How To Get To Pamukkale From Istanbul (& From Istanbul To Pamukkale)

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How To Get To Pamukkale From Istanbul (& From Istanbul To Pamukkale)

Turkey has many tourism hotspots, and Istanbul is one of the big ones. This city is packed with history, shopping, eateries, sports, culture, and the list goes on and on. It’s very unlikely that you’d have any time to spare during a trip to Istanbul, but if you want to extend your trip, there are plenty of places to visit a little further afield.

Have you ever seen Pamukkale in pictures? This UNESCO World Heritage Site has to be seen to be believed. Known as ‘cotton castle’ locally, the landscape is pure white with bright blue pools along the travertine terraces and calcium carbonate on top of it. Known for its natural healing benefits, a dip at Pamukkale could give you more than a few great selfies!

It’s not all chilling out in a beautiful landscape either, as the ancient Greek city of Hierapolis is also at Pamukkale, giving you plenty of history.

So, if you’re in Istanbul and fancy heading to Pamukkale, how do you go about it? And how do you get back?

Let’s get into how to get to Pamukkale; this travel to Pamukkale guide below covers it all. 

Istanbul To Pamukkale Flight Info (& Fly Pamukkale To Istanbul)

Most Beautiful Mosques In Turkey - Blue mosque in Istanbul at sunset The fastest way to get to the heart of Pamukkale is to fly. The nearest airport to Pamukkale is Denizli, which has direct flights from Istanbul several times per day.

You can start your Istanbul to Pamukkale flight from Istanbul Airport or Sabiha Gokcen. The flight from Istanbul to Pamukkale is just 1 hour. Regular flights back to Istanbul throughout the day, so reverse the information for your journey back to the city.

Once you arrive at Denizli Airport, take a taxi to Pamukkale itself. This should take around 1 hour, covering 70km. Ask the taxi driver for an average price before you get in, although be aware that they’ll probably tell you they’ll put it on the meter. However, you know how much you can expect to pay by getting an average price.

Pamukkale From Istanbul By Bus (And Pamukkale To Istanbul)

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Pamukkale, Turkey

You can easily take the bus to Pamukkale from Istanbul. There are three leading long-distance bus providers in Turkey – Pamukkale, Kamil Koc, and Metro. All three have regular services to Denizli throughout the day, with just as many services going back in the opposite direction.

The bus journey to takes 10 hours and 20 minutes to Denizli bus station, although the bus is very comfortable, offering wifi, entertainment, and refreshments. Bear in mind there are no toilets on these buses, but they do stop regularly.

Once you arrive at Denizli, take a taxi or private transfer to Pamukkale. It takes taking just under 1 hour. Again, ask the driver for an average price before getting in.

Pamukkale From Istanbul By Train (And Back Again)

If time isn’t an issue for you and you really want to check out the beautiful passing scenery along the way, you could go by train. The journey will take around 13 hours and 20 minutes, but trains in Turkey are very comfortable. You’re advised to book your tickets ahead of time, and you can buy them online or from the train station locally.

From Istanbul, head to Yenikapi Station. You can reach this via Metro, bus, or taxi. Once you board the train, you’ll first head to Pendik, which should take around 48 minutes. This train leaves every 15 minutes. Then, you’ll need to swap to the Ankara Express that heads to Eskisehir. This leaves hourly and takes 2 hours 45 minutes. After that, you must jump on the Pamukkale Express that runs to Goncali. The final leg takes 7 hours 40 minutes, and once there, jump in a taxi for a 12-minute journey directly to Pamukkale.

To head back to Istanbul, reverse the information and be sure to book your tickets ahead of time, as the return journey is often hectic.

Pamukkale From Istanbul By Car – And Pamukkale To Istanbul By Car)

Another quick route to Pamukkale from Istanbul is to hire and car and drive. The journey will take around 6 hours and 20 minutes, depending upon traffic leaving and arriving back in Istanbul.

How far is Pamukkale from Istanbul? It is a 551km journey, and the roads are easy to follow and comfortable to drive.

To drive from Pamukkale to Istanbul, reverse the advice for your journey back to Istanbul.

Getting to Pamukkale is easy; we hope you enjoy the trip and that we’ve covered all your questions on how to get to Pamukkale from Istanbul.


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