Tips and tricks to help you find cheap flights from London to Izmir
Useful information about the flight from London to Izmir
In recent decades, the city of Izmir on the Turkish Aegean has transformed itself from a cosy small town into an attractive destination with an international flair that promises an exciting holiday between the Orient and the Occident.
When is the best time to travel to Izmir?
As it can get very hot in the summer months, a trip to Izmir is particularly recommended in spring and autumn. For those interested in music, a visit to the city in spring also offers the advantage of being able to experience the European Jazz Festival up close in March. The International Festival in June and July is also worth a visit.
What should you know before travelling to Izmir?
British citizens can enter Turkey with a passport. A visa is only required for stays of 90 days or more. Vaccinations are not compulsory before travelling. However, it is recommended to have up to date vaccinations against hepatitis A, tetanus, diphtheria and typhoid. During the fasting month of Ramadan, holidaymakers should show consideration for religious traditions and refrain from eating and drinking in public during the day.
The choice of food and drink in Izmir is varied and also very inexpensive. In addition to regional specialities, fast food is also available. Prices start at around 2 TRY for small snacks, a beer is available for around 6 TRY and a kebab costs around 8 TRY.
How do you get from Izmir airport to the city?
From the airport you can get to the city centre in about an hour for about 10 TRY using the "Havas" shuttle buses. Buses 200, 202 and 204 all serve this route. The iZBAN (suburban train) operates between 6am and midnight between the airport and the city centre and takes about 40 minutes into the city. Taxi fares are higher, with a 50 per cent surcharge at night. It is recommended to buy cheap tickets valid for several journeys for local transport. Five journeys cost only about 12 TRY. The rechargeable travel card is also a cheap alternative for discovering Izmir by local transport. It costs around 6 TRY and is valid for 90 minutes. With this card, buses, metro and ferries can be used for the low price of around 2 TRY per trip. Guest houses and hostels offer cheap accommodation from around 50 TRY. Many hotels and hostels are located in the Konak district.