Your options for travelling by road from your airport to Kalkan are quite good. They have to be, as rail services are somewhat limited, and in fact non-existant in Antalya region. If you are travelling as part of a package holiday you should have your transfer arranged for you. We focus here on what to do if you have to organise your own airport transfer.
Airport Transfer Sharing
We recommend trying a brand new website for 2011, called TransferWithMe.com. It has been crerated by KTLN's webmaster. We like it. Why not give it a try!
To and From Dalaman
A direct journey should take around one and three quarters of an hour. A popular way to make the journey is to use a Kalkan based tourism company specialising in airport transfers. There are a few to choose from. You should ensure that they are TURSAB registered (that's the Turkish Tourism Authority). See the KTLN Business Directory.
It is possible for a Kalkan taxi to take you to Dalaman however local bylaws mean that they are not allowed to bring you from Dalaman: that is the preserve of the local Dalaman taxi association. Hiring a taxi at Dalaman airport tends to be more expensive than organising a transfer in advance from Kalkan.
It is also possible for close friends or family to undertake airport transfers, but this must not be done as a business.
Transfers 4u is part of the Thomas Cook Group and they offer a very cheap transfer service, however there are limited drop off and pick up points in Kalkan, so it may not be a door to door service. Also, you can only book return trips and not just one way journeys.
If you are hiring a car it is possible to drive yourself to and from Kalkan. The route is quite straightforward. See our article on directions from Dalaman airport in the Transport section of the Knowledge Bank - updated and improved for 2011.
It is possible to do the trip by bus and taxi, but obviously it's not a direct service. You can check your options at the bus station in Kalkan. Be prepared for a long journey! This would be in 3 parts - Kalkan to Fethiye (10TL), Fethiye to Dalaman town (7TL) and then a taxi to the airport (around 25TL). Prices as at May 2009.
To and From Antalya
Very similar to your options for Dalaman, but of course it is a longer journey - approximately twice as long, at 3 hours. There are regular bus services from Kalkan to Antalya. There is no service directly to the airport, so you have to get off at the main bus station and get another short bus trip to complete your journey. Depending on flight times, you may need an overnight stay, but at least some of the hotels are not too expensive.
Get directions here.
To and From Istanbul
Kamil Koç and Pamukkale operate regular bus services from Kalkan to Istanbul. See our article on Bus & Coach Services in the Knowledge Bank. It is a long journey by road, taking over 12 hours, but it's cheap, and the coaches are very comfortable. Depending on flight times, you may need an overnight stay. Once you have landed at Istanbul airport you make your way to the bus station by metro train.