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Ephesus (Turkish: Efes) is a large archeological site in Aegean Turkey and one of the country's major tourist attractions.
You can walk from Selçuk. Most of the hotels have bikes that you can borrow for a while. It is a 4km walk in a good walking way. It is also possible to take a taxi, which is relatively expensive,compared to other Turkish transportation. Most pensions and hotels in Selçuk offer rides to Ephesus. The cheaper way is to go by minibuses(shared taxi)(Called as Dolmuş in Turkish) which are available every 10-15 minutes from Selcuk central bus station or from Kusadasi Dolmuş stop. The minibus will leave you at around 1km from the gate situated downhill. --Accession to Selcuk--
Entry tickets cost 25 TL/person. This does not include entry to a terraced house on the same site which costs an additional 15 TL/person. You may want to consider a visit to another archaeological site in Aegean Turkey: Aphrodisias. With an entrance fee of only 8 TL, it has perhaps more value than Ephesus.
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The grounds of Ephesus are seen entirely on foot. Pathways are signed clearly and easily navigated as you make your way through the park. The ruins are situated on the bank of a hill. There are two entry/exit points. The entire ruins are easily covered on foot within two hours.
Here is a map of Selcuk - Ephesus
There are many souvenir shops at the two exit gates. You may find Turkish hand made articles. Haggling is possible. The best way is to compare prices in two or three more shops before you buy. It is not a good place to buy carpet and leather, you can buy them in big shops at Selcuk with a reasonable price.
There are many fast food and small Turkish restaurants at the exit gates. You can find many nice restaurants on the way to Selcuk or Kusadasi or in the towns.
Mehmet & Ali Baba Kebab House Turkish Kebab House located just next to museum serving traditional Turkish foods. They also serve Turkish starters which is vegetarian and famous as Kebabs.
There are many cafés at the exit gates.
There are no accommodations on site in ancient city itself. Nearest options are in Selçuk, 4 km away. There are also lots of people visiting Ephesus on a day-trip from coastal Kuşadası, a bit further away.
Local Tour Guide
If you would like to hire a tour guide, it is recommended to do the arrangements in advance since there may not be guides waiting at the upper gate.
Ephesus Travel Guide can assist you finding a good tour guide.