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Fethiye to Datca to epheses

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Fethiye to Datca to epheses

Hi hope someone can help,

We are wanting to travel from Fethiye to Datca ideally via car so we can stop and look around at our leisure.

Is this sensible?

Are the roads good?

Could we pick up car at Fethiye and say drop off at Ephesus?

Or would it be better to pick up at fethiye drive to Datca then drop off at marmaris then bus to Epheses???

Which companies do you reccomend?


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1. Re: Fethiye to Datca to epheses

Hello Zoe,

renting a car somewhere and dropping it off elsewhere costs you a lot extra, and you can only book with the bigger companies, locally that would be more difficult.

So I wonder how do you start in Fethiye? Via Dalaman or you come from Rhodes perhaps?

Further it is a good idea to travel by own means, the country is beautiful and you can stop anywhere you like along you way, the road is good all the way to Datca. From Fethiye to Ephesus is about a 3 to 4 hours drive, so you could also consider to do it like trips and return to Fethiye. That depends on from where you are leaving the country again. It is easy to fly out of Dalaman to Istanbul. Some companies offer free airport transfers when a car is rented for a longer period of time.

Good luck!

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2. Re: Fethiye to Datca to epheses

Thanks .

We are staying in Fethiye/patara for a few days and doing day trips to Kabac , Kas etc.Before heading to Datca , Epheses, Seluk, Izmir , Istanbul

So I figured we would have more chance of hiring a car from Fethiye as it was a bigger town.

Do you think it would be better getting a bus from Fethiye to Marmaris (3 hours??) then hiring a car in Marmaris to explore the penninsula around Datca, then bus from Marmaris to Ephesus?

I am thinking maybe the roads around epheses would be rather busy in a car and could be tricky to drive?

Thanks again xx

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3. Re: Fethiye to Datca to epheses

Purely for reference purposes, this rental car company, based in Dalaman, charges 0.20 GBP + VAT per kilometre for picking up a car away from their office:


I think bussing to Marmaris and then picking up a car is a good idea, you certainly need one to explore the Datça Peninsula at leisure, but you'd save a lot of money (fuel is very expensive) by picking up and dropping off in Marmaris.

On the other hand, the road from Fethiye to Marmaris is good and is being improved all the time. The main road through the peninsula has also been greatly improved and on a trip there a couple of years ago in the high season, there was very little traffic on it.

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