Izmir, Turkey

Book a flight to Izmir and experience the best of two worlds: a city full of history that also boasts wonderful golden sand beaches!

Izmir, situated on a lovely green hill, is home to colourful houses, quiet bays and a rich history. Find inspiration in beautiful historic buildings in this charming city. The bell towers and castle built by Alexander the Great are the best preserved historic buildings. Visit the castle at sunset, when the call to prayer resounds through the city and the views are magical. Feel like fish for dinner? Enjoy the local specialities trança and çipura (two delicious species of sea bream) at a fish restaurant!

When are you flying to Izmir?

Enjoy hot summers with a refreshing sea breeze in Izmir. What about a holiday in the spring or fall? With temperatures averaging around 25 degrees, you can enjoy the beautiful beaches almost all year round. The bays surrounded by hills and green nature are the perfect setting for utter relaxation.

Practical information

Transport to/from the airport

The airport of Izmir is located about 18 km from the city centre. You can travel to/from the airport by taxi or bus.
  • Taxi

    The taxi rank is located in front of the airport. Agree the fare in advance to avoid paying too much.
  • Bus

    The Havas buses will bring you to the centre of Izmir. Get off at the Alsancak Efes Oteli stop in the centre of town. You can buy a ticket from the bus driver.
  • Train

    There are two trains from the airport. One goes to Alsancak Gari and the other goes to Basmane train station.

Transport in the city/region

Travel anywhere within Izmir:
  • Metro

    Izmir’s metro consists of one line. This goes from the historic centre to the residential areas to the east of the city.
  • Bus

    Travelling by dolmus around Izmir is easy. These are mini-buses that you can stop anywhere on the street. The dolmus runs along a set route from one of the bus stations. 
  • Taxi

    You can hail a taxi anywhere on the street in Izmir. The taxi fares are higher at night than during the day.

Important information

  • It is recommended to be vaccinated for Hepatitis A and DTP. This is not obligatory.

Passport and visa

You need a passport or identity card that is still at least valid for at least 6 months when you arrive. Apart from a passport or identity card, you also need a visa. 

Since 10 April 2014 you are required to obtain a visa before you travel. You cannot get a visa at airports in Turkey any more. You can only pay for your visa with a credit card. To make sure that your payment is made on time, we recommend arranging your visa at least 24 hours in advance. Please note! Do you have a French passport? Then you do not need to apply for a visa. Apply for a visa

Time zone

GMT +2 (summer time +3)
In winter, it is 1 hour later in Izmir than it is in the Netherlands.


The currency used in Izmir is the Turkish Lira (YTL).

Duration of flight

The flight to Izmir is about 3.5 hours. The plane stops briefly on both the outbound and the inbound journeys.

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