Where is Pamukkale in Turkey?

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So, you’ve heard about Pamukkale and decided to go there. As you are  making your travel plans, you are probably wondering where exactly Pamukkale is in Turkey. “How to get there?” “Is it far from Istanbul or other places you are travelling to in Turkey?” Pamukkale is in the Aegean region of Turkey which is the southwest part of Turkey.

Pamukkale is close to both Aegean Sea and Mediterranean Sea. Pamukkale is in Denizli region which is the textile capital of Turkey. It’s placed 20 kilometers away from Denizli City Center and 10 kilometers away from ancient city Laodikeia. Hierapolis is right next to Pamukkale.

The weather of Pamukkale is usually warm throughout the year and it has a nice climate for travelling.

You can easily find buses from major cities like Istanbul, Izmir, Antalya and Mugla as well as touristic places like Kusadasi and Bodrum throughout the day.

Getting Pamukkale

By Plane
turkish-airlines-1Pamukkale as we mentioned, is in Denizli region and the closest and only airport to Pamukkale is Denizli Cardak Airport. Only Istanbul at this point have flights to Denizli Cardak Aiport. Denizli Cardak Airport is in Cardak county and it’s 70 km away from Pamukkale and you can easily find a transportation to get to Pamukkale. There are 3 airlines that are operating between Istanbul and Denizli: Turkish Airlines, Borajet and Pegasus Airlines. Turkish Airlines departures from Istanbul Ataturk Airport as Borajet and Pegasus Airlines departures from Sabiha Gokcen Airport. You can find information about transfers between two airports on this page.

By Bus

pamukkale-busBus is one of the most used transportation options in Turkey and you can find many buses from many locations to Denizli. Most cities in the region and most major cities in Turkey have buses to Denizli everyday. Taking a bus is convenient and affordable way to travel to Pamukkale. It’s important to know that most buses come to Denizli Bus Station (Denizli Otogar). Although some buses directly go to Pamukkale from places like Kusadasi, majority of buses use Denizli Bus Station as their hub. To get from Denizli Bus Station to Pamukkale, you can take a dolmus (minibus) that takes off frequently from there or you can take a taxi. Either way, it will take about 20 minutes to get to your hotel in Pamukkale.

By Train

izmir-denizli-trainThere’s a train route between Izmir and Denizli that you can also use to travel. This is the only train route that connects to Denizli, so if you would like to come to Pamukkale from Izmir, Adnan Menderes Airport or Selcuk, you can take this train. It will take about 4 hours to get from Izmir to Denizli and the ride costs 18.75 TL for one-way.

Istanbul 620 km
Antalya 228 km
Izmir 240 km
Fethiye 235 km
Kusadasi 186 km
Selcuk 183 km
Marmaris 195 km

Weather in Pamukkale

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Rain
Today 01/07 100%
Rain
A steady rain. The rain will be heavy at times. High near 15C. Winds S at 15 to 25 km/h. Chance of rain 100%. 25 to 50mm of rain expected. Localized flooding is expected.
Partly Cloudy
Tomorrow 01/08 10%
Partly Cloudy
Partly cloudy. High 11C. Winds light and variable.
Clear
Saturday 01/09 0%
Clear
Sunny. High 14C. Winds light and variable.
Mostly Cloudy
Sunday 01/10 20%
Mostly Cloudy
A mix of clouds and sun in the morning followed by cloudy skies during the afternoon. High 16C. Winds light and variable.
Clear
Monday 01/11 20%
Clear
Sunshine along with some cloudy intervals. High 17C. Winds light and variable.
Clear
Tuesday 01/12 0%
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A mainly sunny sky. High 18C. Winds light and variable.

Pamukkale has a nice, warm climate throughout the year. Because it’s placed in southwest part of Turkey and is close to Mediterranean and Aegean sea, visitors benefit from this good climate. Every year, over a million tourists visit Pamukkale and enjoy this paradise anytime throughout the year. But, “what is the best time time to come to Pamukkale? Can you come to Pamukkale in winter?”

Winter

The idea of coming to Pamukkale in winter might scare you off. But even in the winter, Pamukkale doesn’t get too cold because of its good geographical location. The temperature gets under 0°C usually just for a week. If you avoid that particular time, you sure will be fine. As you can see average temperatures in the chart below, the cold won’t likely be an obstacle during your trip. As for the snow, it snows in Denizli rarely, depending the year.  It might snow just a couple days in a year, but that might change to 2 weeks in following year. The mentioned time frame is usually in January and if you avoid this time of period, you have the time to enjoy Pamukkale rest of the year. But that’s also not a problem for many because since you will be enjoying Hot Springs, you won’t even feel cold.

Spring

Spring is considered one of the two best times to come and enjoy White Paradise. Spring in Denizli and Pamukkale is fascinating to see blossoms covering the way you walk while feeling the mild and soft wind. It’s a great time to enjoy travertines and Antique Pool. The temperature is around 20°C and it’s definitely a very good time for your travel.

Summer

Summers are usually really hot and the temperature is usually between 30°C and 40°C. Since it’s the travel season, Pamukkale gets most of its visitors in this time period.

Autumn

Autumn is also very good season to choose to come Pamukkale. The temperature is similar to spring season and the sight of yellow leaves falling down from trees is definitely amazing.

To conclude, best time of the year surely depends on you. Some like to enjoy Hot Springs in winter, some like the hot summer weather to enjoy their travel. Probably the best time of the year in Pamukkale, considered by many, is Spring and Autumn.

The chart below shows the average temperature of Pamukkale in a year.

January February March April May June
Average High 11°C 12°C 16°C 21°C 27°C 32°C
Average Low 3°C 3°C 6°C 10°C 14°C 18°C
July August September October November December
Average High 36°C 35°C 30°C 25°C 18°C 11°C
Average Low 22°C 21°C 17°C 12°C 8°C 4°C