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Getting there & away




Though İzmir has two train stations, Alsancak Garı (464 7795) and Basmane Garı (484 8638 information, 484 5353 reservations), most intercity trains as well as the airport train arrive at the latter.

The Marmara Ekspresi train to Bandırma (€8.35, 6½ hours) departs from İzmir Basmane at 8.35am and arrives in Bandırma Gar (main station) at 2.50pm.

The Express trains run to Ankara (sleeper €35.60, 13 to 15 hours) daily at 5.45pm, 6.25pm and 7.30pm via Eskişehir (sleeper €7.20 to €8.90, 11½ to 13½ hours). For İstanbul, change at Eskişehir.

Express trains also depart for Denizli (for Pamukkale, €5, five hours) three times daily at 9am, 3.15pm and 6.30pm; Selçuk (€1.70; 1½ hours) at 9am, noon, 3.15pm, 6.30pm and 9.30pm; Nazilli (for Afrodisias, €2.80, four hours) at 9am, noon, 3.15pm, 6.30pm and 9.30pm; Isparta (€7.20, 10 hours) at 9.30pm; Burdur (€6.10, nine hours) at 9.30pm; and Kütahya (€6.70 to €7.80, eight hours) at 1pm and 7.30pm.

For trains to northern or eastern Turkey, change at Ankara.

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İzmir’s airport is expanding rapidly. Recently both British Airways and KLM started flying here directly from Europe.

Turkish Airlines (484 1220; www.thy.com; Halit Ziya Bulvarı 65, Çankaya) offers nonstop flights to İstanbul (€85, 50 minutes) and Ankara from Adnan Menderes Airport (274 2424), with connections to other destinations.

Onur Air (www.onurair.com.tr), Atlasjet (www.atlastjet.com), Fly Air (www.flyair.com.tr), the new domestic carrier Sun Express Airlines (www.sunexpress.com.tr) and İzmir Airlines (about to be launched at time of writing) also fly to İzmir.

A good local ticketing agent for all these airlines is Green Car (446 9131; www.greenautorent.com; Şair Eşref Bulvarı 18/A, Çankaya).

There are also flights between İzmir and Europe on various European airlines. With the launch of İzmir Airlines, direct flights to Europe will greatly increase, and İzmir is billed to become one of Turkey’s biggest hubs.

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