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Layover in Izmir, Turkey

| January 14, 2015 | 0 Comments

Stuck on an Izmir layover at the Adnan Menderes Airport in Turkey? The airport is located roughly 11 miles from downtown Izmir which makes the city an accessible destination for those on long layovers. If you’re trying to figure out if you can leave the airport during your Izmir layover, click here for useful tips.

Izmir Turkey layover stopoverIf you’re stuck in the airport during your Izmir layover, there’s plenty to do. The airport has many services including shopping and dining, banks and currency exchanges, Internet, mosques, a health clinic and more.

There are a few lounges at the Adnan Menderes Airport including the Millenium Lounge in the International Terminal, which hosts first and business class travelers of contracted airlines, Is Bank credit card holders, and TAV Passport Cardholders. In the Domestic Lounge is the Comfort Lounge for TAV Passport Cardholders and travelers who pay individual entrance fees, and the THY CIP Lounge for Classic Plus, Business Class, Elit and Elit Plus Cardholders.

If you arrive at night or are looking for a place to rest during your Izmir layover, there are a number of hotels near the airport. In addition, here is a full list of Izmir hotels at varying price points.

If you plan on leaving the airport on your Izmir layover, there are a number of transportation options. You can take a taxi or rental car. There is also subway, north and south line, with 31 stations, and ferry services (8 in total) from Bostanli, Karsiyaka, Bayrakli, Alsancak, Pasaport, Konak, Goztepe and Uckuyular. Public buses (route numbers 200, 202, and 204) run to and from the airport. There is also the Havaş airport shuttle bus which can be found at the Turkish Airlines office (although will be suspended from November 1, 2014 until April 1, 2015). You can also book a private transfer.

Layover Guide’s Suggestions Of Things To Do On An Izmir Layover, In Turkey:

Izmir Tours

There are many Izmir Tours to choose from, depending on your interests, and the amount of time that you have during your layover. There are day trips and excursions to Ephesus, Pergamum, Pamukkale and Hierapolis, half day sightseeing tours, and more!

Ephesus Museum

This museum is the home of the archeological finds and historical artifacts from the Ephesus excavation. The beat known highlight of the museum is the Artemis statue that was found in the Ephesus’ Temple of the Goddess.

Address: Atatürk Mah. Uğur Mumcu sevgi yolu, İzmir /selçuk, Turkey

Saat Kulesi Clock Tower

Located at the Konak Square of Izmir, the Saat Kulesi (or Izmir Clock Tower) is a historic tower built in 1901 is 82 feet tall, and is a symbolic feature of the city. It is located in the heart of the city, and you can find shopping and restaurants nearby.


This quarter in Izmir is a mixture of a nice beachfront and a busy city. There is a large concentration of bars, restaurants, cafes, nightlife, and entertainment in Alsancak. Great for a night layover in Izmir.

Kemeralti Market

The Kemeralti Market in Izmir is a historic bazaar. The market is a maze of alleys that sells everything from jewelry and clothes to fruit and cheeses. Coffee cafes are located in the center, and there is also Hisar Camii, Izmir’s largest mosque, here.

Address: Konak Mh., 35250 Konak/İzmir

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