by plane to Izmir
Adnan Menderes airport (ADB) is the city’s airport, 15km away from the center of Izmir. It has many connections to other Turkish cities or international destinations. If it happens to be in Istanbul/Ankara/Antalya you can choose one of the daily flights but there are connections with other turkish cities too.
The sign to the exit shows you have plenty of option away from the airport (pic 1). There are two bus lines to the city from the airport, one for Alsancak and one for Karsiyaka. It’s a good cheap option (4TL) but for 10TL you can get the more comfortable Havas shuttle bus.
Of course taxi is always an option if you don’t mind to pay a bit more.
Finally you can take the suburban train to Alsancak station
In summer 2014 we took the train from the airport to Selcuk/Ephesus. The train station was 10’ walk from the airport. On our way there we noticed several small of bigger buses that serve numerous cities but the train seemed more reliable.
The most convenient way to travel from the airport to the city center or vice versa is by the metro. This travel will cost you 2 credits from kentkart (approximately 4 TL). If you would take a taxi, that would cost you around 70 TL. Depending on the metro stop you will depart, the metro ride will take about 30 to 45 minutes. If you are visiting Izmir on budget travel, this is the best way to travel from/to airport. You can find the schedule from the provided web link.
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For transportation in Izmir, you need to get Kentkart which you can use in boats, metro and buses. Tokens are not used anymore in Izmir and if you would like to use public transportation, you need to get kentkart from various outlets available in the city. You can follow the link provided below for the fares with kentkart.
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Train to Istanbul
There is now a fast train from Izmir to Ankara. The train i took was the 09.15 am to Istanbul by train and ferry. Buses go from the otagar outside city centre.See my Istanbul page for info and pictures on Train Izmir to Istanbul As of 2011 i notice that trains from Izmir now go from Alsancak station in Izmir and not Basmane
Opened in 2000, Izmir has a metro but it only consists of a single line with 10 stations running from Bornova through Basmane and Konak to Ucyol. I found it to be useful but expensive when I travelled from Basmane to Konak where it cost me TL3.
Izmir has two railway stations: Basmane (built in 1876) in the city centre is the major terminal for intercity trains, and Alsancak, built in 1858, where the first railway line in the Ottoman Empire ran to Aydin but was closed in 2006.
The main intercity services include: Ankara (Mavi Tren is the fastest at 14 hours), Denizli (3 express trains daily, 5-6 hours) and Isparta (9 hours). Trains for Istanbul connect with a ferry at Bandirma.
by bus to Izmir
Turkey has an excellent bus network so you can easily reach IZMIR from many other cities across the mainland. The bus station is 7km away from the city in a huge building. You can go there by taxi (around 15 TL to the center) but every company has free mini shuttle buses for the city every 30’. You just show your bus ticket.
I was surprised of how many bus companies there are there. Unfortunatelly there isn’t any central Info point so you have to ask for timetables and prices in each one. The companies have more or less the same prices but not the same services. My favorite company is Pamukalle, an excellent company with modern buses, polite stuff, free tea/coffee and biscuits (!) for journeys that last more than 3 hours!
Bodrum-Izmir costs 20 TL (12euro) and takes 4 hours
Marmaris-Izmir costs 22TL (13 euro) and takes 4,5 hours
Istanbul-Izmir costs 40 TL (22 euro) and takes 10 hours
How to get to Izmir
Izmir is situated 337 km from Istanbul. It has an airport Adnan Menders, a ferry terminal Alancak, a railway station Basmane Gari and the main bus station Buyuk otogar.
There are 5 flights from Ankara, 5 flights from Antalya and 5 flights from Istanbul everyday.
You may get to Izmir by train from Ankara for 15 hours and from Denizli for 6 hours.
You can also reach Izmir by bus from Istanbul (every hour for 10 hours), from Ankara (11 times a day for 8 hours).
We got to Izmir by excursion bus on our way from Selcuk to Bergama.
You can watch my 3 min 43 sec Video clip Izmir around by bus with Turkish pop music by Izel – York Yere.
You may watch my high resolution photo of Izmir on the Google Earth according to the following coordinates 38° 25' 11.15" N 27° 7' 37.91" E or on my Google Earth Panoramio Konak Iskele .
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Left luggage at the Izmir otogar
At the Izmir otogar there is a left luggage service, open 24/7 it is at the down floor where long distance busses are. I left there my luggage for about 10 hrs but I m afraid I don't remember exactly what I paid. I think it was about 10 ytl or something close.
