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<map lat='37.86780697709982' lng='32.530517578125' zoom='11' view='0' float='right' /> Konya is a city in Turkey, on the central plateau of Anatolia.
This city is one of the most conservative cities in Turkey and has a reputation for it. Many non-local Turks will swear that you will not even have a slight chance for a lift around Konya, but that’s not true. Instead, this is one of the places in Turkey where you will be offered quickest lifts, even if you don’t have a conservative appearance according to local standards (e.g. a male having long hair and an untidy beard).
Northeast towards Aksaray, Cappadocia, Nevşehir
You need to reach the D300 towards Aksaray; the next big city after Konya in that direction. You can take the tramway a get out in "Otogar" stop. From there, walk like 10 minutes towards east until the next roundabout (close to Novaland Outlet mall). From there you can catch a ride to Cappadocia easily. Some drivers are using that road to go to Ankara, but they can drop you to the junction of the D300 road and from there Aksaray is straight away.
Get yourself out of town by either catching a bus in direction Hayvanat Bahcesi, or try to hitchhike. It's easy to find the way out, everywhere are signs that show you the way towards Adana. At the beginning of the Eregli-Adana karayolu , or the road D330, you find a petrol station, and behind of it enough space to stop cars. Keep in mind that for the next 100 km or so, no bigger villages will pass your way, so best case is to catch a vehicle that goes directly towards Eregli or even further.
Catch the bus towards Karaman Yolu (i.e. “Road to Karaman”, bus #26 goes there, and in April, 2008 costed YTL 1.10/person, one-way, which is about half a Euro). You can catch it from the stop in the city centre, in front of the Governer’s Office (Valilik or Vilayet), which is not very far from the Mevlana Museum/Rumi tomb or Alaaddin Park. This bus will take you fairly out of city, about 10-15 km, on the motorway D715. Just push the stop button as soon as it quits the higway by turning left into a much narrower road. After getting off the bus, cross the motorway back to the other side (it’s not very hard) and start thumbing. You won’t wait long (~15-20 minutes), but as the cars will be passing by quite fast, always watch your back to see if they had stopped tens of metres ahead. Be aware that this spot is almost in the middle of nowhere and there are hardly any buildings around (let alone a shop), so you may consider taking some extra water before you board the bus: It’s the steppes after all, and it’s literally baking under the sun during summer. Also another thing to consider is that you will pass through only three towns of considerable size (Iceri Cumra (pronounced ee-cheh-ree choom-raa), Karaman, and Mut respectively) all along the way down to Silifke, and for some hundred(s) of kilometres (between Iceri Cumra and Karaman) not a single village along the way, so don’t accept lifts to other than these or directly Silifke itself. Getting a lift right into Karaman city centre will make you stray from the motorway about a few kilometres away, so also take this into consideration.
Southwest to Seydişehir, Antalya, Alanya
From city center (Alaadin, this stop: 37°52′24.16″N 32°29′39.28″E) take bus 12 or 13 with direction Hatip. Get off just before the street Hatip Caddesi crosses with the ring road (D696) - signal for stop when you see Türkiye Petrolleri red gas station (37°48′49.73″N 32°26′00.16″E). From the bus stop, walk straight for the remaining portion and turn right following the Antalya / Seydişehir signs to the D696 highway (past another, blue, gas station).
The only thing is, here a massive military zone starts for further 2-3 km, enclosed by a wire fence and on that corner two armed soldiers were on duty and we stood right next to them on the other side of the fence. They didn't have a problem with our hitchhiking and wished us a nice trip, only asked us to move so we wouldn't be in their zone surveillance camera (on the fence). The cars were passing fast and it wasn't that great, but after 45 min (for boy+girl couple) we had a ride direct to Alanya.
If you weren't lucky here and/or the soldiers' presence bothered you, I guess you could take one of the passing minibuses to go past the military zone, but I'm not sure where exactly they'd bring you.
September 2018: the public transportation card (called Elkart) costed 1.50 TL for empty card, so you may get one as a nice souvenir (unlike 6-7 TL in İstanbul or İzmir). One full fare is 2.10 TL and you can beep with the same card twice for 2 passengers (not sure for more people, or how it is for transfers).
Didn't find English version in the website, but it was quite self-explanatory to view map of stops, maps of bus lines, which lines every stop serves, and timetables.
If you don't have a place to sleep in Konya, you could also go to the central bus station in the city center. It seems to be open 24 hours a day. Platschi arrived there at 4 a.m. in the night and found enough benches to lay down. Many other local people also did, waiting for their bus to arrive. Also security was walking around there. A very good place for wildcamp is the suburban park in the western part of the city (Meram belediyesi dutlu kulturpark) where a mosque, free public toilet (almost unique in Turkey..) and several bars on the edges of a dirty sewer river make the perfect environment for a nice stay. Fede stayed there 2 nights leaving also his backpack at one of the bars and getting free hot water for cook and tea all the time he needed. The central park on the hill Alaaddin tepesi seems to be less safe and calm listening to locals.