By bus, Bodrum
Turkey has an excellent bus network so you can easily reach Bodrum from many other cities across the mainland.
The bus station(otogar) is near the city center, 500 m down the Cevat Sakir caddesi will bring you near to the castle. There are several bus companies, just go there and ask for timetables and prices. The companies have more or less the same prices but not the same services (Varan, Metro, Pamukkale are the most reliable). My favorite is Pamukkale, an excellent company with modern buses, polite stuff, free tea/coffee and biscuits/snacks (!) for journeys that last more than 3 hours!
Back in 2007 I travelled to Bodrum from Marmaris, it took 3,5 hours with a small bus and the ticket was 15TL
The same year I took the bus from Bodrum to Izmir, it took 4 hours and the ticket was 20TL
In 2014 we took the bus from Denizli to Budrum. The ticket was 40TL, we used Yatagan that had a medium size but good service with all the usual (perfume, water, snacks and soft drinks).
The bus from Bodrum to Istanbul takes up to 11 hours
If you come by plane HAVAS has bus services from the airport to the bus station. The trips lasts 30’.
Bodrum is surrounded by many gorgeous seaside villages, but how do you get there in the cheapest possible way.
Head to the Otogar where Dolmus [ minibus ] depart regularly to these villages.
The Otogar is located on Cevat Sakir Street.
If you can't make it there, just stand anywhere along the route and signal to the driver when you see the Dolmus approaching. He will stop and pick you up, and on the way back, will drop you off at any convenient point along the route.
Remember to tell the driver where you wish to alight.
FOR LONGER DISTANCE, I THINK IT'S HANDY TO KNOW THE COMPANIES THAT SERVICE THE AREA.
I travelled with one particular company that I really liked and wanted to use them all the time. The buses are usually comfortable, and they provide the cheapest and most comprehensive service when traveling around Turkey. All buses are smoke-free.
When the bus makes a stop at a road restaurant, you may have to pay a small fee to make use of the rest room, which are usually clean.
Bus Companies & Phone Numbers that have offices at Bodrum Otogar
Pamukkale – https://pamukkale.com.tr/
phone +90 252/315-1369 *cheapest*
Varan – http://www.varan.com.tr/
phone +90 252/316-7849
Kamil Koç – http://www.kamilkoc.com.tr/
phone +90 252/313-0468
Another smaller company Aydin Turizm (phone +90 252/316-3250 ) runs a bus service along the Mediterranean coast from Bodrum to Ortaca, Dalyan, Dalaman, Fethiye, Olüdeniz, and Kas.
The cheapest way to get to Yalikavak (20kms) is by Dolmus. This can be caught at the Bodrum Otogar. Go to where the Dolmus are, and look for one with a Yalikavak sign in the window. If people are in it, get on, if not, ask somebody which is leaving next.
It takes about 25 minutes to get from Yalýkavak to Bodrum by Dolmus and in summer they run every 20 minutes in both directions
The Bodrum Otogar is on the corner of Cevat Sakir Street and Artemis Street
FARE IN 2009 FOR A RETURN TRIP .................7.2t/l
I always rent a car for my bodrum holiday i feel free because my villa is on the hill at yalikavak so it is very difficult to reach to yalikavak or bodrum centrum, supermarkets, restaurants i also sometimes go different towns from bodrum
i recommend to holidaymakers www.egeriarentacar.com
for car hire in Bodrum
Playing safe, I bought my bus ticket at Metro Turizm (Sept. 3, 2011) to Bodrum. The fare was like TL65 or 70?
As usual, there's an individual TV, and the friendliest and most accommodating steward I've ever encountered. I know I'm not good at remembering names but I remember his name this time -- it's on his name plate on his chest, something like Sait Tasan. I want to put that on record just in case you happen to ride on his bus. Be nice to him as he is the nicest steward on a turkish bus, ever. He'll make you feel that you're a guest that he would ensure you're comfortable on his bus.
He seemed to love his job so much that his dedication to serve passengers on his bus is really super. He asked me several times if I wanted drinks - not the scheduled ones - and I mean many times. And a service with a smile and thank you. This is the kind of staff that makes the company proud. That's the reason why it's my favorite bus company -- you'll never go wrong with Metro.
we took the new double deck metro turizm bus from bodrum otogar to istanbul buyuk otogar (esenler). 12 hours trip of scenic route and very comfortable as usual as the second deck where we are are half full and we took the 8:30pm bus so we arrived in istanbul early in the morning - around 9AM.
