Izmir travel guide

Izmir Tourism | Izmir Guide

You're Going to Love Izmir

The port city of Izmir is a hub for commerce and travel, and the mix of cultures and the Mediterranean climate makes the waterfront the main spot for activities. Check out the various cafes and restaurants that line the port, along with the many inland bazaars and local street markets.

Top 5 Reasons to Visit Izmir

1. Izmir International Fair

Every year, the Izmir International Fair attracts tourists, merchants, and import-export businessmen and women. Enjoy the host of musical and cultural events that run alongside this commercial fair.

2. Vibrant Nightlife

Izmir's nightlife teems with global citizens at spots like Kıbrıs Şehitleri Caddesi in Alsancak or Öküz Lounge and Bar in Karsiyaka.

3. Water Tours and Cruises

See the city by boat! Tours like Gaziemir Dalis Merkezi have snorkeling and shallow-sea diving activities included.

4. Feast on Turkish Delights

Sample Kumru, a traditional sandwich made with Turkish sausage, grilled cheese, and tomatoes from street vendors.

5. Beautiful Bazaars and Local Markets

Head to Konak Square, where you can catch the Kemeraltı Bazaar, great for negotiating the price of souvenirs. Visit Tire on Tuesdays for Turkey's biggest open town market.

Where to Eat in Izmir

Dine on classic Turkish cuisine for ₺30 - ₺80 at Meşhur Tavacı Recep Usta in Alsancak, where roasted meat and desserts like Baklava are favorites.

When to visit Izmir

Izmir in June
Estimated flight+hotel price
£179
2 travellers
Flight to Izmir
3 nights at hotel
Izmir in June
Estimated flight+hotel price
£179
2 travellers
Flight to Izmir
3 nights at hotel

Izmir experiences a classic Mediterranean climate: hot and sticky in the summers with windy and rainy winters. During the summer months, heat can be searing, but the evenings are cooled with a sea breeze known as "meltem".

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How to Get to Izmir

Plane

10 miles south of the city center is the Adnan Menderes Airport (ADB), that connects Izmir to Istanbul and Ankara for international flights. To get to the city center, you can use the airport shuttle HAVAŞ for ₺10 or public buses for ₺4.70.

Train

Traveling to Izmir by train, you'll arrive at either the Basmane Station or Alsancak. From Basmane, you can connect with the subway to get into town.

Car

Izmir's waterfront location means you must rely on ferry service, which docks at Alsancak Ferry Terminal, 1.2 miles north of the city. The ferry connects Izmir to Istanbul and even Venice.

Bus

The main bus station or the "otogar", is 3.7 miles from the center. Buses from Istanbul have a journey time of 9 hours (including a ferry trip).

Airports near Izmir

Airlines serving Izmir

Lufthansa
Good (1,045 reviews)
Turkish Airlines
Good (927 reviews)
Emirates
Excellent (570 reviews)
TAP AIR PORTUGAL
Good (329 reviews)
Scandinavian Airlines
Good (255 reviews)
LOT
Good (209 reviews)
ITA Airways
Good (25 reviews)
Singapore Airlines
Excellent (115 reviews)
Aegean Airlines
Excellent (86 reviews)
easyJet
Good (271 reviews)
Aer Lingus
Good (192 reviews)
Pegasus Airlines
Good (160 reviews)
Eurowings
Good (50 reviews)
Malaysia Airlines
Excellent (17 reviews)
Royal Air Maroc
Good (80 reviews)
Air Serbia
Good (28 reviews)
Oman Air
Good (3 reviews)
Royal Jordanian
Good (89 reviews)
Asiana Airlines
Excellent (41 reviews)
Kuwait Airways
Good (28 reviews)
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Where to stay in Izmir

Shantihome in Alsancak is where you can get a single room for a decent price. Hotel Yaman is a good mid-range option, while Mövenpick offers a more upscale experience.

Popular neighbourhoods in Izmir

Karsiyaka - located on the other side of the Gulf of Izmir, this district is home to Izmir's shopping streets with beautiful waterfront views of neighboring cities and a vibrant and colorful nightlife.

Alsancak - Alsancak's charm is in its small streets and Ottoman-era bars and houses.

Konak - this district is at the heart of Izmir, and is home to the Izmir Clock Tower, Konak Yali Mosque, and Kemeraltı Bazaar.

Where to stay in popular areas of Izmir

Most booked hotels in Izmir

Met Boutique Hotel
Excellent (9.1, Excellent reviews)
£76+
Renaissance Izmir Hotel
Excellent (8.8, Excellent reviews)
£81+
Swissotel Buyuk Efes Izmir
Excellent (8.8, Excellent reviews)
£91+
Svalinn Hotel
Excellent (8.8, Excellent reviews)
£63+
Oglakcioglu Park Boutique Hotel
Excellent (8.5, Excellent reviews)
£27+
Smart Hotel Izmir
Excellent (8.4, Excellent reviews)
£34+
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How to Get Around Izmir

Public Transportation

Fares for Izmir's train line cost ₺2.4 for adults and ₺1.35 for students. There are two travel cards, which cover bus, subway, İzban rail, and ferry trips. These are rechargeable at stations, piers, and shops, with a ₺7 initial deposit.

Taxi

Taxis are reliable and fares start with a flat rate of ₺3 and ₺1.86 for each mile thereafter.

Car

You can rent cars in Izmir using Elite Car rental services for ₺72 a day and visit other port cities and beaches along the Aegean such as Çeşme and Tire.

The Cost of Living in Izmir

Shopping Streets

Besides Karsiyaka's pedestrian shopping, check out the Forum mall in Bornova or Konak Pier, a small mall with a cinema and clothing stores.

Groceries and Other

Living in Izmir is comparable to other Turkish cities. You can get a quart of milk for ₺2.66 and ₺5.20 for a dozen eggs.

Cheap meal
£3.55
A pair of jeans
£35.51
Single public transport ticket
£0.57
Cappuccino
£1.65