There are several options to get from Istanbul to Marmaris: by bus, plane, or taxi (private transfer). The duration of the trip by bus is 12 hours 45 minutes, the ticket price is $40. Flights take 1 hour 20 minutes, the ticket price starts from $23. The distance between Istanbul and Marmaris is about 730 km.
When choosing travel by Istanbul-Marmaris bus, note that you'll also need to get from the airport to the bus station (by metro). It is better to have different currencies with you: dollars (or euros) and Turkish lira, because you can pay for a metro ticket only in local currency. Flights take just a little more than an hour, but as the airport is 90 km from Marmaris, you should also add at least 2 hours to that time. If you decide to choose bus travel, it is better to depart in the evening, so you can sleep during most of the trip.
Today, Marmaris is considered to be a pretty developed Turkish resort. The city is known by its very mild climate, calm sea, and a large number of coniferous trees. Each tourist will find something interesting for them, and it's not only about a beach holiday. In this place, one can experience windsurfing, underwater swimming, rafting, jeep safari, etc. But you can also try less extreme activities here - for instance, walking around the city and visiting different sights. Thus, you can take an excursion to Hierapolis, Knidos, and Aphrodisias to find out more about a rich historical past of the resort. You should definitely take a stroll around Marmaris Old Town, take a look at the fortress, and visit Archaeological Park.
The Istanbul to Marmaris bus departs from Istanbul bus station which is 15 km from Ataturk Airport and 54 km from Sabiha Gokcen Airport. There are plenty of buses running from Bayrampasa bus station to Marmaris (by carriers such as Pamukkale, Ulusoy, Metro, Varan, and Hakiki Koch). Pamukkale buses operate every day, their travel time is 12 hours 45 minutes. The ticket price is $40. It is better to choose a journey in the evening, so you can sleep during most of the trip at night. Travel by Istanbul-Marmaris bus is very comfortable: the bus doesn't jolt passengers, the cabin is equipped with soft seats and TV.
direct Pamukkale bus
from 01:00 a.m. to 11:02 p.m.
Istanbul Otogar bus station – Darica – Bursa – Aydin – Marmaris
13h 25min (40min – public transport from the airport to the bus station, 12h 45min – bus to Marmaris).
High: roomy cabin, folding seats, Wi-Fi, TV, sockets
$41 ($1 – public transport from the airport to the bus station, $40 – bus to Marmaris).
families without children, tourists without large luggage, those who are afraid of flying.
You can get from Ataturk Airport to the bus station by metro (Otogar station, line «Havalimani – Yenukapi»). At Sabiha Gokcen Airport, take the Havatas bus (to Taksim square), and then - the bus №830 to the bus station.
Getting to the destination by plane is a little difficult because Dalaman Airport is far from the city (90 km), so you will also need to get from the airport by public transport or taxi. There are Pegasus Istanbul to Marmaris flights departing daily from Sabiha Gokcen Airport. The flight duration is 1 hour 20 minutes, the ticket price is from $23.
You can also choose Turkish Airlines flights from Ataturk Airport. This option takes 1 hour 20 minutes and costs a minimum of $64. Both airlines don't have overnight flights, however planes operate until night.
direct Pegasus/Turkish Airlines flights from Istanbul to Marmaris
from 06:15 a.m. to 11:45 p.m./from 05:10 a.m. to 00:20 a.m.
Istanbul Ataturk/Sabiha Gokcen Airport - Dalaman Airport
2h 50min (1h 20min – plane, 1h 30min – bus from the airport to Marmaris).
from 1.5h between flights
Low (low-cost airlines): clean cabin, no free meals or drinks on board
from $27.5 (from $23 – plane, $4.5 – bus from the airport to Marmaris).
businessmen, aged tourists, those who need to get to Marmaris as soon as possible.
In Dalaman, you need to find the Havas bus stop, because it is these buses that run to Marmaris. The trip duration is 1.5-2 hours and the ticket price is $4.5. You can buy a ticket from the driver when boarding.
If you want to get to Marmaris without changes, in comfort, and not waiting for transport at stops or at the airport, you can always take a taxi or book a private transfer Istanbul-Marmaris. Travel by car takes about 9 hours, the trip cost is from $431. This travel option is often chosen by families with children and tourists with a lot of luggage.
to your hotel in Marmaris or given address
You will have to spend about 30min looking for a taxi at Istanbul Airport, not all drivers are ready to cover long distances.
There is no need to wait for a pre-booked transfer: the driver will meet you at the exit from the arrivals area with a nameplate at specified time.
Taxi on the spot: journey without stops and other passengers.
Pre-booked transfer: air-conditioning, English-speaking driver, help with luggage, journey without stops, spacious minibus, free mineral water, cartoons for children, child seats/booster seats, paying online, pre-booking.
from $431 for an Economy-class car and from $677 for a minibus up to 7 passengers
families with children, inexperienced tourists, those who are in Turkey for the first time, aged travellers, those who have a lot of luggage or arrive at night, large groups of tourists
Taxis can be found at the rank in front of the exit from the airport terminals building. You don't need to look for a pre-booked transfer: the driver will be waiting for you at the exit from the arrivals area with a name sign.
Travel from Istanbul to Marmaris can be interesting and amazing, if you prepare for it in advance. We wish you lots of bright emotions and a good holiday!