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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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Ephesus and St. Mary's House Day Trip from Izmir
Ephesus and St. Mary's House Day Trip from Izmir
$85.00 per adult
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Our tour guide Cigdem Dikentas Vidinel was very knowledgeable of the Greco-Roman history of Ephesus and was able to answer all our questions. She was patient, attentive and pleasant. It was a joy touring Ephesus, lunch and carpet co-operative with her.
Tourist17315088286, Oct 2019

Recent reviews from experiences in Selçuk

Fatma lead a seemless, informative and fun-filled tour!
Shannon_O, May 2022
Ephesus Trip from Istanbul
Fatma was an amazing and knowledgeable tour guide. She ensured that all our stops were perfectly timed while maintaining a relaxed atmosphere.
Amazing Tour!!!
Michele_P, May 2022
Ephesus Small Group Tour from Kusadasi Port (Every hour departure)
Excellent tour. Orkan the guide was very friendly and he explained all the history of Ephesus with passion and knowledge. It was a pleasure chatting with him. Professional driver as well. Nice spot for lunch. Highly recommended. Michele & Andreea
A date with History
BRIAN_R, May 2022
Magnificent Ephesus Tour From Kusadasi Hotels / Selçuk Hotels
Great trip small group with a guide safe driver comfy mini bus and excellent guild who spoke English Dutch and other languages if required. Great value for money
Best tour guide we’ve ever had
Ming_S, May 2022
SKIP THE LINE : Best Seller Private Ephesus Tour / PRIVATE TOUR
We were lucky to have Dicle as our guide. She is so knowledgeable and passionate about introducing her country and Ephesus to us. We learned a lot in a few hours. She is a great communicator.
Martha_A, May 2022
5 - 6 Hours Mini Group (Max 10 pax) Excursion to Ephesus -Entrances are included
Melis was a wonderful tour guide. Ephesus was fascinating. It was great and we would highly recommend it.
Well worth the expense of a private tour.
Hilda_R, May 2022
8-Hour Ephesus Sightseeing Tour with Lunch Included
Time well spent on this tour. We were in Ephesus on an ocean cruise. We booked our own excursion and it was the best way to make use of limited time. No problem hearing our guide give explanations of the area visited. Lunch was excellent.
Ephesus tour
Marc_Y, May 2022
SKIP THE LINE : Best Seller Private Ephesus Tour / PRIVATE TOUR
Our guide, Azer was knowledgeable and communicated with us in very good English. Wonderful tour choice.
Our tour guide Nil was knowledgeable and supportive. We definitely recommend her service
DeboraGamarnik_G, May 2022
5 - 6 Hours Mini Group (Max 10 pax) Excursion to Ephesus -Entrances are included
We had absolutely wonderful and interesting tour in Ephesus Turkey. Excavation site was lifetime experience and unforgettable
Wonderful trip
Alan_A, May 2022
All inclusive Private Tour: Ephesus, Artemis, The House of Virgin Mary, LUNCH
A wonderful experience with our fantatic guide, Gehrkin. I know I misspelled your name, and I apologize. You made it a special day for sure.
Our trip to Ephesus was...
Benajmin_P, May 2022
5-Hour Private Trip to Ephesus with Lunch
Our trip to Ephesus was amazing, all thanks to our tour guide Sevim. She briefed us in the van about the history of Turkey and each place we where visiting. Gave us in-depth knowledge of each site visited and was full of energy just as if it was her first time seeing this remarkable city all over again. 10/10 recommend and will definitely come back in the future!
Michael_S, May 2022
Kusadasi Private Shore Excursion: Ephesus and House of Mary
Ephesus and House of Mary are amazing historic sites but the excursion was significantly enhanced by the quality of our lovely guide, Betul. She was easy to understand and was a highly educated and qualified expert. She was very flexible and allowed us to miss out on the visit to a carpet factory (we already have a Turkish rug at home). Guides do not come any better than Betul. We had a very memorable morning.
Great Experience in Kusadasi.
Mark_B, Apr 2022
Ephesus,House of Virgin Mary and Basilica of Saint John Tour
Our time in Kusadasi was limited as we were in port only 5 hours. Our guide was very knowledgeable and informative as he shared information about his country and the sites we visited. Because this was a private tour for six we were able to customize the time we spent at each site to fit our schedule. The House of the Virgin Mary and Ephesus were amazing to see and was a very worthwhile experience.

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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