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Transportation options from Izmir airport to the City Centre

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How to get from Izmir airport to the city centre

The fascinating city of Izmir has a rich history that dates back to the Greeks and Romans. You won't want to miss the amazing historical sites such as the Roman Agora of Smyrna, Velvet Castle or the hilltop Kadifekale during your stay. Izmir is the perfect destination for history and culture lovers alike. To get from Izmir airport to the city centre, you have three options; taxi, bus or train. Taking an Izmir airport taxi or private car is the most convenient transfer option as it takes around 36 minutes to reach Izmir and costs €4 (43 TRY). Another fast transfer is the Izban train, which takes just 30 minutes to reach the city centre and costs €1 (9 TRY). A great budget option is the Havas bus, which costs €1.50 (16 TRY) one-way and takes 45 minutes to reach Izmir city centre.

Comparison of the options

PRICE FOR 2PASSENGERS
OPTION PRICE DURATION AVAILABILITY
Taxi €4 36min 24/7
Bus €3 45min 00:30–23:00
Train €2 30min 00:04–23:40

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How to get from Izmir airport to the city centre by taxi

The most comfortable and only direct way to travel from Izmir airport to the city centre or your hotel is by taking an Izmir airport taxi. The total journey time is just 36 minutes and taxis are available 24/7 at the airport.

Taxi fare from Izmir airport to Izmir city centre

The local taxis at Izmir airport don't use a taximeter, nor do they have a set-rate fare for the journey into the city centre. Instead, your driver will determine the rate based on your exact destination. The average fare from Izmir airport to Izmir city centre is around €4 (43 TRY), however, you can haggle this price if you feel comfortable.

Convenience

Taking a taxi is the only way to get directly from the door of Izmir airport to the door of your hotel. Taking a private taxi is not only extremely comfortable, but it also eliminates the need to wait around for public transport or drag your luggage through bus and train stations.

Editor’s Note

Taxis in Izmir are extremely cheap, so even if you're travelling on a budget, taking a taxi could be a great transfer option for you.

Useful Tips

Not all taxi drivers speak English, be sure to write down your hotel's address to avoid any miscommunication.
There's an airport pickup surcharge of €0.30 (3 TRY).
The cost of an Izmir airport tax includes three passengers.

How to get from Izmir airport to the city centre by bus

There are multiple bus options when it comes to travelling from Izmir airport to the city centre. You can take the Havas bus which is comfortable, quick and modern, or you can take the Eshot public bus lines 200, 202 or 204, which are slower and often crowded. The Havas bus costs just €1.50 (16 TRY) one-way and takes 45 minutes to reach the city centre.

How much is the bus from Izmir airport to Izmir city centre?

The cost of the Havas bus is €1.50 (16 TRY) one-way, you can purchase your tickets inside the airport before entering the bus. The public Eshot buses cost €0.30 (3 TRY) one-way. You must purchase your tickets from the driver using change in the local currency.

Cost

€1.50 (16 TRY)

Trip Duration

45 Min.

There's an average waiting time of 1 hour for the Havas bus.

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

The Havas bus is available from 00:30 to 23:00.

Where do I get it from?

The buses stop right in front of the airport office, simply follow the signs for 'Transport' and then step outside the airport once you reach the main airport office. The Havas bus is large, like a coach, the Eshot public buses are much smaller and have no storage underneath.

Convenience

Although it's available practically 24 hours a day, taking a bus from Izmir airport to Izmir city centre is the slowest mode of transportation. If you choose to take the public Eshot bus, you also won't have anywhere to store your luggage, so you will need to travel light. Once in Izmir, you will need to find alternate transportation to reach your hotel.

Editor’s Note

If you're travelling with a lot of luggage, we suggest taking the Havas bus rather than the Eshot public bus as there's a lot more storage space.

Useful Tips

Be sure to buy your bus ticket before entering the Havas bus.
There's storage under the Havas bus for larger luggage items.
You will need to get off at stop Alsancak Büyük Efes Oteli for the city centre.

How to get from Izmir airport to the city centre by train

Taking the Izban train from Izmir airport to the city centre is not only fast, but it's also cheap. If you're travelling light and on a budget, this could be a great transfer option for you. The total journey time is around 30 minutes and a one-way ticket costs just €1 (9 TRY).

How much is the train from Izmir airport to Izmir city centre?

You can't purchase a single ticket for the Izban train, you will need to purchase a ‘3-5 Bilet’, which comes loaded with 2, 3 or 5 train rides. The cost of a 2 ride train ticket is €1 (9 TRY). You can purchase this in the airport before you get to the train from the automatic ticket machines.

Cost

€1 (9 TRY)

Trip Duration

30 Min.

There's a 10 minute waiting time for the Izban train.

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

The Izban train runs from 00:04 to 23:40 daily.

Where do I get it from?

The above-ground airport train station is located directly in front of the Domestic Terminal. If you land in the International Terminal, you will need to make the 10-minute walk to the Domestic Terminal first.

Convenience

Taking the train is quick and has a short waiting time. However, there's not much luggage space available, so you will need to travel light. Plus, once you arrive in Izmir city centre, you will need to find alternate transportation to get to your hotel, adding time and cost to your journey.

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Editor’s Note

Although taking the train is a great budget option, it's not the most comfortable. So, if you're travelling with 3 or 4 other people, you can split the cost of a taxi and pay the same price as the train.

Useful Tips

You can't buy a single train ticket, you must purchase a 2 ride minimum.
There's storage racks at the end of each train car.
Get off at the 10th station (Alsancak) for the city centre.

Frequently asked questions

How do you get from Izmir airport to the city center?

There are three ways to get from Izmir airport to the city centre; taxi, bus or train. Taking an Izmir airport taxi or private car takes just 36 minutes to reach Izmir and costs around €4 (43 TRY). Taking the Havas bus is a slower option, but cheaper. It takes around 45 minutes to get from Izmir airport to Izmir city centre and costs €1.50 (16 TRY). The Izban train is another quick transfer option as it takes just 30 minutes and costs €1 (9 TRY).

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