Adnan Menderes Airport Guide (ADB)
Izmir’s closest airport is 18 kilometres south of the city, and makes an ideal starting point for those heading to Selcuk (55 kilometres away), the ancient city of Ephesus (58km) and Pamukkale (252km).
The airport’s international and domestic terminals are around 250 metres apart.
Adnan Menderes Airport has a wide range of duty free stores in the international terminal and bars and cafes to occupy you while you await your flight. There is a bureau de change for any money needs.
A shuttle bus makes frequent trips between the airport and Izmir city centre. You’ll also find taxis, but as with any airport, they will be expensive. A train station opposite the international terminal has infrequent services going north and south.
You can fly direct to Izmir from Birmingham, London Stansted, London Gatwick, London Luton, Manchester and Newcastle. During winter months the number of flights drops off, but you can easily reach Izmir by going through Istanbul; there are daily flights to and from that city, as well as Ankara.
The Izmir region is rich in history and culture, as well as that favourite of sun-seekers: beaches. Izmir city is known as a progressive and lively centre of arts and trade, with its annual trade fair attracting a million visitors far and wide. There are beautiful mosques and bustling bazaars in this ancient centre.
Heading out of the city, you’ll discover the breezy town of Alacati; the coastal town of Cesme, famed for its thermal springs, beaches and heady nightlife; the quiet natural beauty of Foca; and the ever-popular Kusadasi.