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From parking on motorway O4
== Hitching out ==
''Just walk to the nearest highway and stick your thumb out. It might need a few lifts until you get out of the border, but given that you hardly ever wait more than 10 minutes for a lift, it can be faster than public transport.''
=== East and south towards [[Ankara]], Black Sea coast, Antalya {{E|80}} ===
 
For going east there are different options:
==== From parking on motorway O4 ====
Take a ferry to ''Kadıköy'' on Asian side. Next to the ferry terminal there is a bus terminal where you have 2 options:
# Take bus 19, 19C, 19Y, 19T or just ask which bus is going to '''Ferhatpaşa''' the stop you have to get off at (you will see a road going in a circle like a big roundabout). From its Flat Prof Dr Necmettin Erbakan Park from there walk northeast until you get to the motorway O4 Anadolu Otoyolu. There is a fence along the motorway but it has many holes, so getting to the other side is not difficult, or can just go to the gate where is possible to entre freely. Once you get to the parking area, you can ask around or make a big sign and show it at parking area's exit to the drivers passing by on the motorway, so they can search Mirkelam Dinlenme Tesisleri İstanbul rest stop on a merge lane. There's one small restaurant in the parking area where many drivers stop for a short break.# Take bus 130 and after half an hour or so you'll arrive to a Gas station where the bus stops (near Gebze). Get down and from here you can hitchE-80 / O-hike either asking or stopping cars.4
==== From Şekerpınar close to Gebze ====
==== From Şekerpınar close to Gebze ====
Get on the 111, 112 or 200 and stay on the bus almost all the way to the last stop (get off approximately two or three stops before).
For Mediterranean cities such as [[Antalya]], you should also take this eastwards route till [[Adapazari]], then head south via motorway D650 from there.
 
==== The free walking option ====
 
While most people would find it more comfortable to take a bus to the outskirts and then start hitchiking there is another, slightly more challenging, option. Generally it is actually faster to just find a good piece of highway somewhere close to where you stay (even if it's in the centre of Istanbul), get ON the highway and put your thumb up. You are unlikely to wait more than 3-5 minute before a car pulls over (many people don't really mind stopping on the highway) and the police is very unlikely to give you any trouble
=== South towards [[Yalova]], [[Bursa]] or [[Izmir]] ===
See below the Eskihisar links for a road/bridge alternative. See [[Eskihisar]] for how to get to the ferry jetty on the route and how to get into the ferry for free. The route via [[Eskihisar]] is also the shortest way to [[Izmir]] and its adjacent area in western Turkey.
See [[Eskihisar]] for how to get to the ferry jetty on the route and how to get into the ferry for free.
The route via [[Eskihisar]] is also the shortest way to [[Izmir]] and its adjacent area in western Turkey.
An alternative to Opet - and depending Mehmetçik Vakfı Petrol petrol station / rest stop on your luck, faster than - the ferry route is E80 highway next to catch a lift across the Osmangazi Bridge (Osmangazi Köprüsü) which opened in 2016Mehmetçik Vakfı bus stop. This suspension bridge carries the major O-5 motorway across the Gulf of IzmitBuses 130H, connecting Gebze132, the city on the eastern outskirts of Istanbul, to Yalova Province132B and KM 18 stopes there. Place isnt far from Sabiha Gokcen International Airport
A way to get as close as possible to the bridge without having to hitch through the city traffic is to take the Marmaray (kind of metro) to its far Eastern stations. The Marmaray, which runs along the southern coast of Istanbul, can be caught on both the Asian and European sides of the city and many of its major stations, such as Yenikapı and Üsküdar, are connected to the city's metro, metrobus, bus and tram system.
Catch the Marmaray east in the direction of Gebze. A ticket costs roughly 5.20TL (~USD 0.92) as of June 2019, and you must use an Istanbulkart which you presumably have.
Get off at Osmangazi Station (two stops before Gebze) as this is closer to the D-100 highway that will carry you east. Walk roughly 300m north up the road from the station until you get to the circle-underpass junction with the D-100 highway. A nice position just after the start of the on-ramp, where cars are still moving slowly, should score you a ride in minutes.
However, the majority of traffic here seems to be going to Izmit, which is past the bridge. Turn down rides if you have to until you get one going over the bridge, to Yalova/BursaDoğalhane Dinlenme Tesisleri petrol station /İzmir etc. If you're really stuck, take a short ride and ask your driver to drop you off rest stop on the side of the road at the off-ramp going E80 highway next to the bridge, and continue hitching from Çayırova İtfaiye bus stop. Bus 133Ş stops there or after the interchange.
For some reason, Marmaray metro east in the few kilometres direction of Gebze. Get off at Osmangazi Station (two stops before Gebze) as this is closer to the D-100 highway that will carry you east. Walk roughly 300m north up the road from the station until you get to the circle-underpass junction with the D-100 highway. A nice position just after the start of the bridge on-ramp, where cars are exceptionally difficult to get still moving slowly, should score you a ride fromin minutes. The  However, the majority of traffic here seems to be going to Izmit, which is thinner and, possibly past the bridge. Turn down rides if you have to do with until you get one going over the expensive bridge toll, drivers are much less inclined to pick Yalova/Bursa/İzmir etc. If you up. Looking like 're really stuck, take a foreigner will helpshort ride and ask your driver to drop you off on the side of the road at the off-ramp going to the bridge, as Turks often don't like stopping for other Turks and continue hitching from there or Arabsafter the interchange. If you're really stuck on that road leading up to the bridge, you'll have to walk a few km along it until you get to the Petrol Ofisi fuel station, about a Kilometre before the bridge. Hitch at the on-ramp to the highway from there.
== Wild camping ==
Ride Hacı Osman Korusu park wild camping - ride metro line 2 to Darussafaka station and next to it on the circle corner of streets Buyukder and Ulu streets you can climb over the fance to Hacı Osman Korusu park https://ibb.co/RHmd9jb Get only a bit inside but be carefull there ar some sharp plants  Büyükada island wild camping - you can get by paid ferry there
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