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Airport of arrival: Kahramanmaras Airport
Flight time from Istanbul to Kahramanmaras: 1 hour 45 minutes

Kahramanmaras is located in an area where three different geographical regions (Mediterranean Region, Eastern Anatolia Region and Southeastern Anatolia Region) come closer to each other. It has been the home of  many important civilizations throughout the history due to its strategic location that facilitated transit among the caravansary routes. Kahramanmaras is the most “heroic” city of Turkey as the city received the official title of “kahraman” which means hero after the courageous acts of resistance demonstrated by the locals during the Independence War.Today Kahramanmaras is easily connected from different parts of Turkey thanks to economic flight tickets offered.

Pegasus Airlines provides direct flights to Kahramanmaras from Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen Airport. You can easily find numerous connected flights from different parts of Turkey to Kahramanmaras including from Northern Cyprus, Lefkosia. You should follow up with special deals and book your ticket in advance in order to benefit from seasonal promotions offered by Pegasus Airlines.

About the Airport

Kahramanmaras Airport is located within easy reach, only 7 km away from the city center.

Kahramanmaras Airport

Kahramanmaras Airport became operational in 1996. The Airport includes terminals for domestic and international flights. There are many services provided  for the passengers at the airport including a tourist information center.

Transport from Kahramanmaras Airport to the City Center

The municipality of Kahramanmaras provides a highly specialized transport service to its visitors. There are public transport options to the city center and neighbouring districts of Elbistan, Afsin and Goksun.

Passengers who want to go to Kahramanmaras Airport will be taken from the nearest point to their home and brought to the airport if they call the relevant contact number at least 4 hours before the departure time.

Alternatively, you can take a taxi or utilize car rental services offered by Pegasus Airlines in order to make your journey more comfortable.

Public Transport

It is pretty easy to get around the city with public buses and minibuses in Kahramanmaras. “Kahramankart” is the local transportation application available for mobile phones. You can look up the nearest stops and follow the location of your bus to determine the schedules. Kahramankart is also the name of the travel pass that is used for the city transportation.

You can purchase your card from a wide network of vending points in  the city.

The options are limited in terms of accommodation in Kahramanmaras. The city center would be the best choice to stay close to the prominent sightseeing areas. Ilica district is also quite popular with its thermal springs and hotels. If you would like to have further assistance to plan your trip, you can book your hotel through Pegasus Airlines.

You cannot leave Kahramanmaras without eating its famous “Maras ice cream” which is made of goat milk. Tarhana, somelek kofte, acem pilavi and corek are some of the local traditional foods that you should definitely try.

You can have a look at  Kahramanmaras Food Guide for more suggestions about all the local foods.

About Visa

Foreigners who wish to travel to Kahramanmaras for tourism or commerce purposes can utilize electronic visa system to get their e-visas online. There may be some exemptions depending on the country of origin. The countries whose citizens are allowed to travel to Turkey only with their ID cards are listed online.  

Neighboring Cities

  • Gaziantep (80 km)
  • Adiyaman (164 km)
  • Adana (186 km)
  • Sanliurfa (217 km)

 

Weather

Kahramanmaras generally displays a climatic feature closer to the degraded Mediterranean climate. However, continental climate is encountered when going northwards depending on the altitude. Winters are pretty cold whereas summers can be overwhelmingly hot. The end of spring or the beginnings of autumn are regarded as the best period to visit Kahramanmaras in terms of temperatures, unless you are interested in winter or thermal tourism.

Essential Numbers

  • Country Code: +90
  • Kahramanmaras Area Code: 344
  • Airport Contact: +90 344 236 50-52
  • Emergency Line: 112
  • Airport Shuttle Service: +90534 593 90 99

There are a long list of activities to do in Kahramanmaras that range from skiing, camping, thermal tourism and cultural tours depending on the period you are visiting.

Kahramanmaras Archeology Museum, Grand Bazaar, Kahramanmaras Castle, Ulu Mosque, Tas Madrasa are among the major sightseeing points in the city. You can have a look at  Kahramanmaras Travel Guide for further details on places to visit.

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