easy to reach by air, bus,
car and train. (There
are currently no intercity ferryboats to
Here's my İzmir
Region Transport Map.
Airlines operates at least
a dozen flights daily between Istanbul and
Menderes Airport, and at least
four daily flights between İzmir
The cheaper alternatives, Atlasjet, Pegasus
Air and Sun
have flights as well.
info on airport
(bus terminal; map)
is huge and busy, with bus
to all parts of the country. Minibuses shuttle
between İzmir and Selçuk (Ephesus)
and Kuşadası about
every 20 minutes throughout the day.
Bus service between Istanbul and İzmir runs in conjunction with IDO fast catamaran ferries four times daily, and one overnight. You depart Kabataş (Istanbul), stop at Bursa, Balıkesir and Manisa, and arrive in İzmir less than 7 hours later—or vice-versa. More...
and travel times.
İzmir's main rail terminus, with train
service east to Ankara on
Mavi Tren and Karesi
south to Adnan
Menderes Airport, Selçuk (for Ephesus)
and as far as Nazilli and Denizli (for Pamukkale). More...
Eylül Ekspresi trains
run between İzmir and Bandırma,
where you can catch a fast
ferry to Istanbul. More...
It's easy to pick up a rental
car at Adnan
Menderes Airport and drive
to Selçuk, Ephesus, Şirince
and Kuşadası. More...