Whether you've just arrived to the city or you're about to leave, you can easily reach the Adnan Menderes Airport. You may prefer to use use municipality buses, the suburban line (İZBAN), Havaş buses or taxis to go to the Adnan Menderes Airport which is 15 km from the city center.
Çeşme is 95 km away from the İzmir Adnan Menderes Airport. There are services from the airport to Çeşme between the months of May and November. For further information please click here.
İzmir, the unique city of the Mediterranean, is even more beautiful when toured on a Phaeton. You will witness the sun hugging the sea and the sound of horseshoes meeting the wind while touring around on the Phaetons which depart from the Port, Gündoğdu Square and Konak Pier.
You can visit many historical places such as the favorite boulevards of Alsancak, the evergreen Kültürpark, Ayavukla Church, Hotel Street, Agora, Kemeraltı and Clock Tower on a phaeton.
The Phaetons work double shift between 8.00-23.00 and the price of a one-way ticket is 20 TL. You can also hire a Phaeton, one of the symbols of İzmir, for a special occasion on an hourly basis.
You can discover the historical and touristic places of İzmir by joining the single open-top bus tour in İzmir which serves according to the touristic cruise ships visiting the city.
The route is carefully prepared in order to present all of the beauty of the city and during the tour, information is given in German, Spanish, Italian and Turkish about the places visited.
The route is carefully prepared for people who want to make a good use of their time. The tickets for the tour are valid for 24 hours after the first use. It's possible to hop off at the stations along the route and hop on another bus later.
The Route: Alsancak Harbor, Gündoğdu Square, Cumhuriyet Square, Montrö Square, Ahmet Piriştina City Archive and Museum (APİKAM), Kemeraltı, Agora, Ümran Baradan Toy Museum, Archeology Museum, Konak Pier, Hisarönü, Basmane Train Station, Lozan Square, Plevne Boulevard, Talatpaşa, Alsancak Train Station, Historical Havagazı Factory.
Choosing to use the subway for urban transportation saves you time to visit more places.
İzmir is one of the cities that use a rail system for faster transportation. The most important reasons why the people of İzmir prefer to use the subway are that it's faster, safer and more comfortable.
Serving at 17 stations between Evka 3 and Fahrettin Altay, The İzmir Metro relieves urban transportation significantly. Also, it's possible to transfer to İZBAN Light Rail System from Hilal and Halkapınar stations of the İzmir Metro.
The Turkish Lira is the official currency of Turkey. Credit cards are widely used and accepted. Visitors can use their Visa and Master Cards. ATMs can be found all around the country. All of them offer foreign language options and pay out Turkish liras. Foreign exchange offices may be found throughout the country. Operating hours are mostly Monday to Friday, from 09:00 to 17:00. In the arrivals section of Atatürk and Sabiha Gökçen Airports, there are 7/24 open exchange offices. Also the exchange offices located in shopping malls and touristic areas are open later and on Saturdays.
Istanbul falls in the Eastern European Time Zone. Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is 2 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT+2).
Turkey's electrical system operates on 220 volts, 50 Hz, with round-prong European-style plugs that fit into recessed wall sockets.
In İzmir (or Smyrna), big Turkish city on the Aegean Sea, the climate is Mediterranean, with relatively mild winters, and hot and sunny summers.
Here are the average temperatures.
Spring, from mid-March to May, is very mild, and while in March it's still a bit unstable, later it gradually becomes sunnier, and with less rainfall.
The amount of sunshine in İzmir is great in summer, when the sky is practically always clear, while in winter, sunny periods alternate with periods of bad weather, with cloudy skies.
The best times to visit Izmir, for exploring the city, the monuments and the neighboring towns such as Ephesus and Pergamum, are spring and autumn, ie the months of April and May, and from mid-September to mid-October. In fact summer is often hot, especially in July and August.
For beach life, you can go from June to September. September is probably the best compromise between beach life and cultural tourism, if you want to do both.