Kaklik Cave

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kaklik-cave-3Kaklik Cave is one of the lesser known places among visitors in Denizli region. Kaklik Cave is usually referred as the Underground Pamukkale and it’s easy to understand why. Kaklik Cave has the same travertine structure as Pamukkale. The difference, however, it’s smaller in size and it’s inside a cave. The cave came to light after the collapse of its roof. After opening to tourists in 2002, Kaklik Cave started to earn visitor traction.

The water that comes out in the cave contains sulphur and high amount of sodium bicarbonate. This water is used for health purposes as well as agricultural irrigation in the area. Because the water contains sulphur, there’s a smell in the cave which explains the name that locals gave for this location, Kokarhamam Pinari (which can be translated as Smelling Bath Foundation).

Kaklik Cave is 65 meters long in northwest-southeast direction and 40 meters long in northeast-southwest direction. The entrance, which is shaped as a circle is 13 to 11 meters wide. The deepest point of the cave is 14 meters from the entrance point and the total length of the cave is about 190 meters.

Kaklik Cave is definitely a good alternative destination to visit while you are in Denizli.

Location

Kaklik Cave is located in Kaklik town in Honaz county of Denizli. It’s approximately 30 km away from Denizli and 45 km away from Pamukkale.

Hierapolis Ancient Theater

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hierapolis-ancient-theater-1The Antique Theater in Hierapolis is a well preserved structure that was built in 206 A.C. The structure is influenced by Greek Theaters and was built on a hill slope. The construction began in A.C. 62, after a big earthquake and it was completed in 206 A.C., so it took about 144 years to get it built. The structure can hold up to 12.000 people.

If you visit Hierapolis and Pamukkale, don’t leave without visiting this 1800 year old theater. Although might find other Roman theaters in Turkey, this one is one of the best preserved theaters along with the ones in Ephesus and Bodrum. After the restoration that took place in 2013, the ancient theater started to host events like festivals and concerts.

Pamukkale Travertine Terraces

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pamukkale-pools-1Pamukkale travertine terraces is one of the top tourist attractions in Turkey. Every year over 1.5 million tourists visit this paradise. It is often referred as the 8th Wonder of World and once you get to Pamukkale, you will understand the reason behind that. It is a spectacular sight that looks made out of snow or cotton. The literal meaning of Pamukkale in Turkish is “Cotton Castle”. Pamukkale terraces is right next to ancient Roman city Hierapolis and it used to be health center in ancient times. It is still visited for both travel and health purposes.

Formation

Pamukkale travertine terraces are formed by the hot water that comes from its foundation that is 320 metres away from terraces. After the water leaves thermal springs, it is carried it by a 320 meter long canal to Pamukkale terraces and the water falls into terraces and forms the travertines. This water comes out at 35.6°C and highly contains calcium carbonate. This formation, initially, is very soft and it can be damaged so easily. Over time, the formation gets stronger and forms the travertine terraces as we see today. That’s why today, tourists won’t be allowed to go down parts of Pamukkale because walking on them will be damaging the formation and whiteness of terraces.

World Heritage Site

unesco-world-heritage-site-logoUnesco declared Pamukkale and Hierapolis as a World Heritage Site in 1988. Since there’s only one Pamukkale in the world, it’s important to protect such a nature wonder. Couple of decades, it was allowed to go into terraced pools of Pamukkale. However, walking on damaged the formation and whiteness of travertines. That being said, there are pools at the top of Pamukkale terraces and it’s allowed to swim and relax in them. You can also swim in Antique Pool which is 5 minute walking from travertines.

Location

Pamukkale is located in southwestern Turkey and it’s in Denizli region. It’s just 20 km away from Denizli City Center. You can use buses from many cities and tourist attractions to get to to Pamukkale. Train option is available if you are coming from Izmir, Selcuk or Adnan  Menderes Airport. You can also fly to Denizli from Istanbul, via Denizli Cardak Airport. You can find detailed information here.

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How to Get to Pamukkale from Cappadocia (Goreme)

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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.

Bus

Metro Turizm

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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

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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.

