Europe Forums

Start a new topic Change Forum
Advanced search

Going to Ephesus!

Jump to last reply

After receiving all of your encouragement in answer to my last question (in a most entertaining thread: http://www.fodors.com/community/europe/missing-ephesus.cfm), I have managed to convince DH to do the day trip to Ephesus. Many thanks to you all!

But, now of course it's something else. We will be flying to Ephesus on an AtlasJet flight leaving from Ataturk at 7 AM on a Tuesday. So, we will need to get to the airport no later than 6 AM (we have electronic tickets, will have checked in online already [if AltasJet lets you do that], won't have any luggage or anything, so an hour lead time is enough? Or need more?) We will be traveling to the airport from our accommodations in Beyoglu that morning.

So, first, how long does it take to get from Beyoglu to Ataturk at that time of day on a Tuesday?

And then, which method of transport should we use? These are the options as I see it:

-- Public transportation (tramway and then metro, a trip that the guidebooks make sound confusing and tiring). We're troopers and would give it a try, but does it start that early in the morning?
--The Havas bus no longer runs? Website says, " We were forced to suspend our services on January 14, 2012, at 09:00 am." So that's out (if that's correct)?
--Taxi. Are taxis available on the street at 5ish AM, or lined up at hotels (we're staying in an apartment but could go to a nearby hotel)? Or does one call for a taxi in Istanbul at that hour, and if so, how long to allow them to get there?
--Private car/driver? Our hostess has offered to arrange a driver for us when we arrive in Istanbul (probably her brother-in-law or something) and I assume she could do the same for this, or I know that there are companies for hire for airport transfer.

We're flying back at 6 PM, so the return won't be a problem. I just don't know what's best choice at 5 AM (or earlier, depending on what you tell me).

Thanks again, everyone!

11 Replies |Back to top

| Add a Reply

Sign in to comment.

Recent Activity

  • Announcements:
  • Writers Needed for Mexico
    by Emily_D Fodor's Editor | Posted on Jul 24, 14 at 12:19 PM
  • Writers Needed for Georgia Coast
    by Emily_D Fodor's Editor | Posted on Jul 18, 14 at 03:12 PM
  • Writers Needed for Rwanda and Uganda
    by Emily_D Fodor's Editor | Posted on Jul 18, 14 at 03:12 PM
View all Europe activity »
  1. 1 Trip Report Two Bonnie Lasses: A Road Trip from Edinburgh to London
  2. 2 Where to leave luggage while touring Amsterdam for 10 hours
  3. 3 Cotswolds village base
  4. 4 Trip Report Crete Chania and the Libyan Sea villages
  5. 5 Portugal end of August - Barcelos - clothing?
  6. 6 I booked "Paris in Winter"
  7. 7 Walking Tours in Rome and Florence
  8. 8 Should I book train tickets before I arrive in Switzerland ?
  9. 9 Amalfi Coast vs Greece
  10. 10 Confused about tipping in Swiss restaurants
  11. 11 Please help us maximize our time in each European city
  12. 12 Determing Location of FIRST BIG TRIP - Where do go in Italy?
  13. 13 Does this itinerary work and make sense? Help!
  14. 14 Netherlands Delta Works
  15. 15 Southern Italy without a Car
  16. 16 Two rail trips in Italy - buy tickets at station the day of, or rail pass?
  17. 17 If you had a week in Switzerland...
  18. 18 Trip Report One month in Puglia and Matera
  19. 19 Hotel in Rome?
  20. 20 Trip Report Scotland trip report July 2014, chapter 1
  21. 21 Visit to Bath and London england
  22. 22 Trip Report IRELAND - the driving is great: east to west, south to north!
  23. 23 Bus to Vietri Sul Mare?
  24. 24 Puglia--need hotel for last 2 nites HELP trip is coming up
  25. 25 Automatic car rental in Italy: Dollar or Thrifty?
View next 25 » Back to the top