Dalaman International Airport is the gateway to some of Turkey’s most stunning Mediterranean resorts from the traditional Fethiye and Atakoy to the more lively escapes of Marmaris and Hisaronu, known as much for their nightlife as their beautiful enclaves. This makes it a particular shame then that guests first introduction to this beautiful land is the international terminal of Dalaman Airport, only built in 2006.
Fairly drab and uninspired the negative comments most commonly leveled at Dalaman Airport are about the astronomical food and drinks prices. Think EUR5 for a coffee and it is the reason many regular visitors have taken to bringing their own refreshments when traveling. If you decide to risk it though, there is a reasonable selection of restaurants, cafes and bars on offer, selling traditional Turkish fare through to well established fast food chains like Kentucky Fried Chicken, McDonald´s and Pizza Hut.
For some retail therapy, there are shops galore in the arrivals and departures area selling Turkish products, duty free and designer gear from Gucci to Calvin Klein, as well as newsagents, accessory stores and a toy shop. Unifree duty free shops are open 365 days of the year, 24 hours a day, so you will never miss out on a chance to buy some last minute gifts and goodies, while AIRLET duty free in the departures area sells everything from dresses and textiles to china and glass, below market prices.
Once you leave the airport, the best form of onward travel is a Dalaman Airport Car Hire. There are just 3 Dalaman Airport Car Rental companies based here – Avis, Budget and Europcar – but all offer a good range of cars that are generally no more than 8 months old. The criteria included in the quoted price varies from firm to firm so check with each individual provider before booking.
Another efficient way of getting to your destination is to organise a Dalaman Airport Transfer, particularly a good idea if you are traveling in a large party. With this option a driver meets you in the arrivals hall and takes you straight to your transportation without delay. Alternatively you could catch a cab from outside the terminal which charge around EUR50 for a 70km journey, the distance to Fethiye, or if you are traveling with either Turkish Airlines, Onus air, FlyAir or Atlasjet you can board one of the shuttle buses from the domestic terminal to the resorts of Marmaris and Fethiye. Otherwise, you have to get a Dalaman Airport Taxi into one of the main areas and get a bus from there, as there are no regular bus routes from the airport.
One other major peeve people have with Dalaman International Airport is the lack of seating. This becomes especially problematic when flights are delayed. People frequently have to resort to camping out on the marble floors or else give into the high prices of the restaurants. The alternative is to pay a fee to enter the VIP lounge which has Wi-Fi Internet access.
Other services include the Caria Clinic (open 24 hours a day to cater to any First Aid matters and which has an equipped ambulance on standby), a post office, a small mosque, synagogue and chapel and several places to withdraw or change money including a bank branch, ATMs and a currency exchange bureau. Facilities for the disabled include specially adapted toilets, lifts and ramps for those in wheelchairs.