Destination IzmirDestination Izmir

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Practical informationPractical information

Passport & visa

<To travel to Turkey, you will need a valid passport or a European identity card that must be valid for the period of intended stay.

Apart from a valid passport or European identity card, you also need a visa to travel to Turkey. As of 10 April 2014, you need to apply for the visa before you travel. Visas are no longer issued at airports in Turkey. Payment is by credit card only. We recommend that you arrange your visa at least 24 hours prior to departure in order to ensure that the payment is made on time.

Apply for a visa for your trip to Turkey

Adnan Menderes Airport

The airport lies 18 km to the south-west of the centre and can be reached in a number of ways.

Havas airport bus

Buses leave from the THY bus stop at Menderes Airport and drop you at the THY terminal at the Buyek Efes hotel on Gaziosmanpasa Bulvari. The journey takes 30 minutes.

Shuttle to the airport

Menderes airport – Alsancak train station. Leaves on the hour, the schedule is not reliable.

Around Izmir

Dolmus Minibus acting as a collective, less expensive taxi service. You can stop one in the street. Minimal charges.


Sails to and from Konak and Alsancak. The ship there and back takes 1 hour and 15 minutes.


Probably the least effective way of travelling round Izmir.

Horse and carriage

Take a drive along Izmir’s waterfront, the Birinci Kordon, in a calèche (coach pulled by horses). Get on and off at the Pasaport pier.


The main post office is at Cumhuriyet Meydani (open 24 hours).


In Konak: Mersel Ecza Dep, 848 Sok 2/24. There is a duty chemist’s shop in every neighbourhood, after closing hours and on Sundays. A notice with the necessary information appears in the chemist’s shop’s window.


Alsancak State Hospital, Alsancak – open 24 hours for accidents and first aid.


Country code: +90
Local code: 232 outside Turkey/0232 inside Turkey


220V alternating current

Opening hours

8h30-17h30 for most government establishments/offices; shops from 09h00-20h00.

Important numbers

Police: 155
Emergency: 112

Tourist information office

At Adnan Menderes Airport and in Izmir: Central Bureau, 1344 Sok 2, Passaport district.

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