kent karts are a great investment while in izmir. you can buy these cards from vendors in and around the bus stops and ferry stations. the initial cost is around 4YTL and you add additional cash to these cards. whenever you board a bus or enter a ferry station all you need to do is swipe your card on the card reader and it'll deduct the cost of the fare. no need to fumble for change. just swipe and go! (they're re-loadable)
There are 3 companies in Izmir and everywhere is awailable by these buses for a very cheep price less then 1.-$.
1.ESHOT buses; Municipality owned more then 2000 buses and some of these are climatised.
2.IZULAS buses;Municipality owned bus service.
3.OHO private bus service operating under municipality control.
All 3 bus services prices are same and there is a multipass system named "Kentcard" which is also awailable in subway and ferry lines.
Adnan Menderes Airport(ADM) is situated approx. 25 km south of Izmir. A train runs from the airport to the centre of Izmir every 60 minutes and the journey takes around 30 minutes. A bus service runs into the city centre every 20 minutes and the journey time is around 35 minutes.
Around Dokuz Eylül Meydani there are many bus company offices. I asked at a few before I was told Truva company had buses to Ayvacik (the Canakkale bus stops there). From the office there is a service bus to the otogar half an hour before departure. The bus ride to Ayvacik was 5 hours (it includes a lunch break).
In Ayvacik I waited 45 minutes for the next bus to Assos (Behramkale). In my guidebook it said it took 15 minutes from Ayvacik to Assos and as the bus arrives it passes a 14th century Ottoman bridge. So after 15 minutes I started to wonder were to get off the bus. We passed houses and a village, but it was not right. Finally we came to Kadirga by the sea and after that to the stone village (but not past the bridge). It took about 45 minutes. I heard later that only some buses take the shorter way.
Izmir to Ayvacik was 17 000 000 TL.
Ayvacik to Assos was 3 500 000 TL (two days later it was
2 000 000 TL the opposite way).
The otogar in Bodrum is in the city. To come there from the harbour you walk 400 m – 500 m up along Cevat Sakir Caddesi. At the otogar there are many bus-company offices and you can without hassle visit several to compare prices and timetable.
I can’t remember which company I bought the ticket from, but to Izmir from Bodrum it was 16 000 000 TL and it took 3,5 hours. The company had free service from Izmir otogar to different places around the city.
If you are in Karsiyaka you will see a lot of horetaxi's. Please don't use them. The horses are treated very badly (they are very skinny, have wounds and no water to drink) and the drivers are most of the time drunk.
Theres two main train stations(Gar) in Izmir one is "Basmane Gar" from here awailable to go to Istanbul or ankara or inner parts of country and the other is "Alsancak Gar" where you can go to south for example Aydin , Kushadasi in Seljuk you can wisit a very nice steam and DMU train museum this is highly recommanded place for steam train fans.....
There is a wonderfull place in Izmir.Balchova or Balcova this is a place where you can stay in the hotel and can bath in the forestview hotel rooms in mineral and hot water spring baths......If you like you can take one of these teleferic cabins and go to the hills of the mountains and can watch all Izmir from the top.
The Airport of Izmir (Adnan Menderes Airport)is situated 15 km far from the center of Izmir. There are many domestic flight daily. If you travel from Greece, there is no direct connection to Izmir. So the most frequent flight is to Istanbul and Istanbul - Izmir. The ticket for an around trip , Athens - Istanbul - Izmir costs about 440 euro.
If you want to travel from Greece Its is quite easy to reach Izmir from the port of Chios island to Cesme port (turkish) ,In summertime there are ferries, twice per day, and in winter time 2 - 3 days a week.
Izmir is 80 km from Cesme, almost 1 hour by car, or taxi. But there many buses, every 1 hour in summertime, which they stop at the central bus station in Izmir.
The ferry on the Gulf of Izmir is a wonderful way to cross from one side to the other if you are in need of transportation or just simply want to take the short ride for the view of the city.
BY AIR : Regular flights from all major cities of the world come to Turkey's international airports. You have airports in Ankara, Istanbul, Izmir, Antalya, Adana, Trabzon and Dalaman.
We landed at the 'IZMIR ADNAN MENDERES AIRPORT' and this is about 80 km away from Kusadasi
Follow the signposts !
There are daily trips from popular towns like Bodrum, Kusadasi. Accessing via Selcuk may be another way. After landing to Izmir Adnan Menderes Airport or Bodrum Milas Airport(3 hours away from Ephesus) you may continue by bus to Ephesus.
Kusadasi and Izmir ports have international connections. A Classical Mediterranean cruise can not be thought without stop for Ephesus.
Road: Regular bus journeys are organized to all of the cities of Turkey day and night via Interurban Bus Firms. Terminal is 12 km. away from the city center.
Coach Station Tel : (+ 90 - 232) 472 10 10
Üçkuyular Coach Station: Regular bus and minibus voyages are organized to Çeþme - Seferihisar and Gümüldür provinces summer and winter. It is 10 km. away from city center.
Coach Station Tel : (+ 90 - 232) 259 88 62
Railroad: Regular railroad voyages are organized from Ýzmir to the cities like Ankara, Istanbul, Denizli and Aydýn.
Central Basmane Gar, Tel : 0.232.484 86 38
Alsancak Gar, Tel: 0.232.458 31 31
Maritime Lines: Address: Ýzmir Port - Alsancak State Maritime Lines Ýzmir Agency,
Other Ports; Çeþme Port, Dikili Port, Seferihisar - Sýðacýk Yacht Port
Port Tel : (+90 - 232) 464 88 64 - 464 88 89
Airway: Periodic national and international flights are organized from Adnan Menderes Airport. It is 16 km. away from city center.
Airport Tel : (+ 90 - 232) 484 12 20
Swissair, Lufthansa and Turksih Airlines have schedule flights to Izmir.
Many Charter companies have more resonable flights
Taxi is cheap and easy, do not try the public transportations, except the boats to/from Karsiyaka.