Information & Facts
Car rental companies include Avis, Hertz, National, Europcar and
Sixt, as well as other local car hire companies.
The Havas airport shuttle bus to the centre of Izmir can be
caught from the domestic terminal. Travel time is 50 minutes.
Trains also service the airport and leave from the International
terminal to the Basmane train station in the city, but these are
usually only in the afternoons. Taxis are also available for around
Tel: +90 (0)232 455 0000.
Foreign exchange can be found in both Arrivals and Departures.
Shops are available, including duty free, and cafes, restaurants
and bars exist throughout the terminal building. Other facilities
include public telephones, a post office, ATM, hairdresser, tourist
information and hotel reservations. Facilities for those with
special needs are good.
Turkish is the official language, but English is widely
understood in the main tourist areas.
The official currency is the New Turkish Lira (TRY), which was
introduced on 1 January 2005, whereby six zeros were dropped from
the TL and the sub-unit New Kurush was created. Currency can be
exchanged at banks, exchange booths, post offices, airports and
ferry ports; banks have the worst rates and highest commissions,
but will exchange lesser known foreign currencies. Banks open
mainly Monday to Friday, but some are open daily in tourist areas.
ATMs are widely available in major cities and tourist areas, but
Turkish ATM keypads usually do not have letters of the alphabet on
their keys. Most bank branches have ATMs which accept Cirrus and
Plus. Major credit cards are widely accepted; the most popular are
Visa or MasterCard, but American Express is accepted in many of the
more expensive places. Travellers cheques can be exchanged at some
banks and currency exchange offices, but are not as welcome as cash
or credit cards. US dollars or Euros are preferred. Some pensions
and hotels in the most popular destinations accept US dollars as