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Erzincan Travel Guide

Erzincan is located on the eastern part of Turkey with a population of more than 200.000 people. The city neighbors to Erzurum, Bayburt, Gümüşhane, Giresun, Sivas, Malatya, and Tunceli. Erzincan was home to dozens of civilizations with a history that dates back to 1600 BC. Now, the city is a growing tourism destination with its one of a kind historical and natural wonders. 

Erzincan şehir gece rehberi

General Information ABout Erzincan

Country: Turkey
Region: Eastern Turkey
Area: 11.974 km2
Language: Turkish
Average temperature: 11.1 °C
Climate: Continental Climate
Vegetation: Steppe
The difference between GMT: GMT+3
Telephone Code: +446
Currency: Turkish Lira
Socket Type: Type C


How to Get to Erzincan?

Erzincan is a growing tourism destination of Eastern Turkey and Pegasus Airlines offers direct flights to Erzincan from İstanbul. The flight duration to Erzincan from İstanbul is 1 hour and 55 minutes. You can buy your direct flight tickets to Erzincan from İstanbul from here.

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Transportation from Erzincan Airport to City Center

Erzincan Airport is located 7 kilometers away from the city center. You can get to city center with direct bus, taxi and car.

Direct buses are located just outside of the airport and leaves after 25 minutes for every arrival. The trip takes approximately 20 minutes and costs 8 liras.

There are also many taxis available in the airport 24/7. The trip approximately costs 30 liras.

You can also enjoy the city with a rental car. Pegasus Airlines car rental service has great offers for you in here.


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Public Transport in Erzincan

You can use public buses, small buses and taxis to get around in the city.

Public buses cover all populated areas of Erzincan with more than 15 routes. In order to use public buses, you need to buy a rechargeable “Can-Kart” from kiosks and sale points which are available in most stops in the city center. You can check public bus timetables and routes from here. The site is only available in Turkish.

Small buses are also frequently used in Erzincan. They do not have fixed stops on the route, pick-up and drop-off is made on demand and fare is paid in cash. 

Taxis are another way of transportation in Erzincan. Taxis cost 4 liras per kilometer. 

Best Time to Visit Erzincan

Erzincan ne zaman gidilir

Erzincan has a typical continental climate with hot and dry summers and cold and snowy winters. The hottest month is August and the coldest month is January. Unless you are planning to ski on great Ergan Mountains, we suggest you to visit Erzincan during summer or in early autumn to avoid extreme winter temperatures. It is also recommended for you to enjoy Erzincan at least two to three days.

Festivals in Erzincan

  • Traditional Recep Yazıcıoğlu Outdoor Sports Festival (April)
  • International Kemaliye Outdoor Sports Festival (May)
  • Rainbow Culture and Art Events (May)
  • Kemah Sultan Melik Art ve Sport Events (June)
  • Nature, Culture and Bryndza Cheese Festival (July)
  • Refahiye Honey Festival (August)
  • Hıdır Abdal Sultan Feast (August)

Places to Visit in Erzincan

Erzincan has one of a kind natural wonders and rare historical landmarks. The city is a growing tourism destination and welcomes a growing number of tourists every year.  

Altıntepe Ruins

Altıntepe Ruins is one of the most significant Urartian ancient cities that are scattered around the Eastern Anatolia. Altıntepe was also used as a strategic castle during the reigns of Roma and Ottoman Empires. The ruins are located 15 kilometers away from the city center.

Ergan Ski Center

Erzincan ergan kayak merkezi

Ergan Ski Center is one of the most popular destinations of Erzincan. Ergan Mountain is located 20 minute drive away from the city center. The ski center has one of the longest cable car rides in Turkey. 

Kemah Castle

Kemah Castle’s history not exactly known but it is estimated that its history dates back to 4000 BC. The surroundings of the castle are preserved well and offer amazing scenery. Kemah Castle is located 50 kilometers away from the city center. 

Dark Canyon (Karanlık Kanyon)

Erzincan karanlık kanyon

Dark Canyon is one of the largest canyons of the world and offers spectacular sceneries. The canyon is located in Kemaliye district and is reachable through an hour boat ride.  

Girlevik Waterfall

Erzincan Girlevik Şelalesi

Girlevik Waterfall is the beloved natural attraction of Erzincan. The waterfall is located 35 kilometers away from the city center with many recreational activities around it.

Where to Stay in Erzincan?

Erzincan dağ evi

Although there are not many accommodation options in Erzincan, the city offers great hotels. Most of the hotels are located in Ordu, Fevzi Paşa and Halit Paşa Streets. These hotels have 3 or 4 stars. Erzincan does not have any boutique or backpacker hostels.


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What to Eat in Erzincan?

Erzincan tulum peyniri

Erzincan is known all over Turkey with its delicious meat dishes, especially with the “Döner”. The city also offers many Turkish traditional dishes such as “Ekşili Köfte” and “Etli Üzüm Sarması” in numerous good diners. 

  • Traditional Anatolia Cuisine: Seven Kevser Lokantası
  • Traditional Erzincan Recipes: Ayla’nın Mutfağı
  • Erzincan Doner: Konak Mazlum, Kebabistan, Evin Döner
  • Meat Recipes: Çınar Restoran, Lezzetelli

Shopping in Erzincan: Best Souvenirs to Buy

You can buy best authentic Erzincan souvenirs such as handicraft copper jewelry and decorations from shops located on 13 Şubat Street in the city center. The city is also famous for its bryndza cheese and honey. 

“Erzincanpark AVM” ve “Ergan AVM” are the two popular shopping malls in the city where you can shop from international brands. 

Nightlife in Erzincan

Erzincan gece hayatı

Erzincan does not have an active nightlife. Carna Café and Cafetelli Café in the city center offer live Turkish music to its visitors until midnight. 

Things to Know Before Visiting Erzincan

  • If you are visiting Erzincan during winter, it is best for you to bring your best coat.
  • There are many currency exchange vendors and banks around the city.
  • Credit and debit cards are commonly accepted.

Essential Numbers

City Code: 0 446

Erzincan Airport: (0446) 226 21 06

Airport to City Center Transfer Bus: 0850 222 0 487  

 
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