Getting there & away
Coming from Çanakkale (€6, 3¼ hours, 200km) some buses drop you on the main highway to hitch to the centre. Çanakkale/Truva and Metro bus companies should have a servis to run you into town. Coming from Edremit (€3, one hour, 56km) you’ll be dropped in a smaller terminal, just 200m from the harbour.
When leaving Ayvalık, you can hop on a bus to Edremit and transfer there to services for Çanakkale. Alternatively, book your ticket in advance at one of the bus company offices around the main square and use their servis to get you out to the highway again. Buses leave roughly every hour (until around 7pm).
There are frequent buses from İzmir to Ayvalık (€5, three hours, 240km).
It’s also possible to make a day trip to Bergama from Ayvalık (€3, 1¾ hours, 45km). Hourly Bergama buses leave from the main terminal and drive slowly south through town so you can pick them up in the main square.
You can hire a car from Avis (312 2456; Talatpaşa Caddesi).
From June to September, at least one boat sails daily to Lesvos, Greece (passenger one way/return €40/50, car €60/70, 1½ hours). From October to May, boats sail twice a week (Wednesday and Thursday), returning from Lesvos to Ayvalık on Thursday and Friday. Note that you must make a reservation (in person or by telephone) 24 hours before. When you pick up your tickets, bring your passport (details need to be noted).
For information and tickets, contact Jale Tours (312 2740; www.jaletour.com; Gümrük Caddesi 24).