Driving to Fethiye from England
I drove from Fethiye to Northampton and back a couple of weeks ago in my Turkish registered Nissan Skystar. I covered about 700 miles / day and the journey took about 4 days each way.
My advise to anybody thinking of driving through from the UK to Turkey is to make sure that you have the original vehicle documents, green card insurance, passport and residence permit and a list of goods that you are carrying. Also carry some spare parts for the car, make sure you have plenty of screenwash and antifreeze / coolant and a good spare tyre.
Make sure you buy a vignette for travel at the Austrian border. It's a toll ticket that you stick on your windscreen. It costs about £7.50 and covers you for all roads in Austria for 10 days.
When entering Hungary, Yugoslavia and Bulgaria I would advise you to get a few pounds worth of local currency to buy food and fuel as many of the petrol stations either don't accept credit cards or have problems with their phone line to the banking system. Don't expect to be able to change your Hungarian Florints for Yugoslavian Dinars or vice versa, they just don't want each others currency, even at the borders!
Yugoslavian motorways are tolled. They will accept Euros but your change will be in Dinars.
Also beware of the speed trap about 1 kilometer into Yugoslavia from Hungary. If you get caught it is an on the spot fine in Yugoslavian Dinars only. If you don't have the cash they will take your passport off of you and send you back to the border to get change. Most of the villages in Yugoslavia and Bulgaria that you'll pass through have local Police with laser speed cameras. Also, look out for potholes big enough to lose a car in!!
When you get into Turkey check the snow situation in the central area. It may
well be worth going along the coast road. It will add a good 200 miles to journey
but it will be much safer.
Latest comments about this article
By Gill Newpoort 24.6.2009
This may have been posted ages ago but we are driving to antalya from Manchester in September. Please can you le tme know the best way to plan the route?? any other tips? We know what docs we require etc and my husband is Turkish. anything you could let us know would be good. Thanks Gill Newport-Vayisoglu
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