photo by Chris. P

Ephesus (Turkish: Efes) is a large archeological site in Aegean Turkey and one of the country's major tourist attractions.

As Ephesus’ port clogged up with silt, the population decreased until it disappeared completely. Fortunately, the huge stone stadium and the library amongst other buildings have survived over 8 centuries of weathering and means visitors to Ephesus can now see into the past glories of the area. If holidaymakers could drag themselves away from the beaches around Izmir they could head to Ephesus for a very interesting day out, just 12 miles to the north of Kusadisi.

Getting there

You can walk from Selcuk. It is a 4km walk in a good asphalt way. It is also possible to take a taxi, which is relatively expensive,compared to other Turkish transportation. Most pensions and hotels in Selcuk offer rides to Ephesus. The cheaper way is to go by minibuses(shared taxi)(Called as Dolmuş in Turkish) which are available every 10-15 minutes from Selcuk central bus station or from Kusadasi Dolmuş stop. The minibus will leave you at around 1km from the gate situated downhill. --Accession to Selcuk-- By airway to Izmir International airport.By train(from airport) , By bus (from Izmir central bus station) or Hotel shuttles to Selcuk. Airport to Selçuk, 55 Km. By cruise ship via the port of Kuşadası.By bus or minibus (from Kusadasi central bus station), or by taxi to Selcuk,19 Km.

Entry tickets cost 20 TL/person.

Traveling around

The grounds of Ephesus are seen entirely on foot. Pathways are signed clearly and easily navigated as you make your way through the park. Fortunately, the ruins are situated on the bank of a hill. Most visitors arrive at the upper gates and make their way downhill to the exit gates.

  • Ephesus Pamorama

  • Ephesus Tour Guide


There are many fast food and small Turkish restaurants at the exit gates. You can find many nice restaurants on the way to Selcuk or Kusadasi or in the towns.


There are many souvenir shops at the two exit gates. You may find Turkish hand made articles. Haggling is possible. The best way is to compare prices in two or three more shops before you buy. It is not a good place to buy carpet and leather, you can buy them in big shops at Selcuk with a reasonable price.


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There are many cafés at the exit gates.

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