Airlines -- Turkish Airlines (THY) flies five times daily from Istanbul, and once daily from Ankara. The airline office in Bodrum is located in the Oasis Shopping Center northwest of town off the main road (tel. 0252/317-1203; and at the airport tel. 0252/23-0129). THY also has a toll-free number: tel. 444-0849.
Airport -- The general information line at Bodrum-Milas Airport is tel. 0252/523-0080.
Car Rentals -- In Bodrum center, the major car-rental agencies are: Avis, Neyzen Tevfik Cad. 92/A (tel. 0252/316-2333), and National Car Rental, Cevat Sakir Cad. 48 (tel. 0252/313-6110). Budget (tel. 0252/523-0271), Sixt (tel. 0252/522-3971), and Avis (tel. 252/523-0203) have counters at Bodrum's airport and both offer pickup and delivery service.
Climate -- Bodrum's climate is Mediterranean, with temperatures rarely falling below freezing.
Embassies & Consulates -- The United Kingdom has an Honorary Consulate in Bodrum at Cafer Pasa Caddesi 2, Emsan Evleri 7 (tel. 0252/313-0017). The nearest U.S. Consular Agent is in Izmir (tel. 0232/464-8755).
Emergencies -- In an emergency, the Private Hospital (Özel Hastanesi; tel. 0252/313-6566; located at Mars Mabedi Cad., Çesmebasi Mevkii 22-43) and the Medicare Private Clinic (tel. 0252/316-7051; Hamam Sok. 4, Tepecik), both excellent facilities, are open for emergencies 24 hours a day, and most duty doctors speak English. The number for the ambulance is tel. 0252/313-6566.
Market Day -- Bodrum's local market is next to the bus station and open on market days from dawn to dusk. Thursday and Friday are the days for food, Tuesday for textiles and dry goods. Wednesday is market day in Gümüsluk and Ortakent; Thursday is market day in Yalikavak.
Newspapers & Magazines -- The Bodrum Observer, launched in January 2006, is an English-language newspaper focusing on local issues. The Aegean Sun is the city's free and informative publication, with articles on life in Bodrum and current tips and trends. There's also a good map inside. On the Web, go to www.bodrum-museum.com for online tours of Bodrum's museums.
Police -- Dial tel. 155 for assistance or call the station directly at tel. 0252/316-8080.
Post Office -- The main post office is located on Cevat Sakir Caddesi and is open 24 hours a day for phone calls and other services. The change office operates on business hours, but there are several private change windows nearby.
Shopping -- For upscale merchandise with prices fixed to the dollar (read: expensive), the Karada Marina offers elegant shops with mainly nautical motifs. Local goods and souvenirs are hard to avoid in the maze around the castle. Oasis, an outdoor shopping center located on the northwest side of town, comes complete with upscale shops, a cinema, and restaurants. Make a special trip here for the lahmacun (thin-crust dough topped with minced lamb, tomato, and onion) at Öz Urfa (tel. 0252/317-0031), open daily 10am to 1 or 2am, or for one of their kebaps or çig köfte.
Travel Agents -- Bodrum Touralpin, Emlak Bankasi Dükkanlari 6, just opposite the main post office (tel. 0252/316-8733; www.bodrumtouralpin.com), is the heavy hitter in town, and where most visitors go for dealings with Turkish Airlines. Akustik Tour, Neyzen Tevfik Sok. 200, across from the marina (tel. 0252/313-8964; www.travelshopbodrum.com), is a professional, friendly, and English-speaking mom-and-pop outfit. Check with Tolga or Özlem at Akustik before making any hotel reservations in town; they will save you a bundle. They will also direct you to the less visited archaeological sites in the region; it's like having a friend show you around, taking you to the places locals like best.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.