TRICK in buying bus tickets:
before buying a ticket for istanbul, i asked all the bus companies at the bus station that goes to istanbul for the fare and i got various offers. different bus companies have different fare. i think i inquired from 4 bus companies - varan and ulusoy are more expensive at about 70 or 75 lira, pamukkale bus is 65, kamil koc is 60, i got metro at TL55, the cheapest was aydin bus at 50 but i got confidence with metro as i've used them several times from several trips in turkey so we took it.
slept all the way to istanbul.
and as usual they have a small service bus that takes passengers from the big istanbul terminal to aksaray district near the metro station, walk a a little to Yusufpaşa tramvay station which is 2 stations away from our hotel in Beyazid.
you can book/buy your tickets for your trips at metro bus's website in advance for your convenience.
we bought a ticket at the metro turizm bus company from selcuk bus depot for bodrum but the bus that came was truva - it's maybe a co-share between bus companies. so we headed to bodrum and it's about a 3-hour bus ride on a scenic route passing by kusadasi (we should have dropped by here). bus fare is i think only 25 lira. the bus is big and really comfortable.
To get to some of these regional Airports is terribly expensive, thus making your cheap flights not so cheap!
The cheapest way to get to Bodrum Airport from Bodrum, is to catch the Havas Bus from the Bodrum Otogar.
It is located on the inside of the Otogar, near where the Taxis are. There is a little Office, which probably will not be manned, but it has the Timetable written up for the week. They run in time for all Domestic flights.
Departure is 2 hours before flight departure times, and the journey takes approx 40mins. The only other pickup area is Torba Junction.
Turn up, pay the Driver, and you are on your way.
On the brochure it says "We provide shuttle services for the following airline's domestic destinations: Turkish airlines, Pegasus, Izair, Atlas Jet, Onur Air"
My Bus to Marmaris wasn't a large Coach, but a medium size Bus, larger than a Mini Bus. It was comfortable, so had no complaints. At Mugla, I was tranferred into a Dolmus for the rest of my journey to Marmaris.
Buses depart Bodrum at.....................6.30 / 10.30 / 13.30 / 17.30 / 18.30 (summer) / 19.30 / 20.30 (summer)
COST 18 t/l
TIME 3&1/2 hours
The cheapest option for getting to Turgutreis.
Catch a Dolmus from the Bodrum Otogar. You will see the area where only Dolmus are. Walk around until you see one with "Turgutreis" and hop on the one with people on it. If you can't find it, ask somebody standing around, I found them most helpful, and they will show you which Dolmus. Pay the driver when he arrives, or he may come and get the money first.
Otogar is located on the corner of Cevat Sakir Street & Artemis Street.
FARE FOR THE ROUND TRIP IN 2009 WAS 7 t/l.
The Bus from Bodrum to Selcuk takes approx 3hours and the cost in 2009 was 25 t/l. Prices do vary with different companies.
The Otogar is located on the corner of Cevat Sakir street and Artemis Street.
Cevat Sakir is the street that leads down to the Mosque and the Harbour.
Dolmus (meaning 'stuffed'), is the name given to the small green minibuses that connect the villages round the peninsula with Bodrum. In the high season, they must get very stuffed indeed but we had no problem getting seats. We rode the Dolmus from Bitez to Bodrum and from Bodrum to Bitez several times and thoroughly enjoyed it. The fare is 5TL ( 2.50 Euro ) each way for two people and you must tap the person in front of you on the shoulder and pass the money up to the driver. Your change comes back the same way.
When going into Bodrum, stay on the Dolmus as far as the central bus offce or Ottogar. This is convenient for exploring the Bazaar area and in itself, the area round thebus office is absolutely full of life. There are several cafes, which serve cheap and tasty kebabs and sitting waiting for your bus, you will not be bored. Lots of street vendors sell bread rolls and other food, people constantly come and go on the buses and at around 3.30, kids from the local highschool stream past in large, noisy groups. All in all, there's a real feeling of town life here, quite different from the atmosphere in The Bazaar just a few streets down.
You can catch a taxi from the bus office as well. Taxis are metered and start at 3.00 TL. They are very reasonable during the day but more expensive after midnight.
Travelling by bus in Turkey is more efficient than travelling by train.
From Istanbul it takes around 11 - 12 hours
From Izmir to Bodrum is around 3:30 hours.
Check Metro : http://www.metroturizm.com.tr
Pamukkale : http://www.pamukkaleturizm.com.tr
A better option is VARAN (from Istanbul) www.varan.com.tr
Karadeveci for Izmir - Bodrum : Tel : 0 252 316 25 60
When you arrive in Bodrum there are some choices about how you get to the town centre. Cheapest in the summer months (if you are not being transferred by a tour operator) is an airport shuttle bus which goes to a few destinations and terminates in Bodrum centre.
There is no regular bus service from the airport. The HAVAS coaches operate from the domestic terminal and their timetable matches the incoming flights with Turkish Airlines (and some other charter airlines in the summer months).
The trip to the central bus station in Bodrum costs about €3 (approx £2 or 5YTL) .
Travelling in or out of the centre of Bodrum you have to take a typical "Dolmus" .. they call it a dolmus over there, but it's just another word for the bus ..
They drive all around the city 7/7 - 24/24 every 5 minutes a dolmus is passing by .. you just have to raise your hand to make him stop , like taxis in the US. It costs 1 euro / 1.2 dollar, it's the cheapest way to get around !!