From Antalya to Cappadocia

Last Updated on August 14, 2023

Antalya is one of the most famous tourist cities in the world, with pristine beaches and many renowned hotels and resorts. Many tourists visiting Antalya also want to see Turkey's remarkable region, Cappadocia

Let's have a look at methods to travel between Antalya and Cappadocia. 

Please note that Antalya has no train service. Instead, we have other choices for making the 586 km (364-mile) road distance between Cappadocia and Antalya.

1. Traveling to Cappadocia From Antalya by Airplane

You can travel to Cappadocia from Antalya, using two different airports. The first airport is the  Kayseri (ASR) airport, and the other is Nevsehir Airport. Let’s have a look at both methods.

Pegasus Air and Sun Express have direct flights between Antalya Airport and Kayseri (ASR) in the summer months. These flights take a little over an hour. Afterward, you can take a bus from Kayseri to Cappadocia, which will take over an hour. This is the quickest way to travel between Cappadocia and Antalya. 

The alternative is to fly on Turkish Airlines, Anadolu Jet, or Pegasus Airlines via Istanbul, with a flight time of about 3.5 hours or more. After you land at Nevsehir Airport, you can take a shuttle service or private transfer to Cappadocia.

There are also flights between Antalya and Ankara. Then you must take a bus or drive that will take around 4 hours from Ankara to Cappadocia.

Here's How to Go from the Airport in Cappadocia to any Cappadocian Town and your Cappadocia Hotel.

Also, you can check with one of our Recommended Travel Agencies for flight reservations between Antalya and Cappadocia.

2. Traveling to Cappadocia From Antalya by Bus

You can also take a bus from Antalya. Many bus routes and overnight buses run between Antalya and Nevşehir, a 9-10 hour journey. This is also the cheapest way to travel from Antalya to Cappadocia. From Nevşehir bus station, you continue to your Cappadocian town by shuttle minibus (servis)

You might also take a bus to Konya, see the sights there, spend the night, and continue to your destination the next day. 

Here's How to Buy Bus Tickets in Turkey.

3. Traveling to Cappadocia From Antalya by Car

The 586 km (364-mile) drive takes between 8 and 9 hours, depending on how you drive, how often you stop, and whether you're going north uphill to Konya or south down the mountains to Antalya.

It's an exciting ride along the ancient Silk Road past the Sultanhanı and other Seljuk Turkish caravanserais to Konya (suitable for a meal or overnight stop), then through mountain country down to the Mediterranean coast. You can always use Google Maps to guide you in your journey. 

Remember that rental/hired cars not returned to where you rented them are subject to a return fee, which can be substantial, to get the car back to where it was rented.

Experience the Beauty of Cappadocia Today!

Cappadocia is a unique region in Turkey, with many cave hotels, underground cities, and famous hot air balloon rides. Subsequently, many tourists want to visit Cappadocia when visiting Turkey. Regardless of your choice of travel, remember to embrace the journey and enjoy the experience!

—by Tom Brosnahan, updated by Can Turan

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