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Ephesus (Efes)
Ephesus (Efes)

Ephesus (Efes)

Free admission
Selcuk, Izmir

The Basics

This ancient city is home to an incredible number of ruins in varying states. The site is best explored with a guide who can help shed light on the function and significance of the various structures. Guided tours of the site depart from Istanbul, Izmir, Bodrum, Selçuk, and Kuşadasi.

Travelers who want to avoid the stress of making travel arrangements to Ephesus can take tours from Istanbul, which typically include air transport from Istanbul to Izmir, and ground transfers from Izmir to Ephesus. Many tours combine a visit to Ephesus with a trip to the Virgin Mary's House (Meryemana), a former house turned shrine where it is believed the Virgin Mary spent her last days.

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SKIP THE LINE : Best Seller Private Ephesus Tour / PRIVATE TOUR
SKIP THE LINE : Best Seller Private Ephesus Tour / PRIVATE TOUR
$84.50 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Better than the cruise ship tour
We met our guide Eda before 8am and thereby missed the larger tours from the cruise ships and the higher heat later in the day making for a more pleasant experience Our guide was very knowledgable and the flexibility provided was excellent as we encountered no queues
Mike_S, Aug 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Selçuk

Excellent tour
Paul_W, Jun 2022
Ephesus Group Tour (Entrance Tickets & Lunch Included)
Dilan is very friendly and knowledgeable. Very clean and comfortable van was provided for our group of 4.
Great experience
Barbara_G, Aug 2022
5 - 6 Hours Mini Group (Max 10 pax) Excursion to Ephesus with PRIVATE OPTION
Great experience. Guide was prepared for us upon arrival in the port. Nice tour of Ephesus with optional carpet factory at the end. Guide was very accommodating l and friendly.
Yesra was a very fun and...
Udayan_T, Aug 2022
Private Ephesus Day Tour From Bodrum
Yesra was a very fun and well informed guide who helped us really understand the town and its history. She was generous with her time and expertise and we wouldn't hesitate to recommend her services to anyone.
Excellent private shore excursion and so well priced for the quality of the excursion
Michelle_D, Aug 2022
5 - 6 Hours Mini Group (Max 10 pax) Excursion to Ephesus with PRIVATE OPTION
The tour was amazing . The tour guide extremely knowledgeable and so very accommodating . I would highly recommend this tour company for a private shore excursion in Ephesus and I travel extensively- well done and thank you again
Loved our day in Turkey
Steven_F, Aug 2022
Ephesus Group Tour (Entrance Tickets & Lunch Included)
Fatima was an excellent, knowledgeable guide. . We enjoyed all parts of the day, especially a delicious local lunch.
Our tour guide Jayla was...
Paula_D, Aug 2022
BEST SELLER: Private Ephesus Tour From Kusadasi
Our tour guide Jayla was very knowledgable! Her explanations where clear and extensive. She kept the group together and tried to keep us in the shade on an extremely hot day!
Fantastic Ephesus & Virgin Mary tour with Ulas
Roberto_R, Aug 2022
SKIP THE LINE : Best Seller Private Ephesus Tour / PRIVATE TOUR
Our tour guide Ulas was amazing! he gave us great insights into the history of the ancient city and other sites. He also timed the tour perfectly so we did not have to wait in line on a very hot day. Lunch was great. I highly recommend this tour and specifically Ulas who did a great job!
Kashif_M, Aug 2022
Small Group: Full Day Ancient Ephesus Tour With House of Virgin Mary From Kusadasi
Excellent tour and an excellent tour guide. What a wonderful experience. It's hot out there, definitely bring an umbrella or caps and water. Would recommend it.
Perfect day in Ephesus
Lynn_B, Aug 2022
Ephesus Trip from Istanbul
This trip met all of our expectations for the day. On time pickup at our hotel in Sultanahmet, prompt pickup in Izmir, English speaking guide, and we saw everything we could want! Fatima was fantastic, truly knew the area well and also helped avoid the large groups by moving the day’s activities around a bit based on what she knew. Well worth the time and money to have this private tour versus doing it solo or as part of a large group.
Wonderful visit to Ephesus with a great guide.
Scot_E, Aug 2022
SKIP THE LINE : Best Seller Private Ephesus Tour / PRIVATE TOUR
Our guide, Ismail, was friendly, courteous and very informative. He set the perfect pace to accommodate our family group of 3 generations. We couldn't have asked for a better guide.
Wonderful, engaging experience!
Lisa_O, Jul 2022
Private Ephesus Day Tour From Bodrum
Our tour guide, Mustafa, was extremely knowledgeable about the area. His talent to weave in time for questions, ask us questions, and generally chat with us felt just right! We would love to hire him again for a future tour.
Great trip
Kari_J, Jul 2022
All inclusive Private Tour: Ephesus, Artemis, The House of Virgin Mary, LUNCH
Inan the Guide & driver were very nice. Easy to understand and answered all of our questions. The co op for the rugs was fascinating and definite must. I have a new appreciation for rugs.
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Things to Know Before You Go

  • Ephesus is a must for history and archaeology buffs.

  • Bring a hat, sunscreen, and ample water as there is little shade at the site.

  • Much of Ephesus has uneven, stone surfaces that can make wheelchair access difficult. It is possible to enter the site via the lower gate and to see some of the ruins, including the Library of Celsus.

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How to Get There

Ephesus is situated in Selçuk in the Izmir province of Turkey, about 46 miles (75 kilometers) south of the city of Izmir. Several airlines, including Turkish Airlines, Onur Air, AtlasGlobal, and Pegasus, operate direct flights between Istanbul and Izmir. Izmir is about an hour’s drive from Ephesus. The easiest way to get there is by guided tour.

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When to Get There

The best time of the year to visit Ephesus is during April, May, October, and November when the milder temperatures are ideal for exploring. The heat and crowds can be intense in July and August, especially in the middle of the day, so try coming in early morning or late afternoon.

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Highlights of Ephesus

Perhaps the most emblematic and oft-photographed ruin in Ephesus is the Library of Celsus. Built between AD 110 and AD 135, the library was originally three stories tall. Much of the structure was destroyed during a 10th-century earthquake, though the spectacular facade has been reconstructed. Though the Temple of Artemis is probably Ephesus’ most fabled structure—this colossal marble construction is said to have been more than four times the size of the Parthenon—only a lone column remains standing.

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Frequently Asked Questions
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