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Turkey is a land of history, culture, beautiful landscapes and some of the finest cuisine on the planet. It’s no surprise, then, that beach towns such as Bodrum are so endlessly popular with tourists. Top tourist attractions here include Bodrum Castle and the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus, but the town is also celebrated for its luxury resorts, glitzy marina and quaint winding back streets. Fly in for a holiday and you'll find everything you could wish for, including easy transport links.
Located on the southwestern coast of Turkey, close to the island of Kos, Bodrum is not far from the resort towns of Marmaris and Kusadasi. When visiting Bodrum, your easiest mode of arrival is a flight into Milas-Bodrum Airport (BJV), located 22 miles north of the city and easily reached by car, taxi or airport bus. It’s also possible to fly to Kos Island International Airport (KGS) and then take a ferry to Bodrum, but this will take longer and probably add expense. For this reason, Milas-Bodrum Airport is the chosen arrival point for most tourists visiting the city.
When booking your flights to Bodrum, be aware that the majority of scheduled flights are seasonal. That means that you may not always be able to book direct flights from your chosen departure point. The good news is that flights within Turkey – and from a handful of European destinations – operate year-round. It’s easy to arrange connecting flights through one of these destinations using Expedia’s multi-flight booking tool. A number of airlines operate out of Milas-Bodrum Airport, including British Airways, easyJet and Turkish Airlines. Budget options are available, as are business class and first class flights – however, you should normally find it easiest to book direct if you opt for a standard economy seat.
If you are planning on travelling around Bodrum and the surrounding area, then you may wish to hire a car. You can do this easily at the airport, where there are several car rental agencies. However, if you would rather explore the city by foot and via public transport, you may find it more convenient to get into the centre of the city in a taxi or on the airport bus. It should also be possible to arrange a private shuttle through your accommodation provider. Once in the city, you can take advantage of the local dolmus (or minibus) network to visit local attractions.
There’s plenty to keep you entertained in Bodrum. Once you have exhausted historic sightseeing spots, such as the mausoleum and the castle, you can make some time for lazing on the nearby beaches. Touring the excellent Museum of Underwater Archaeology, sampling the local delicacies, and wandering through the pretty marina area are all delightful distractions as well. You may also enjoy taking a day trip to the nearby island of Kos, where you can tour yet more ancient sites and sunbathe on the sandy beaches.