Tours

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 Marmaris

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marmaris-coastlineMarmaris is one of the busiest beaches in summers in Turkey, along with other beaches such Fethiye and Bodrum. Marmaris is in Mugla region of Turkey and it’s approximately 210 km away from Pamukkale. It takes about 3 to 4 hours to get from Marmaris to Pamukkale. Marmaris is definitely at a good distance to take a day trip and you can definitely leave in the morning and comeback to Marmaris overnight. You have couple of options to take a trip from Marmaris to Pamukkale.

Bus

Bus is the most used transportation type in Turkey and there are there are multiple buses that you can take from Marmaris to get to Pamukkale through Denizli. As you probably already know, most buses go to Denizli Bus Station which is 20 minutes away from Pamukkale and then travelers take a shuttle or taxi from there to get to Pamukkale.

Pamukkale Turizm

pamukkale-logo-1Pamukkale Turizm is one of the most popular bus companies in Turkey and it has the most buses in southwestern Turkey. Pamukkale Turizm buses have wireless internet and LCD screen for every seat for Marmaris route. The ticket price is about 27 TL. You can find detailed information about Pamukkale Turizm on this page.

The Daily Bus Schedule from Marmaris to Denizli
09:30 12:45 20:00 20:31

Metro Turizm

Metro Turizm is another popular bus company in Turkey and it has 2 buses running daily between Marmaris and Denizli.

Tour

Taking a tour is a convenient choice to take a day trip from Marmaris to Pamukkale. Since tour companies will take care everything for you, you don’t really need to worry about your transportation, plus you will also be provided a tour guide.

The tour named “Pamukkale: Full-Day Tour from Marmaris” provides an air-conditioned bus, breakfast and lunch. The tour also covers the fees for entrance to Pamukkale. You can click here for more information.

Other tour named “Pamukkale from Marmaris” is also a day trip tour. It includes entrance fees, lunch and breakfast during the tour. You will be travelling with air-conditioned coach and will be going back to Marmaris at 20:00. Click here for more information.

How to Get to Pamukkale from Fethiye

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fethiye-oludenizFethiye is among top tourist attractions in Turkey and it has one of the most beautiful beaches in Turkey. Fethiye is relatively close to Pamukkale as it’s just 235 km away from Pamukkale. It will take about 3 hours or so to get from Fethiye to Pamukkale and it’s convenient to take a daily trip from there. Still, you should leave in early in the morning to truly enjoy your trip. As you know, Pamukkale is not just travertine terraces; it has ancient city Hierapolis as well as Antique Pool that can enjoy. So, you might want to consider extending your day trip to Pamukkale. 🙂

Now, there are couple of options that you can choose from to get to Pamukkale.

Bus

Pamukkale Turizm

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Most cities have buses to Denizli and Fethiye is not an exception. Pamukkale Turizm has buses to Denizli two times a day from Fethiye. Buses departure at 10:15 and 14:00 at Fethiye Bus Station (Otogar). There are 2 brances of Pamukkale Turizm in Fethiye that you can purchase your tickets from. Unfortunately unlike most bus tickets, you can’t purchase tickets online for Fethiye -> Pamukkale route.

Cameli Koop

Cameli Koop is a local company that serves in Aegean region of Turkey. It has couple of destinations that goes between Denizli. It has 6 buses a day from Fethiye to Denizli and a ticket costs 22 TL. You can purchase Cameli Koop tickets via Metro Turizm brances. So, it shouldn’t be a problem to find a ticket in Fethiye Bus Station. Here’s the daily schedule for Cameli Koop buses:

08:15 10:15 11:45 13:45 15:45 16:45

Goltur

Goltur is another local bus company that you can take to get to Pamukkale from Fethiye. It has 7 buses a day from Fethiye and a ticket costs 15 TL. Here’s the daily schedule for Goltur:

07:00 08:30 09:45 10:30 12:45 14:30 16:30

 

Finally, we advise you to be there at least 20 minutes early before your bus leaves.

Tour

You might want to consider tour options too. There are 15 day tours that leaves from Istanbul and includes many destinations in Turkey. Turkish Delight tour, for example, includes Istanbul, Cappacodia, Kas, Fethiye, Pamukkale and Ephesus for a 15 day tour.

