Bursa was about 2 hours drive away from Istanbul and it had the world longest cable car line. We thought it would be worth exploring.
We left Istanbul after breakfast at our hotel and drove on to Bursa. The weather was fine and the highways were wide, clean, modern and very well maintained. Driving was very easy and the pass views were very scenic.
We had booked a place in central Bursa. It was Bursa Suites Apartment Otel turned out better than our expection. It was sited on a side road just off the main road, so it was quieter and yet just a short walk to the main road where shops, cafes and restaurants were in great number.
Bursa Cable Car
We were at the cable car station at about 2pm in the afternoon. It was a modern looking station with a huge car park. The parking fee was 40tl. Unexpectedly there was a super long queue for the cable car ride!
We had to queue for about 45 minutes before we could get to the ticketing counter. The cost of the cable car ride (two ways) was a hefty 490tl per person, and this was only a ride to the mid station (Surialan Station) and not the upper station, where the hotel zone was.
Each cable car take about 8 persons. The ride was very nice, we got to see Bursa city from way up high. The entire cable ride to the upper station was about 9 km, for whatever reason on the day of our visit the upper station was closed so we did not experience a 9 km ride.
At Surialan Station we were told to alight so like others we stepped out of our cable car. There were several shops (nothing interesting) in the station which we had to walk past to exit the station.
Outside was a huge area. We could see many snow mountains afar. There was nothing to do but to walk down a road. The area was pretty scenic, there were forest and trees and the ground was covered with snow. We walked as far as we could down the road which turned into a dirt path. Soon our “way” was blocked by snow and when it got very difficult to trek throught the snow we turned back. Again there was nothing to do. We felt disappointed with the entire experience. If the upper station which was the hotel zone was opened there would be more to enjoy and see.
Stay at Bursa
Our stay in Bursa was a very nice apartment. It was the Bursa Suites Apart Otel. The cost was Eur63 for one night.
There was parking within walking distance and it was free once we informed the attendant that we were customers of the otel. The apartment was great! It had a large sitting room, a toilet, a kitchen and a bedroom. The furnishing was new and modern!
This apartment did not provide breakfast but we did not mind as it had a proper kitchen and we were glad to eat our “type” of food after three days of heavy turkish meals. We did try to find a nice restaurant in town for dinner but everywhere was very crowded so we bought a grilled chicken (110tl) and went back to our apartment to have a relaxing dinner. For breakfast we had chicken pasta with eggs, all in one pot which was very easy to prepare.