Visit Samsun - Best of Samsun

Samsun, the provincial capital of Samsun Province has destined visitors to explore it for whatever reasons they got drawn to it. Whether a layover at its bustling Black Sea port, getting a glimpse of the rich heritage and tradition, for it is also the also traditional capital of Turkey’s Black Sea region. Despite evolving as a modern city in recent times, it holds strong roots in its folklores and praxis.

With an interestingly craggy history, Samsun is a striking euphoria. On May 19, 1919, when Mustafa Kemal Pasha (also known as Ataturk) came to demonstrate the 30,000 odd Turks against allied occupation, the War of Independence begun, destructing the area this then quaint port town. The land today witnessed the development of high-rise buildings, much contemporary to what was.

Nestled amidst azure waters of the Black Sea, Samsun may appear like an apt architecture model, of perfectly symmetrical structures, balanced network of roads and just the right amount of foliage. All this together is one reason why this also Turkey’s most populated city. This further explains to the amazing food trends here. Scrumptiously healthy nuts, molasses, pide – a traditional Turkish bread stuffed with cheese and other fillings, and of course, connoisseurs and food enthusiasts complete the culinary scene of this Turkish marvel!

Samsun Travel Tips

Essential travel information and Samsun tips for your visit

  • Time Zone: Eastern European Time Zone; UTC +2,+3
  • Currency: Turkish Lira (TRY)
  • Electricity and Internet: The voltage is 230 V/ 50 Hz. Internet in the form of wi-fi is available at most of the hotels, restaurants and places of interest.
  • Languages: Abaza, Albanian, Gheg and Kabardian languages are widely spoken. English is understood.
  • Security: Dial 112 for medical emergency/ ambulance, 110 for fire, 155 for police, 158 for coastguard, 177 for forest fires and 183 for missing child/ women's helpline.
  • Tipping: Customary to leave a 10% tip in restaurants.
  • Customs: Covering your head in mosques is essential along with modest clothing throughout.

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Facts and Stats for Samsun*

  • Pollution Statistics in Samsun

    Know the pollution level of Samsun before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 66.67 (High)
    • Water Pollution 33.33 (Low)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 25 (Low)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 50 (Moderate)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 33.33 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 33.33 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 62.5 (High)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 75 (High)
  • Samsun: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Samsun for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Samsun.

    • Burglary and Theft 34.38 (Low)
    • Mugging and Robbery 21.88 (Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 18.75 (Very Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 40.63 (Moderate)
    • Car Stealing 18.75 (Very Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 40.63 (Moderate)
    • Attacks 37.5 (Low)
    • Drug offense 39.29 (Low)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 68.75 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 56.25 (Moderate)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 43.75 (Moderate)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 15.63 (Very Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 28.13 (Low)
  • Living in Samsun - Quality of Life

    Quality of Life Index of Samsun is 136.14 (High)

    • Safety Index 66.63 (High)
    • Climate Index 90.31 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 62.64 (High)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 35.88 (Moderate)
    • Cost of Living Index 32.09 (Very Low)
    • Health Care Index 63.33 (High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 7.94 (Moderate)
    • Purchasing Power Index 45.59 (Low)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Samsun

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Samsun

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.06 USD
    • International Movie per seat 3.09 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 32.95 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 51.49 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 32.95 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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