I'll be in Istanbul in September and am looking into going to Izmir. I am trying to look up times on this page, https:/…tcddWebContent.jsf . On the Turkish trains page, for departure it gives me Bandirma Gar, Bandirma Sehir, and Bandirma Liman. I can't figure out the difference between any of these, but even so, I have tried all of them to Alsancak (Izmir) and it keeps telling me there are no routes. Any idea on how to find the route and timetables?
Also, a more general question - since I will have 10 days in Istanbul, I feel like I can spare maybe 3 to go to the beach, and it seems like there are some idyllic ones near Izmir. However, I'm not set on it being Izmir - could be another city. My main preferences are:
-accessible by train (I LOVE trains, and would especially like to take an overnight one)
-not more than a full day trip from Istanbul
-not too complicated/expensive to get to (my concerns with beaches around Izmir is that once we get there, we would still have to take yet another bus to the beach towns, and have to worry about carrying around our luggage and everything. I suppose we could take a taxi, but believe this costs about $100 USD).
Any advice would be much appreciated!