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 .
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
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 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.
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.
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.....
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 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.
Adnan Menders airport is the city’s airport, 15km away from the center. 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.
There two bus lines to the city from the airport, one for Alsancak and one for Karsiyaka. I’n not sure about the company but I think it’s Havas that has great service in Istanbul airport too. Taxi is expensive, try to avoid it.
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).
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.
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 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.
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).
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.