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Where is Ephesus ?
The archaeological site of Ephesus is part of Selcuk, a small town south of Izmir. The world-famous Ephesus is very close to Kusadasi and Izmir, 540 kilometers south of Istanbul. 60 kilometers south of Izmir City Center. 18 kilometers North East of Kusadasi. A long day from Istanbul or an easy trip from Izmir or the very popular holiday area around Kusadasi. Many people combine their trip to Ephesus with the famous Temple of Artemis, House of Virgin Mary and the Basilica of St. John.
How do I get to the ruins of Ephesus?
From Izmir, Izban trains and TCDD trains run approximately every hour, 8 times a day. Between Izmir and Selcuk. Trains are cheap but crowded. For train schedules, please click here. These trains also stop at Izmir Adnan Menderes Airport. For travelers who are planning a day trip from Istanbul. We recommend them to fly to Izmir Adnan Menderes Airport. They can take the train from Izmir Airport to Selcuk, or can take the Havas Shuttle Bus stopping in Selcuk, or we can provide private transportation.
From Istanbul, the closest airport to Ephesus, is Izmir Adnan Menderes airport. Budget travelers from Istanbul may also choose to get an overnight bus from Istanbul to Selcuk. The bus ride may take over 7 hours (one way). This would be a budget but a tiring option.
From Kusadasi, there are shared minibuses called Dolmus to Selcuk. The minibuses run approximately every 30 minutes. They are cheap but most of the time very crowded. But travelers should expect a long walk after getting of from Dolmus.
From Selcuk, the ancient city of Ephesus is approximately 4 kilometers. It can be reached by walking or taxis are available in Selcuk.
Is one day enough for Ephesus?
The Ancient City of Ephesus impresses its visitors with its magnificence and size. It is a destination that requires time because it is spread over a very wide area. For typical tourists with diverse interests, a two to three hour visit is usually sufficient to experience the attractions this ancient city has to offer. Accompanied by an expert Ephesus guide, you can greatly enrich your visit by providing insight into the intriguing stories and details that make Ephesus such a fascinating destination. Devoting a day to exploring these ruins will provide an enriching and unforgettable experience.
For travelers, who needs assistance, we provide Private Ephesus Tours, Private Ephesus Transfers and Ephesus Private Tour Guide services. For more information, please contact us.
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