Taking the train is the cheapest way to travel between İzmir, İzmir’s Adnan Menderes Airport (ADB), Selçuk (Ephesus), Aydın, Nazilli (for Aphrodisias) and Denizli (Pamukkale). Izmir has multiple train lines: the Izban, Metro, Tramvay, and the Söke Güzergahı Tren. For the purposes of traveling outside of the city of Izmir, you will ride the Izban or the Söke Güzergahı Tren. For information on inter-city transport, read this article (maps).
If you’re traveling between İzmir and the airport, İZBAN trains are the easiest and most frequent mode of transport. The İzban stretches from Aliğa to Selçuk (Ephesus), departing every 10-15 minutes. There are Izban stations all throughout the city. If you are staying far from an Izban stop, it is easily accessed from other modes of transport such as the ferry, bus, or metro stations.
Selçuk is also most easily accessed by the Izban. In order to reach Selçuk, you will get on the Izban from your starting point in Izmir. Be sure to stand on the güney (south) side of the Izban, to catch the train that heads south. To reach Selçuk specifically, you will have to get off at Tepeköy, and take a different train via the same station to Selçuk. Trains depart from Tepeköy to Selçuk approximately every hour. The journey from Izmir is about 3 or 3.5 hours via the İzban train. Note that if you arrive at Tepeköy long before the train departs and do not want to wait at the station, you could take a 25 minute taxi to Selçuk to shorten your travel day.
Izmir also has an official train station, called Basmane Gar. It is located in Konak, a central subsection of the city. Using the official website will show accurate departure times for trains departing from Izmir to each of these locations. Under the link to their site, departure times are listed under “Bölgesel Trenler” (regional trains). Though the website is in Turkish, it should be easy to read since the most important links are labeled with the departure and arrival cities.
From Izmir’s Basmane Gar, there are 4-7 trains to major cities each day. The departure times vary, however generally the first trains leave at around 7 AM, and the last trains depart at around 3:00 PM.
Traveling from Izmir to Denizli will require changing trains at Nazilli. Transit from Izmir to Nazilli takes about 3.5 hours. Transit from Nazilli to Denizli takes just over an hour. There should be a train that leaves immediately upon arrival in Nazilli, connecting passengers from Izmir to Denizli. This trip via train should take around 5 hours.
The trains are comfortable and quiet. Each seat reclines, and there is adequate legroom. Some seats have access to power outlets. The route passes through villages and vineyards along the way, making for lovely window views along the way.
-by Abigail Goosen