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Going to Ephesus!

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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!

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