Ferries run daily in summer between Ayvalık and the Greek island of Lesvos (Mytileni), less frequently at other times of year; but the fare is extraordinarily high that most people choose to use other Greek-Turkish ferries, such as from Çeşme to Chios, Kuşadası to Samos, Bodrum to Kos, or Marmaris to Rhodes.
For full ferry information, dates, times, fares and reservations, click here.
Otherwise, transport to and from Ayvalık is by car andbus.
Distances & Travel Times
Assos (Behramkale):130 km (81 miles) NW, 2.25 hours
Balıkesir: 104 km (65 miles) E, 1.75 hours
Bandırma: 200 km (124 miles) NE, 3.5 hours
Bergama:50 km (31 miles) SE, 50 minutes
Bozcaada (Geyikli İskelesi): 133 km (83 miles) NW, 2.75 hours
Bursa:300 km (186 miles) NE, 5 hours
Çanakkale:200 km (124 miles) N, 3.5 hours
Dikili:30 km (19 miles), 30 minutes
Istanbul (via Bandırma ferry): 200 km (124 miles) NE, 3.5 hours, plus 2-hour ferry voyage to Istanbul(Yenikapı)
Istanbul (via Yalova ferry): 355 km (221 miles) NE, 6 hours, plus 45-minute ferry voyage to Istanbul (Yenikapı)
İzmir:240 km (149 miles) S, 3.5 hours
Selçuk (Ephesus):320 km (200 miles), 5.5 hours
—by Tom Brosnahan