Ancient City of Ephesus
Ancient City of Ephesus
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8:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 6:30 PM
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  • K72
    Melbourne, Australia3,069 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting
    Fantastic Roman ruins close to Selcuk. The site is huge so a guide is worth it. So many cats lounging on the ruins. I really liked the amphitheater and the library buildings. The public loos are on display too. Restoration work has been good so you get a good idea of what it was like. Road is,slippery in places, wear good shoes and don't rush. Entry was 400 lira.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 30 June 2023
  • Simon F
    Isle of Portland, United Kingdom38 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A trip back in time
    If you like to take a walk through history, this place won’t disappoint. The site is vast and if you don’t want to walk too far, the best route is to go to the top and walk down through the ruins. Every step is a trip through history and the sheer scale of the place is phenomenal. The ruins are still being excavated and you can’t help but feel there is so much more to be discovered. This is truly one of the best ruins I have ever visited, there is so much to see. If you go mid summer, be sure to take a hat, water and sunscreen, it’s baking hot! Horse and carriage rides are available to ferry people from one end to the other, we took one of these, but to be honest immediately regretted it, the horses don’t appear to have the best of conditions and we really couldn’t wait to get off and give the poor things a break. Highlights of the trip through the ruins, have to be the terraces, main amphitheater and library. Take care on the roads/cobbles as the polished marble can be slippery even when dry. A great day out, so pleased to have had the chance to visit this amazing place.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 1 July 2023
  • Oz D
    London, United Kingdom19 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Efes explore and be amazed
    Peron Travel company based in Kusadasi were the tour company that provided a full day 5-6 hours with lunch. A great guide with knowledge and good English gave a small group a very special guided tour of Efes and Artemis and Virgin Mary's House. Lunch was good and pick up and drop off all included.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 2 July 2023
  • 4281CarolG
    Los Lunas, New Mexico326 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must See
    If you do nothing else in this area, you must go to this site and gaze in amazement was this ancient civilization accomplished. Coming out of 2 BC they had a library, public toilets and an amphitheater that had amazing acoustics. You could visual they layout o the city and where the commercial versus residential areas were placed. A Must see.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 9 July 2023
  • Phil-Joel
    Sydney, Australia739 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Turkey must see.
    All the talk & positive reviews are true as this is a must see. We were unlucky when we visited as although we got to the upper gate bang on the 8am opening time, tour groups had already entered, as we were subsequently told preferential entry conditions can be given to the cruise liners docked at Kasadasi. There is also a thought that arriving at 8am & entering at the lower gate can be useful as it gets you closer to the main attractions (library & arena) before the hordes of people entering at the top gate get to these 2 attractions. Regardless, take your time & you’ll find the space to read the info boards & to take your treasured photos. Buying the 700 TL combo ticket is also worth it as it provides access to the interesting on site Terrace Houses which you will pass on your way to the Library & the off-site Museum & St. John’s Basilica. Amazing history!
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 20 July 2023
  • Joseph R
    13 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Maybe just a touch disappointing?
    Ephesus was great but I maybe unfairly built it up in my mind to be more spectacular than it is. Didn't get the 'Wow! I'm here at Ephesus!' I was expecting. I read a lot of reviews that it's up there with the Roman Forum or the Athens Acropolis... it's not but it is definitely a great site. The stuff about the heat and the crowds are true but that's to be expected. Go as early in the morning as you can to mitigate both. I avoided the organised tours and just bought a guide book and explored for a fraction of the cost and in my own time. Also it's only a few miles from Kusadasi so if your hotel is there taxis are a cheap and readily available option. Best advice... 100% get dropped off at the upper or south entrance... that way the majority of your visit will be downhill (a major factor in the heat!) and it saves the best until last-ish, the library and the theatre (I could imagine doing it the other way around could perhaps be a bit anticlimactic). Also the marble paving stones are quite slippy.. slipped a few times and actually fell down twice.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 29 July 2023
  • windy7001
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    It was really great
    This is an obvious have to see of you are in this area. Ephesus ancient city is the city that built on coasts of Ionia. We had 42 in our TUI group and could barely hear the tur quide. We were there around 2 hours on our tour,but I would have preferred to do this with a guide. İt is a breath taking place , full of incredible history.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 6 August 2023
  • Dieneke d
    Amsterdam, The Netherlands6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Ephesus
    Wij waren met een kinderwagen dit ging best vooral omdat we aan de goede kant binnen zijn gekomen wij liepen naar beneden. Mochten we aan de andere kant binnen zijn gekomen zou dat niet te doen zijn. (Ivm met de oude bestrating wat natuurlijk heel mooi is) Er stond een nederlands talige gids voor de ingang die is met ons mee gelopen en heeft een hoop uit gelegd voor €50. Wij vonden Ephesus prachtig e. Erg interessant. Toen wij aan het eind waren hebben wij een Taxi genomen naar de ingang waar onze auto stond.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 9 August 2023
  • YorkshaLassOnTour
    Newport -Trefdraeth, United Kingdom74 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must see
    This is an incredible site. Took an organised tour with jet2 excursions. Expensive but it’s a must see place and I’m glad we took a morning away from the resort to see this. It’s hot as it’s inland ( you learn why on the tour 😉) so be prepared with water and sun hats. Fascinating even if you have not listen to half of what’s being told!!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 12 August 2023
  • summernewjersey
    Haskell, New Jersey170 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    very intact archaeological site
    If your in kusadasi you must visit ephesus its incredible but watch out for slippery marble walkway and the heat if you go in the summer, there is no shade. Lots of ruins and the best is at the end of the walk u see the amphitheatre and library very intact. You will also see ancient toilets and water/sewer mgmnt. Very interesting. takes 1 1/2-2 hours to complete. Its an actual active archaeological sight.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 16 August 2023
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Kim T T
24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Friends
This is our second trip Ephesus after a lapsed of 15 years. The place has been spruced up and a lot more restored places are in the works. Because of over tourism, some places had to be cordoned off (especially when the cruise ships are in Kusadasi.). it's pity as we could wander especially in the stadium during the previous trip.
