How to Get to Pamukkale from Izmir


izmir-konakIzmir - Denizli route is one of the busiest routes in western part of Turkey and there are many transportation options that you can choose from. Izmir, as you know, is one of the biggest cities in Turkey and it attracts many tourists to Izmir city and also places like Ephesus. Izmir is approximately 230 km away from Pamukkale and it’s considerably not that far away from both Denizli and Pamukkale. To get from Izmir to Pamukkale, you can take bus, train, rental car or you can join a tour from there.


Taking a bus by far the most popular way of travel in Turkey. Therefore there are many buses running between two locations that you can take anytime during the day. Pamukkale Turizm, Metro Turizm, Anadolu, Isparta, which are bus companies, have buses that you take from Izmir throughout the day.

Pamukkale Turizm

pamukkale-logo-1Based in Denizli, Pamukkale Turizm is one of the most popular bus companies in Turkey and it has most buses running between Izmir and Denizli. Every half hour or so, there is a bus that takes off from Izmir. Most of their buses have LCD screen for every seat and also wireless. Some of their buses have plug sockets so you can charge your laptop or phone while travelling. You can buy bus tickets from branches of Pamukkale Turizm that can be found various locations in Izmir. Also, you can buy them online, however Pamukkale Turizm website is only Turkish. You can read our guide to navigate easily on the company website.

Here’s the bus schedule of Pamukkale Turizm for Izmir - Denizli:

04:30 05:00 06:30 07:30 08:00 08:30 09:00 09:30 10:00
10:30 11:00 11:30 12:00 12:30 13:30 14:00 14:30 15:00
15:30 16:00 16:30 17:00 17:30 18:00 18:30 19:00 19:30
20:00 20:00 20:30 21:00 22:00 23:59 01:00 02:00


anadolu-turizm-logoAnadolu is another popular bus company that serves in many locations in Turkey. Most of their buses have LCD screens as well as plug sockets. There are 11 buses running a day and you can buy a ticket for 20 TL.

Here’s the schedule for Anadolu Turizm:

07:00 09:00 10:00 11:00 12:00 13:30
14:30 16:30 17:30 18:30 23:00

Metro Turizm

metro-logoMetro Turizm also buses that run daily between Izmir and Denizli. Most of Metro buses have wireless internet and usb plugs in them to make your trip more enjoyable. It has 12 buses from Izmir to Denizli that you can take everyday. Ticket costs 22 TL.

Here’s the schedule for Metro Turizm:

06:00 09:00 10:00 11:00 12:00 13:00
14:00 15:00 17:00 18:00 22:00 23:00


If you are looking for an alternative to buses or rental cars, you found it. Taking a train is definitely a great way to travel to Pamukkale while enjoying scenery on the road. There’s a railroad connection between Izmir and Denizli and this is the only one that connects to Denizli. The train departures from Izmir Basmane and it stops at popular places like Adnan Menderes Airport, Selcuk and Aydin. So, you can definitely take a train from Izmir, stop at Selcuk to visit Ephesus and move on to Pamukkale. The total trip time from Izmir to Denizli is about 4 hours. You can read here for detailed information.

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


Since Izmir is an important hub for tourists, there are tours that use there as their main base as well. You can take a day trip with two of the tours that are listed below. They are both convenient ways to travel and both include lunch. If you would like to take a longer trip and see other touristic places like Ephesus and Kusadasi along with Pamukkale, you can take either 3 day or a 4 day tour.

Pamukkale and Hierapolis Tour (Day Trip)
Private Tour: Pamukkale and Hierapolis (Day Trip)
3-Day Small-Group Turkey Tour from Izmir: Pamukkale, Ephesus and Hierapolis
4-Day Small-Group Turkey Tour from Izmir: Pamukkale, Kusadasi, Ephesus and Hierapolis

Rental Car

How about taking a road trip? If you don’t want be tied to a schedule and be more flexible, you can rent a car from Izmir as well.

Zafer Rent a Car

zafer-rent-a-carIf you rent your car from Izmir to travel Pamukkale, there’s a chance that you won’t be coming back to Izmir. That’s okay, because you have the option to drop off your car at a different location. Zafer Rent a Car, provides rental cars from Izmir and allows to drop off cars at many different locations, including Denizli. You can rent you car from Izmir downtown as well wel Adnan Menderes Airport.

Zafer Rent a Car Website



europcar-logoEuropcar is globally recognizable brand and you can find their branches in Adnan Menderes Airport. Unfortunately, there isn’t a branch of Europcar in Izmir downtown. However if you’d like to rent your car from Europcar, you can drop your car in Denizli as well as many other locations where Europcar has a branch in.

