The nicest way to get about İzmir is by ferry (7am-11pm). Frequent timetabled services link the piers at Konak, Pasaport and Alsancak. Jetons (transport tokens) cost €1.10 each.
The large international car-hire franchises and many smaller companies all have desks (open 24 hours) at the airport, and many have a desk in town.
Avis (274 2174; www.avis.com.tr)
Europcar (/fax 274 2163)
Green Car (446 9131; www.greenautorent.com; Şair Eşref Bulvarı 18/A, Çankaya) A good local company and the largest in the Aegean region.
Hertz (274 2193; fax 274 2099)
If you’ve arrived at the main otogar on an intercity bus operated by one of the larger bus companies, a free shuttle servis is provided to Dokuz Eylül Meydanı in Basmane. If you arrive on a local bus, you can catch a dolmuş (€0.80, 25 mins) that runs every 15 minutes between the otogar and both Konak and Basmane Garı, or you can take buses 54 and 191 (every 20 minutes), bus 64 (every hour) to Basmane (€0.85) or bus 505 to Bornova (€0.85). Tickets can be bought either on board the bus or at the white booth beside the bus stop.
To get to the otogar, the easiest way is to buy a ticket on an intercity bus at Dokuz Eylül Meydanı and then take the bus company’s servis. However, if you need to take a local bus from the otogar (eg to Salihli), you’ll need to take a dolmuş or bus from Basmane or Bornova.
To get to the bus station at Üçkuyular, catch bus 11 (€0.85) from the Konak bus terminal. Soon, you can also take the metro.
City buses lumber along the major thoroughfares, but the one-way system and lack of numbering on the bus stops makes them hard for outsiders to use. Two major terminal or transfer points are Montrö Meydanı, by the Kültür Park, and Konak, beside the Atatürk Evi. You can buy a ticket (€0.85) from a white kiosk in advance or on board from the driver.
İzmir’s metro (6.30am-11.30pm; jeton €0.83) is clean and quick, but there is no route map. It runs from Üçyol to Bornova via Konak (though you’re most likely to use it to get from Basmane station to Konak or Bornova). When the new extension opens, it will also run between Üçyol and Üçkuyular (the short-distance bus terminal).
You can either hail a taxi or pick one up from a taxi stand or from outside one of the big hotels. Fares start at €0.70 and depend on distance; prices are 50% more at night. Make sure the meter is switched on.