Trabzon is a small city of massive historical importance in Turkey that is an excellent spot to visit for anyone interested in the history of the Silk Road or the history of the Italian trading empires of the Renaissance.
Trabzon International Airport is half an hour from the city by taxi, and the city itself is meant to be walked, as it's incredibly dense and narrow streets were somewhat haphazardly designed for horse-drawn carriages.
Airlines That Fly To Trabzon
To get to Trabzon, you'll need to fly on Air Arabia, Flynas, Onur Air, AtlasGlobal, SunExpress, Turkish Airlines, Pegasus Airlines, or AndalouJet. Some of these routes are seasonal, and few of these routes connect to major hubs, so expect to have a trip with multiple connecting flights that differ depending on what time of year you visit.
When To Book A Flight To Trabzon
Flights to Trabzon are very expensive but tend to be slightly less expensive in May and June, when the intense heat drives tourists away.
The most desirable times to visit Trabzon are in December and January when the moderate daily temperatures make for excellent strolling weather and a lush greenery that's hard to beat in the Mediterranean region. If you've configured our price alert tool, you'll have a good chance at finding price drops that buck this trend for flights to Trabzon.
What To Expect When Arriving At Trabzon
You won't be able to exchange your currencies at the Trabzon airport, but there are currency exchanges downtown that can fill your needs. Be careful of scammers claiming to offer you better-than-standard currency exchange rates at the airport, typically near baggage claim.
The Trabzon Airport has Wi-Fi but has little more than a snack stand and a souvenir shop when it comes to amenities. Additionally, you may be able to rent a car, but the selection will be limited. Taking a taxi is the best option, as the rate is fixed.
What To See And Do In Trabzon
The largest draw to Trabzon is the Hagia Sophia, which is the largest Byzantine church and probably one of the landmarks that you learned about in history class. Lines to get into the domed chapel can be hours long, so arrive early in the morning and remember to keep a quiet and respectful disposition while you're there.
Aside from the Hagia Sophia, there are several historic castles located along the cliffs and hills, with hundreds of years worth of stories embedded in the bricks. The historical society of Trabzon has done its best to make these castles into living museums, so be sure to pay the suggested donations as you enter.
For more active experiences, the Bazaar District is close to the town square and is a bit of an oddity as far as bazaars go, as it's half stone archway enclosed and tunneled souks and half open-air stalls covered by tarps. The entire complex of the souk and the outside stalls are surrounded by a single high wall. If you plan to buy anything, be aware that the area is a well-known tourist trap, and you won't be able to haggle prices down as a result. Many of the goods sold there aren't even authentically Turkish--for those, you should head to Uzun Sokak street, where the residents of Trabzon buy their goods.
Don't forget to check out the Zagnos bridge before you leave--it's a beautiful bridge that connects two neighborhoods divided by a valley.