Getting to Çeşme

Positioned at the end of a relatively narrow peninsular, 85km west of İzmir, choices of access to Çeşme are somewhat limited, though the location protruding into the Aegean opens up the opportunity to arrive directly from Greece via the Chios-Çeşme ferry. The most cost-efficient arrival is by airport coach (Havaş) from İzmir Adnan Menderes Airport, or for groups of three or more by VIP/hotel transfer. As alternates, it is possible to take the frequent İzmir-Çeşme bus from Üçkuyular (Fahrettin Altay Metro stop) or hire a car from the airport. Along the peninsular from Urla to Çeşme, many remote beaches, cultural and historical sites to explore; the freedom offered by possessing a car can add a tremendous amount to a holiday in the town.

Getting Around Çeşme

The centre of Çeşme is small and walkable on foot, however, to access most of the best beaches or to get to Ilıca and Alaçatı it is necessary to have a car or the use public transport. There is a frequent and inexpensive network of dolmuş (minibuses) that run throughout the day from Çeşme bus station, via Çeşme centre and Ilıca to Alaçatı. Some routes run to Dalyan harbour, the beaches at Pirlanta, Altinkum and Azmak, and along the north coast past Şifne to the historical site at Ildiri (Erythrai). Less frequent are public buses to Urla. Taxis are usually plentiful and can be called at short notice or picked up at taxi ranks in the centre of Çeşme, Ilıca and Alaçatı or hotels, the bus station and port.