Getting to Pamukkale by Train


izmir-denizli-trainYou can use flights, buses as well as trains to get to Pamukkale. Although bus is the main transporatation system between cities, you can try other options as well, depending on your location. For example, if you are coming from Istanbul to Pamukkale, taking a plane would be a convenient choice. And if you are coming from Izmir, taking a train is an option.

Denizli has a train station right across the bus station and it’s only 20 minutes away from Pamukkale. Currently, the railroad is connected to Izmir only. So, if you are coming from Izmir, Adnan Menderes Airport or Selcuk, you can the train that operates between these locations and Denizli.

The train departures from Izmir and stops at places like Adnan Menderes Airport, Selcuk  and Aydin and proceeds to Denizli with other stops. So, if your flight lands on Adnan Menderes Airport, taking a train to Pamukkale might be a convenient way to travel. If you are visiting Ephesus, which is in Selcuk, you can take Izmir-Denizli train from there as well.

There are currently 7 trains running between Izmir and Denizli and you can catch one of them throughout the day.

Here’s the schedule:

Izmir - Denizli Route Departure Times
Izmir 07:45 09:00 11:25 13:30 15:40 16:30 18:15
Selcuk 09:01 10:18 12:39 14:43 17:05 17:57 19:33
Aydin 09:52 11:09 13:31 15:35 17:57 18:53 20:24

It will take about 4 hours to get from Izmir to Denizli. You will arrive at Denizli Train Station (Denizli Gar) which is right across Denizli Bus Station.


Getting from Train Station to Pamukkale

To get from station to Pamukkale, you can take a taxi right from in the station or you can take a dolmus (minibus) from bus station that is right across the train station.

Denizli to Izmir - Selcuk - Aydin - Adnan Menderes Airport

There are 6 trains that take off from Denizli to Izmir, and trains stop at places including Aydin, Selcuk and Adnan Menderes Airport.

Denizli - Izmir Route Departure Times
Denizli 04:20 05:45 08:20 12:50 14:50 17:15
Aydin 06:24 07:51 10:30 14:54 16:57 19:33
Selcuk 07:22 09:00 11:28 15:53 17:58 20:44

You can download the full schedule here.

Ticket Prices

One-way adult ticket: 18.75 TL
One-way young ticket: 15 TL
Roundtrip ticket: 30 TL


  1. Hello,
    could you telle me, please, if the Baytur schuttles from Denizli airport to Pammukale still work?
    I can’t find this informationa and we arrive by Pegasus last flight from Istanbul.
    One more cuestion: we have to go from Pammukale to Nazilli. Could you recommend us, please, any transport or taxi company that could do it for us?
    We will be 5 persons.

    Kind regards and congratulations for wonderful website

    • Hi Aneta,

      Thank you for your message. Yes, Baytur shuttles still work and you can take one of their shuttles after your flight arrives. Their website is only in Turkish but you can find contact information on this page to get further information.

      You have 3 options to go to Nazilli from Pamukkale. You can either take a taxi, bus or train. You can find taxis in Pamukkale and it would be convenient choice if you are not on a budget, since it will cost a lot more than taking a bus or train. That being said, 5 people might not fit very comfortably in a sedan car, so I would recommend to talk to the taxi company that is located in Pamukkale. Also, talk to the taxi company(website only in Turkish) that is located at Cardak Airport when you land and ask for prices and ask if you get can get bigger vehicle. Compare them and choose the best one that fits your needs.

      Now, let’s look at the bus option. There is no direct buses from Pamukkale to Nazilli, so you need to get to Denizli Bus Station first by taking a dolmus and then take a Pamukkale Turizm bus from there. It is the cheapest option since it costs about 13 TL/person.

      You can also take a train from Denizli Train Station. It is not far from Pamukkale and you can take a taxi to get there in 20 minutes or so. Ticket prices are pretty much same with bus tickets, so it is your choice which one would be more convenient for you. Also, you can click here to check out train schedule.

      If you have more questions, please ask. I will be more than glad to help. :)

  2. Hi, I have a question about the transportation. I would like to stay in Pamukkale for one night and leave there by train at 5:45 in next morning. Any minibus/dolmus/taxis from Pamukkale to Denizli Train Station I can get in that early morning? (and the price?) In this case, is it better to stay in Denizli (near the train station) instead of Pamukkale? Could you give me some advices? Thank you:)

    • Hi Kate,
      If you are taking the 5:45 train in the morning, you should probably leave the hotel at least 1 hour earlier. In this case, you may not find a minibus at that time. However taxis run 24 hours and I would suggest you to talk to the taxi company a day before and let them know about your departure time and your hotel address. The taxi will cost around 75 TL, yes a bit expensive if you are travelling solo. If that cost is too expensive, you may choose to get a hotel room near the station.

