Ephesus Tour from Istanbul - Day Trip
If you are in Istanbul and have time, a visit to Ephesus would be worth doing.
Doing an Ephesus Day Trip from Istanbul is possible.
We offer private day trips of Ephesus from Izmir Airport for travellers who stay in Istanbul. These private tours include pick up and drop off from/to Izmir Adnan Menderes Airport.
How far is it from Istanbul to Ephesus?
Ephesus is 450 miles south of Istanbul and is 7 hours away by car. There is no direct train from Istanbul to Ephesus. There are trains from Istanbul to Izmir Alsancak train station and from Izmir Basmane Train Station to Selcuk (Ephesus) you need to get on another train. Transportation by train in Turkey is slow and not in high standards. Our recommendation would be to take a flight from Istanbul to Izmir Airport and go to Ephesus from Izmir Airport.
You can book your domestic flight on your own from Istanbul and we will meet you at the domestic terminal at Izmir Airport. At Izmir Airport, our tour guide will meet you. After the tour you will be taken back to Izmir Airport for your flight back to Istanbul.
Suggested Private Tour program and cost is as follows:
Full Day tour of Ephesus, House of Mary & Basilica of St. John
At Izmir airport you will be met by our tour guide.As your vehicle makes its way along the Aegean Coast, you will pass some of the regions fertile lands. As you reach the silted valley, time seems to come to a halt and then reverse. After a steep drive up Mt. Pagus, you will arrive at a stone chapel. This converted house probably dates from the 1st century and was envisioned by a German nun as the site where the Virgin Mary spent her last days. Continuing to Ephesus, leave your coach at the parking area and proceed on foot through Magnesia Gate. As you stroll along the old marble streets, you will pass the Odeon and Upper Agora. You will also see the ornate Hadrian Temple, the remains of some Byzantine houses, the beautifully restored facade of the Celsus Library, the Thermal Baths of Scholastica, the Commercial Agora and the theater, which accommodates 25,000 spectators and is still used for occasional performances. After your visit to Ephesus, re-board your vehicle for an enjoyable lunch. Afterwards enjoy a presentation about Turkish weavings, see the girls at the looms knotting carpets and kilims. Learn about the natural dyes and learn the differences between Silk, flosh , wool and cotton weavings for handmade rugs. The proprietors will give a fascinating demonstration of the local traditional crafts. Next is the Basilica of St. John, one of the seven churches of Asia Minor, is your final stop before your return to Izmir airport for your flight back to Istanbul.
Private Ephesus Tour Costs (starting and ending at Izmir Airport)
Up to 6 people - Mercedes Van + Tour Guide: 170 Euro (Total amount to be paid for your party of 1-6)
Up to 12 people - Mercedes Minibus + Tour Guide: 230 Euro (Total amount to be paid for your party of 7-12)
* Above Rates are NOT per person rates. They are total to be paid for your group.
- Services of an excellent English speaking tour Guide
- A/C Vehicle.
- All transportation costs.
- Tax, service charges
- Traditional Turkish Lunch
- Pick up and drop off from/to Izmir Airport..
Rates Do Not Cover:
- Entrance & Parking fees to the sites.
- Domestic Flights
- Drinks during lunch
Approximate cost of entrance fees:
Ephesus: 10.5 euro per person (100 Turkish Lira)
House of Mary: 5 Euro per person (45 Turkish Lira)
Temple of Artemis: Free of Charge
Basilica of St. John: 3 euro per person (25 Turkish Lira)
Important Notice :
We do not issue flight tickets. Therefore for Ephesus day trip from Istanbul we recommend the travelers to book the following flights:
Pegasus : http://www.flypgs.com/
Istanbul > Izmir : PC2811 depart Istanbul at 9.10am
Izmir > Istanbul : PC2816 depart Izmir at 6.15pm
Turkish Airlines : http://www.turkishairlines.com/tr
Istanbul > Izmir TK2312 depart Istanbul at 8.00am
Izmir > Istanbul : TK2329 depart Izmir at 6.00pm
For more information, please contact us.
by TransBalkan Tours is a fully licenced tour operator since 1963 and a member of TURSAB.
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