If you’re planning to visit one of southeastern Turkey’s famous holiday resorts, the chances are your holiday will start by travelling to Dalaman. This airport covers some of Turkey’s most beautiful locations including Gokova-Akkaya, Marmaris, Datca, Koycegiz, Gocek, Dalyan, Sarigerme, Fethiye, Oludeniz, Kalkan and Kas.
Dalaman is both a town and a district. In truth, it’s perhaps best known for its international airport, which is the start point of many Turkish holidays, though the town itself has some points of interest. They include the famous Alexandria (Egypt) railway station, which was built here during the Ottoman period by mistake. Couldn’t happen? Well, it did! You can learn how on a tour of the town and site.
The airport itself is large, modern and very well equipped – though having said that, it’s an airport like many others around the globe. It has a good selection of shops and duty free, but for most people it’s a place you’ll want to get out of as fast as possible on the transfers to your final destination. It does have some interesting local produce type shops that you might want to have a look around when heading in the other direction. Prices might typically be higher than you’ll see outside, predictably enough, yet the quality control might be more stringent also by way of compensation.
Travelling to Dalaman Airport is easy and today there is a large volume of flights from all over the world. Transfer times to the major resorts vary depending upon your chosen transfer method. Taxi and private vehicle hire will obviously be a lot faster than buses and you’ll have less hanging around to do.
As a guide to transfer times, you can assume that from the airport they’ll be something like:
• City Centre (12km) – 15 minutes
• Bodrum (300km) – 3 hours 15mins.
• Sarigerme (21km) – 25 minutes
• Dalyan (48km) – 40mins
• Koycegiz (65km) – 1hour 05mins
• Gocek (51km) – 45mins
• Marmaris (100km) – 2 hours
• Hisanonu (80km) – 1 hour 50mins
• Fethiye (70km) -1 hour 15mins
• Ortaca (24km) – 20mins
• Mugla (140km) – 1 hour 55mins.
Keep in mind that these are average ‘from departure’ times that don’t include waiting around for the transport to depart etc. As with airport transfers anywhere outside of major conurbations, think about booking in advance if you’d like to keep your costs down a little and reduce the chances of finding transport ‘unavailable’ upon arrival. That latter case may be unusual, but it can happen and is best avoided, as it’s hardly the best start to a holiday.
A final word of advice – in the summer months it can be seriously hot in this area, with temperatures regularly in the mid-30s. So, if you’re travelling to Dalaman anytime in June-September and arriving during the day, make sure you’re dressed appropriately.