  3. Hi I am an international student in Izmir and I was wondering what is the correct station to take out of Izmir to Denizli. Is it Andan Menderes Airport?
    And what about places to stay? Are there hostels or not-quite-hotels to go to? I am poor college student looking for an easy trip for holiday next week.


    • Hi Kati,

      Izmir Basmane Gar is located in center Izmir and it is the main station from Izmir. It would be the most convenient location to take the train. Once you get to Denizli Train Station, you can take a taxi or a dolmus to get to Pamukkale which is only 20 minutes away from the station.

      There are many cheap hotels and motels in Pamukkale. The prices start $12 / day which is really affordable. You can use services like Agoda or to check prices and book your hotel room.

  4. Hello

    I noticed the helpful information in your posts here. Please can you advise if the train times between Izmir airport and Denizli still apply in November? Also, do Dolmus’ go from the Denizli otogar to the archeological sites of Heirapolis and Laodocea? If so, in November?

    If my wife and I were to stay in Pumakkale, are any hotels open in November? Can you get from Pumakkale to Heirapolis or Laodicea by Dolmus?

    Best Regards

    • Thank you Mike.

      Yes, the train schedule applies in November and there’s no change. Hierapolis is right next to Pamukkale so you don’t need to take a separate trip there. Dolmus doesn’t run between Laodicea and Denizli Otogar, however since it is on the way to Pamukkale, you can simply ask the dolmus driver to drop you at Laodicea. Or you can take a taxi from Pamukkale or Denizli to Laodicea and since it is not far from both places, you won’t be charged a lot.

      All hotels are open in November as usual. You can find affordable hotels here.

  5. Thank you for this helpful site.
    We wonder if you can offer suggestions for how to manage visiting Ephesus, Aphrodisias as well as Heirapolis and Laodocea? We are trying to figure out logistics.

    We really like traveling by train and are comfortable with bus as well-but train is preferred.
    We are visiting Istanbul for a week and then want to go to these sites (this will be in May.)
    We had planned to fly to Izmir and then go down to Kusadasi as a base for Ephesus. Now we wonder if there is a better “base” for us and if we should plan on more than one-perhaps Pamukkale ? Any suggestions would be so very appreciated.

    • Thank you Cheryl.

      What you are asking is a common problem among travelers. It is a bit hard to figure out all the logistics if you are traveling by yourself. Kusadasi or Izmir is a good place to start your journey. Ephesus is close to these both places, so your next stop can be Ephesus. From Ephesus, you can take a train(yes, train is better :)) to Denizli to get to Pamukkale/Hierapolis. Train runs 5-6 times a day, so you won’t have a problem finding a train. Hierapolis is right next to Pamukkale, so you don’t need a seperate trip. Laodicea, however is 5 km away from Pamukkale and you can take a dolmus(minibus) to get there. In order to get Aphrodisias, you can take a daily tour from Pamukkale. Some hotels can arrange a tour for you for low prices, however if you want to book a tour before your travel, you can check out this tour.

      You can also take Aphrodisias tour from Izmir or Kusadasi, with this tour. But the first tour that I described would prabably a better route for you.

      I hope you find it helpful. If you have more questions or have details on your mind to ask, you can contact me on this page.

  6. Hi,

    Thanks for such an informative website. We are planning to visit Pamukkale during last week of December this year. I would like to know if the tourist attractions in Tripolis, Hierapolis be open during winters? Are there any time restrictions to visit these places during this time of the year? And Will there be regular transportation (do timings and frequency differ during winter?)
    Your comments and advice will be helpful and very much appreciated.
    Thank You..

    • Hi Srilekha,

      They are all open during winter as rest of the year. Transportation also works as usual. Hierapolis is right next to Pamukkale, so there is no need to take a extra transportation. Tripolis and Laodicea are around Pamukkale. There’s an ongoing excavated works in Tripolis so there are not tours or specific transportation option just for Tripolis. However, you can take shuttle to Yenicekent which is right next to Tripolis. You can find more information about Tripolis on this page. Laodicea is 5 km south of Pamukkale and you can take the shuttle that goes to Denizli city center and get off the shuttle halfway when you arrive Laodicea. You can also find more information about Laodicea on this page.

      Have a great holiday!

  7. Hello,

    We arrive in Denizli at 20:30 at the train station. Will a minibus still be running then to go to Pamukkale? Otherwise, you say the taxi will be about 75TL for the ride?

