Practical Information & Advice for Bodrum


Bodrum, formerly Halicarnassus, is a lively coastal resort and a popular tourist destination on the southwest Mediterranean coast of Turkey, in the Mugla Province. Bodrum, with its intense nightlife, beautiful beaches, historical sites, quality hotels and holiday villages, is one of the Turkey's most popular holiday towns and largest resorts on the Aegean coast.

Language
Turkish is the official language, but English is widely understood in the town.

Tourist Information Office
Phone : (+90 252) 316 10 91 - Open 7 days a week and works between 09.00-18.00

British Honorary Consulate
Phone : (+90 252) 313 00 21

Public holidays
- New Year's Day on 1 January
- National Sovereignty & Children's Day on 23 April
- Labor Day on 1 May
- Atatürk Commemorations & Youth Sports Day on 19 May
- Victory Day on 30 August
- Ramadan
- Republic Day on 29 October
- Feast of Sacrifice Time Zone
Local time is GMT +2 (GMT +3 from the last Sunday in March to the last Sunday in October).

Electricity
220 volts AC, 50Hz. The European two-pin plug is standard.

Communications
The international country dialing code for Turkey is +90. City code for Bodrum and Gumbet is 252. (+ 90 252 xxx xx xx ). There are numerous Internet cafes in the town.

Post Office
Post office in Bodrum is located on the Cevat Sakir Street. Post Office is open 7 days a week and 24 hours a day.

Money
Turkish Lira (TL) is the currency.

Banks and Exchange Offices

Banks are open weekdays between 09:00 am. to 12:30 pm. in the mornings and 01:30 pm. to 05:00 pm. in the afternoons. Some banks are open on Saturdays and also during lunch hours between 12.30 - 01.30 pm. There are variety of exchange offices in Bodrum. You are able to find an exchange office in any corner of Bodrum.

Passport and Visa Information
U.S. and European citizens need a valid passport to travel to Bodrum Gumbet and all Turkey cities and stay up to 90 days with a tourist visa. The Electronic Visa (e-Visa) Application System was launched on 17 April 2013 by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Turkey and the system allows travellers to easily obtain their e-Visas online (www.evisa.gov.tr), in about 3 mins. E-visa is only valid when the purpose of travel is tourism or commerce. Travelers arriving to Turkey without visas may obtain their e-Visas via interactive kiosks placed in the Turkish airports.

You may see the full list of countries from the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affair web site on http://www.mfa.gov.tr/data/KONSOLOSLUK/e-visa-fees-en-31-december.pdf and http://www.mfa.gov.tr/visa-information-for-foreigners.en.mfa for more details about Turkey's Visa Info.

Transportation
Transportation through Bodrum can be made via dolmus (midibus), taxis, taxi boats and vehicle/car hire. (Bodrum Bus Station Phone Number : +90 252 316 26 37)