Antalya traffic causes irk among tourists

Monday, November 13, 2023


Long waiting time in traffic has been one of the most common complaints for visitors to Antalya.

The destination hosts millions of domestic and foreign holidaymakers annually, this tourism season.

Sixteen million tourists may visit Antalya this year, breaking the all-time tourism record of 2019.

Holidaymakers from Russia, Ukraine, Germany, England and Poland are in the majority this season. It started late due to the earthquakes in early February.

It may extend due to the weather temperatures being above seasonal norms.

After landing at Antalya Airport, tourists will go to their hotels via transfer vehicles of hotels or tour companies.

Those who want to go to facilities in Kemer, Demre, Finike, Kumluca and Kaş from Antalya Airport move to the west.

They use the main arteries in the city or the ring road.

Antalya-Alanya D-400 highway is the main route for tourists to take to move toward the eastern side.

Due to the single-road option for the facilities in Manavgat, Side, Alanya and Gazipaşa, traffic often comes to a standstill.

In addition to tourists, hotel employees or daily travellers living in the city and moving to the eastern districts also contribute to traffic congestion.

Tourists’complaint during the 2023 tourism season was about the long waits in traffic.

It is considering the city population in Antalya where there is one vehicle for two people on average.

Stating that not only holidaymakers but also tourism workers are suffering from the same situation.

Tourism workers who leave their homes early to avoid traffic and drivers who have to drive in traffic all day long also experience major difficulties.

Recep Yavuz, the head of the Antalya City Council’s Tourism Working Group, said this.

Yavuz added that in order to solve the traffic problem in the city, it should be supported by new roads as soon as possible.

Also, there shold be alternative routes especially for vehicles going directly to the eastern districts.

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