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Do get the Dolmus to places outside of Bodrum such as Gumbet, Bitez and Turgutreis - its a real adventure and much cheaper than a taxi. Just stick your arm out if you want to hail one at the side of the road (although most of the time they beep at you to see if you want them). Their destination is always on the front and they are also coloured dependant on where they are going.
Try a Dolmus!!
Bodrum has a large bus station and here you will find a great number of Dolmus. The Dolmus are mini buses that travel along set routes around the resort and between Bodrum and other resorts on the peninsula. Dolmus are found in other parts of Turkey's coast.
Dolmus means "stuffed" or "filled" and that is the whole point - the bus will squeeze in as many customers as there is room for. The fare is very cheap, amounting to £1 or less and is paid to the driver during the journey. You should try to have the exact change or use a small YTL note as it causes the driver hasle to sort out your change!! The Dolmus will have a sign in the window telling you it's designated route or final destination.
You can usually hail the Dolmus, taxi style (thsi is most common) and sometimes it has designated stops just like a normal bus - the advantage being that the Dolmus can get in and out of the narrow streets that an ordinary bus can't. The same applies to getting off - you can either ask the driver to stop (shout "Stop Please" - Dur Lutfen) and he will where it is safe or they will stop at the set bus stops.
This bus service is a really cheap way to get to Gumbet from Bodrum (taxis have gotten more expensive in the last 3 years). If you do not mind sharing your body space with plenty of people then you should try a Dolmus just for the experience!!
Orange buses, called Dolmush, run 24 hours a day and cost 1 Euro or 1.7 TYL.
Green buses go further destinations. From the main terminal, you can get anywhere for very affordable. A trip to Turgetreis on Saturday cost 6 lira each.
Dolmus to neighboring towns
If your hotel is in a neighboring town like Gumbet, you can take the Dolmus to the bus station (otogar) in Bodrum. Our Dolmus from Gumbet to Bodrum cost 1,5 YTL (2006). Once you are in Bodrum, you can get to all of the main attractions by walking.
Dolmus, your personal chauffeur???
When you are in Bodrum or in one of the little villages nearby like Gumbet, its best to take the Dolmus. These small (green) busses drive by every couple of minutes and just stick your hand out, wave and they will stop for you. You pay the chauffeur. Its so cheap, just a couple of cents !! so really worth it.... a lot cheaper than a taxi. They can be a bit full sometimes, that can be less fun when you are sitting with a lot of sweaty people on hot days!
bodrum city map
The Dolmus (dolmush) is typically Turkish and can be found everywhere. These are mainly minibuses traveling relatively short distances. A dolls usually waits and starts in the bus station until it is full and then leaves. You can board a dolls anywhere on its route by signaling it to stop for you. Similarly you can get off at a convenient point anywhere along the route. The destination of the dolls is posted in the windscreen. There are services to all places on the Bedroom peninsula. In summer the latest hour of departure of the minibuses or dolls is 5 a.m. in the summer time.
This kind of public transport is cheap and efficient and works very well all over Turkey. Just sit at the back of the dolmus and pass money to the one in front of you and say "bir kisi lutfen:)"
IF YOU WILL DRIVE!!!!Your first impression of traffic in Turkey will be shocking: queue jumping and honking cars, specially taxis who are not bothered about traffic lights and over taking in most impossible places. Pedestrians appear to have suicidal tendencies.Bikes and motor-bikes without light and opposite the One-Way street - that's absolute normal.
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From Bodrum otogar to Izmir
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.
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The Dolmus (dolmush) is typically Turkish and can be found everywhere. These are mainly minibuses travelling relatively short distances. A dolmus usually waits and starts in the bus station (Otogar) until it is full and then leaves. You can board a dolmus anywhere on its route by signaling it to stop for you. Similarly you can get off at a convenient point anywhere along the route. The destination of the dolmus is posted in the windscreen. There are services to all places on the Bodrum peninsula. In summer the latest hour of departure of the minibuses or dolmus is 24.00.
This kind of public transport is cheap and efficient and works very well all over Turkey.
Dolmus (literally means “filled up”) is something like a mini bus, something like a line taxi, and you have it in all parts of Turkey as a public way of transportation. Prices are really low, 500 thousand liras inside the town, and 2 millions between towns (like Turgutreis-Bodrum which is 18 km). The driver will wait until the dolmus is full, before the journey begins. Passengers pay according to the distance traveled and can get in and out whenever and wherever they want to by informing the driver. I would suggest to anyone who is coming to Turkey to try going somewhere with dolmus, because it’s really a fun and totally different experience.
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Bodrum by bus
You can reach bodrum from all major cities of Turkiye. Bodrum bus terminal is in the middle of the town, where you can also take buses to other locations, or nearby town and cities..
Most people are travelling to Bodrum from Izmir, Istanbul and Ankara..
Bodrum is 250 km from Izmir and 840 km from Istanbul.. The road between Izmir and Bodrum is though so it takes longer hours than expected.. So if you are travelling from Istanbul, a night bus from a reputable company is adviced.
Many buses do continue to Turgutreis and Yalikavak also.. Some major bus companies are Boss, Pamukkale, Kamil koc, Varan and Ulusoy..
Bus Companies Phone Numbers
(all these companies have their offices in the the bus station - otogar)
Kamil Koç (90-252)3165350
Bus from Antalya/Izmir/Fetiheye
Bus System is very Impressive in all over Turkey and so in Bodrum .There are regular buses coming and going to Bodrum. But u must book a seat or two in advance. As mostly who ever comes to Turkey comes to Bodrum for its night life.
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The best way to travel in and in the environment of Bodrum are the little shuttlebusses. You can't miss them. They're small and old busses. Just signal the driver and tell them where you have to go to.
These busses are also very cheap.
You can find the central busstation in Bodrum.
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A shuttle from Bargylia to Bodrum
If you want to get from Bargylia to Bodrum, just come up to the road and stop a regular shuttle, which will take you to the town in 20-25 minutes. On the way back you are to look for the shuttle with "Guvercinlik" on it, because there are plenty of them in bus station.
The Dolmus is a cross between a minibus and a taxi.
There are numerous Dolmus in Bodrum/Gumbet, and they will take you anywhere along the way for a flat fare.
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Our local taxi was taking the dolmus. It's easy and not expensive.
At Bodrum Busstation (the meeting point off dolmus) you will find a dolmus that will bring you to every nearby destination.
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