By bus, Bodrum
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!!
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
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
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"
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.
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 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
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 at ask for timetables and prices. The companies have more or less the same prices but not the same services. My favorite is Pamukalle, an excellent company with modern buses, polite stuff, free tea/coffee and biscuits (!) for journeys that last more than 3 hours!
Marmaris-Bodrum costs 15 TL (9euro) and takes 3,5 hours
Bodrum-Izmir costs 20TL (12 euro) and takes 4 hours. There are several trips daily but I use to go there one day before to take my ticket and see the timetables. For exable Pamukalle has buses to Izmir daily at 5:00 11:00 12:00 15:00 16:00 17:00 18:00
Bodrum-Istanbul takes around 11 hours
If you come by plane HAVAS has bus services from the airport to the bus station. The trips lasts 30’.
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) .
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.
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.