About Ephesus Tour From Izmir

A highlight of your stay in Izmir...

We recommend this program to our guests staying in Izmir, as there is only one hour driving from Izmir to Ephesus area.

Private Ephesus tour from izmir is also a great option if you decide to do a day trip from Istanbul by plane.

Our Ephesus day tour from Izmir is tailor-made to your interest. Contact us for details.

Day Trip to Ephesus from Izmir Itinerary And Further Details

Some Questions

How far is it from Izmir to Ephesus?

The distance between İzmir and Ephesus is around 70 km and it usually takes about 1 hour to arrive by car.

How do you get from Izmir to Ephesus?

You can take bus or train from Izmir to Selçuk (the town where Ephesus ruins are located). If you choose to join a group tour or to have a private tour, you would have a vehicle organised for the transfer.

How far is Ephesus from Izmir airport?

There is about 60 km, 45 minutes driving from Izmir airport (ADB) to Ephesus.

Is Ephesus open every day?

Ephesus is open every day, with opening times varying between 8 am and 6:30 pm from mid-April until the end of September, and 8:30 am - 6 pm during the winter.


  • From the moment we meet Ertunga we found him very friendly and knowledgable. On the way to Ephesus he told us current information about things happening in Turkey and surrounding countries, Ertunga was very interesting. He was flexible with what we wanted to do for the day. As all the other reviews, we also found Ertunga very good and would recommend.
    Allan Brandon
  • My husband and I joined a private tour to Ephesus. Our Ephesus guide was most informative regarding the history and day to day living in Turkey. Ephesus was a wonderful experience and a lovely site with so much information and photo opportunities. Definitely the highlight of our visit to Turkey. Will definitely recommend to friends and family.
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  • We scheduled a day tour outside the city of Kusadasi from our cruise ship Prinsendam because our group had visited this port 3 times in the past 6 weeks. Our Tour guide Leyla was excellent and she followed our custom designed itinerary exactly as we wished. Leyla added her own excellent recommendations and showed us a wonderful time to include an amazing lunch buffet. We highly recommend Ertunga Ecir for private Turkish Tours and Leyla as a Guide.
    TampaBayJeff Dunedin, Florida
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The Best Ephesus Tour Guide for You!

Our Ephesus tour guides are locals who have very good knowledge not only about the sights in the area, but also about the history of Christianity.

They are all fluent in English, and some of them guide also in other languages.

Have the best experience in Ephesus with our expert local guides...

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Annual Average Temperature Humidity Graph for Ephesus

The hottest month in Ephesus area is July, with an average temperature of 30 °C. The coldest month is January with a lowest temperature of 5°C. On average, December is the most and July the least humid month. Please click on the Graph to zoom in


FAQ About Day Trip to Ephesus From Izmir

There is about 45 minutes driving from Izmir airport to Ephesus, and about 1 hour driving from the center of Izmir to Ephesus.

You will need Turkish lira to buy the entrances. In all sights (except the House of Mary) you can purchase the entrance with credit card. If you do not have any Turkish lira on the day of the tour, your guide can pay for the entrances and you can pay him back at the end of the tour in USD or euros. If you decide to book Ephesus tour, we can also give you the price that includes the entrances.

All the vehicles are non-smoking and air-conditioned. We usually use Mercedes Sprinter and Mercedes Vito. You can see our vehicles

You can pay in advance (bank transfer, credit card or PayPal – there is a small additional fee for this kind of payment), or you can pay cash to your guide at the end of the tour.

During the high season, on some busy days, there are 4-5 cruise ships in Kusadasi port and thousands of people visiting the sight. Local guides have priority for buying entrances, so it is also one of advantages of taking a private tour of Ephesus.

It can be very hot, 38 ºC (100.4 ºF) ir even more, and since there is not much shade in Ephesus, we advise you to bring hat, umbrella and water…

We usually spend around 2 hours in Ephesus, which is enough time to see all the most important parts of this sight. However, our private Ephesus tours are tailor made, so we do not limit our guests time for sightseeing. It all depends on your interests and available time.

No, it is definitely not difficult anymore, as there are new, additional wooden paths for wheelchairs inside of Ephesus.

During religious holidays and on Sundays there is a mass organizes in Virgin Mary’s House and everybody can join it. It is also possible to arrange a private mass for groups. If you are interested in this option, a priest must be informed in advance.

This Temple was one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient world. There is only one column left there. But it is nice to hear the history of the place, so that you can understand Ephesus better.

During our tours, we never make any shopping stop, unless the customer requires so. All the tours are tailor made. So our guests decide where to go and how much time to spend in each sight. Even if you are not on the market for carpets, it may be interesting for you to see this demonstration as a part of Turkish culture.