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Every Turkish city or town of any size has direct buses to Ankara. The gigantic otogar or AŞTİ (Ankara Şehirlerarası Terminali İşletmesi) is at the western end of the Ankaray underground train line, 4.5 km west of Kızılay.

The terminal has departure gates on the upper level and arrivals on the lower. There are restaurants, a first-aid post, ATMs, phones and newsstands. The emanet (left-luggage room) on the lower level charges €1.10 per item stored; you’ll need to show your passport.

As Ankara has many buses to all parts of the country, you can often turn up, buy a ticket and be on your way within the hour. Don’t try this during public holidays, though.

 AŞTİ has 80 gişe (ticket counters) and a central information booth to point you in the right direction. 

Many bus companies also maintain city- centre ticket offices near Kızılay on Ziya Gökalp Caddesi, Gazi Mustafa Kemal Bulvarı, İzmir Caddesi and Menekşe Sokak. Several premium bus companies, including Varan and Ulusoy, have their own terminal facilities near the otogar. The table below lists details of some useful daily routes from Ankara.