Turkey’s bus companies go head to head with the no frills airlines.

The amazing success of domestic Turkish airlines has been impacting passenger numbers on the Turkish intercity bus companies. It’s not surprising when promotional airline tickets start at 1 YTL plus taxes.

However, up until now, the Transport Ministry rules wouldn’t allow the discounting of bus tickets. But the bus companies have now successfully lobbied for the law to change and will now go head to head with the cut price airlines. They will be able to offer up to 10% of their seats at discount prices. Kamil Koc, one of the key operators, is offering seats on selected journeys at only 1YTL.  Other companies will no doubt follow but expect these prices only to be available on selected services outside of peak times.

In any case this is a welcome development in Turkey’s ever improving competitive market.