Izmir to Ephesus by train
How do I get to Ephesus?
Taking the train from Izmir Basmane Train Station to Selcuk is an enjoyable way to see the Western Turkey. The train passes through the rich fertile farmlands, orchards and vineyards stopping at the small farming towns and villages along the way. Train is the cheapest way to travel, though not the fastest and not the most comfortable way to travel between Izmir and Ephesus.
* You can not prebook train tickets. You can buy them with Turkish Liras cash at Train Staitions. It is recommended to be at the train stations 20 minutes before the departure of the train to avoid disappointment.
* We offer Private Tour of Ephesus from Selcuk Train Station with licensed local tour guides. For the cost of a Private Tour of Ephesus from Selcuk Train Station please contact us.
Selcuk is the modern name for Ephesus. It is a small town having a population of 35 thousand. Selcuk is 62km south of Izmir. It is an hour drive from Izmir Airport. Havas have shuttles for flights. Selcuk is also accessible by train from Izmir Airport and Izmir downtown (Basmane).
The same train also go to Denizli where Pamukkale (Hierapolis) is located.
The Train schedule between Izmir, Izmir Airport and Selcuk Town (Ephesus) is as follows:
(Click here for the official train schedule)
* For travellers who will be staying at hotels in Basmane district, we recommend them to take the 9.00am train from Basmane train station which will arrive to Selcuk at 10.15am. Our tour guide and vehicle can meet you at Selcuk train startion. After the tour you will be dropped back to Selcuk train station for your return journey. Return train will leave Selcuk at 6pm and arrive Izmir Basmane Train station at 7.15pm.
Train is the cheapest way to travel from Izmir Airport and Izmir City Center and Selcuk (Ephesus) to Pamukkale though not the fastest way to travel. Trains run between İzmir (Basmane station), İzmir’s Adnan Menderes Airport (ADB), Selçuk (Ephesus), and Denizli (Pamukkale).
Turkish Railways (TCDD) operates a train from Izmir Basmane Train Station and Izmir Airport (ADB) and Selcuk (Ephesus) to Pamukkale 6 times a day. Tickets cost approximately 5 Euros. The journey takes approximately 3.5 hours from Selcuk, 4.5 hours from Izmir Airport and 5 Hours from Izmir City Center.
Travellers who would like to go to Pamukkale by train from Izmir Airport and Izmir City Center on the way can visit Ephesus Ancient City, Temple of Artemis, House of Virgin Mary and Basilica of St. John. We do operate private tours starting and end at Selcuk Train Station.
For travellers who will be staying at Izmir City Center hotels, we recommend them to take the 8.53am train from Basmane train station and for those arriving to Izmir AIrport, can take this train at 9.18am. This train will arrive to Selcuk (Ephesus) at 10.15am. Our tour guide and vehicle can meet you at Selcuk train startion. After the tour you will be dropped back to Selcuk train station for your journey to Pamukkale which leaves Selcuk Train Station at 16.55. The train will arrive to Pamukkale (Denizli) at 8.15pm. After reaching Denizli Train Station, you can board a shared minibus or a taxi to Pamukkale.
Similar program can be made for travellers who stay in Pamukkale.
Travellers can take the 8.25am train from Denizli Train Station which will arrive to Selcuk (Ephesus) at 11.50. Our tour guide and vehicle can meet you at Selcuk train startion. After the tour you will be dropped back to Selcuk train station for your journey to Izmir Airport or Izmir City Center which leaves Selcuk Train Station at 17.57. The train will arrive to Izmir AIrport at 18.55pm and Izmir Basmane Train Station at 19.16.
For more information about our tours starting and ending at Selcuk (Ephesus) Train Station, please visit the following link:
Private Ephesus Tours from Selcuk Hotels and Selcuk Train Station
by TransBalkan Tours is a fully licenced tour operator since 1963 and a member of TURSAB.