Here's how to get to Cappadocia from other parts of Turkey, and how to get around in Cappadocia.
The Nevşehir Airport is much closer (40 mins) to the city center than Kayseri (1.30 hrs). In the summer, Turkish Airlines has daily flights from Istanbul, Antalya, and Izmir to the Nevşehir airport. For both Anadolu Jet and Turkish Airlines customers, there is a service shuttle that will take you to Cappadocia’s city center for around 35 TL. If you are flying with a different airline, the most direct way to get to Cappadocia is to hire a transfer, taxi, or rental car from the airport, or be in contact with your hotel about a pick up. There is also a bus that leaves from the Nevşehir airport at the top of every hour called the Tüzköy minibus. This bus will take you to Gülşehir and from there you can catch a local city bus into the main city center of Cappadocia. This is a much longer and more roundabout way, but it is a good option if you are on a tight budget and have extra time to spend.
If you are flying into Kayseri, transportation will be a bit more expensive as it is about 1 ½ hours away from Cappadocia. One of the best options is to hire a transfer, either by talking to your hotel ahead of time to arrange one, or hiring one at the airport. A taxi will be quite expensive as the distance is far, but it is also a simple option as they are easy to hire. Another option is to rent a car, as it is nice to have a vehicle once you arrive in Cappadocia to drive between the main towns which are all about 10 minutes apart.
Our top recommended option is to hire a transfer, either from a travel agency or from a transfer company. They are very spacious, clean and private, and definitely the safest option for traveling during Covid-19. While transfers are great for trips to and from the airport, they are also very convenient for traveling between the main cities of Cappadocia such as Göreme, Ürgüp, and Avanos, which are all about 10-15 minutes apart.
A much cheaper and more scenic option is to take a bus. This does take more time, but can be a great way to experience more of Turkish culture and see more of Turkey. From Istanbul, the trip is about 10 hours (you can choose a trip with or without rest-stops) and ticket prices start from 100 TL. The trips are usually overnight, and the buses are quite clean and comfortable and WiFi is usually available. The bus will drop you off at the Nevşehir Otogar (bus station) which is around 25 minutes from the city center. If you contact your hotel ahead of time, they will usually provide a transfer to pick you up, or you can easily take a taxi.
If you are staying in Göreme (the city center), depending on your starting location, you can book a bus that takes you directly there, and then you have no need for a transfer or taxi.
Two airlines offer nonstop flights in the summer months, otherwise you must fly via Istanbul, or (better) go by bus or car, stopping to see the sights at Beyşehir and/or Konya, and along the Silk Road. More...
Transport in Cappadocia
Unfortunately, except for the airport shuttles, local transport in Cappadocia is not well suited to sightseeing. Minibuses travel between towns now and then throughout the day, but they do not pass all of the sights. The best ways to see the sights are by rental/hire car, private car-and-driver hired from a travel agency, or on a guided tour. Luckily, there are numerous good guided tours. More...
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