Useful Information For Your Visit to Izmir

Izmir, Turkey’s city full of beauties that will not end with visiting since it has places to visit in Izmir, is a city that welcomes tourists in summer and winter. We hope that you will leave Izmir with good memories after your visit. Trip designers write about the cities they live in from their own perspectives, and we share local and up-to-date information with you.

You can view the Izmir things to do routes prepared by our trip designers based on their own footprints, via this link.

We have compiled information that we think may be useful for your trip to explore things to do in Izmir. We wish you pleasant reading.

Here is some quick information:

  • Theft: Be careful as you are anywhere in the world, although there is no longer a common theft problem.
  • Dresscode: Apart from some very conservative districts in Izmir, you won’t have any problems with your clothes.
  • Especially on the days when you are going to visit the mosque (women), be sure to take a scarf, etc. that you can cover yourself, especially your hair. Men cannot enter the mosque with shorts on their knees.
  • Do not forget to take the hotel card which contains the name, address, and phone number of the hotel with you in case you get lost. Phones may run out of charge.
  • Do not forget to take the Turkish lira with you. In some places on the itinerary, a credit card does not pass. Even if they agree to buy dollars or euros, shopping in this way will be harmful to you.
  • Do not forget to take copies of the front pages of your passport and visa if necessary, but not the original one.

1. When You Need the Consulate in Izmir

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The Consulate is a unit of your country’s Embassy. The Embassy is responsible for the political and diplomatic relations between your country and that in which it’s located. Consulates exist to support the citizens of the countries they represent. So the Consulate is a representative of your country which you can contact for advice and support while in Turkey. You can read more here.
British Consular, French Honorary Consular, Greek Consular General

 

2. Best Local Souvenirs in Izmir

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You can compare Izmir bazaars to a big store selling local products. Here you can find local products, especially souvenirs everywhere. Turks like bargaining and find it sincere. So feel free to bargain. Some Turks want to shake hands while bargaining with you. Shaking hands while bargaining means “agreement”. Shaking hands also tells us that the bargaining is almost over.

3. How to Avoid Tourist Scams in Izmir

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Like every big city, Izmir may have its scammers – although they may be fewer than in some other parts of the world. And the Turks are generally honest people so if a Turk realizes you’re being scammed they’ll often try to warn you. Nonetheless, it’s sensible to be prepared and to take precautions. Here we’ll introduce you to some of the common scams and how to avoid them.

A quick tip: Be wary of those who try to sell you something (Perfume, watch, carpet, extra tour, etc.) outside of any store. If someone offers to have a free tour without selling anything, he will probably try to sell something again at the end of the tour.

 

4. Local Things To Do in Izmir

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As most locals do, you can download the Getir app to order food, groceries, taxi, and water. Now Getir is active in many countries around the world.

5. Everything You Need to Know About Transportation in Izmir

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One of the best ways to get to know a city is to use public transport to discover Izmir tourist attractions. It gives the feeling of living there and adds an air of originality. Istanbul is a crowded city and traffic can often be heavy, so planning your trip is extremely important. As in any cosmopolitan city, there are rush hours, and these are best avoided whenever possible. If you are coming with your own vehicle, you can find many parking spaces, including municipal car parks.

You can access Izmir Public Transport Map, Izmir Night Bus Lines, and Izmir Tourist Map on the municipality’s website. You can find the fares and prices here.

There is currently an active metro line and two metro lines under construction in İzmir. You can browse all lines on this map. The metro line, which you can connect to Izban from Halkapınar and Hilal stations, goes on the Fahrettin Altay – Evka 3 route. You can check the number of trips via this link.

Izban, the longest suburban line of Izmir, reaches Selcuk on the North-South line with the latest extensions. You can check the Izban times from this link, you can also take a look at Halkapınar, Alsancak, and Hilal transfer stations in advance. After getting off from Izban, don’t forget to scan your card to the orange machines at the station and get your refund. A separate tariff is calculated for each stop. You can check the departure times and stops via this link.

There are two tram lines for transportation in Izmir. Depending on the place you want to visit, you can consider using the tram lines from various transportation options. You can check the routes, timetables, and stops of Izmir Tram Lines via this link.

There are buses that you can take with your Izmirimkart. Bus routes cover all parts of Izmir, but you should avoid using them between 08:00 – 09:30 in the morning and 17:00 – 18:30 in the evening as they can be very crowded. If you are travelling by bus, you can use ESHOT’s website to find the best route.

Even though Izmir is close, the most enjoyable way to go from one end to the other is by ferry. You can also use the car ferry to avoid heavy traffic on the roads. For detailed information about the lines, visit the website.

You need Izmirimkart to use public transportation. You can get your Izmirim Card from all sales points and toll booths in the city. According to the latest news, the first transfer fee in İzmir within 120 minutes is less than 10 cents, and the second is even less. Third and upcoming transfers will be free.

 

6. Museum Pass

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With Museum Pass The Aegean, you can visit more than forty museums and archaeological sites that belong to the Republic of Turkey Ministry of Culture and Tourism in Izmir attractions, Aydın, Muğla, Denizli for 7 days and enjoy your trip through time.
The price of Museum Pass the Aegean which is valid for seven days starting from your first museum and archaeological site entrance is around 37£.

Please click for Museum Pass The Aegean sales points.

Museum Pass provides one entrance to each museum.

Click to see all museums and archaeological sites belonging to the Republic of Turkey Ministry of Culture and Tourism you can visit with Museum Pass The Aegean.

If you are going to travel around Turkey, you may need Museum Pass Turkey. With Museum Pass Turkey, you can visit more than three hundred museums and archaeological sites that belong to the Republic of Turkey Ministry of Culture and Tourism and the Directorate of National Palaces for fifteen days and enjoy your trip through time.
The price of Museum Pass Turkey which is valid for fifteen days starting from your first museum and archaeological site entrance is around 60£.

Please click for Museum Pass Turkey sales points.

Click to see all museums and archaeological sites belonging to the Republic of Turkey Ministry of Culture and Tourism you can visit with Museum Pass Turkey.

 

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