Transport and the Lycian Way
Antalya has a modern airport handling 10 million passengers per year, only 12km E of the city. It has 2 international terminals and a domestic terminal – international 2 is only open at peak times for charters, and is a km from the other terminals (you can take a taxi). The main terminal (1 and domestic) building is being renovated and you may be diverted out of the domestic instead of international exit. A red city bus (Bus 600) goes from the south end of the domestic terminal to the bus station (Otogar) every half hour. A second bus (800) goes to Lara, the city centre (100 Yıl Bulvarı) and Konyaaltı Sarısu bus garage (on the southwest-bound coastal road; from Sarısu you can continue by coastal bus). These buses run all night, but infrequently after midnight. You can pay on the bus – about 5 TL (no euros; banks and ATMs in the terminal building). Havaş buses also go to the city and bus terminal, but cost more. There is a sign outside the domestic terminal directing you to the buses, or ask at the info desk. A new overhead tram runs from opposite the main terminals to the city centre, but only between about 7am and 10pm. You need a ticket before boarding; there is a ticket machine by the lift to the tram (no euros). Taxi to city centre currently about 50 TL.
If you want to go directly to the St Paul Trail, take the tram to ‘demokrasi’ stop, get off and get on another tram (reverse direction) going to ‘expo’ (about every 30 mins); get off at the ‘Aksu’ stop (above the traffic lights in central Aksu). This is 1.5km from the site at Perge (sign). Buses to Serik for the Köprülü Canyon also pass through Aksu crossroads about every 15 minutes.
Dalaman has a modern international airport handling several million passengers per year. Havaş have services from the airport to Fethiye and back several times per day. Or take a taxi to Dalaman bus station (Otogar). Several buses per day run from Dalaman to Fethiye otogar; Ölüdeniz minibuses from outside Fethiye otogar pass the start of the route.
Turkish Airlines/Anadolu Jet (THY): International flights from many cities on all continents to Istanbul or Ankara; onward flights to all internal airports.
Pegasus Airlines: International flights from European and Russian destinations Antalya. Connecting flights to 18 internal airports.
Sun Express: International flights from Germany, Holland, Belgium, Switzerland, Austria (all year around), Norway, Sweden to Antalya. Internal flights from Antalya.
Air Berlin: German airports to Antalya.
Onur Air: International flights from Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Spain, UAE, UK to Antalya and Dalaman.
Atlas Global: International flights from Istanbul to London, Manchester, and Balkan and Middle East destinations. Many internal flights from Istanbul to Antalya / Dalaman.
Easyjet: UK Gatwick to Antalya; Bristol, Manchester, Gatwick, Stansted to Dalaman; Freiburg/Basle to Antalya.
Corendon: Amsterdam to Antalya and Dalaman. Other Dutch, German and Belgian airports to Antalya.
The overnight and all-day intercity buses run on time, are clean and well serviced and are comparatively cheap. Antalya bus terminal is 5km N of the city, but small city-centre shops sell tickets and offer a shuttle bus service; alternatively book on line and take the tram.
On public holidays or in peak season buses book up. The buses stop every 4 hours at service stations where you can buy food; light refreshments and water are served on the bus.
Buses from these firms on the main coastal route run approximately every half-hour in daylight with one or two late evening buses in summer. They run from bus garage to bus garage, but also stop on the Konyaaltı road out of Antalya, 36°52’52.83″N, 30°39’42.49″E.
These bus timetables are in Turkish, so use google translate if you get stuck!
Batı Antalya Tur – coastal and inland route from Antalya to Fethiye
Fethiye Seyahat – Fethiye to Antalya and Kaş
Antalya Finike Tur – Antalya to Finike, Demre, Kaş
Çiçek Tur – Antalya to Olympos, Adrasan, Finike
Other local buses:
Outside Fethiye bus station – Oludeniz, Faralya and Kabak – frequent services
West end of Patara beach – bridge at Xanthos, Esen and Fethiye – frequent services
Adrasan – main road junction or Antalya – early-morning bus, more in season. Adrasan minibus co-op Bayram Alaçay (0532 762 7295)
Kumluca bus station – Mavikent and Karaöz – a few buses every day
Olympos main road bus-stop – Çıralı – several buses per day in spring/summer
Antalya intercity bus station – Geyikbayırı – three times per day
(No 521A runs at 6am, 12.30 pm, 17.30 pm; returning roughly one hour later
Route: Otogar Aktarma Merkezi (on the main road outside the intercity bus station, 100m southwest of the bus station entrance),
Hürriyet Cd. (Gülveren bus station) – Bahtılı -Akdamlar-Geyikbayırı-Çağlarca and return.)
Antalya – Akdamlar – No 501 runs every half-hour
Bus-stops are shown on the i-phone application.