Silifke is a city (population: about 65,000) in the region of Cilician Mountains, Southern Turkey. Although it appears by the shore on the maps, the city itself isn’t a coastal one, but it has suburbs by the shore.

Get in

By plane

Nearest airport for both international and domestic flights is in Adana, about 140 km away.

By bus

The easiest connections are perhaps by minibuses from Mersin (which take around 2 hours and cost 10 TL) and by buses from the inland city of Konya (which cost 30 TL).

Silifke's main bus station (otogar) lies in town centre.

By train

There is no rail network around Silifke. The nearest stations are in Karaman (about 150 km north, which has two daily connections from Istanbul) and in Mersin (about 90 km east, which has several daily regional expresses from Adana).

By car

The main highway between Antalya and Adana (D400) traverses the city. There is also another highway coming from Konya in north (D715) through spectacular Göksu Valley. Beware that all roads except the one leading to Mersin in the east are very (in some cases extremely) winding.



You can go birdwatching in the nearby Göksu Delta, where Göksu River empties into Mediterranean Sea. The delta is home to 106 species of birds of international importance, 12 of which are endangered species.


See also Taşucu, which is only 15 km away and where there are more guesthouses located near the shore.


The telephone code for Silifke is 324.

Go next

Anamur, Alanya, and Manavgat on the road west to Antalya; Heaven and Hell caves (Cennet-Cehennem), Maiden’s Castle (Kızkalesi), Mersin, and Tarsus on the road east to Adana; Konya on the road north; Northern Cyprus to the south (via Tasucu harbour).

Routes through Silifke

Antalya Tasucu  W  E  Narlıkuyu Mersin

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