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Kusadasi Cruise Port

Kusadasi is a resort town located on Turkey’s Aegean Coast that is best known as a jumping off point for visits to Ephesus, the best preserved classical city in eastern Turkey. Just a few decades ago, it wasn’t much more than a small seaside village, but the growth of the local tourism industry has brought modernization and commercialization.

How to Get to Kusadasi

It is an easy walk from the cruise ship terminal to downtown Kusadasi.

One Day in Kusadasi

Chances are you won’t be spending much time in Kusadasi itself as most cruise passengers join half or full day excursions to nearby Ephesus. If you do stick around, think of it as a chance to kick back and relax for a day. Try a Turkish bath, head to the beach to soak up some sun or cool off at the wave pools and water slides at one of the city’s aqua parks. You may also like to take a walk out to the small hilltop fortress on Pigeon Island, accessible by a footbridge just across from the port.

If you want to get a glimpse of historic Kusadasi, head to the Kaleici neighborhood, just north of Barbaros Hayrettin Caddesi, the main pedestrian street in town. Wander the narrow streets and visit the Kaleiçi Camii, a mosque built in 1618, and the Öküz Mehmet Pasha caravanserai, built the same year.

Of course, you shouldn’t leave Kusadasi without checking out the bazaars, the perfect places to try your hand at haggling and do some souvenir shopping – carpets, copper goods, jewelry and ceramics are all popular.

Port Information

The cruise ship terminal is part of a modern mall with a variety of Western-style shops and eateries. The official currency is the Turkish lira, although Euros and US dollars may be accepted at some stores. Turkish is the official language, but locals may know some English.

Tours & Tickets

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Kusadasi Shore Excursion: Ephesus Sightseeing Tour

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Explore Ephesus, the best-preserved ancient city in Turkey, on this shore excursion from Kusadasi. A commercial, religious and social center during ancient ...  Read more

Location: Kusadasi, Turkey
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $80.00

Private Ephesus Tour From Kusadasi Port

4.5 star rating: Recommended 2 Reviews

Enjoy a guided half-day excursion from Kusadasi cruise port to ancient Ephesus, the richest and most excavated classical city in Turkey. Visit the Artemis ...  Read more

Location: Kuşadası, Turkey
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $110.00

Private Full-Day Shore Excursion from Izmir: Izmir City Sightseeing

Upon being met by your guide at the Port of Izmir, commence your tour with a visit to the castle of Alexander the Great Castle, whose history can be traced ...  Read more

Location: Izmir, Turkey
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $54.14

Private Full-Day Shore Excursion from Izmir: Pergamon - Asklepion

Visit Pergamon, an ancient city dating before the 4th century BC. It's home to the second largest library in the ancient world, the steepest Theatre of ...  Read more

Location: Izmir, Turkey
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $115.87

Best Kusadasi Port Private Departure Transfer

This is the convenient way to depart Kusadasi. Don't battle with trying to decipher a local bus schedule, instead feel a sense of relief as you spot the driver ...  Read more

Location: Kusadasi, Turkey
Duration: 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $13.75

Best Kusadasi Port Private Arrival Transfer

Let us make your arrival hassle free with this private transfer from Kusadasi Port to your Kusadasi downtown hotel. With a pre-paid voucher, there's no need to ...  Read more

Location: Kusadasi, Turkey
Duration: 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $13.75

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