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Bursa


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Northwest Turkish city known for Mount Uludag, thermal waters, and Ottoman-era architecture.

Located a short ferry ride from Istanbul, under the shadow of the Uludag Mountains, Bursa is often called the Green City for its abundance of parks and green space. People are drawn to the nearby ski resorts and other winter sports on Uludag, and the Sea of Marmara just at the edge of the city. Bursa was the first Ottoman capital and is a historic destination in its own right. Bursa is dotted with Ottoman-era tombs and mausoleums, notable mosques, and caravanserais, and is famous for the thermal baths that exist throughout the city and the region.
Bursa was a major stop on the Silk Road and has benefitted throughout the centuries from its proximity to Istanbul. Current-day Bursa is an industrial commuter city, particularly known for its automotive manufacturing. Tourism centers around Uludag, the beneficial health properties of the thermal waters, and its Ottoman-era structures, such as the Grand Mosque (Ulu Camii). Bursa is a slice of real-life Turkey, simultaneously a city that is thoroughly lived in and a city with wonders to discover, both natural and historical. It might exist in the shadow of Istanbul, but make sure not to overlook Bursa.

Where to stay in Bursa

There's a wide choice of accommodation in Bursa but picking the best place can be hard if you don't know the city. We've hand-picked the very best options with respect to location and price levels, so you can be sure you'll be staying somewhere that's perfect for you. Once we start preparing your customized itinerary we will present our recommended options for you to select from.
Iconic Boutique Hotel in Bursa
Iconic Boutique Hotel
A traditional boutique hotel overlooking the city, offering special accommodation in uniquely decorated rooms.
Classic Central Hotel in Bursa
Classic Central Hotel
A modern hotel in a lively neighborhood, close to historical monuments, with welcoming and helpful staff.
Classic Central Hotel in Bursa
Classic Central Hotel
A classic hotel in the heart of the city, near shops, restaurants, and several historical monuments.

Frequently Asked Questions about travel to Bursa

How far is Bursa from Istanbul?
By road Bursa is around 100 miles from Istanbul and the journey takes around two hours. You can also travel by fast ferry. The journey from Istanbul's Yenikapi port takes a little over an hour and a half.
How long should I stay in Bursa?
A day or two is enough to see most of the major sites in Bursa. It’s even possible to visit the city as a day trip from Istanbul, as there is a fast ferry that can get you from Istanbul to Bursa in about two hours.
When is the best time to visit Bursa?
Spring and autumn are the most pleasant seasons to visit Bursa, but any season can be enjoyable to see the city. Summer can be quite hot and humid and winters are cool and rainy, though Uludag Mountain nearby is a popular place to visit in the winter for skiing.
How do I get around Bursa?
Most of the major attractions in Bursa are within walking distance of the city center. You can also easily get around by city bus or taxi, as well as by minibus in certain routes. If you want to explore the areas around Bursa, or travel between Istanbul and Bursa at your own pace, we can arrange a private transfer and day trips.
Is Bursa safe?
Bursa is a very safe place to visit, and there is no problem with major crime in this city. As in any urban center, keep an eye out for your belongings, but pickpocketing is infrequent.
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