Selçuk (Ephesus) is easily reached by plane, train, bus, car and cruise ship or ferryboat.
It's possible to visit Ephesus and Selçuk in one day by plane from Istanbul. My recommended travel agencies can help you set it up if you like. More...
İzmir's Adnan Menderes Airport is south of İzmir on the way to Selçuk. You can fly there, then take a train right from the airport right to Selçuk; or you can rent/hire a car and drive from the airport to Selçuk in an hour. More...
Trains connect İzmir, Adnan Menderes Airport, Selçuk and Denizli (for Pamukkale), and are one of the best ways to travel if the train schedule agrees with your schedule. More...
You can use the trains to make a day-trip excursion to Pamukkale and Laodicea. Here's how...
Bus & Minibus
service between Selçuk and İzmir is
with minibuses shuttling back and
forth between İzmir's main bus
terminal (Otogar) and the Otogar
in Selçuk every
15 or 20 minutes throughout
the day. In İzmir, just ask for the Selçuk
Bus service to and from Pamukkale and Bodrum is not convenient, however. More...
A rental/hire car is an excellent alternative for the Ephesus area. Although not essential, it can save you time. If you're going to hire a car, I suggest doing it at İzmir's Adnan Menderes Airport, then driving south to Selçuk, which is not difficult. More...
You can then use the car to easily visit other sites in the region such as Priene, Miletus and Didyma, and it allows you to visit Aphrodisias on your way to Pamukkale, something that is more difficult and time-consuming without a car.
Cruise Ship & Ferry
resort, cruise ship
and ferry port of Kuşadası is
only a 30-minute ride away from Selçuk (map). Minibuses run frequently between the two towns, passing Ephesus on the way. More...
—by Tom Brosnahan