The cruise port of Izmir is located in Alsancak, about 3 kilometers north of the city center (Konak district) and most highlights. The port also serves as an industrial harbor. Several cruise ships dock at the same time and it can get very busy. Near the pier is a small but modern cruise terminal. Most cruise passengers make an excursion to Ephesus.
Besides Istanbul and Kusadasi, Izmir is often on the program during a cruise vacation to Turkey. This flourishing port town in the Asian part of Turkey is nicely located along the Eastern Mediterranean. Particularly the shore excursion possibilities to Ephesus make it a popular cruise destination.
There's a small cruise terminal building at the port of Izmir. Inside you can find:
stores, souvenir shops
Language in Izmir
The language in Izmir is Turkish, but on touristic spots you can also use English.
Currency in Izmir
The currency in Izmir is New Turkish Lira (₤, YTL). You can find ATM’s along the city.
Opening times in Izmir
Opening times differ a lot around Turkey, but generally are as follows:
Monday to Saturday
from 9.30h - 19.00h
On Sundays and holidays shops are closed. Of course there are exceptions
Konak Mosque is the main Mosque of Izmir and one of the main city sights
Belltower of Konak
the Belltower of Konak is a bell tower built in 1901. It's the main symbol of the city.
Ancient Agora is the market of ancient Smyrna. It was destroyed by an earthquake and excavated by German and Turkish archaeologists between 1932 and 1941
The most popular shore excursion from Ephesus is the one to the archeological site of Ephesus.
It's easy and cheap to get around the city of Izmir. However the cruise is located about 2,5 kilometer from the city center with the Bell Tower and Bazaar. You can decide to make a nice walk, take the public bus or a taxi.
If you want to make a shore excursion on your own to Ephesus, you have several transportation options by bus, train or taxi. Just keep in mind the time and distance.
Izmir is mostly popular due to the shore excursions to the nearby Ephesus where you can visit the most important archeological site of Turkey, dating back to the 11th century BC. Izmir itself (Smyrna in earlier times) also dates back from that era, but not too much can be found of it as a result of the many plunderings and earthquake. It's a typical Turkish city where you can soak up the Asian atmosphere in the Bazaar.
Izmir has a Mediterranean climate with dry hot summers and wet mild winters. In summer the average annual temperature is between 28°C and 33°C. Normally winter is colder than in other cities around the Mediterranean. The average annual temperature is between 7°C and 12°C.
Excursions in Ephesus
Excursions in Izmir
The following cruise lines offer itineraries and schedules to Izmir: