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About Bandirma

Located in the Turkish province of Balikesir, Bandirma, is located on the southern coast of the Marmara Sea. Bandirma has been known throughout history by its various Greek names of Kizikos, Panderma, and Panormos. Today it is home to one of largest ferry ports in Turkey, with ferry voyages to both Istanbul and Greece departing regularly. However, several bus companies also offer tickets from Istanbul and Ankara. 
In Bandirma, the world famous Manyas Bird Sanctuary, Bandirma Archaeological Museum, Martyrs' Memorial, Erdek Island, Kapıdağ Peninsula, and Avşar Island are all worth a visit. It is also an important place to visit if you are interesting in archaeological remains historical temples. Daskyleion and Kyzikos are two historical sites in the region that are udner excevations, with artifacts displayed at the archaeological museum. The museum is open to visitors every day of the week except Monday.
The Manyas Bird Sanctuary is located 20 km away and is a sort of open-air museum where you can see many different species of both fauna and flora. Pine, acorn, oak-like trees, many different species of water birds, spotted turtles, and cute green frogs are all visible here.
When it comes to dining Bandirma is a great place to try bluefish, bonito, çinakop, bream, and mackerel. Summer is the best season to see Bandirma. The unique natural landscape, the sea, the warm sun and the various archaeological sites and museumsof the area definitely make this town worth a visit.

Transportation to Bandirma City Center from Airport


Bandırma Airport

Ataturk Airport, which is located in Istanbul, is being used for air transportation to Bandırma, one of the most beautiful holiday resorts in Marmara Region. It takes about 3 hours to get to the center of Bandırma from İstanbul Atatürk Airport.

You can get to Yenikapı by metro which you can take from the airport and you can easily reach to the center by transferring to Bandırma ferries here. You can reach to Bandırma from the airport by rental cars, private vehicles and passenger services besides the metro and ferry. Taxis can be an alternative for this trip, but taking a taxi would be costly because of the distance between.

The most practical and time-saving method is to transfer to the ferry after metro.  If you prefer a more comfortable journey, you have a chance to use the private passenger services.


In order to continue your journey towards Bandırma after you arrive at Istanbul Atatürk Airport, you must first transfer to the metro, which has a direct connection with the airport terminal. You can reach Yenikapı by the M1 metro passing through the airport. You can get to the Bandırma Ferry Pier by taking the fast ferries from here. You can continue to your destination in Bandırma by a taxi from the pier. It takes 35 minutes to reach Yenikapı with the metro. Metro is also one of the fastest means of transportation for this route.


YH-1 buses, which you can take from the exit of the incoming passenger terminal, take the passengers to the ferry port in Yenikapı. Especially when the traffic is heavy, buses can take longer than the metro. However, if you are not in a ruch, you can go to the pier with busses, which is an economical and easy option, and you can continue on your way with the ferry. You can find the buses at Atatürk Airport at the exit of the international terminal.


Getting to Bandırma from Ataturk Airport by taxi is a much more costly method; taxis are usually used for transportation to the ferry pier in Yenikapı. The average amount you need to pay for taxis on this route varies according the condition of the traffic, but usually it is around 40-50 TL.

You can also get detailed information about the average fare by talking to the taxis waiting for you at terminal exit. There are also taxis at the airport for which you can pay by credit card. If you want to make a payment by card, you can specify this preference before boarding the taxi. Once you arrive at the Yenikapı port by taxi, you can take to the ferries here.

Fast Ferry

Once you reach the Yenikapı from the airport with the metro, you can transfer to Bandırma ferries here. Bandırma ferryboats, carrying their passengers to Bandırma, depart from Yenikapı every day at 07:00 and 18:30. You can get on the ferry at 7 am with your car.

Ferry times can change at certain times of the year. For that reason, before you make your travel plans, it is useful to review the current travel schedule on the internet and plan accordingly. The journey to Bandırma takes about 130 minutes.

Private Car

If you are traveling with your own vehicle, you can reach Bandirma by following different routes from Istanbul Atatürk Airport. The distance from Istanbul to Bandirma is approximately 120 kilometers and you will have to travel for about 3 hours. If you get on the ferry with your car, the journey duration would be reduced to 2 hours and 10 minutes. Considering the intense traffic of Istanbul, getting on the ferry from Yenikapı will be a much faster and more comfortable choice.

Transfer Services

Before you start your journey, you can book online and arrange a special transfer vehicle for your journey. With these transfer vehicles that can respond to your different needs whether you are travelling with your family or a group of friends, you can either go to the Yenikapi port or continue to Bandırma.

The fare you pay for these vehicles depends on the type of vehicle selected, the number of passengers and the distance traveled. Another advantage of the transfer vehicles is that they offer direct transfer service, which is especially convenient for those traveling with heavy luggages.


Havataş services that you can take from Atatürk Airport terminal is one of the fastest alternatives to get to Yenikapı port. The fare of Havataş services is not as low as the metro and bus but it is much more convenient than taxi and special transfer services.

Weather in Bandirma

DayMin - Max
WednesdayMin 24ºC - Max 31ºC
ThursdayMin 24ºC - Max 30ºC
FridayMin 22ºC - Max 30ºC
SaturdayMin 22ºC - Max 28ºC
SundayMin 24ºC - Max 31ºC

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