    Thank you!

    • Yes, minibuses are running at that time, but it is less frequent. Still, you should be able to find a minibus under 20-30 minutes.

      The 75 TL price is for Airport -> Pamukkale route. If you decide to take a taxi from the train station, it should cost no more than 25 TL.

      • Hi there, I had actually asked my hotel the same question (we are arriving on the 10:33pm train) and the manager said that the last minibus from Denizli to pamukkale is at 10:30pm. So he said we would need to take a taxi for 50-60 lira. Is this not correct - will there in fact still be minibuses after 10:30pm? We were considering taking an earlier train in order to get there in time to take a minibus. But if they are still running after 10:30 then we can take the later train as planned.

        Thank you for your help!!

        • Hi Michelle,

          I can’t say for sure because the schedule of minibuses change from time to time. So, what the manager is saying might be true. For that reason, I would recommend you to prepare to take a taxi. However taking the taxi should not cost that much. In any case, it would be better to get to your hotel earlier, so taking the earlier train is probably a better idea.

  8. Hello!

    We arrive Denizli at 0630 at the bus station. Will there be a dolmus at that hour?
    What time does the dolmus start to run from Denizli to Pamukkale in March?

    Appreciate your help. Thanks !

  9. Hi There,
    Thanks so much for all information on this site. We will arrive in Denizli by train from Silcuk on 15th around the noon, we will be 6 people and stay one night only. And will fly from Denizli at 21.50 by Pegasus air to Istanbul. I wonder if we have enough time a whole day to visit Aphrodisias as well as Heirapolis and Laodocea?
    And what is the best way to get to Denizli airport from Pamukkale?

    Greeting from Indonesia

    • Hi,

      Yes 2 days would be enough to visit Pamukkale, Hierapolis, Laodicea and Aphrodisias. Now, Aphrodisias is a little bit far from Pamukkale, unlike Laodicea and Hierapolis. But still, I think you can easily fit it in your schedule.

      You can take a Baytur shuttle from Pamukkale to the airport. All you need to do is let them know about your hotel address and your departure date. You can do this when you get to Pamukkale by calling them and they will pick you up from Pamukkale.

      • Sorry for late reply. We are back home now, whats a great jurney for us, a whole 10 days in Turkey (Istanbul, Izmir, Ephesus, Pamukalle) was great. And thnak you very much for your advise, was really helpful.

        Cheers From Indonesia.

        • You are welcome. I’m really glad you enjoyed your trip. Also, thank you for taking time to reply with such a nice comment.

  10. Hi,

    I will be in Turkey in the begining of May. I plan to visit Ephesus and then take a train to Pamulake. Can you please tell me if I can get the train from Selcuk to Pamulake or I have to go back to Izmir and get the train from there?

    And another question is what is the best way to travel from Pamulake to Cappadocia?

    Thank you.

    • Yes, you can take the train to Pamukkale from Selcuk (near Ephesus). You can read here for more information.

      To get to Cappadocia, you can take a bus from Denizli Bus Station and that is the most preferred option. Or you can rent a car if you are looking for more convenience but that option would be more expensive.

  11. Hi I have a question about the Baytur shuttle to Denizli Airport. Will they pick up passengers directly from Pamukkale or they will only pick up from downtown Denizli? And where exactly is their station in Denizli? Thanks.

  12. Hi,
    I plan to take train from Selcuk to Denizli and then take the minibus to Pamukkale form Denizli bus station. After visiting Pamukkale, I plan to take the overnight bus from Denizli to Goreme, so I want to leave my luggage in Denizli bus station.
    I’m aware that the new bus station is not located across the train station anymore. Do you suggest me to take bus from Selcuk rather than take the train? Thanks a lot!

    • Hi Gloria,

      I have good news for you. The bus station reopened after the restoration at its old location. So, after you arrive the train station you can drop your luggage to the office of your bus company right across the street.

  13. Hi,

    I am traveling to turkey next week and was hoping you would be able to help me with some transportation plans. Here is my list of places I would like to get to in the least expensive way possible. It will be my husband and I traveling.

    Arrive at Denizli airport 7:50am (pegasus airlines) - Need transportation to Pamukkale. Please help me on where and how to do this.

    After our day in Pamukkale we would like to take a bus or train (which ever is the best choice) to Selcuk in the evening.

    I am not sure how to get from the airport to Pamukkale, then from Pamukkale back to the train or bus station so I can go to Selcuk.

    Can you please help me.

    Thank you so much

    • Hi Zeynep,

      There is a shuttle waiting to pick up passenger at the airport for every flight. You don’t need to worry about it. You can find detailed information on this page.