Rent a Car

You might want to rent a car in Fethiye especially if you are traveling with your family or friends. What’s more fun than a good road trip? Luckily you can find rental car services in Fethiye and you can drop your car off at Denizli.

Europcar

europcar-logoEuropcar is a popular car rental brand around the world and you can find one their branches in Fethiye. After you pick up your car in Fethiye, you can either drop if off in Denizli City Center or Denizli Cardak Airport. You can find detailed information on Europcar website.

Fethiye Rent a Car

fethiye-rent-a-car-logo“Fethiye Rent a Car” is a local rental car company that you can choose. It’s cheaper than Europcar and you can also pick your car in Fethiye and drop it off in Denizli. They do have a wide range of vehicles that you choose from a sedan car to a minibus. They also do have a branch in Oludeniz so you have an option to get your from there as well. Click here to book your rental car.

Pamukkale Bus Company (Pamukkale Turizm)

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pamukkale-logo-1Pamukkale Turizm, is Turkey’s one of the biggest bus companies that serves in many cities in west part of Turkey. As the company’s name explains, Pamukkale Turizm is established in Denizli and you can find many destinations to major cities as well as touristic locations from Denizli.

Pamukkale Turizm has buses called Teknobus in its fleet. Teknobus is a bus that has a touch screen for every seat which you can watch movies, listen to music or play games with. What’s cool is that, some of their buses have wireless internet and plug sockets, so you can use your laptop on the road.

As far as the name suggests, you might be thinking all of their buses are taking off at Pamukkale. 🙂 But no, the main base of Pamukkale Turizm is Denizli Otogar (Bus Station) and majority of their buses as well as other bus companies are using there as their hub. That being said, some of Pamukkale Turizm buses take off right in Pamukkale. So, whether you want to go to those places or come from those places, here’s the list:

Aydin Kusadasi Selcuk Soke

pamukkale-busYou can go to these places directly from Pamukkale or come from them directly. As mentioned before, Denizli Bus Station is used for the majority of bus routes and you can go to over to 40 different places from there by taking a Pamukkale Turizm bus. The size of the bus changes depending on how far you are going. For short destinations, usually small buses are provided whereas for long destinations, large buses are being used.

On the road, depending on how far you are going, you will be provided free snacks, sandwiches with a drink of your choice. For long destinations such as Istanbul, buses will stop at roadhouses for passengers to take a break. In those locations, you can find cafes and markets where you can buy food or drink.

Most of Pamukkale Turizm buses have 2+2 layout which you get to sit with someone next to you. If you are travelling with someone, that should be no problem; however note that the seat next to you may be assigned to someone else if you are travelling alone. Some of Pamukkale Turizm buses have 2+1 layout which you can get a single seat without sitting next to anyone.

Pamukkale Turizm website is only in Turkish so it might a little too difficult for you to navigate through the site. So, here’s a little guide for you to make it easier:

Kalkış  From
Varış To
Tarih Date
Bilet Satin Al Buy Tickets
Saati Time
Arac Turu Vehicle Type
Hemen Al Buy Now
Internet The Price for Buying via Internet
Normal The Price for Buying via a Branch
Sefer Sorgula Check Bus Times
Cinsiyet Gender
Ileri Next
E-posta Email
Ad First Name
Soyad Last Name
Telefon Phone number
Son Kullanim Expiration Date
İşlemi Tamamla Complete Booking

Denizli Cardak Airport and Pamukkale Transportation

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baytur-shuttle-1One of the most asked questions that Pamukkale travelers have is that how to get to Pamukkale from Denizli Cardak Airport and the other way around. There are a couple of ways to get around and this information is essential to know before you make your travel plans to avoid hassles in your trip.

Shuttle

Turkish Airlines Shuttle

If you are coming to Denizli with Turkish Airlines, there’s no need to worry. Because after all Turkish Airlines flights, there’s a shuttle waiting right outside the airport door to take you your destination. You can either go to Pamukkale or Denizli City Center depending on your choice. The service costs 10 TL.

