How To Get From Fethiye To Dalyan By Bus

For lots of visitors to the Fethiye area, Dalyan has always been that place where you go on an organised day trip from Fethiye. A transfer from Fethiye to Dalyan, before getting in a boat and sailing along the river to look at the Lycian ruins and going on to the sulphur mud baths before caking yourself in smelly dark stuff and then taking lots of photos. All very well, if that’s your wont – and the organised Fethiye day trips with companies do tend to be very reasonably priced, especially if you’re a family.

But what about those of us who just want to go it alone and take in Dalyan in our own time? Well, driving there is easy enough – we’ve done that many times – and, of course, jumping on the bus is also easy. This is our first post in a series about our recent little overnight trip to Dalyan. Lots of you asked us how to get from Fethiye to Dalyan by bus, so let’s get that one sorted first of all…

Fethiye To Dalyan By Bus

The main thing to point out here is, as with most independent travel in Turkey – however far your road may be taking you – it’s very easy!

Fethiye Otogar

Fethiye otogar – an entrance to the rest of Turkey

We’ve written about our love of Fethiye otogar in the past. It’s your opening to travelling the rest of Turkey, buses labelled with all sorts of oh-so-tempting destinations, near and far…and, of course, the otogar is also that welcome sight when you are returning to Fethiye from elsewhere. We love coming home to Fethiye, as well as going away.

Fethiye Seyahat and Ortaca Coop

These are the two local bus companies that will transport you from Fethiye to Dalyan. Whichever you choose, they take you to Ortaca otogar. Ortaca is the main town outside of Dalyan. Fethiye Seyahat have many buses plying that route – buses that just go to Ortaca and others that go via Ortaca to Muğla, Bodrum and the like – so they are pretty regular during the day. No need to book in advance.

Fethiye to Ortaca – How much does it cost? How long does it take?

In summer 2017, the cost of the bus from Fethiye to Ortaca (with either company) is 8.50 TL per person (6.75 TL if you have a Muğla Kentkart) and the journey takes around 50-60 minutes. Ortaca otogar is clearly signposted and marked so you won’t miss it.

Fethiye To Dalyan Bus

Passing Göcek on the Fethiye to Ortaca road

Ortaca to Dalyan – How much does it cost? How long does it take?

Ortaca otogar is pretty small. When you get off the bus, stand with your back to the main building and you’ll see all the dolmuşes waiting to take you on your onward journey. The Dalyan dolmuş waits on the left hand side and they are every few minutes so you shouldn’t have a long wait.

Price per person: Around 4 TL (summer 2017)
Journey time: Around 20 minutes

The Dalyan dolmuş drops you off in the centre. From there, if you are doing a day trip from Fethiye to Dalyan, it is easy to explore from here. If, like we did, you are staying overnight, Dalyan hotels are easy to find as the area is very compact, flat and easy to walk around. You’ll find your digs soon enough.

Fethiye to Dalyan By Bus – Summary

Total cost per person: 11-13 TL (depending if you have a Muğla Kentkart or not) one way (summer 2017)
Total journey time: 70-90 minutes (depending on stops and how quickly you get a dolmuş from Ortaca to Dalyan)
Fethiye Seyahat and Ortaca Coop Buses: Mini coaches and minibuses. They are air-conditioned.

NB: Buses are regular throughout the day but the last one tends to be early evening. After that, it isn’t impossible to get to Ortaca, but you will be reliant on the large intercity buses heading off elsewhere in Turkey. Some of these go via Ortaca so you will be able to jump on one of those if they have room for you. The same applies from Ortaca back to Fethiye. The last Ortaca Coop bus back to Fethiye is 19:30.

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  1. Mick Sutton says

    We have done the same trip several times, we usually stay in Dalyan, and go to see friends in calis when we come over. This year we took friends with us to olu deniz, and then did the trip with them in the opposite direction, as it were, to show them Dalyan. Very easy, very cheap, and the staff are all very helpful.

    • Thanks a lot for your comment, Mick. A lot of people would probably like to take off on their own sometimes but maybe aren’t sure how to go about it. Nice to have some other input. 🙂

  2. well said in this article that For lots of visitors to the Fethiye area, Dalyan has always been that place where you go on an organised day trip from Fethiye. Last year i was visited turkey but i missed the chance to visit Dalyan. After reading this article i feel that its so easy to visit from Fethiye To Dalyan by local buses with comfort. And it is very useful for my next visit to turkey.

    • Sometimes organised day trips can be really useful, especially if you’ve got kids with you, but we love to travel independently where possible and Fethiye to Dalyan by bus is one of the simple routes to take. 🙂

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