How to Get to Pamukkale from Istanbul


istanbul-ortakoyIstanbul, city of sultans, is a unique city that connects Europe and Asia with Bosphorus Bridge and offers many beauties along with it. It attracts millions of tourists every year and most tourists come to Istanbul as their travels’ start point. If you are wondering how to get to Pamukkale from Istanbul and want to know most convenient ways to travel to Pamukkale, this is the information that you need. There are many transportation options that you can choose to go with to get to Pamukkale.


As you know, Pamukkale is in Denizli region and there’s an airport in Denizli’s Cardak region called Denizli Cardak Airport. It’s the only airport in Denizli and it’s the closest one that you can use to get to Pamukkale. There are currently 3 airlines that fly to Denizli Cardak Airport from Istanbul. The airport is approximately 70 km away from Pamukkale and there are shuttles that you can take to arrive Pamukkale. If you are wondering how to get around between Istanbul Ataturk Airport and Sabiha Gokcen Airport, you can find detailed information here.

Turkish Airlines

turkish-airlines-logoTurkish Airlines has flights from Istanbul everyday and multiple times a day. Flights departure from Istanbul Ataturk Airport and it takes about 1 hour to get to Denizli. Turkish Airlines is convenient for those who land on Ataturk Airport and want to come to Pamukkale right afterwards or for those who have hotel rooms that are close to the airport. Visit our Turkish Airlines page to find more information.


borajet-logoBorajet is a growing airline company that operates mostly within Turkey. Borajet flights take off from Sabiha Gokcen Airport which is on the Asian side of Istanbul. If you are wondering how to get there from Istanbul Ataturk Airport, you can read here. Borajet has flights between Istanbul and Denizli 6 days a week. You can read detailed information about Borajet Airlines on this page.

Pegasus Airlines

pegasus-logoPegasus Airlines is one of the biggest airlines in Turkey and it operates in Turkey as well internationally. Pegasus Airlines flights also departure from Sabiha Gokcen Airport, 5 days a week. You can read detailed information about Pegasus Airlines on this page.



There are so many buses that go back and forth between Istanbul and Denizli, you don’t really need to worry about the bus schedule. Every hour or half an hour or so, there is a bus that takes off from Istanbul to Denizli. You can take these buses on both European side as well as Asian side of Istanbul. This bus ride will take about 10 hours.

Pamukkale Turizm

pamukkale-logo-1Pamukkale Turizm is a Denizli based popular bus company and it serves in many locations in Turkey. You can find many branches of Pamukkale Turizm in Istanbul. They do have offices at popular locations like Taksim. You don’t worry about getting to the bus station as well. Pamukkale Turizm provides shuttles to bus station from their branches and they will tell you when shuttles leave. Once you get to Denizli, you will arrive at Denizli Bus Station (Denizli Otogar). Pamukkale is just 20 minutes away from there and you can take a dolmus (minibus) or a taxi from there. You can find detailed information about Pamukkale Turizm on this page.


Whether you want to take a comprehensive Turkey tour for 2 weeks or you just want a short trip to the region, there are tours that you can join. As mentioned before, Istanbul is a start point for most travelers in Turkey and there are many tours that take off from there.

istanbul-tour-111 Day Turkey Tour - Classics of  Turkey

This tour includes must-see places in Turkey such as Topkapi Palace, Grand Bazaar, Ephesus, Cappadocia, Kusadasi and of course Pamukkale. The tour includes accomodation in luxury hotels and meals.

ephesus-tour-1Ephesus and Pamukkale tour from Istanbul

Would you like a 2 day tour that takes off from Istanbul and includes both Ephesus and Pamukkale? This tour is for you. Visit ancient site of Ephesus and Hierapolis and witness the history.

Rental Car

Renting a car is always an option in Turkey for your travel. If you want to take a road trip from Istanbul and discover the region by yourself, there are rental car companies that you can rent a car in airport or in Istanbul Downtown. You should note that, there’s a significant amount of distance between two locations and it’s a long trip.


  1. Hi, I want to know how can I go to Denizli airport from pamukkale ? My flight is tk2579 leaving at 18:55.
    In the website, it mentioned that there is shuttle from airport to pamukkale, but is there any to go back? And where can I catch it?
    Thank you!

    • You can book your seat with Baytur, the shuttle company that is located in Denizli Cardak Airport, to get from Pamukkale to the airport. All you need to do is to let them know about your departure date and address and they will pick you up from your hotel in Pamukkale and take you the airport for 20 TL. You can find detailed information on this page.

  2. good from morning,

    Could you please precise me if there are some night buses from Pamukkale to Istanbul, if yes, how long is the trip?, how much is it? and if it is a good deal to use it?
    Moreover How long do you think we have to plan to stay in Pamukkale?

    Thanks in advance for your comments / advices


    • There are Pamukkale Turizm buses from Denizli Bus Station to Istanbul at 23:00 and 00:30. The bus station is about 20 minutes away from Pamukkale. The ticket costs between 50 TL to 60 TL for Denizli - Istanbul route. Depending on your travel date, you may find really cheap airplane tickets as well to Istanbul.

      I always advise visitors to stay 2-3 days at least to really enjoy their visit. There is more to discover in Denizli than Pamukkale, such as Laodicea, Kaklik Cave and other places. You can find the attractions on this page.

  3. Hi I have been looking at arriving at the regional airport at 040am on a flight from Istanbul. by the time I get to Pamukkale it will be around 2am or later. All the hotels I have looked at on-line seem to end their check in time before midnight. I would appreciate ideas for a decent mid price hotel where I can check in that late.

  4. Hi,

    I want to stop over at Istanbul when I go to Russia. I want to stay there for two days in Istanbul; one day for Pamukkale and one day for Istanbul city tour. Is two days sufficient to see these places? Please reply.


    • Neel, I would recommend taking a plane to Pamukkale as a day trip for your first day. Second day, you can spend in Istanbul and catch your flight. Of course spending 2 days in Istanbul and Pamukkale is not enough to visit all the places worth visiting but still you can manage to make a nice trip out of it.

  5. Hi! We are travelling to turkey and greece in June.
    We return from Mykonos to istanbul on 19th June at 8.30 pm.
    Our flight to chennai is on 21st at 1.30 pm. Is there any chance we can visit pammukale or any day trip from Istanbul ?

  6. Hello. Indeed i will be visiting pamukkale in December 2015, i have some work at pamukkale university which requires me to stay for like a week there. I don’t have any idea about transportation in pamukkale (i mean only taxi available? Or also buses or metro). I need also to know which hotels are close to university and not so expensive so that going to university everyday would be easy. Thank you.

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