
Visas can no longer be obtained on arrival, so if you are a nationality that needs a visa, be sure to buy it online in advance. See [http://en.wikivoyage.org/wiki/Turkey Wikivoyage] for detailed information on visa matters.
 
==== [[Armenia]] ====
Be aware of the fact that, although Turkey and [[Armenia]] share a land border, this border is ''closed'' because of continuing political issues.
 
==== [[Bulgaria]] ====
* [[Kapitan Andreevo-Kapıkule border crossing]]
 
==== [[Georgia]] ====
* [[Sarp-Sarpi border crossing]]
* [[Posof-Akhaltsikhe]]
* [[Ardahan-Akhalkalaki]]
 
==== [[Greece]] ====
* [[Ipsala]]
 
==== [[Iran]] ====
* [[Bazargan-Doğubeyazıt border crossing|Doğubeyazıt]]
* [[Yuksekova-Esendere border crossing|Yuksekova]]
 
==== Iraqi Kurdistan ====
* There is one border crossing to Iraqi Kurdistan, just south of Silopi.
 
==== [[Syria]] ====
* There are a number of border crossings, but most are closed due to the ongoing unrest. In peace, the busiest one is Bab al-Hawa, connecting [[Antalya]] with [[Aleppo]].
== Safety ==
 
Turkey has been getting a bad reputation for female hitchhikers following the murder of [[Pippa]] in April 2008 and many discouraging stories, ranging from minor harassment (see Personal Experiences below) to near-miss murder/rape cases like the one [[User:Zenit|Zenit]] and the girl he was travelling with experienced in November 2011. While these things shouldn't deter anybody from travelling in Turkey, they certainly prove that there is a specific code of conduct different from any other country that needs to be respected in order to avoid unnecessary problems. It will take a little bit of travelling in the country first to get used to this different dynamic, so this will be the time to be extra cautious. Further reading for female hitchhikers – and anybody travelling in Turkey – is [http://youarealltourists.blogspot.com/2008/04/hitchhiking-guide-to-turkey-for-girls.html this blog]. Safety is always important while hitchhiking, so check the [[Hitchhiker's safety|Safety]] article before hitting the road!
=== Hitchhiking buses ===
 
[[File:Mikeeg555 hitching in Turkey.jpg|thumb|250px|left|[[User:Mikeeg555|Mikeeg555]] hitching in Turkey]]
While waiting beside the road, town-to-town minibus drivers (which can be recognized by banners proclaiming town names all over) and intercity buses will flash their headlights or honk at you — to ask whether you'd like a ride (for a fee, of course). Don't be afraid to stop them and say "''Param yok'' (which literally translates "I don't have money"), it's ok?". A couple of hitchhikers did this when a bus stopped beside them to drop a passenger, and then they kept doing this everytime, and about 30% of the buses gave them a ride. [[User:Sirrdc|Sirrdc]] also had great success hitchhiking on intercity buses. Inside the cities, it's even easier; ask them politely and they will take you a bit further ahead.
== Food and sleep ==
Take a look at the [http://nomadwiki.org/en/Turkey Nomadwiki] article for this!
[[File:turkeyhitch.jpg|thumb|350px|[[User:Chael777|Chael]]<small><sup>[http://www.velabas.com/ site]</sup></small> hitching south to Bodrum, April 2008]]
== Cities and License plates ==
 
{{Cities Turkey}}
== Regions and Their Hitchability ==
 
While in general it is fairly easy to attract a lift in Turkey, locals' view of hitchhikers vary across the country. In general, people in northern and inland regions of the country are friendlier towards hitchhikers. If put systematically, the level of ease to get a lift in various regions of the country is as follows in general, from easiest to hardest:
== Personal Experiences ==
 
Some recent thoughts and reflections about hitchhiking Turkey as a solo female: http://shelobify.wordpress.com/2013/01/04/an-update-about-hitchhiking-solo-as-a-female-in-turkey/
== Links ==
Take a look at the [[:nomad:Turkey Nomadwiki]] for food and accommodation.
* [https://www.facebook.com/groups/otostopRail/ Turkish hitchhikers FB group]
* [http://youarealltourists.blogspot.com/2008/04/hitchhiking-guide-to-turkey-for-girls.html Hitchhiking Guide to Turkey for girls]
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