Şirince is a beautiful
hill town only 8 km (5 miles) east
in the Aegean hinterland
south of İzmir (map).
To get to Şirince you
must first get to the nearby, larger
town of Selçuk,
next to Ephesus. Here's information
on getting to Selçuk by
car, bus and train. More...
how to drive from İzmir's Adnan
Menderes Airport to Selçuk and
Minibuses run between Selçuk's
30 minutes during the warm months (April through October),
more frequently (about every 20 minutes) on busy summer weekends, less frequently in the winter (November through mid-March).
Ask about the time of the last minibus
when you arrive at Selçuk's
otogar, or in
If you plan to use Şirince as
your base for several days of exploration
in the region around Ephesus,
you should consider renting
a car. Having your
own car makes it easier to travel from,
and return to İzmir's Adnan
Menderes Airport, to make day-excursion
trips to Priene, Miletus
and Didyma; Euromos and Bodrum; Aphrodisias, and even Pamukkale.
For a day-trip to İzmir,
however, I recommend taking the train
to İzmir's Basmane
Gar. Park your car near the gar (train
station) in Selçuk and take one of
the half-dozen daily trains, or drive
north to Cumaovası, from which you
any of the far more frequent İZBAN
suburban trains directly to Basmane.
By taking the train you save yourself
the considerable hassle of dealing
with İzmir's frantic traffic and driving,
and impossible parking.
—by Tom Brosnahan