Samsun Tourism

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!

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

    • Air Pollution 65.91 (High)
    • Water Pollution 50 (Moderate)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 30 (Low)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 50 (Moderate)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 50 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 40 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 62.5 (High)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 70 (High)
  • How safe is Samsun for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Samsun.

    • Burglary and Theft 30.56 (Low)
    • Mugging and Robbery 19.44 (Very Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 16.67 (Very Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 38.89 (Low)
    • Car Stealing 16.67 (Very Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 36.11 (Low)
    • Attacks 36.11 (Low)
    • Drug offense 37.5 (Low)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 72.22 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 58.33 (Moderate)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 41.67 (Moderate)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 13.89 (Very Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 27.78 (Low)
  • Quality of Life Index of Samsun is 138.97 (High)

    • Safety Index 68.67 (High)
    • Climate Index 90.31 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 67.34 (High)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 35.88 (Moderate)
    • Cost of Living Index 33.68 (Very Low)
    • Health Care Index 66.67 (High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 5.52 (Low)
    • Purchasing Power Index 48.96 (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.

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

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.13 USD
    • International Movie per seat 2.83 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 14.17 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 34.96 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 26.93 USD

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

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