Izmir's main bus
Otogar, Büyük Otogar or
is big, useful, and some distance east
of the city center.
As usual in such places in Turkey,
visual chaos prevails, and information
chaos along with it, but ask any ticket
agent where you should ask about a
certain destination and he or she will
direct you to the proper ticket counter.
Several major bus companies operate
a number of differnt ticket offices
in the long row of offices:
Çanakkale Truva: Nos.
134-135, buses north along the Aegean
coast to Bergama, Ayvalık, Troy and
Kamil Koç: Nos. 141-142,
buses to Istanbul and numerous other
Kontur: Nos. 145-147,
buses east to Konya and Cappadocia.
Metro: Nos. 128,
155, 166, 183-184, major company with
many destinations, including Bandırma
Özkaymak: No. 150,
buses east to Konya.
Pamukkale: Nos. 129-132,
167, 171, buses to many destinations
throughout western Turkey including
Kuşadası, Nazilli, Datça and Kemer
Uludağ: Nos. 169-170,
buses to Bursa and the Sea of Marmara
Ulusoy: Nos. 138,
179, buses to northern Turkey, especially
the Black Sea coast.
Varan: Nos. 136-137,
larger cities, with premium service.
To reach destinations within an hour
or so of Izmir such as Bergama, Çeşme,
Foça and Selçuk (Ephesus), go to
the bus station's upper level and the İlçe
Peronları (Regional Gates).
For ESHOT and İZULAŞ city buses that
the city center, walk to the lowest-number
gates (peron) with numbers
"2," "3," etc. Look for the police
station (Polis) and
the Terminal Café. Walk
between them, turn right and you should
see the city bus stops. Here's how
you pay the fare.
ESHOT Buses 54 to Konak and Bus
191 to Yurtoğlu both
stop near Basmane
Gar (train station). Say Basmane (bahss-mah-NEH)
to the driver so he will alert you.
ESHOT Bus 204 goes to Adnan Menderes