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Pamukkale's bus to Marmaris
Turkey has an excellent bus network so you can easily reach IZMIR from many other cities across the mainland. The bus station is 7km away from the city in a huge building. You can go there by taxi (around 15 TL to the center) but every company has free mini shuttle buses for the city every 30’. You just show your bus ticket.
I was surprised of how many bus companies there are there. Unfortunatelly there isn’t any central Info point so you have to ask for timetables and prices in each one. The companies have more or less the same prices but not the same services. My favorite company is Pamukalle, an excellent company with modern buses, polite stuff, free tea/coffee and biscuits (!) for journeys that last more than 3 hours!
Bodrum-Izmir costs 20 TL (12euro) and takes 4 hours
Marmaris-Izmir costs 22TL (13 euro) and takes 4,5 hours
Istanbul-Izmir costs 40 TL (22 euro) and takes 10 hours
Adnan Menders airport is the city’s airport, 15km away from the center. It has many connections to other Turkish cities or international destinations. If it happens to be in Istanbul/Ankara/Antalya you can choose one of the daily flights but there are connections with other turkish cities too.
There two bus lines to the city from the airport, one for Alsancak and one for Karsiyaka. I’n not sure about the company but I think it’s Havas that has great service in Istanbul airport too. Taxi is expensive, try to avoid it.
the boat at Karsyaka
One of my best moments in Izmir was when I took the ferry to go to Karsiyaka district from Alsancak port. It’s fun, not expensive and of course faster than take the local bus that will probably stuck in the traffic for hours. As everywhere in Turkey I enjoyed a nice cup of tea inside the boat. There are 24 ferries shuttle across 8 quays (Bostanli, Karsyaka, Bayrakli, Alsancak, Izmir, Pasaport, Izmir, Konak, Goztepe and Uckuyular).
If you don’t know Turkish you will probably get lost inside the city, it’s difficult to find your orientation outside of Kordon. The bus network is really strange and slow, so I suggest to stroll around the center if you are here just as a daytrip.
The metro line is very simple but at least will take you to Bornova district. The stations are: 1) Üçyol, 2) Konak, 3) Çankaya, 4) Basmane, 5) Hilal, 6) Halkapınar, 7) Stadyum, 8) Sanayi, 9) Bölge, 10) Bornova.
Of course you can also use the dolmush the famous Turkish mini buses that go to many destinations but they do so many stops that the journey will take much longer than a regular bus sometimes.
But don’t be afraid, the basic attractions are in the center of Izmir.
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