An easy way to get out of Iraqi Kurdistan is to get a bus to Istanbul.
However, it seems that not everything goes well and my supposedly “easy trip out” was transformed into a mess as the bus didn’t arrive to Dohuk, and the company responsable for these trips got me a taxi to Zakho border, and from there another Turkish taxi all the way to the city of Cizre where I would get a bus to Istanbul via Ankara.
All this was payed by the company,although the bus didn’t show up, they stood to their responsibilities and made a small group of people and I to get out of Iraq and finally get that bus to Istanbul.
View of Dohuk from the top of a local building, August 2009
There is only one weekly BUS from this company Cizre Nuh, and the company in charge of bookings in Dohuk is called Piro Group, a consulting and marketing company. Beware of making the ticket bookings a few days before the day of the bus otherwise you may not get it.
- Buses get out of Dohuk every Friday 3pm with a fixed price of $95 US dollars = 65 Euros.
What happened was that because the bus never got out of Kirkuk due to some explosions, they in Piro Group had to try to get people out of Dohuk the earlier possible in order to get a bus from Cizre 4pm that day.
So, lucky me that went there 10am to leave my bag in the office they told me to wait because a taxi was taking me a few group of Iraqis out of Dohuk direction Turkey, but, with private taxis. Adventure.
Turkish border with Iraqi Kurdistan, August 2009
Private taxi in Turkey, Taxi from Ibrahim Khalil border in Iraq to Cizre in Turkey August 2009
Bus from Cizre to Istanbul via Ankara (yes I know the bus sign says Adana, but it departed from Cizre.
Piro Group Dohuk
Piro Group – Consulting & Marketing
- Directions: Take the phone number and check out the picture. If you take a taxi ask for Piro Sport near KRO
- Address: Piro Group office is on Shiran Street near the KRO. Duhok, Iraq
- Telephone: +964-750-4740905 / +964-750-4740906
- Website: http://www.pirosport.com | Piro Group
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org