Milas-Bodrum Airport, better known as Bodrum Airport, is an international gateway which is 35 kilometres away from the Bodrum town centre to the north-east. Milas, ancient Mylasa, is even closer and it is just 18 kilometres away from the airport.
Bodrum flights had started first after the opening of a domestic terminal in 1998. At the time, it also served international flights until the construction of a new international terminal was completed in 2012.
The IATA code of this airport, an acronym for International Air Transport Association, is BJV and it is run by DHMI, another boring acronym used for the General Directorate of State Airports Authority of Turkey.
The biggest airport in the region is Adnan Menderes Airport of Izmir province with 12.4 million passengers in 2019. Dalaman Airport takes the second place with 4.8 million passengers followed by Milas-Bodrum Airport at the third place which had 4.3 million passengers in 2019.
Both Milas-Bodrum and Dalaman airports are in the vicinity of Mugla Province. Do not let it confuse you! As you can see at the distance chart, Dalaman Airport is 235 kilometres away from Bodrum while Milas-Bodrum Airport is only 35 kilometres. So, if your destination is Bodrum, booking for Milas-Bodrum Airport should be your priority.
Milas-Bodrum International Airport offers VIP and CIP lounges, parking lot, banks, ATM machines, shops, health care facilities, post office and rent-a-car companies for both domestic and international passengers. Services like customs and passport controls, tax free shopping and exchange offices are also available for international travellers flying directly from their homeland.
Bodrum Airport Transfers
Your vacation experience usually starts with an airport transfer. Although it does not define what is next but still, it is your “first impression” in your new brand-new adventure. Similarly, it is usually the last thing you do when your time in Bodrum is over.
I have included some of the options you have in a separate article. Clicking Bodrum Airport Transfers will take you there for more information.
International Flights to Bodrum
Peak seasons are always the busiest times both in town and at the airport. Hundreds of planes land and take off during a single day. In July 2019, the airport served a total of 6,323 flights, for example. 3,164 of these were international flights while 3,159 were domestic. Due to the popularity of Bodrum among travellers, authorities have some plans to increase the total capacity.
There are many airlines which have direct flights to Bodrum. This article is being updated in July 2020, when the world is struggling with Covid-19 pandemic. The airlines with direct flights to Bodrum is extremely limited. However, I can list the airlines who had flow to Bodrum in 2019 in alphabetical order:
Air Arabia, Air Serbia, Anda Air, Azerbaijan Airlines, Azur Air, Bulgaria Air, Crendon Airlines, Deutsche Lufthansa, Easy Jet, Edelweiss Air, Enter Air, Eurowings, Freebird Airlines, Germania Fluggesellschaft, Jet2 Com, Nord Wind, Qatar Airways, Red Wings Airlines, Rossiya Airlines, Royal Jordanian, Sas Scandinavian Airlines, Small Planet, Tailwind, Taimyr Airlines, Tarom Romanian Airlines, Thomas Cook Airlines (Ah, This makes me so sad!), Thomsonfly, Transavia Holland, Travel Service, Tui Airlines, Tui Fly Belgium, Ukraine International, Ural Airlines, Wind Rose Aviation and Wings of Lebanon.
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If you are planning to make your own reservation for a connected flight, please continue to read the following section.
Domestic Flights to Bodrum
Although direct flights to Bodrum are always available from Istanbul and Ankara throughout the year, some other major cities like Adana and Antalya have scheduled flights, mostly in summers.
Depending on your current location, flying to Bodrum may not be always the best way. If you are in a city like Izmir, ground transport by coach would be the shortest and cheapest option. Similarly, if you are already on a vacation in some of the destinations in the Aegean Region of Turkey – like Marmaris or Fethiye – a bus could be your only alternative.
On the other hand, if you plan to visit multiple destinations and Bodrum is just one of the stops in your vacation, you are probably making all arrangements by yourself and may have already lost yourself in hundreds of web pages, trying to decide what to do.
Well, it is a difficult task and I think I can ease your pain for the Bodrum leg by presenting brief information about the neighbouring airports which may be an alternative for your specific route. You can also use that information when arranging your connected flights.
Izmir Adnan Menderes Airport
Izmir – my hometown – is a popular holiday destination as well as an important business centre. It is the third biggest city with the population of 4.5 million as of 2020. It is always easier to find a direct flight to Izmir Adnan Menderes Airport (IATA code is ADB) all year.
That is not a good place to make a flight arrangement for Bodrum. There are no direct flights and any booking will be a connected flight, mostly through Istanbul or Ankara. Including the waiting time between your flights, it will take 5 – 6 hours at least.
Instead, you can take a shuttle to the city centre and ask the driver to get off at the nearest stop to Bornova Intercity Bus Terminal. Then you can take a cab or use the public transport to get there. Once you arrived, finding a couch company for your Bodrum trip will not be difficult. You can find a bus to Bodrum almost every hour in summers. However, you may have to wait up to 2 hours in winters.
My favourite bus company is Pamukkale but there are other well-known companies like Kamil Koc and Metro. Your trip will take 3-4 hours depending on the season and it will cost much less than a flight like €6.00 – €7.00.
Airports in Istanbul
Istanbul is the biggest city of Turkey where you can find direct flights to Bodrum Airport every day. Turkish Airlines, Anadolu Jet, Pegasus Airlines, and many others have scheduled direct flights.
So, what is the trick?
The trick is that there are two airports in Istanbul; Istanbul Airport (IATA code is IST) which is at the European part of the city and Sabiha Gokcen Airport (IATA code is SAW) which is at the Asian part. The distance between two airports are about 90 kilometres and considering the famous Istanbul traffic, it can be a nightmare to get from one to another.
Although most of the direct flights to Bodrum are from Sabiha Gokcen Airport, most of the incoming international flights to Istanbul arrives at Istanbul Airport. If you enjoy making your own travel arrangements by yourself like me, you need to take the distance and traffic factors into consideration. The best practice would be choosing the same airport for any connected flight to Bodrum or wherever you are heading to.
As I surf the internet, I have come across some travel blogs introducing Dalaman Airport as an alternative to Milas-Bodrum Airport. Well, it might be true but if you have to.
If you have already checked the distance chart, you would notice that the Dalaman Airport is 235 kilometres away from Bodrum town centre. Which means, you would need a ride that would take at least 3 hours on the best possible road conditions and that is if you could find a direct vehicle to Bodrum.
The bottom line: a Bodrum passenger flying to Dalaman Airport is not something usual even if both airports are in the city limits of Mugla Province.
Let us say that you have landed at Dalaman Airport somehow and you need to find a way to go to Bodrum.
If renting a car is not your intention, then you should take an airport shuttle to Mugla city centre. Tell the shuttle driver that you want to go to the Mugla Bus Terminal to find a public transport to Bodrum. Mugla Municipality has busses operating between Mugla and all popular destinations like Bodrum, Milas, Fethiye, Marmaris and Datca. Once you get there, take a bus to Bodrum to get there in couple of hours.
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