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Transportation in Cappadocia

Cappadocia is well-connected to the rest of Turkey via bus, train and air. However, the trains, which run from Ankara and Istanbul to Nigde and Kayseri, are slow and uncomfortable. Turkish Airlines (THY), Onur Air, Pegasus, Atlas Jet and Sun Express operate daily flights from Istanbul to Kayseri throughout the day as well as once a day to Nevsehir.

Our Cappadocia transportation guide below will give you all the transportation advice you will need during your stay in Cappadocia. Once you have an idea of how to get around, be sure to enjoy a local Cappadocia Tour and a Hot Air Balloon Flight where you can see the whole Cappadocia region in one hour. We also have more transportation information on other locations in Turkey to help you plan your trip.

Cappadocia Transportation Guide

By land

The best way to travel in Turkey is by bus and the service is exceptionally good. You will find buses that take you to Cappadocia from Istanbul, Ankara,Izmir, Antalya, and most other major cities in Turkey. However, depending on the city from which you are taking the bus, the drop off location in Cappadocia will differ. So, the best way is to designate the town name you are travelling to, such as Urgup, Goreme, Avanos, Uchisar etc. while purchasing your ticket to Cappadocia. You can then take a taxi service to your destination in Cappadocia.

By air
The Erkilet Airport at Kayseri is the main airport in Cappadocia. Turkish Airlines (THY) and other domestic Air Companies operate daily flights throughout the day between Istanbul and Kayseri. There is another Airport in Cappadocia called Nevsehir Kapadokya Havalimani where there is one daily flight from Istanbul.

For transport from the airport to the city (or from the city to the airport), we recommend Green Path Transfers, who offer eco-friendly airport transfers in hundreds of destinations around the world.

Cappadocia Airport Transfer (Kayseri Airport and Cappadocia Nevsehir Airport)
There are Private and Regular airport transfers to the various towns of Cappadocia. The shuttle buses operated by Travel Agencies will take you to your hotel in any of the towns such as Nevsehir, Avanos, Goreme, Urgup and Uchisar. If you are staying in places other than the towns listed, you will have to make your own arrangements either by hiring a taxi or asking for a private transfer. Prior reservation is nesessary in order to take the shuttle bus and the fare is 10 Euro per person for Urgup and 12 Euro to the other towns.
However shuttle buses are not available for every flight arrival time. If your flight arrives at a time when there is no scheduled bus service you will need to arrange for a private transfer or hire a Taxi.
A private transfer is recommended as opposed to a taxi, since it is more economical and comfortable.
Please visit Green Path Transfers to get detailed informaton about Cappadocia airport transfers, transfer car types and prices and transfer directions.

How to purchase domestic flight tickets to / from Cappadocia

Yaver Tourism Aviation Advertising LTD. is the flight ticket sales department of Lirita Tourism & Travel. We handle sales and reservations of International and Domestic flight tickets on Turkish Airlines, Onur Air, Pegasus Air, Atlas Jet and Sun Express.

Winter Timetable for flights from / to Cappadocia until 27 March 2011

Flight No

Departure

Arrival

Days

Istanbul - Kayseri Flights (Flights from Istanbul to Cappadocia)

TK2010

07:20 (IST)

08:40 (ASR)

1,2,3,4,5,6,7

PC162

   06:30 (SAW)

07:45 (ASR)

1,2,3,5,6,7

PC166

  08:40 (SAW)

10:00 (ASR)

1,2,3,4,5,6,7

TK2014

13:00 (IST)

14:20 (ASR)

1,2,3,4,6

TK2014

16:45 (IST)

18:05 (ASR)

5,7

TK2018

18:15 (IST)

19:35 (ASR)

1,2,3,4,5,6,7

TK7290

19:15 (SAW)

20:30 (ASR)

1,2,3,4,5,6,7

PC164

18:50 (SAW)

20:10 (ASR)

3,7

PC164

19:40 (SAW)

20:55 (ASR)

1,2,4,5,6

TK2022

22:15 (IST)

23:35 (ASR)

1,2,3,4,5,6,7

 

Kayseri - Istanbul Flights (Flights from Cappadocia to Istanbul)

TK2023

06:55 (ASR)

08:25 (IST)

1,2,3,4,5,6,7

PC163

08:10 (ASR)

09:25 (SAW)

1,2,4,5,6,7

TK2011

09:25 (ASR)

10:55 (IST)

1,2,3,4,5,6,7

PC167

10:25 (ASR)

11:45 (SAW)

1,2,3,4,5,6,7

TK2015

15:05 (ASR)

16:35 (IST)

1,2,3,4,6

TK2015

18:50 (ASR)

20:20 (IST)

5,7

TK2019

20:20 (ASR)

21:50 (IST)

1,2,3,4,5,6,7

PC165

20:35 (ASR)

21:55 (SAW)

3,7

TK7291

21:15 (ASR)

22:30 (SAW)

1,2,3,4,5,6,7

PC165

21:20 (ASR)

22:35 (SAW)

1,2,4,5,6

 

Istanbul - Nevsehir Flights (Flights from Istanbul to Cappadocia)

TK2008

09:50 (IST)

11:10 (NAV)

1,2,3,4,5,6,7

 

Nevsehir - Istanbul Flights (Flights from Cappadocia to Istanbul)

TK2009

11:55 (NAV)

13:15 (IST)

1,2,3,4,5,6,7

 

Izmir - Kayseri Flights (Flights from Izmir - Ephesus area to Cappadocia)

QX9146

07:15 (ADB)

08:40 (ASR)

4,7

 

Kayseri - Izmir Flights (Flights from Cappadocia to Izmir - Ephesus area)

QX9147

09:10 (ASR)

10:45 (ADB)

4,7

Airport Codes
IST - Ataturk International Airport, Istanbul (European side)
SAW - Sabiha Gokcen Airport, Istanbul (Asian side)
ASR -  Erkilet International Airport, Kayseri
NAV - Kapadokya International Airport, Nevsehir
ADB - Adnan Menderes International Airport, Izmir
AYT - Antalya International Airport, Antalya

Days
1- Monday
2- Tuesday
3- Wednesday
4- Thursday
5- Friday
6- Saturday
7- Sunday

Getting around
One way to get around in Cappadocia is by Dolmus as it is inexpensive and easy if you are going to one of the main towns. However the Dolmuses do not run frequently during off season and they operate between the various towns mainly as a means of transportation in the lives of the local people of Cappadocia, they may not be able to take you to many of the tourist sites many of which are located out of towns. For going to some of the unconventional and out of way places, you can rent a car, with or without a driver or take a local tour around Cappadocia. If you intend to drive around then you can rent a car for around €50 to €80 a day. This rate will be €70 to €100 if you choose to rent a car with a driver. If you can get a few small groups to travel together, the car works out to be an easy and reasonable option, giving you enough freedom of travel. The cars given on hire are usually well maintained.

One of the cheapest and most common way to see Cappadocia is to join a local tour that cost between €40 to €60 per person.
If you would rather pay more than sacrifice flexibility in your travel, the best way to see Cappadocia is to take a private tour with a local guide who can provide you with detailed explanations at the museums and sights and give you first hand information on local culture. You can contact Lirita Tours (info@lirita.com) to help you arrange all your travel needs in Cappadocia.


By Bus

Long distance intercity bus is available.

Nevsehirliler Turizm Seyahat
Bus Station of Urgup in Cappadocia