Beware, the long marble walkways are slippery.
If you read up before hand the pile of broken stones would mean something else its just ruins.
Best to visit during the cooler Oct-Apr months.
Avoid the walk to St John's church at the end near the exit, not worth the walk.
Written 19 June 2024
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BBBBTravel
Lehigh Valley, PA1,850 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
A must see but, like the Acropolis, it is too hot, too crowded and difficult to negotiate.

It is spectacular to see but the crowds make it a very uncomfortable spectacle.

Our guide was excellent, though she did give misinformation about what vomitorium means. A surprising rooky mistake.
Written 9 June 2024
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AndrewBrownNI
Lisburn, UK5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
Booked a private tour through Curio Travel for a cruise stop off at Kudadeski port. Collection at port was seemless and we were introduced to our guide, Ozge Caliskan (Emma) who brought us to a comfortable, air conditioned people carrier. As we travelled to Ephesus she told us about the surrounding area and the country. She took us to visit Ephesus 3 and we spent just over 2 hours there. Emma gave us a very detailed account of the history of the city and was able to answer all questions we had for her. Once we finished at Ephesus she offered us the opportunity to visit a carpet factory and a leather factory. We declined the leather factory but went to see the carpet one, and on the way there she asked the driver to stop off at a viewing point where you could see the tomb of St. John. The carpet factory was really interesting, but be warned, there’s a big sales pitch at the end of it. All in all it was a fascinating visit, helped by a knowledgeable guide and well organised tour.
Written 8 June 2024
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Sinead Y
6 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
Firstly I think people need to be aware that there is a different pricing system for Turkish and all other nationals. I am from UK and was charged 40 euros whereas my Turkish companion paid 60 lira which is equivalent to 1.50. we then went up virgin Mary house, I was asked for 500 lira whilst the Turkish price is 30 lira.
Maybe Turkish people should pay less due to cost of living etc but this is a shocking amount of difference.
Beware as it's very slippy also
Would I return? No
Written 8 June 2024
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OK B
71 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
Amazing to see in person. We traveled with tour guide from ship( highly recommend) . Make sure you have good shoes, the marble road can be slippery. The ruins are very impressive!!
Written 4 June 2024
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Peter T
Tamworth, UK821 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Absolute brilliant historical experience. Its a ruin but with the right guide with some great stories it was brilliantly brought to life. A must visit within 50 miles - come to an amazing place.
Written 31 May 2024
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happykoabug
Honolulu, HI600 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
Another awesome archaeological site in Turkiye. And it is HUGE. Pay the extra fee to see the where the archaeologists are still excavating (or get the 15 day pass to see most of the historical sites). There are tons of murals and tilework. There are several levels of stairs to climb. The library was gorgeous.
Written 30 May 2024
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jxx9595
Washington, DC1,399 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
This is a big site with some truly spectacular ruins. It was quite crowded when we were there, but the crowds did not get in the way. There's a separate area inside the site that requires a separate ticket, and the area offers a walk through a variety of "homes". It's different and very worthwhile, but there's a lot of stair climbing so don't pay for a ticket unless you are in good shape.
Written 19 May 2024
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Thomas V
Oakland, CA16,579 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
One of the best ancient ruin sites in the world. A lot has been excavated to the extent that one can get a very good idea of what the city once looked like. The library is the stand out. It's a big site so be prepared to walk and brink plenty of sunscreen. Can be very hot as well.
Written 17 May 2024
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Linda S
Sheffield, UK24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
A stunning insight into this ancient city, spectacular views of different buildings and architecture, mind blowing to think this architecture was achievable in Roman times. A must visit if in the area (or beyond) my third visit and discovered more each time.
Written 15 May 2024
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