Europcar Izmir

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.

How to Get to Pamukkale from Cappadocia (Goreme)


cappadocia-1If you don’t include Cappadocia to your travel in Turkey when you have the opportunity, you sure are missing a lot. Cappadocia is an amazing sight that you should visit. If you go to Cappadocia before visiting Pamukkale and wondering how the transportation would work between two incredible places, this piece of writing can help you. As you already may know, there is significant amount of distance between Cappadocia and Pamukkale and it might not be a very good choice for a day trip. Whether you take a bus or rent a car, it will take at least 9 hours to get Pamukkale.


Metro Turizm


As you know, Cappadocia is nearby Goreme and like many places, Goreme has daily buses to Denizli. Metro Turizm has a daily bus operating from Goreme. The Goreme-Denizli bus departures at 20:00 and arrives approximately at 06:30 in the morning.

Suha Turizm


Suha Turizm is another popular bus company that also operates from Goreme to Denizli. Suha Turizm buses departure from Kayseri and stop at Goreme to take passengers and then proceeds to Denizli. There are two daily buses from Goreme that you can take, one at 19:30 which will take 11 hours and 30 minutes, the other one at 20:30 which will take about 9 hours and 30 minutes.


How about a comprehensive tour that includes both Cappadocia and Pamukkale? There are many tours that you can choose from ranging between 4 day tour to 14 day tour. Here’s a list of tours that you can choose from:

Glories of Turkey 14-Day Package Tour from Istanbul
11 Day Tour from Istanbul - Classics of Turkey
7-Day Cradle of Civilizations Tour by Bus from Istanbul
4-Day Cappadocia, Pamukkale and Ephesus Tour by Bus
4-Day Cappadocia, Pamukkale and Ephesus Tour by Plane

These mentioned tours departure from Istanbul and you can take advantage of them.

Rental Car

If you’d like to take a long road trip by yourself, you may rent a car in Goreme. Most of the rental services are in Nevsehir however you can find some rental cars in Goreme also. You can search through Expedia and rent a car in in Goreme then drop it off in Denizli.

There are also local companies that you rent car from. But you need to bring rental car back if you rent it from a local company. It may not sound very practical to rent a car to Pamukkale and bring it back to Cappadocia. But here’s a rental car service if you need in any case:

Cappadocia Rent A Car (English)
Fix Car (Turkish)


Note: Bus times and ticket prices may change over time, so we recommend confirming the given information with a company official.

How to Get to Pamukkale from Kusadasi


kusadasi-1Kusadasi is one of the top tourist attractions among Turkish beaches. You might be coming to Kusadasi for your travel or you are already in Kusadasi and wondering how to get Pamukkale from there. The distance between Kusadasi and Pamukkale is approximately 200 km’s. It takes about 3 hours to get from Kusadasi to Pamukkale. “But, how do you get around easily between two location?” Don’t worry, we got you covered. Here are your options.


There are tours from Kusadasi to Pamukkale that take care of everything for you. You can either take tours that take off at Kusadasi for a daily trip to Pamukkale or 3 and 4 day tours that also cover other popular places like Ephesus and Cappadocia.

kusadasi-tour-1Full-Day Pamukkale Tour from Kusadasi

If you are staying in Kusadasi and want to take a day trip to Pamukkale, then this is for you. The tour will pick you up from your hotel early in the morning. The tour includes a professional tour guide and returns you to your hotel at 20:00.

kusadasi-tour-2Ephesus and Pamukkale 2-Day Tour from Kusadasi

Here’s another tour from Kusadasi. This tour is a day 2 day tour that departures from Kusadasi to visit Ephesus and Pamukkale. If you want to visit both Ephesus, Pamukkale and Hierapolis, this tour will fit your needs.


Pamukkale Turizm has bus a bus route between Kusadasi and Denizli multiple times a day. It’s an easy and cheap way to get around Pamukkale. Since the distance between two destinations is relatively short, you can make a daily trip from Kusadasi without wasting too much time on the road. Pamukkale Turizm is operating buses between two places everyday and 5 times a day. Pamukkale Turizm buses also include wireless internet and TV in their buses, so your trip won’t be boring at all. :)

09:00 11:15 16:00 22:00 23:30

You should note that buses that are mentioned here won’t be going to Pamukkale directly. Instead, they arrive at Denizli Bus Terminal and use it as their hub. After arriving Denizli Bus Terminal, you can take one of the shuttles there and then go to Pamukkale.