Visiting Turkey's third largest city is simple. With flights leaving for Izmir every day from UK airports, travellers will have plenty of choice about organising their trip, while budget fares should keep costs low, helping to make spending money go as far as possible.
All flights to Izmir from UK airports will touch down at Adnan Menderes Airport. The airport is just over ten miles outside the city, and a range of transport options is available. The quickest route into town is via the Airport Station. Trains run straight to Izmir's Basmane Station and take 20 minutes. Bus transfers are available via the 200, 202 or 204 services (expect journey times of 40 minutes).
UK travellers headed to Izmir can fly with Pegasus (from London Stansted), Sun Express (from Luton) or TUI (both of which fly from Birmingham, Gatwick and Manchester). So, there's always likely to be a good spread of fare types and departure points.
Flying to Izmir makes a lot of sense on multiple levels. For starters, there's really no practical alternative. While buses and trains will take two days or more to reach Izmir, flights can be there in under four hours – a massive time advantage. Secondly, the UK-Izmir route is well served by reliable, low-cost airlines, so flying represents a cost-effective travel option. And finally, the presence of a fast rail link to central Izmir makes arrival stress-free, allowing travellers to get to their accommodation in minutes.
Izmir is a fairly large city, with well over 2 million inhabitants, so getting around is an important thing to think about. Buses, minibuses, trains and a small but useful subway offer connections across the city. Picking up a "Kent Card" is a good way to ensure free access across all forms of transport, making sight-seeing much easier. And there's no shortage of sights. The Kemeraltı bazaar is a shopper's paradise, the Izmir Museum of History and Art tells a story of creativity stretching back 4,000 years, and a walk along the Kordon Promenade is a must – especially on hot summer days. But if travellers really want to unwind, visiting nearby Cesme is essential. One of the premier resorts in Turkey, it offers numerous beaches, water sports, and rejuvenation spas.