How to Ride a Turkish Dolmus

The Turkish dolmuş (pronounced DOL-moosh) is a minibus that serves the coastal area of Turkey. It doesn’t operate like public buses in Western countries,so here’s how to ride it.



  1. There are dolmush stops every twenty minutes by walk.You can either stand there and hold your hand up as to call the dolmush when you see it or you can just go to main stops with lots of dolmush`s waiting to get passengers.

  2. Expect a dolmuş to come every 10 minutes or so on popular routes. When the dolmuş stops double check with the driver that he’s going where you want to be: Bodruma gidiyor musun?(Are you going to Bodrum?).

  3. Now take a seat and work out how much you have to pay from the price list, usually stuck above the windscreen.

  4. Hand the money to the person in the seat in front of you. It gets passed hand-to-hand, man to child to women, all the way up to the driver. He will make out the change when he gets a clear stretch of road with, if you’re lucky, one hand on the wheel and hand it back as before, person to person.

  5. When you want to stop, shout something appropriate and say good evening (Iyi aksamlar!) as you go

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