Izmir (Turkey)

Izmir is a large coastal town at Turkey's Mediterranean west coast. The city's climate is typical Mediterranean, the temperatures are between 20 C and 40 C in summer and between 1 C and 12 C in winter. Rain falls in this area mainly in winter. The ancient city Smyrna is now a modern trade center with large avenues, glass houses and ultramodern shopping centers. The city also has a few excellent sandy beaches and an exceptionally good nightlife for Turkey.

Population: 4,005,459
Beach : Yes
Mountain : Yes
Popular destination: No
Official language: Turkish
Skill level of the English language : Weak / Moderate
Emergency numbers: 112 (the police, ambulance, fire brigade)
Currency: Turkish lira (TRY)
Electric plugs: C, F
Voltage: 230 V
Tipping in a restaurant: At an inexpensive establishment a small tip (5% or so) is appreciated but not necessary. In midrange and high-end restaurants a 10-15% tip is normally expected.
Time in destination: Oct 24, 2019, 4:29:08 AM

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Monthly Weather Conditions

Month Average Temperature °F High Temperature °F Low Temperature °F Rainy Days Rating
January 47.5 54.0 42.1 9
February 48.7 55.9 43.0 8
March 52.9 61.2 45.9 7
April 60.4 69.4 52.3 6
May 69.1 78.6 59.5 3
June 77.4 86.9 67.3 1
July 81.5 90.9 72.0 1
August 80.4 90.1 71.4 1
September 74.1 84.0 65.3 2
October 65.1 74.3 57.7 4
November 57.2 65.1 51.1 7
December 50.9 56.5 45.3 11

More information: Izmir forecast and weather conditions monthly

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Price Level

Compared to prices worldwide, Izmir is quite a cheap destination.

On a tight budget, the daily budget is approximately $49.78, which includes hostel accommodation, budget meals and public transportation.

On a moderate budget, the daily budget is approximately $105.08, which includes a moderately priced hotel, meals at moderate priced restaurants and transportation costs.

Estimated prices:

  • Hotel (2 stars): $45.00
  • Hotel (3 stars): $66.45
  • Hotel (4 stars): $70.07
  • Hotel (5 stars): $83.07
  • Taxi ride (3 miles): $3.24
  • Taxi ride (6 miles): $5.80
  • Beer in a restaurant (16 ounces): $2.56
  • Meal, McDonalds: $3.41
  • Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant: $4.26

More information: Izmir price level

Destination Map

Destination map in full scale: Izmir destination map

Safety

Izmir has been classified as fairly safe with security classification 3/5.

Safety index values (higher is better):

  • General: 73.2 (better than United states average 49.0)
  • Walking alone during daytime hours: 86.7 (better than United states average 70.2)
  • Walking alone at night: 65.0 (better than United states average 41.1)

More information: Izmir safety

Car Rental

Things which affect the renting of the car:

  • Driver’s license: In the European Union / Schengen a driver's license from an EU country is sufficient, although for North Americans it is recommended to carry a separate international driving license, in addition to the American driving license.
  • Direction of traffic: In Europe the traffic is mainly right-handed. The exception is Great Britain, which is left-handed traffic.
  • Insurance: In Western Europe, all rental cars include some kind of insurance, so additional insurance policies are often unnecessary (unless you are going to Russia or Eastern Europe).
  • Driving abroad: You can drive a rental car almost everywhere within all countries of the European Union / Schengen territory without additional fees. Eastern European countries and Russia are the exceptions and you should always ask the car rental company in advance about the rules.

More information: Car rental Europe