The Denizli Metropolitan Bus Terminal (Denizli Büyükşehir Otobüs Terminali), called the Denizli Otogar, is a grand, well-designed facility in the center of Denizli 18 km (11 miles) south of Pamukkale (map).
There is an Emanetçi (Left Luggage/Baggage Check) on the lower (minibus) level.
Numerous bus companies operate between Denizli and İzmir(every half hour!), Antalya, Konya, Cappadocia (Nevşehir and Kayseri), and Istanbul. You should have no problem finding a good departure to any of those destinations, and indeed many others.
To Selçuk (for Ephesus), there are 3 daily buses that take 4 hours. The train (see below) is preferable: faster, cheaper and more comfortable. Otherwise, you can travel via İzmir to Selçuk, which is longer in both time and distance.
Denizli Gar (railway station) a few minutes’ walk west from the Denizli bus terminal on the other side of the highway, is served by six good daily trains from İzmir‘s Basmane Gar via Adnan Menderes Airport, Selçuk (Ephesus), Aydın and Nazilli. Train is the preferred transport method on this route: cheaper than the bus, in similar or faster times, and more comfortable.
You can ride the train from Ephesus to Pamukkale and back in one day if you do it just right. More…
Airport buses carry airline passengers from Denizli Bus Terminal, and sometimes from Pamukkale and Karahayıt, to Denizli Çardak Airport for each flight, departing for the airport 2-1/4 hours before flight time. There are only three buses daily to the airport, and three buses returning, timed to the Turkish Airlines and Pegasus Air flights.
—by Tom Brosnahan
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