Road to Pamukkale
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chicagoflygirls
Chicago, IL119 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2014 • Couples
Leaving Cappadocia requires taking 1-2 hours getting back to the airports and flying to Izmur or Istanbul, then fly out again OR renting a very expensive car one way (with high return rates) OR taking the buses. Suhaturizm and Metroturizm both have bus service with side by side offices in Goreme and big new Mercedes buses. Unlike rail/train travel where you get on and may have to stand for awhile, bus seats are assigned when they are sold to you, so you know you have a seat. Here's the details: we checked out of our Uchisar, Takaev hotel at 11 Am after our early morning Air Kapadokya balloon ride (highly recommended!) A driver (free) picked us up at the hotel and took us to Peerless Travel in Nevishir and we transferred with our luggage to a mini bus for a 6 hour small group tour of the Cappadocia sights, Sibel Ergan was our guide, and she assured us that she would get us safely through the day and onto our night bus. The tour was great and at 5 PM we pulled up to the Suha bus station and Sibel went in to help us arrange luggage storage in the back room and the issuing of the bus tickets we had reserved. Then we had 5 hours to walk around Goreme before our 10:30 PM bus. We took the later bus because we did not want to get to Denizli in the wee hours of the morning. What to do in Goreme as the sun goes down? I took a Turkish Bath for 1 hour, my husband napped in the lounge there, and after the bath I went to the lounge and also fell asleep for an hour. Then we got moving again and ate dinner, shopped for some snacks and strolled through the street vendors. We enjoyed people watching of locals and tourists. Back at the bus station, the buses were all arriving on time. When our bus pulled in we stored our luggage in the undercarriage since even our carry on roller cases are too big for overhead bus storage. We had gathered our eye masks, sleep pillows, light jackets and blankets and some music and audio books, there was Wi Fi on the bus (most of the time.) Our bus had comfortable, reclining seats, air conditioning, and a porter (non-English speaking) who found our seats, offered tea or coffee and packaged snacks for free. This porter also does a head count as the bus makes it's 3 15 minute comfort stops through the night at big truck stops that look like open air Walmarts...but with better street food. There are no bathrooms on the bus but we had no problems. The porter gets out the bags and also helps the bus back out safely. He picks up trash constantly and even indicated that I could take an adjacent double empty seat on one leg of the trip, where I could stretch out a little. We took 1/2 an Ambien, and we each slept off and on during the 10 hour bus ride, but not usually at the same time. It is not ideal for sleeping but I sure beats driving it yourself, and the price is dirt cheap for the service and the experience. In the early dawn you can sight see through the bus windows and see alot of Turkish life and small villages. The bus ticket says Pamukkale, but it pulls in to the Denizli bus station which is right across the street from the TRAIN station which can eventually get you OUT of the area. (Train to Selcuk (Ephesus) also highly recommended)

The ticket seller will tell you that the bus ticket is direct to Pamukkale either because they can't be bothered to tell you that you have to transfer in Denizli, or they don't want to miss out on a ticket sale, or they think that you won't know where Denizli is.
The bus attendant might also call out that the bus is going to Pamukkale - but then it will stop in the middle of the Denizli bus station.Then you must shuffle to a shuttle bus that costs 1.75 lira per person (1 Dollar) that takes you to Pamukkale for the day. I would take the buses in Turkey any time I need to. They are clean and very well run.
Written June 1, 2014
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Julia S
Sydney, Australia113 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2014 • Family
There seems to be quite a bit of negative comments about the roads in going to Pamukkale and around Turkey. We haven't experienced that at all and find the roads no problem. Of course you get some sections are bumpy, but most of the time they are fine plus there is a lot of road upgrades still happening. We picked up our hire car at Izmir airport and drove to Selcuk, no problem and didn't take the freeway but chose the scenic road to see authentic Turkey villages you drive through. Roads are fine, just as good as in Australia, though there are a shortage of speed limit signs. We saw Ephesus, then drove to Pamukkale once again not going the freeway. The road down out of the mountains is very steep. Having a good map helps if your Sat Nav isn't doing the job so have one of these too. We then drove from Pamukkale to Bodrum via Prienne in one day, enjoyed every minute of our adventure ! The Turkish are very friendly and try to help where they can. Enjoy your travels !
