Cruise Port Atlas | Izmir, Turkey Map | Location

Izmir, Turkey Port | Map | Locations

Cruise lines that visit Izmir: Voyages to Antiquity, Crystal, Oceania, Regent Seven Seas, Cunard, Costa, MSC Cruises, Norwegian

Recommended Attractions: Agora, Asansor, Kadifekale (Castle), Kordon, Konak Square, Cesme Castle, Ilica, Alacati, Ephesus, Terrace Houses, (Virgin) Mary's House, Ephesus Archaeological Museum, Pergamum (Bergama)

With over 3500 years of human habitation, Izmir (formerly Smyrna) is now a very modern city with few remnants of its storied past. In 1922 at the end of the Greco-Turkish War, almost the entire city was destroyed by a fire and the significant Greek population evacuated the city. On the southern shore of the narrow bay where Izmir sits are the cruise terminals and a coastal region known as Konak, where modern Izmir shows itself to visitors and where a few intriguing historic ruins remain. There is not much left of Kadifekale Castle, but views from the hill it occupies add to the appeal. The Agora is a large area where Greek and early Romans situated a market and where today you can see columns and arches of the historic center. Another area that was not destroyed in 1922 was the Jewish Quarter of Karatas, where historic synagogues can be visited. One of the city's most popular attractions is the elevator tower called Asansor which offers a great view of the city and harbor. Along the water are the beautiful promenade called Kordon and the Konak Square, including the iconic Clock Tower which has become the symbol of the city. Izmir provides convenient access to two of the most important Greco-Roman ruin sites in Turkey, Ephesus and Pergamum.

Cesme is a small port near the end of the Cesme Peninsula and is today the center of a rich resort area that feature lovely beaches and spas. The historic fortress of Cesme has been renovated and converted to a museum. Near Cesme are the resort areas of Ilica, famous for their hot springs and the beach town of Alacati.

Local Currency: Turkish Lira

Primary Language: Turkish

Secondary Languages: none

Visa requirements: Cruisers who fly into or out of Turkey must obtain a visa, but the process is very simple.  Those who visit Turkey as a port, but do not fly into or out of the country do not need a visa.

Photo of Konak Clocktower by Klingsor

Geography & Population

Izmir is located in a deep, narrow bay on the Aegean Sea on the central coast of Anatolia. The port area and historic center of the city is on the south coast of the bay and is bordered by impressive mountains of the east and south. Izmir is Turkey's third largest city, with a population of nearly 4 million.

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How Far?

The large modern city of Izmir has a Metro system called IZBAN which provides transfers between the airport and Alsancak (1/2 KM from the cruise terminal) for about 4 TL.  A Taxi will cost about 70 TL.  Taxis are metered.

From To Distance Average Time Local Currency Fare
Izmir Cruise Terminal
(Bus Station - about 1/2 KM from the dock)
Izmir Airport 20 KM 25 minutes 40 TL
Izmir Cruise Terminal Kordon 0.5 KM 7 minute walk NA
Izmir Cruise Terminal Konak Square 3 KM 5 minutes 11 TL
Izmir Cruise Terminal Kadifekale 7 KM 11 minutes 17 TL
Izmir Cruise Terminal Asansor - Karatas 5 KM 9 minutes 14 TL
Izmir Cruise Terminal Agora 3.5 KM 9 minutes 10 TL
Izmir Cruise Terminal Cesme 85 KM 65 minutes 190 TL
Izmir Cruise Terminal Ephesus - Selcuk 81 KM 65 minutes 170 TL
Izmir Cruise Terminal Pergamum 105 KM 1 hour 40 minutes 210 TL

Local Services - Addresses

Hospitals

Izmir - Izmir Egitim Dis Hastanesi, Sumer Mh., 35260 Konak/Izmir, 5 KM, 11 minutes

Nearby Banks and ATMs

Akbank ATM, Konak, Cumhuriyet Bulv. 33/A, Izmir, 3 KM, 5 minutes
Garanti Bank ATM, Cumhuriyet Meydani 12, 35400 Izmir, 2 KM, 4 minutes

Post Office

PTT, Konak, Cumhuriyet Bulv. 17, Izmir, 2.5 KM, 5 minutes

Port and Berths

Cruise Ship Berths

GPS location - 38.444917, 27.146780

Photo of Izmir Kordon by Enderender