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Airport of arrival: Kars Harakani Airport
Flight time from Istanbul to Kars: 2 hours

Kars is a famous travel destination for those who would like to get a glimpse of the Eastern Anatolian culture. The city resides on a high plateau marked with a beautiful landscape covered in white throughout the winter. Renowned for its multicultural history the city showcases fusion of Russian and Ottoman architecture. Moreover, the local cuisine includes some of the most delicious foods in Türkiye. You can easily find cheap flight tickets to Kars.

There are direct flights from Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen Airport to Kars Harakani Airport offered  by Pegasus Airlines. Do not forget to follow up with the seasonal campaigns offered by Pegasus Airlines in order to benefit from flight tickets with great discount rates.

About the Airport

Kars Harakani Airport is situated about 6 km from the city center.

Kars Harakani Airport

The airport became operational in 1988. It holds importance as the main transport hub in the region as the airport serves to the surrounding cities of Agri, Ardahan, Artvin and Igdir. Kars Harakani Airport is open to domestic and international flights from various locations. Following the addition of a new terminal in 2013, the total passenger capacity of the airport increased to around 2.5 million people, making it the biggest terminal building of Eastern Anatolia.

Transport from Kars Harakani Airport to the City Center

Kars city center is accessed very easily due to its proximity to the airport.  There are public buses that operate between the airport and the city center based on departure and arrival hours. Transfer options to neighbouring places are also available. The journey to the city center costs 5 turkish liras. Alternatively, you can book a taxi or benefit from car rental services offered by Pegasus Airlines.

Public Transport

Public bus and minibuses are widely used as the common means of transport in the city center. Taxis are also viable options. However,  the main attraction points of the city are located very close to each other which makes it comfortable to discover the inner city center on foot.

Nowadays Kars has so many amazing historical mansions and palaces that are turned into a hotel offering an unforgettable experience to its visitors. You can find various accommodation options in the city center.

If you would like to have further assistance to plan your trip, you can book your hotel through Pegasus Airlines.

Kars has a legendary local cuisine with unique flavors. Goose, famous Kars Gruyere cheese and the honey are some of the locally produced high quality goods. Piti, kete and hangel are the authentic dishes you should definitely try in Kars.

You can have a look at  Kars Food Guide for more suggestions.

About Visa

Foreigners who wish to travel to Kars for tourism or commerce purposes can utilize electronic visa system to get their e-visas online. There may be some exemptions depending on the country of origin. The countries whose citizens are allowed to travel to Türkiye only with their ID cards are listed online.

Neighboring Cities

  • Ardahan (88 km)
  • Igdir (136 km)
  • Erzurum (205 km)
  • Agri (214 km)

 

Weather

Winters are extremely cold with heavy snowfall that turns the city a winter wonderland for most of the year. Winter temperatures can fall to -40 celsius degrees and summers are very short. Nevertheless, you can choose your preferred time to visit Kars irrespective of the weather since the winter tourism is also highly appreciated in the region.  

Essential Numbers

  • Country Code: +90
  • Kars Area Code: 474
  • Airport Contact: 0 474 213 56 68
  • Emergency Line: 112
  • Airport Shuttle Service: 0 474 223 21 52

The Castle of Kars, the Stone Bridge, Church of Holy Apostles, House of Namik Kemal and Palace of Beylerbeyi are the important places to see in Kars. If you’d like to spend some time in the nature winter tourism is highly developed in Kars. Lake Cildir, Ruins of Ani and Sarikamis are the famous spots located in a short distance from Kars city center. Lake of Cildir which gets frozen in winter time displays a spectacular landscape where you can do many activities ranging from fishing and sledding.

You can have a look at  Kars Travel Guide for further details on more places to visit.

FAQ

How to find cheap Kars flight ticket?

Pegasus Airlines offers special seasonal promotions to its passengers which gives the opportunity to fly with reduced prices throughout the year.

Why should I visit Kars?

Kars is a spectacular city in the northeast of Turkey. It’s a gem thanks to its rich history, culture, local cuisine as well as the natural landscape.

Do I need a visa to travel to Kars?

Depending on your nationality of origin you may need a visa to travel to Turkey. Please make sure to check online whether your country is among the countries whose citizens are allowed to travel to Turkey with their ID cards. Otherwise, you can apply for an electronic visa.

When is the ideal time to visit Kars?

Despite the harsh winter conditions, it is strongly recommended to visit Kars in January-February to enjoy the winter activities and see the city covered under snow. You just need to pay particular attention to bring warm clothes!

How long should I stay in Kars?

You can discover the city and spare time for the surrounding areas in 3-4 days.

Is there a travel card for tourists in the city?

There are no travel cards available for the tourists. The mostly common ways to get around are either by minibuses or on foot. The tickets for the minibuses can be purchased onboard.

Is Kars a safe city?

Kars is a very safe city for tourists with very hospitable local people.

Is Kars an expensive city?

Average prices of food and accommodation are not expensive compared to other touristic parts in the region.

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