Getting there & away
Marmaris’ otogar lies 3km north of the centre of town. Dolmuşes run to and from the otogar along Ulusal Egemenlik Bulvarı every few minutes in high season. Bus companies have ticket offices around the Tansaş Shopping Centre.
Buses run to Bodrum (€6.70, 3½ hours, 165km) every one to two hours in high season, every three hours in low season. All year round, buses run to İstanbul (€25, 13 hours, 805km) four times a day, to İzmir (€10.65, 4¼ hours, 320km) every hour, to Fethiye (€5.55, three hours, 170km) every half-hour, and to Antalya (€15, six hours, 590km) twice a day.
For Datça (€3.90, 1¾ hours) dolmuşes run every hour in high season and every 1½ hours in low season. For Köyceğız (€2.80, 40 minutes) take the Fethiye bus. For Dalyan, take the Fethiye bus and change at Ortaca (€3.40, 1½ hours) and take the dolmuş.
Catamarans sail daily to Rhodes Town in Greece (one way/same-day return/open return €42/42/73 including port tax, 50 minutes) from 15 April to 1 November, leaving at 9am. They return from Rhodes at 4.30pm. Cars cost €150/180/250 for a one-way/same-day return/open-return ticket.
Greek catamarans also sail during the same period from Rhodes to Marmaris (one way/same-day return/open return €57/57/75) at 8am daily, returning from Marmaris at 4.30pm. Cars cost €150/180/180 for a one-way/same-day return/open return.
Turkish cargo boats (carrying up to 78 passengers) also sail once a week in high season to Rhodes (same prices as the catamarans; two hours; departures usually 12.30pm), and two to three times a week in low season, depending on weather (departures usually 9am). They either return the same day or stay in Rhodes for a period of two or three days.
Note that catamarans do not operate from November to mid-April, and there are no Greek cargo boats.
Tickets can be bought from any travel agency including Yeşil Marmaris Travel & Yachting (412 2290; www.yesilmarmaris.com; Barbados Caddesi 13; 7am-midnight Mon-Sat high season, 8.30am-6.30pm low season).
Book tickets at least one day in advance (more if you have a car) and bring your passport. You need to be at the ferry dock one hour before departure. Some agencies provide a free pick-up service from hotels in the town centre. Note that when you return from Rhodes (even if you’ve just been for a day trip) you’ll still need to buy a new Turkish visa from the immigration authorities in front of Customs in Rhodes.
The region’s principal airport is at Dalaman, 120km east of Marmaris. Turkish Airlines runs an airport bus (known as the Havaş bus; (€3) for their passengers from the Turkish Airlines office in Marmaris, departing about 3½ hours before each Turkish Airlines flight. Otherwise, take one of Marmaris Coop’s buses to Dalaman (€3.90) from Marmaris otogar, and take a short but quite expensive taxi ride (€14) from there.
Turkish Airlines (412 3751; Atatürk Caddesi 26-B) has an office about 400m west of the Atatürk statue on the waterfront.