Ephesus (Turkish: Efes) is a large world heritage listed archaeological site located in the Aegean, Turkey. Is is one of the main tourist attractions of the country.
Location: Selçuk, İzmir Province, Turkey
Climate in Ephesus
Ephesus has a subtropical Mediterranean climate, with hot, dry and sunny summers, when temperatures average around 32°C, but can often reach 38°C. Winters are mild and rainy, frosts are sporadic and snow is rare.
The climate in Ephesus is generally very similar to nearby Izmir.
Journey to Ephesus
The nearest town is Selçuk, which offers lodging and transportation to Ephesus.
To Ephesus by dolmuş
They run to the Lower Gate from Selçuk every 10-15 minutes in high season, and every 30 minutes at other times. The price is around 4 TL (Dec 2020)
To Ephesus by taxi
From Selçuk, the easiest way to visit the ruins is to take a taxi to the upper gate. After that you can walk a bit downhill through the ruins and back from the parking lot to the Selçuk bus station via dolmuş.
To Ephesus on foot
If you have a hobby of leisurely walking, you can also walk from Selçuk – it’s 4 km away with good paved roads.
To Ephesus by plane
Izmir (ADB) is the nearest airport, with frequent connections from both Istanbul airports. Pegasus Airlines, Turkey’s low-cost carrier, often has round-trip tickets for only around 100 TL.
To Ephesus by tour
If you need a guide, you can also book an organized Ephesus tour from any local tour operator in nearby cities.
Fees and permits
Entrance ticket costs around 100 TL per person, while the Terrace House (in a closed building within the site) costs around 45 TL per person (Dec 2020).
If you drive your own car parking is only available at the lower gate (10 TL in Nov 2017).
The Ephesian site is open daily:
15 Apr-2 Oct – 08:00-18:30
3 Oct 14 April – 08:00-17:00
The Turkish government offers museum tickets for the many tourist attractions and museums here and nearby for around 132 TL. See what’s included, and buy it if it makes sense to you.
Wandering around Ephesus
The grounds of Ephesus are seen entirely on foot. Paths are clearly marked and easy to navigate as you pass through the park. The ruins are located on the edge of the hill. The entire ruins were easily covered on foot in about two hours.
In Ephesus there were two entry/exit points. There is parking at both gates. If you enter from the Upper Gate, you will walk downhill, which is easier, so that’s what tour groups do. If you enter through the Lower Gate, you will be walking against the flow of tour groups.
🏨 Hotels Near Ephesus
|LABRANDA Ephesus Princess||📍 Atatürk Mahallesi Pamucak Mevkii No:30, 35920 Selçuk/İzmir, Turkey||Selçuk||📞 +90 232 893 10 11||labranda.com/ephesus-princess|
|Tui Blue Ephesus||📍 Pamucak Oteller Bölgesi, 35920 Selçuk/İzmir, Turkey||Selçuk||📞 +90 232 850 85 25||ephesus.aquafantasy.com/|
|KoruMar Ephesus Beach & Spa Resort||📍 Atatürk, Pamucak Mevkii No:16, 35920 Selçuk/İzmir, Turkey||Selçuk||📞 +90 232 893 13 13||korumarephesus.com.tr/|
|Palm Wings Ephesus Beach Resort||📍 Pamucak Mevki, Efes Antik Şehir Plajı, 35920 Selçuk/İzmir, Turkey||Selçuk||📞 +90 232 893 10 96||ephesus.palmwings.com.tr/|
|Nazar Hotel||📍 İsabey Mah, Şht. Polis Metin Tavaslıoğlu Cd. No:34, 35920 Selçuk/İzmir, Turkey||Selçuk||📞 +90 232 892 22 22||nazarhotel.com/|
|Richmond Ephesus Resort||📍 Pamucak Mevkii, 35920 Selçuk/İzmir, Turkey||Selçuk||📞 +90 232 893 10 60||richmondhotels.com.tr/richmond-ephesus-resort-otel-kusadasi-efes/|
|LİVİA HOTEL EPHESUS||📍 Atatürk, 1045. Sk. No:25, 35920 Selçuk/İzmir, Turkey||Selçuk||📞 +90 232 892 92 99||liviahotels.com/|
|EPHESUS PALACE||📍 14 Mayıs, 4027. Sk. No:15, 35920 Selçuk/İzmir, Turkey||Selçuk||📞 +90 507 397 61 41||ephesuspalace.com/|
|EPHESUS CENTRUM||📍 Atatürk, 1016. Sk. no :19 D:no :19, 35920 Selçuk/İzmir, Turkey||Selçuk||📞 +90 530 421 36 69||ephesuscentrum.com/|
|Akanthus Hotel Ephesus||📍 Atatürk, 1064. Sk. No:11, 35920 Selçuk/İzmir, Turkey||Selçuk||📞 +90 232 892 92 12||akanthushotel.com/|
🎉 Tourist attractions Near Ephesus
|Celsus Library, Ephesus||📍 Acarlar, Meryem Ana Yolu No:15, 35920 Selçuk/İzmir, Turkey||Selçuk||Historical landmark|
|Ancient Ephesus – Odeon||📍 Acarlar, Efes Harabeleri, 35920 Selçuk/İzmir, Turkey||Selçuk||Tourist attraction|
|Ephesus ancient greek city||📍 Acarlar, Efes Harabeleri, 35920 Selçuk/İzmir, Turkey||Selçuk||Historical landmark|
|Temple of Domitian||📍 Acarlar, 35920 Selçuk/İzmir, Turkey||Selçuk||Historical landmark|
|Basilica Of Saint John||📍 Atatürk, St. Jean Cd., 35920 Selçuk/İzmir, Turkey||Selçuk||Historical landmark|
|Ephesus Archaeological Site||📍 Acarlar, Efes Harabeleri, 35920 Selçuk/İzmir, Turkey||Selçuk||Museum|
|Cittantica Ephesus Park||📍 Acarlar, Selçuk-İzmir Yolu No:129, 35920 Selçuk/İzmir, Turkey||Selçuk||Museum|
|Statue of Artemis – Selcuk, Ephesus, Turkey||📍 Atatürk, Atatürk Cd., 35920 Selçuk/İzmir, Turkey||Selçuk||Tourist attraction|
|The Temple of Artemis||📍 Atatürk, Park İçi Yolu No:12, 35920 Selçuk/İzmir, Turkey||Selçuk||Historical landmark|
|Visit Ephesus||📍 Atatürk, 1013. Sk. No:4, 35920 Selçuk/İzmir, Turkey||Selçuk||Historical landmark|