I had booked the 8am bus from Kuşadası otogar (bus station) that takes 3 hours to reach Bordum. The bus station is about 20 minutes downhill walk from Hotel Stella, but the hotel host, Hasan, insisted that I take a taxi, and it’d cost about TL 10 to reach the otogar (taxis are metered in Kuşadası).
But I was taken for a ride and it costs double, TL 20, to reach there!
|Buses from Kuşadası to Bodrum
There are a lot of bus companies that run direct service between the coastal cities of Istanbul, Izmir, Kuşadası, Bodrum and Çanakkale, which means you can go to any bus station and either pre-book your tickets or wait for the next one. And then there are smaller bus companies like Aydın, Suha, etc. that run ‘taxi’ service (pick-up, drop-off) between these cities. Although all the services may cost the same between cities, some may cost less so it’s always best to shop around.
I was booked on one of those taxi-service bus, Aydın, by Hasan, and costs TL 25. Upon further inquiry, I found out that Kamil Koç direct service from Kuşadası to Bodrum costs TL 15 (inclusive of snack service and wifi on board).
The bus takes 3 hours, stopping at Soke and Milas, each for 10 minutes.
Having booked at Bodrum Backpackers hostel for 3 nights, it was a pleasant 10 minute walk from the bus station to the hostel, passing through the two main one-way streets of Atatürk cd. (runs parallel to marina) and Cevat Şakir cd. (leads to the marina), that has all the souvenir shops, cafes, restaurants and main offices.
Bodrum lies on the south-west coast of Turkey and is a getaway town for locals and tourists. Having close proximity to two important destinations – Rhodes & Kos in Greece, and Marmaris in Turkey – there are not many sights to see in this city. You can take a day trip to Marmaris by taking the ferry to Datça.
After checking in, headed to the promenade for lunch at Marina Bomonti Cafe for lunch – şiş (sheesh) kebab with fries, bread and Ayran (yogurt milk). The restaurant, similar to most of them, faces the marina promenade and is reasonable in terms of price of food. The owner was very friendly and I invited him over to have chat with me, which was great because I got to know a lot about the city and sights to see and visit – whether they are worth the money or not.
Based on recommendations, I started walking along the marina and then uphill, for 45 minutes, to the ‘famous’ Bodrum Windmills. Facing northwest to catch the coastal winds, these windmills made of stone and lined with wooden planks were used from the 18th century until the 70’s as a means to grind flour for the local people. Although a common sight the windmills are now derelict but still rest among the olive trees on the surrounding hills. Seven of these windmills (only two are in rather good condition) are on a hill which separates Bodrum and Gumbet, which is a fantastic location for great panorama views, especially if you go at night. On one side of the view you have a stunning view of Bodrum, and on the other side a glorious view of Gumbet.
It’s possible to walk to the windmills, but remember that it’s an uphill walk and not a pleasant one. You can always take the dolmuş from the mosque next to Bodrum Castle, or the bus station, that goes to Gumbet neighborhood and get down at the base of the mountain. Costs TL 3.
As recommended by the owner of Bomonti restaurant, this is not a good sight to visit, unless you want great views of the city, especially in the night.
Walked back to the city, and on the way to Bodrum Castle lies the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus, which was one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. Except for a few fallen columns and a small museum, nothing of the Mausoleum stands anymore and it is a complete waste of time and money (costs TL 8) to visit this.
Next and the last place to visit was the Bodrum Castle, which houses the Bodrum Museum of Underwater Archaeology (costs TL 20 for both castle & museum; extra for different halls inside the castle, 9:00am-4:00pm)
The views from the castle are excellent.
After not so eventful day of sigh-seeing, I walked back to the marina to view the sunset and spent some more time walking around the city.
Since I was not able to go to Rhodes or Marmaris, this is when I decided to leave Bodrum for an extra day in Fethiye/Ölüdeniz and visit places around there, which turned out to be a wise decision.
Dinner was at Bodrum Backpackers where the owners served BBQ chicken, beef and fries, all for TL 10.
Note: All values in USD, unless otherwise mentioned, are approximate and based on the exchange rate at the time of publishing. Each cost is for one adult. The exchange rate at the time of publishing is assumed to be USD 1 = TRY 1.80.
|Taxi to Kusadasi otogar||TL 20 or $11.10||One way|
|Souvenirs in Kusadasi||TL 3 or $1.70||Fridge magnet|
|Bus from Kusadasi to Bodrum||TL 30 or $16.70||By Aydin bus company, one way.|
|Bodrum Backpackers Hostel||TL 70 or $38.90||For two nights. TL 35 per night for single bedroom|
|Lunch at Marina Bomonti cafe||TL 26 or $14.40|
|Mausoleum||TL 8 or $4.40||Entrance fees|
|Snacks & Water||TL 5 or $2.80|
|Souvenirs in Bodrum||TL 3 or $1.70||Fridge magnet|
|Bodrum Castle||TL 20 or $11.10||Entrance fee for castle & museum|
|Dinner at Bodrum Backpackers||TL 10 or $5.60||BBQ dinner|
|Toilets||TL 2 or $1.10|
|Total Costs||$109.50||Per person|
|Overall Costs||$2,153.80||Per person|
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