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About Sanliurfa

Situated in Turkey's Southeastern region, the city of Urfa or "Sanliurfa" as it is sometimes known, has a population of nearly 1.8 million.

As in other landlocked cities of southern Anatolia, the climate is continental with hot and dry summers and cold winters. It is useful to know and be prepared for the large differences between day and night temperatures.

Şanlıurfa is also known as the City of Prophets, as Abraham, Job, Jacob and Moses have all suposedly either lived here or visited the city. The Pool of Sacred Fish (Balıklıgöl), where, according to the legend, Abraham was thrown into a fire which turned into water is the most touristic place in the city. Other places of interest are the Nabu Ayoub Cave, Harran Houses and Sakib Pavillion. You can take a boat tour in Halfeti, where a part of the history is submerged under the waters of the dam. We suggest you try Urfa kebab and çiğ köfte (raw meatballs).

Apart from the central district, Şanlıurfa has 10 districts such as Harran, Ceylanpınar, Suruç, and Siverek. You can reach the city by air via the Şanlıurfa GAP Airport, or by road, and rail. The city has connections to the Iskenderun and Mersin Ports by road. Traffic may be congested during rush hours.

Transportation to Sanliurfa City Center from Airport

Şanlıurfa GAP Airport is located 35 kilometers away from Şanlıurfa city center and has been serving domestic and international flights since 2007. Serving in the civil category, GAP Airport has its own open car park as well as it provides you with various alternatives to reach the city center. It is also possible to take advantage of these alternatives in order to reach GAP Airport from the city center.


Taking a taxi will be the fastest option you can prefer to reach the city center from Şanlıurfa GAP Airport. Depending on the traffic density, you can reach the city center in a short time by taking a taxi, which enables you to use your time in a more economical way compared to other alternatives. In this sense, the taxis, which provide a 24-hour service, can be a good choice for you.


You can reach the city center from Şanlıurfa GAP Airport through the HAVAŞ buses. You can arrive at the city center after a comfortable journey that takes about 45 minutes by HAVAŞ buses. HAVAŞ shuttle buses depart from the airport 25 minutes after your plane lands and follow a route consisting of Tevhide Hatun Lisesi, Karaköprü Ismar, Karaköprü BIM, Otogar Kavşağı, DSI Durağı and Avşaroğlu Petrol.

Rent a car

You can easily get to the city center from Şanlıurfa GAP Airport by the car you can rent from the car rental offices in the terminal building.  You can benefit from this service at the offices of the AVIS and Baydili companies.

Last Updated: February 09, 2017