|Airport of arrival:||Malatya Airport|
|Flight time from Istanbul to Malatya:||1 hour 40 minutes|
The origins of Malatya dates back to the Hittite era, regarded as the Town of Melidu back then. It was conquered by Turks in 1075, passed under the control of Mamluks for a while and was conquered again by Yildirim Beyazit in 1392. It joined the Ottoman Empire in 1516. Considering its long and important history, Malatya still continues to be an important East Anatolian city and it is more accessible than ever thanks to availability of cheap flight tickets.
Pegasus Airlines offers direct flights to Malatya from Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen Airport. There are also a number of connected flights from various locations such as Stockholm, Munich, Venice, Athens, Rotterdam, Balikesir, Amasya, Sinop.
Do not forget to follow up with the special campaigns offered by Pegasus Airlines and benefit from seasonal promotions with great discount rates.
About the Airport
Malatya Airport is situated about 34 km away from Malatya city center. It is the major airport in the region and serves the neighbouring cities.
Malatya Erhac Airport
Malatya Airport is one of the first airports in Turkey. It became operational in 1941 in Battalgazi Malatya. However, it was later deployed in another area and put into service as of May 1984. Currently it has both international and domestic terminals with an overall annual passenger capacity of 100.000 for international flights and 900.000 for domestic lines.
Transport from Malatya Erhac Airport to the City Center
Malatya Erhac Airport is easily accessed by Havas shuttle buses that arrive at the city center in about 45 minutes.
Buses run on a fixed route passing through the central bus station MASTI as well as Sivas Street. The ticket can be purchased on board and costs 12 Turkish liras. You can check the departure hours and designated stops online.
Alternatively, you can take a taxi or benefit from car rental services offered by Pegasus Airlines.
Malatya has an extensive municipal bus network that makes getting around the city quite easy and effective. Being an innovative transport system trambus works on electric power and has been providing service since 2015. It currently runs on a 36 km line with 57 stops in between MASTI (central bus station) and the University. Commonly used by the locals, the trambus departs every 5 minutes.
Malatya city center is very compact with many accommodation selections available for any need and budget. Inonu Street and surroundings are optimal places to stay due to proximity to main highlights.
If you would like to have further assistance to plan your trip, you can book your hotel through Pegasus Airlines.
Malatya has a rich cultural heritage which is evident in its local cuisine. Its traditional plates are mostly based on meat, bulgur and dried fruits.
There are many savory local meals such as kiraz yapragi sarma, anali kizli, kabak borani and kaburga dolma. Malatya cookies and dried apricot, sucuk, pestil are the renowned sweet flavors of the region.
You can have a look at Malatya Food Guide for more suggestions about all the local foods.
We have listed some useul information you may need when you visit Malatya:
Foreigners who wish to travel to Malatya 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.
- Elazig (99 km)
- Adiyaman (182 km)
- Kahramanmaras (220 km)
- Sivas (248 km)
Although a province in the Eastern Anatolia Region, due to its special geographic location Malatya has the characteristics of continental and mediterranean climate.The temperatures in spring and autumn are fairly suitable for sightseeing but there is much rainfall. Winters are very cold with snow.
- Country Code: +90
- Malatya Area Code: 0422
- Airport Contact: +90 422 266 00 46
- Emergency Line: 112
- Airport Shuttle Service: +90 422 323 98 08
Places to see
Malatya has many historical and cultural sites that you should add on top of your itinerary. Malatya Archeology Museum, Yusuf Ziya Mosque, Tashoron Church and Sire Bazaar are among the top tourist attractions in the city. Aslantepe Ruins is a particularly significant place to visit as it is located within a short ride from the center. The archeological excavations demonstrate that the initial settlements in the area date as far as to 5000 BC. Aslantepe Ruins holds great importance as one of the biggest archeological sites in Turkey and attracts many visitors throughout the year. The admissions are free of charge.
You can also use the opportunity to visit Mount Nemrut as it is only 2 hours away from Malatya.
You can have a look at Malatya Travel Guide for further details on more places to visit.
You can consider booking your ticket to Malatya in advance in order to benefit from promotions offered by Pegasus Airlines.
Malatya is an underrated historical Turkish city that definitely deserves more attention. The deeply rooted cultural heritage at the crossroads of many civilizations throughout centuries makes the city particularly important.
Depending on your nationality of origin you may need a visa to travel to Turkey.
Please make sure to check online whether your country is among the countries whose citizens are allowed to travel to Turkey with their ID cards. Otherwise, you can apply for an electronic visa.
Summer period is the best time to visit Malatya with temperate weather conditions.
You can organize a weekend getaway to visit the major attraction points and eat the savory local foods.
Malatya Card is the local pass used by residents of the city. However, there are travel passes valid for 2-4 or 6 rides that can be more convenient for tourists.
Malatya is a quite safe city with low crime rates.
The prices in Malatya are fairly affordable.