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Bodrum Airport, also known as Milas-Bodrum Airport, is situated around 20 miles northeast of the Turkish town of Bodrum and around 10 miles from the town of Milas. The airport is at its peak during the summer months when tourists flock to the area to soak up the sun and see the sights. Self-driving is by far the easiest way to get around the area and the road network means it is possible to self-drive directly from the airport.
Who to Book With
There are a number of options as international companies such as Hertz, Avis, Europcar, Alamo, Budget, Dollar, National and Thrifty all have representatives in the airport. Car hire desks can be found within the main terminal and vehicles can be booked prior to arrival.
Need to Know Essentials
In order to collect a vehicle, you must provide the following documentation:
- A valid driver’s licence (both parts if using a UK licence)
- The credit card used when making the reservation
- A passport and proof of address
- Booking confirmation email or confirmation number
Istanbul is always congested, with traffic adding to journey times. Elsewhere in Turkey, driving is considerably easier. Road conditions and types vary, from well-kept motorways to badly-lit country roads. Always carry a torch and a florescent jacket in the car. In the cold months, blankets are also a good idea in case of breakdown. Petrol pumps accept cash only. The locals tend to drive haphazard. Visitors should be aware of local speed limits to avoid fines or points on their licence.
There is no train station at Bodrum Airport. The nearest rail station is in Bodrum city centre. Visitors can reach the city by shuttle bus direct from the airport; however, services don’t run frequently. By far the easiest way to get from the airport to surrounding areas is by car. Other than this, there are taxis available, but depending on your final destination, they can be expensive.
Taxis are provided by a number of local companies. A rate board, posted in the main terminal, displays fares to a number of destinations in the area.
Bodrum Airport to Milas is about £35
Bodrum Airport to Bodrum city centre is about £25
Local transport does not run to the airport; however, an airport shuttle bus departs from the main terminal, stopping at a number of places on the way to Bodrum city centre. This shuttle is provided by HAVAS coaches and bus services every hour. A single journey costs around £2.50 per person. The shuttle bus does not run 24 hours (it stops around 22:00).
There are two terminals at Bodrum Airport. The older terminal is used exclusively for domestic flights. The second terminal, completed in 2000, now services 2.5 million passengers a year. EasyJet, Jet2 and Thomas Airways all charter flights to Bodrum Airport, with flight numbers significantly increasing during peak season. Flights are scheduled from a number of cities in mainland Europe and from across the UK.
There are a number of small car parks adjacent to the main terminal. Two lots are located opposite the main terminal, one long-stay and one short-stay, while there is another short-stay car park opposite the domestic terminal. Car parking prices are dependent on length of stay but it is possible to book parking in advance or to pay on arrival.
There are currently no Wi-Fi services in Bodrum Airport.
There is one main information service centre located in front of the main arrivals board in the international terminal. Here, visitors can get information on airport services along with local information and hotel bookings.
Service Centre: +90 252 523 0066
Wheelchair hire is available, as is assistance and priority boarding. There are a number of disabled persons’ parking spaces located directly outside of both terminals and adapted bathroom facilities can be found throughout the airport. Anyone requiring further information or assistance should contact the information services in the Arrivals hall.
Restaurants and Bars
There is one main restaurant in the terminal where passengers can buy both hot food and alcoholic beverages. The restaurant is open daily. There is also a smaller café where visitors can buy hot beverages as well as a selection of cold snacks and quick bites.
There is no VIP lounge in Bodrum Airport.
Money and ATMs
There is a currency exchange desk and a number of ATMs in the airport. ATMs are located in both Arrivals and Departures, and a number of them dispense multiple currencies upon request. There is a money exchange facility in the main terminal building for anyone wanting to exchange euro, pounds sterling or Turkish lira.
Although there are no named brand shops, there is a large selection of duty free available for passengers. In the duty-free shop, customers can purchase perfume, tobacco, confectionery and a variety of spirits and beers.