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Izmir, as the third biggest city of Turkey, has a good network of transport system utilizing possibilities at sea and on land. If you come to ızmir by air, the possibilities are as follows:
1-If you do not care about the budget, the easiest way is to take a taxi. To the city center it would cost appr. 25 USD.
2-Havas-local ground handling company operates coaches to different points of the city center and it costs appr. 8 USD.
3-There is a train station at the airport. The transportation is called Izmir Metro. It is operational now and a very convenient means of transportation from the Airport into the city of Izmir. It takes about 30 minutes to Downtown, Konak, from the Airport. It is very frequent in rush hours and equally frequent other times. Runs from 6:00 am to 12:00 am midnight. There are transfer points (Halkapinar and Alsancak) along the way, and you can get the route map at http://www.izmirde.biz/FileUpload/ds3... for detailed information.
(Orange, Red and Blue lines on the map are operational now, as of April 2012, although the map info says under construction.) Price of tickets: Adult: 1.75 YTL, If you purchase a ticket and decide to get off and want to get on again, your stop within 90 minutes is Free and you don't have to pay again, keep it and use the same ticket. Also Package of 3 Tickets is 6.50 YTL and 5 Tickets are 10.40 YTL. Prices might have changed, please check during your purchase.
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If you come to Izmir-port, then it is located in Alsancak in the very center of the city. If you have limited time in Izmir, then using a taxi is advised to reach, for example, the bazaar at kemaralti. it would take around 45minutes to walk there from the cruise port.
In case you come to the main central bus-terminal of Izmir, the best way is to take the so called services buses operated by the bus-companies. At the bus-terminal, take the service bus to the city center. These service buses usually drive to the central parts of the city.
Within the city of Izmir, the main public transport means is the red municipal buses. As a foreigner in Izmir, it may be difficult to find out where to take the bus, which bus and to where. Therefore, unless you want an adventure, for short stays, taking the municipal buses is not advised. In these buses you can use money ( appr. 1 USD) or you can use "Kent Kart" (City Card). The last named can be bought at the bus ticket offices or at some shops. Look for the sign "Kent Kart" to buy this card. You pay appr. 3 USD and you have to fill in some credits which you then spend on the bus. You simply show the card to a device besides the driver and the cost shall be deducted from your total credit. Using "Kent Kart" is more reasonable. You can recharge the card by payment at any "Kentkart Dolum Noktasi", of which there are many. Using this card is the cheapest way to get around, since its good for the buses, the metro and the ferries.
Between the following points there are municipal boat/ ferry services:
Passenger boats Konak/ Karsiyaka/ Konak, Konak/Bostanli/ Konak, Konak/Bayrakli/Konak, Goztepe/Karsiyaka/Goztepe (few departures a day) and ferry boats (for cars and passengers) Uckuyular/Bostanli/Uckuyular. In the summer, there are boat trips from Konak to Alman Adasi outside Urla, where there are swimming possibilities.
Izmir Metro approximately 11 km. long with 10 stations. The end stations are Bornova and Ucyol. If you are in the very center of Izmir-close to the Bazaar, the nearest stations are Konak, Cankaya and Basmane. The Municipality of Izmir is extending the metro system; after the construction of the new railways and the rehabilitation of the existing ones, it will be a superb development in the public transport system of Izmir.(at present the extension from Ucyol station to Uckuyular is still under construction).
In addition, there are also minibus ( "dolmus") services around the suburbs, and "share" taxis running along fixed routes. The share taxis run fairly fixed routes into and out of the centre.
Taxi in Turkey in general is quite reasonable. So, if you as a visitor does not have stressing budget limitations it is an advisable means of transportation. You should of course remember to check that the "taksimetre" showing how much you should pay is turned on..