Baytur

baytur-logoBaytur is an established transportation company in Denizli Cardak Airport. They have shuttles for every flight that is coming to the airport. Their shuttles will go to Pamukkale or Denizli City Center, depending on your choice. If you are coming to Denizli with either Borajet or Pegasus Airlines from Istanbul, there’s no shuttle directly to Pamukkale. So, taking a Baytur shuttle at Denizli Cardak Airport would be good and convenient choice since it only costs 13 TL to get to Pamukkale. They also provide a shuttle to you at Pamukkale to get back to the airport. This costs 26 TL. You can find detailed information about Baytur by clicking here.

AlanTransfer.com

alantransfer-logoAnother option you have is AlanTransfer.com. It’s a transportation service that are present almost all of the airports in Turkey. Basically what they do is similar to other shuttle services but you need to reserve your shuttle before your travel begins and this service will provide a vehicle just for you. If you are travelling with 1 or 2 people, or just by yourself, you are provided a sedan car with a driver, that will be waiting for you at the airport. If you have more than 3 people travelling, you are provided a bigger vehicle (minibus). As you might guess, this service is more expensive compared to others, as a sedan car will cost 175 TL to take you to Pamukkale from the airport. A minibus, which will take up to 13 people will cost 250 TL. If you are travelling with a group and if you can split the cost, you can reduce the amount of money you will be spending. You can book your shuttle on this page. However this might be a pricey option and if you really want to go to Pamukkale with a car, taking a taxi costs much less.

Taxi

You can always take a taxi from the airport to get to Pamukkale. Pamukkale Taksi, the taxi company that is lcocated at Cardak Airport, will take you to Pamukkale for 75 TL. They also have taxi services to popular destinations like Kusadasi and Bodrum.

Rent a Car

If you like to discover the region by yourself and have certain freedom to yourself, you can rent a car from the airport as well as Denizli City Center. You can search and rent a car by clicking here.

How to Get to Pamukkale from Alanya

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Alanya is one of the top tourist attractions with its beautiful beaches. Alanya is approximately 370 km away from Pamukkale and it takes about 6 hours to get from there to Pamukkale. Since the distance is longer than places like Kusadasi, it may not be very convenient to take a daily trip. If you will, you should leave early in the morning to truly enjoy Pamukkale. Taking a longer, 2 or 3 day trip however, would be more convenient from Alanya.

Bus

Taking a bus is most common way to get from Alanya to Denizli. There are bus companies that run buses everyday between two locations, so it shouldn’t be a problem to find the bus for your schedule.

Pamukkale Turizm

pamukkale-logo-1Pamukkale Turizm is a popular bus company in Turkey and it has the most buses that run between Alanya and Denizli. Most of their buses have LCD screens where you can play games or listen to music and they also have wireless internet. Some of their have plug sockets, so you can charge your laptop or phone on the road. You can buy tickets for around 38 TL from Pamukkale Turizm branches in Alanya. You can find detailed information about Pamukkale Turizm on this page.

The Daily Bus Schedule from Alanya to Denizli
08:00 09:30 10:30 13:30 15:30 20:15 21:30 22:30

Uludag and Metro Turizm

Uludag Turizm is a good alternative to Pamukkale Turizm from Alanya. Their buses have amenities such as wireless internet. There are currently two buses that take off from Alanya at 17:15 and 20:45. Uludag tickets can be found for around 30 TL.

Metro Turizm have 3 buses running at 10:00, 20:00 and 21:00. A ticket costs between 35 TL and 38 TL.

Tour

Joining a tour is a good alternative to see Pamukkale from Alanya as there are tours that departure from Alanya. Tours will take care everything for you, plus you will be provided a tour guide. You can take a daily tour for $50 which includes Pamukkale travertines, Hierapolis, Antique Pool and Karahayit on to do list. Click here for more information. You can also take a 2 day tour as well, if you like to spend more time in Pamukkale. 2 day tour costs $60. Click here for more information.

Rental Car

europcar-logoIf you don’t want to be tied to certain schedule and want to be more flexible, you can rent a car from Alanya. Europcar, popular rental company has branches in Alanya as well as in Denizli. So, it’s possible to rent your car from Alanya and then drop it off in Denizli. You can book your rental car online and on location. You can go to Europcar page to get more information.