Written April 24, 2014
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Turkey_Baster
Sydney255 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
I was reluctant to trust myself to the local buses (we ended up taking one later and it was so easy, I should have done it from Izmir to Pamukkale, too), so we hired a private car. Petrol in Turkey is VERY expensive, so it cost us 350 YTL, but we did get our own driver and guide, one of the family members from The Venus Hotel who spoke English. We had arranged to break the trip with visits to two of the Roman sites between Izmir and Pamukkale, The first was at Tralleis and the site included a very nice Hadrian's Gate which was worth stopping for. The other site was at Nysa, which is a very extensive site, just a few km off the main road and included a nice theatre, partly restored. In my opinion, both sites werte worth stopping for for a couple of other reasons. We were the only tourists there and it was nice to walk around and absorb the atmosphere as well as being able to take photos of ruins without other tourists. It also gave us a yardstick with which to compare Heiropolis and Ephusus, which we saw later. I was reluctant to hire a car in Turkey due to various horror stories that I had heard, but it was actually a very easy trip and one that I feel people could actually do themselves. Well signposted and good roads.
Written May 21, 2008
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Asif Mahmood M
41 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2015 • Solo
Simply take mini bus from Denzeli otogar to Pamukkale. No need to book any tour for Pamukkale. Don't waste money on tours, you don't need it.
Written September 4, 2015
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Justhetw0fus
Arizona57 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2013 • Couples
Honestly the Road to Pamukkale is interesting and beautiful for the first hour or so but becomes boring very quickly. Best advice is to do your homework and take the newest, most comfortable coach you can afford. Do not scrimp to save a few TL. on the ride. This can be a long, hot bumpy journey in a poor vehicle, but is worth every effort once you arrive. DO NOT arrive and depart the same day unless your trip is a few hours or less each way. Skip the very unnecessary high priced tours, book your own coach at the local Auto Gar, catch a nice very inexpensive overnight hotel (the Venus is highly recommended) and enjoy all the breath taking beauty at your own leisure.
Written July 20, 2013
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JoRicEssex
Rayleigh, UK76 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2017
this is all included in visiting it is a full day out.Make sure you stay over night rather than a day trip as too much to do
Written June 9, 2017
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watchwinn
George Town, Malaysia87 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2012 • Friends
Central Turkey is beautiful with its natural landscape. The road to Pamukkale takes one on a visionary journey through its lovely rock formations. Only a traveller with vivid imaginations can see beyond these dry and rocky landscape and transform it into a wonderland. (Alice in Wonderland). Travel this road and like the poet says, "Take the road not travelled." Visitors to Turkey must travel these roads and experience the breath and the life of this part of the world. Turkey as a country has such geographical diversity that enthralls every traveller who travel the length and breadth of it. Enjoy the sights and give thanks to the Creator!
Written December 11, 2012
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Kenwal38
Brisbane, Australia74 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2012 • Couples
The road was better than expected and there it a lot of maintenance going on. Just take you time and we had no troubles at all. We actually pulled off into the village of Eber for a cup of tea from our Thermos and encountered an elderly farmer with tomatoes - no english - we no Turkish but had a very pleasant 30 mins chatting!!!! with him. Traded Tomatoes for Kitkat, biscuits and Oranges. Good Deal!
Written October 20, 2012
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salmannaveed41
Karachi, Pakistan129 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2017
The road to Pamukkale, you walk in through the necropolis which is an ancient burial ground with encryptions on the graves dating almost 2000 years old. then you reach the old walled city where once shops and houses stood, after that you reach the Amphitheatre which is absolutely stunning!! then you walk to the ruins of the ancient temple of Apollo right into Pamukkale hotsprings!!
Written July 31, 2018
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1TraveltheWorld
Alice Springs, Australia12,210 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2015 • Friends
The road to Pamukkale is an attraction itself meandering through the small villages, glorious landscapes and features.

On to ancient Hierapolis, the start of the northern necropolis, through the ruins and along the white terraces of Pamukkale thermal pools.
Written October 19, 2016
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