Dolmus - Mini Bus, Marmaris
Dolmus in Marmaris is an excellent, cheap way to get around. The main Dolmus station is located next to the big Tansas shopping centre. Look for a Bus with the Destination you want on the board in the front window, hop on, pay the driver, take a seat. If you are getting on enroute, flag the Bus down, hop on, either pay then or when you get off. Tell driver where you want to get off if not at the end of the route. They run every 5mins to half hour.
Orange goes to Icmeler, Purple to Adaagzi, Green to Siteler and Blue to different spots in Armutalan. Price varies, but is cheap.
Main Dolmus station is infront of Tansas store, located in Ulusal Egemlik Caddesi.
Very easy to use these busses.
Cheap (€0,6) and easy to recognise (orange busses go from Marmaris to Içmeler, green dolmus bus goes from Içmeler to Marmaris).
The bus station is near the big Maxi Tansas shop in the centre (near Burger King).
Most of the people in Marmaris travel around with DOLMUS, a mini bus that can carry around 22 people. They have different colors and usually they have in front the stops and the final destination. You can use one of them to go to Icmeler, Armutalan, Siteler etc During summer time they are packed with people that go to the different beautiful bays of Marmaris.
Of course you can easily take a taxi. You will see them wait in many spots, there are some in the port too. For some long distances they have fix prices but you can bargain.
Local Minibuses runs intercity and between Marmaris and Icmeler, locally known as "Dolmus" ( Dol-Mush) follow the certain routes with stops but however they stop whenever you like to... Easy to recognize with different colors according to your destination..
FOR ICMELER Watch for the ORANGE Buses... FOR ARMUTALAN / DARK BLUE .... and for SITELER LIGHT BLUE...
Prices vary according to DOLMUS you pick but between 1 YTL and 1,5 YTL... Just wave your hand and sure they will stop... If they dont probably it is stuffed ( I mean it! ;) ) so you should wait for the next one....
Taxi's are quite expensive in Marmaris. My Hotel told me to use one to get to the Port as it is quite a way, which it was, too far to walk, as it was on the outskirts of the city. My Taxi from my Hotel to the port cost 22t/l.
On the way back, I decided to do it differently. I caught a Taxi to Tansas which really isn't that far, and it cost 10 t/l, then a Dolmus back to my Hotel for 1.25 t/l, so I halved the original cost and it was just as easy.
The best and cheapest way to get around Marmaris is on your wifes back Ha Ha Ha sorry love i will start again. Right, now the swellings gone down a bit, the best way is by DOLMUS which is a turkish mini bus, and actually means Stuffed in turkish. they are supposed to carry around 20 people, but i think they must have had the world record when i went on one, so do not be surprised when they cram 40 people one dolmus. There are bus stops but they will stop anywhere wher ther are people waiting to get on. A dolmus ride is very cheap, last year it was 500,000 lira, don't worry this is about 30 pence. I will have some photo's of the transport around Marmaris in july when i return.
well... From Marmaris or Ýcmeler if you dont like to use dolmus (Minibuses) to travel, try taxi boats running between Marmaris and Icmeler cost about 5 YTL ( 2 GBPS / 3Euros per person... It takes about 20 minutes or less and with small boats for 15-20 people and you can watch all seaside and feel freshen up for some reason.... In Marmaris just next centrum where you can see Ataturk Statue also, just behind there are boats docked waiting and sails every half an hour in summer season.... In Icmeler goto the seaside ;) where the big or small trip boats are waiting ( Front of Hotel Aqua) .... Ask!
The Dolmus is a mini bus service in Marmaris. Just flag it to stop for you. Pay the driver on entry or when leaving, its cheap 1.75 YTL. I noticed 3 routes , each route has a coloured van for that service. Red was Marmaris to Icmeler, and i think green to the bus station [Otogar]
Destination Price Schedule
Icmeler 10 mins 1.5 Ytl 07.00-02.00 every half hour
Yalancibogaz 15 mins 1.25 Ytl 07.00-23.00 every half hour
Turunc 20 mins 3.5 Ytl 07.00-24.00 every half hour
Hisaronu 25 mins 3.0 Ytl 07.00-22.30 every half hour
Orhaniye 30 mins 3.5 Ytl 07.00-24.00 every half hour
Selimiye 35 mins 5.5 Ytl 10.30 12.00 14.30 16.00 17.30 19.00
Bozburun 45 mins 5.0 Ytl 10.30 12.00 14.30 16.00 17.30 19.00
Bayir 35 mins 3.5 Ytl 12.00
Ciftlik 1 hr 5.5 Ytl 15.00
Sogut 1 hr 5.0 Ytl 10.30 12.30 15.00 19.00
Camli 30 mins 3.5 Ytl 09.00-22.00 hourly
Karacasogut 45 mins 4.0 Ytl 07.00 12.00 17.00 19.00
Click for OTHER ROUTES and what dolmus to look for.
Marmaris bus station [Otagar] is slightly out of town, can be reached by Dolmus from anywhere in Marmaris. There are several offices selling tickets. Buses go to loads of places including Istanbul, Mugla, Ancara and Bodrum. Marmaris to Bodrum is 180 km.
the dolmus bus is best way to get around marmaris or just outside marmaris
all you pay is one lira dont pay for children and check your change because they dont bother giving you it unless you ask especially if its your first time in turkey. they will stop anywhere you ask them to but beware they do get very crowded
The best thing to go around is to use the Dolmus bus, or just walk. I can surely recommand to use the Dolmus at least once as it is quite funny. Get in the bus, sit as far away from the driver as possible. Then you give your money to pay the fare to the one in front of you, he gives it to the next and it ends up with the driver. When you get change it gets the same way back to you. And you really get what is yours, no one holds a bit for himself. We thought it was a great way. I don't think we could have that here in Holland. You probably end up with getting nothing back!
Dolmus in Turkish means crush and these little buses can be quite a crush although this was nit often when we travelled on them.
Different towns have different coloured Dolmus - green in Marmaris and from nearby Icmeler orange. There is a flat fare that you pay directly to the driver and also no bus stops - the buses can be hailed anywhere and they stop anywhere - even next to pedestrian crossings!
The terminus in Marmaris is near the harbour.
This is probably the best way to travel around Marmaris.
It is very cheap, 1 Turkish Lira (YTL), which is around 40 pence.
You don't have to be at bus stops to catch them. You can hail the bus down anywhere.
Dolmus mini buses are so easy to use to get around & cheap, once on if you can't get to the driver to pay just pass the money down through the bus & any change will come back to you in the same way. Good & quite funny just tell them how many for, You can pick them up from outside your hotel on the main road or from any part of your walk, just wave them down & they will stop all of the time, unless they are full of course, they will stop were ever you want it to, just tell them, the drivers are very good. If you are travelling in a big group it could be cheaper for you to go by taxi as the bus is usually 3 tlira each & children between 6-12yrs 2tlira each so over 6 people is cheaper by taxi. Remember haggle for everything they love it :)