Izmir otogar to alsancak bus
Which bus company are you taking? The bus company bringing you into Izmir Otogar would definetly have a mini or midi bus into the city and most probably to Alsancak as this is a common drop off, pick up point. As soon as you gete of your bus in Izmir ask the bus attendents or bus company attendents meeting your bus for "Servis to Alsancak" they will direct you to the bus. Keep in mind Izmir Otogar is big and complex. Have someone from your bus company walk you where the mini bus would leave. It could be like 2 floors down on the opposite side or something. Really depends where the bus arrives and recent routine they are following. And the minibus most probably won't have any markings on it. Ask them if they are XXX bus's servis to Alsancak. If you miss your own and find another company's bus to Alsancak, just ask them and say pleasseeeee with your cutest puppy look. They should take you because you are tourists and you need help. Worse comes to worse give the driver 10ytl queitly. It will do.
And also keep in mind depending on when your bus arrived, the minibus could leave 5 minutes after your arrival or you could wait for it like 45 minutes.If you miss one demand you get on the next one. They will let you take the next one.
Yes the distance from Otogar to Alsancak is huge and the cab driver might drive you the longer way too. It is best to catch the bus company's minibus.
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by boat inside Izmir!
One of my best moments in Izmir was when I took the ferry to go to Karsiyaka district from Alsancak port. It’s fun, not expensive and of course faster than take the local bus that will probably stuck in the traffic for hours. As everywhere in Turkey I enjoyed a nice cup of tea inside the boat. There are 24 ferries shuttle across 8 quays (Bostanli, Karsyaka, Bayrakli, Alsancak, Izmir, Pasaport, Izmir, Konak, Goztepe and Uckuyular).
How to move around
If you don’t know Turkish you will probably get lost inside the city, it’s difficult to find your orientation outside of Kordon. The bus network is really strange and slow, so I suggest to stroll around the center if you are here just as a daytrip.
The metro line is very simple but at least will take you to Bornova district. The stations are: 1) Üçyol, 2) Konak, 3) Çankaya, 4) Basmane, 5) Hilal, 6) Halkapınar, 7) Stadyum, 8) Sanayi, 9) Bölge, 10) Bornova.
Of course you can also use the dolmush the famous Turkish mini buses that go to many destinations but they do so many stops that the journey will take much longer than a regular bus sometimes.
But don’t be afraid, the basic attractions are in the center of Izmir.
Izmir, Adnan Menderes Airport.
Airport INTERNATIONAL ARRIVALS
AIRPORT GUIDE Terminal directory will give you some useful numbers like Tourist information and Car rental.
Car park, room for 2311 cars, lists prices.
Word of warning, food and drink prices are hefty, bring your own.
HAVAS SHUTTLE BUSES
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Izmir Metro and Trains.
Clean and frequent metro about the city,just could do with some more stations,another 21 are planned.
Alas the web page only in Turkish.
For a simpler look at times and how often they run check the second web site below,YAZ DONEMI is summer.
IZMIR LOCAL TRAINS
IZMIR-ANKARA Mavi (Blue) Express train.
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Public Transportation in Izmir
Izmir, as the third biggest city of Turkey, has a good network of transport system utilizing possibilities at sea and on land. If you come to ýzmir by air, the possibilities are as follows:
1-If you do not care about the budget, the easiest way is to take a taxi. To the city center it would cost appr. 25 USD.
2-Havas-local ground handling company operates coaches to different points of the city center and it costs appr. 6 USD.
3-Do not reckon with the train at the moment. There is a train station at the airport. However, the existing railway is being rehabilitated to become a part of the extended metro system; it is expected that in one year's time it will be ready.
If you come to Izmir-port, then it is located in Alsancak in the very center of the city. If you have limited time in Izmir, then using a taxi is advised to reach, for example, the basar.
In case you come to the main central bus-terminal of Izmir, the best way is to take the so called services buses operated by the bus-companies. At the bus-terminal, take the service bus to the city center. These service buses usually drive to the central parts of the city.
Within the city of Izmir, the main public transport means is the red municipal buses. As a foreigner in Izmir, it may be difficult to find out where to take the bus, which bus and to where. Therefore, unless you want an adventure, for short stays, taking the municipal buses is not advised. In these buses you can use money ( appr. 1 USD) or you can use "Kent Kart" (City Card). Passenger boats Konak/ Karsiyaka/ Konak, Konak/Bostanli/ Konak, Konak/Bayrakli/Konak, Goztepe/Karsiyaka/Goztepe (few departures a day) and ferry boats (for cars and passengers) Uckuyular/Bostanli/Uckuyular.
Izmir Metro is approximately 11 km. long with 10 stations. The end stations are Bornova and Uckuyular. If you are in the very center of Izmir-close to the Basar, the nearest stations are Konak, Cankaya and Basmane.