Public transportation is very convenient and provided by buses, minibuses (dolmus), and subways. Students have the right to a special discount for transportation both for intra-city and inter-city transportation.
The Izmir Metro is the easiest and most comfortable transportation option in Izmir. There are two main metro lines in Izmir. The Izmir Metro runs from east and west and began operations in 2000. The Izmir Metro has 10 stations and runs for 11.6 km, from Bornova to Uçyol. The IZBAN, which began operations in 2010, runs for 80 km between 31 stations. The IZBAN takes travelers directly from the airport, through Izmir many neighborhoods, and even to surrounding towns.
You may travel by passenger ferry from eight Izmir piers (Bostanli, Karsiyaka, Bayrakli, Alsancak, Pasaport, Konak, Goztepe and Uckuyular). Since Izmir is located on a bay, it is a beautiful and relaxing way to ride. After a busy day, a ferry ride can provide a great view of Izmir’s spectacular sunsets.
Dolmuş is an alternative method of public transport. This mini bus service operates on particular routes picking up passengers. The fare is paid in cash to the driver and the amount paid varies as to the distance travelled.
For public transportation (bus, metro and ferry schedules), see the Izmir Metropolitan Municipality webpage.
Airway or railways to travel between different destinations in Turkey is also easy, for more information refer to the web pages of:
Traveling to Turkey:
By Coach: There are regular services between Turkey and Austria, France, Germany, Holland, Italy, Switzerland, and Greece; also Iraq, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Syria.
By Air: Most international airline companies have flights to Izmir from the major cities of the world. Most international airlines have regular flights from all major cities of the world to Turkey’s international airports.
By Sea: Apart from numerous cruises in the Mediterranean, several foreign shipping companies have regular passenger ferries to the ports of Izmir.
By Rail: Train journeys can be made to Istanbul directly from the major cities in Europe.