Getting there & away
Kuşadası’s otogar is at the southern end of Kahramanlar Caddesi on the bypass highway. Several companies have ticket offices on İsmet İnönü Bulvarı and offer servis (shuttle minibuses) to save you the trek out there. Note that dolmuşes leave from the centrally located Adnan Menderes Bulvarı.
In summer, three buses run daily to Bodrum (€7 to €8, 2 to 2½ hours, 151km); in winter, take a dolmuş to Söke (€1.65, at least every 30 minutes all year). For Didyma, Priene and Miletus, change also at Söke.
For Selçuk, (€1.65, 25 minutes), dolmuşes run every 15 minutes. For Pamucak or Ephesus, take the Selçuk dolmuş (which can drop you off there). For Seherihisar (€2.80; 70 minutes), dolmuşes leave every 45 minutes all year.
All Kuşadası travel agents sell tickets to the Greek island of Samos.
From 1st April to 31st October, boats depart daily from Kuşadası to Samos at 8.30am. From 1 May, there’s an additional boat at 5pm. Note that ferries do not operate in winter. Tickets cost €32 for a single, €38 for a same-day return and €59 for an open return.
If you stay the night you will be landed with a €9 tax for leaving Greece and another €9 tax for coming back into Turkey. Some pensions discount these tickets, so ask, and flash your student card. You must be at the harbour 45 minutes before sailing time for immigration formalities.
A recommended travel agency is Anker Travel (612 4598; www.ankertravel.net; İnönü Bulvarı 14; 9am-7pm winter, 9am-9pm summer). It’s also a licensed ticketing agent so can sell domestic and international flights.