The arrival of the first passenger ship from Thessaloniki to Izmir


The ship “Smyrna di Levante” carrying passengers and vehicles arrived Tuesday morning at the Turkish port of Izmir from the Greek city of Thessaloniki.


The ship, which set off on Monday evening from the port of Thessaloniki, is the first in the framework of the trips that will take place between Izmir and Thessaloniki.

Inscribed on the ship, flying the Turkish and Greek flags, is the phrase “The Line of Friendship between Izmir and Thessaloniki.”

On board the ship were 119 passengers, two trucks, five private cars and two motorcycles.


It is noteworthy that passenger tickets for trips lasting from 12 to 13 hours are 80 euros for one way and 150 euros for a round trip.

Earlier, the Chamber of Commerce of the Turkish state of Izmir said in a statement that a passenger ship belonging to the “Levante Ferries” company based in Greece will make the first trip from the city of Thessaloniki at 17:00 on Monday, heading to Izmir.

The statement added that the ship’s cruises will be on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 19.00 pm from Thessaloniki and on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday at 19.00 pm from Izmir.


According to the statement, the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Izmir Chamber of Commerce, “Mahmoud Ozganar,” said: “We can develop an integrated means of transportation that starts from Izmir by sea, all the way to Thessaloniki and then Europe.”