      Bus and train station are located at the same location. To get there, all you need to do is to take a dolmus (minibus) which runs about every 15 minutes or take a taxi, whichever you prefer.

  14. I think Bay-tur has a shuttle bus from the Airport which can take you to downtown Denizli or Pamukkale. They should have a office at the airport. Here is their website: Alternatively, you can contact the travel agencies in the town of Pamukkale. There are several travel agencies on the main street of the town and we used one of those to get from Pamukkale to the airport for 25TL each, which might be higher than Bay-tur. There are frequent minibus running between the town of Pamukkale and Denizli bus station. The train station is right across street from the bus station. Just make sure you get their by the departure time of the last train to selcuk which I think is around 5pm. Don’t worry too much about the transportation in Pamukkale. There are many options available in the town and if you are not sure just ask people around.

  15. Thank you for all the usefull information.
    You´ve been so kind answering everyone´s question that I am going to ask once again.
    We are staying 3 nights in Izmir and we are planning to do one-day trips to Ephesus one day and Pamukkale another. Having in mind train ans buses schedules, wich is the best way (fastest and cheapest) to get to both places and be able to enjoy both as well?
    Thank you in advance for your response!
    Maria :)

    • Hi Maria,

      You can actually fit both Ephesus and Pamukkale into one day however you would need a little bit of rush it to make it happen. You can either take a train or a bus and both get to Pamukkale in about 3 hours. The advantage of taking the train is that it stops at Selcuk (Ephesus) and Denizli (Pamukkale). You could take the train early in the morning to Ephesus from Izmir, spend 3 to 4 hours there and then take the same train to Pamukkale. This way, you would spend your morning in Ephesus and afternoon in Pamukkale.

      If you would like to spend two separate days for Ephesus and Pamukkale, you can do that also. Taking either a train or a bus totally depends on you. Ticket prices are pretty much the same.

      You can find more info on this page:

      What I always suggest to visitors is to spend one night in Pamukkale to truly enjoy the surroundings. If you can, I would recommend you to do that.

      If you have more questions, you know what to do. :)

      • OMG Thank you very much for your time!

        We are doing both on separate days and we have already booked hotel in Izmir for 3 nights (we are flying fron there to Kayseri afterwards), so we can´t spend the night in Pamukkale as you suggested :(

        We want to spend as much time as possible in Pamukkale so we were wondering wich, bus or train, was the best way to travel as to seize as much time as possible there. What do you think?

        Thank you again very much in advance.


        • You are welcome.

          If you want to get Pamukkale as early as possible, you can take the 5:00 or 6:30 bus of Pamukkale Turizm from Izmir Bus Station. You will be in Denizli in about 3 hours 15 minutes.

          The earliest train takes of at 7:45 from Izmir. That means you will arrive in Denizli at 12:00. There is stil plenty of time but taking the bus will save you extra 3 hours or so.

  16. Thank you for a very informative site. I had two questions.

    1. Where can I book train tickets for Izmir Airport-Denizli. And are tickets likely to be available for 27 May or do they generally sell out in advance.

    2. Can we deposit luggage as Denizli train station and pick it up later when we return from Pamukkale for our flight from Denizli airport

    • You can book tickets but it is a painful process and the site is only in Turkish. You can most likely find a ticket on the same day since trains take off frequently.

      You cannot, unfortunately, deposit your luggage in the train station.

  17. Hi
    Can I buy a round ticket from izmir to Denizli but I stop one night in Aydin or have stop for 5 hours in selcuk by that ticket

  18. Hi,

    I’ll be travelling from Selcuk to Pamukkale and only have one day before I leave to Capadocia the next day early morning (8AM flight).
    1) What is the best way to travel from Selcuk to Denizli/Pamukkale? Train or bus? My understanding is both take around 3 hours to Denizli.
    2) I plan to take a train/bus and hope to reach Denizli around noon time. I will have only half day at Pamukkale. What are tourist attraction hilights should I visit.
    3) What time is the last Dormus from Pamukkale back to Denizli?
    4) Would you suggest I stay in Pamukkale or Denizli given that I need to leave early morning to catch the plan?

    Thank you so much in advance.

  19. Hi,

    I have book an air ticket from Istanbul to Denizli Cardak Airport.
    How can I get to my hotel near Pamukkale from the airport?

    And the next day I will visit Pamukkale and Hierapolis.
    Normally how much time should people spend in these 2 places?
    If I want to take the train to Izmir at 14:50, will it be too rush?
    What time should I go to the train station?

    Thanks for your help in advance.

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