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How To Get From Istanbul To Cappadocia In 2024: 5 BEST Ways

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Are you planning a trip to Turkey and wondering how to get from Istanbul to Cappadocia? You’re in the right place!

Located in the Anatolia region of Turkey, Cappadocia is one of the most unique destinations in the country. The region is dotted with breathtaking landscapes – from epic rock formations known as fairy chimneys to hidden underground cities and painted cave churches.

But perhaps the most spectacular experience is riding one of the hot air balloons at sunrise, marveling a the picturesque valleys of Cappadocia .

Okay, enough teasing.

As you have expected, there are many ways to get from Istanbul to Cappadocia. It is one of the most popular routes in Turkey and one that we’ve done many times.

In this article, we’ll be sharing tips and tricks on how to get to Cappadocia from Istanbul, the best mode of transport, approximate travel time, and other essential travel details. So let’s jump right into it.

Key Takeaways: How To get From Istanbul to Cappadocia

  • The most convenient and quickest way to get to Cappadocia is by taking a direct flight from Istanbul.
  • The cheapest way is to take a long-distance bus from Istanbul to Cappadocia.
  • However, if you want to enjoy the stunning scenery that Turkey has to offer, buses or car rentals are the way to go. You can stop at small towns and markets along the way to experience the local culture.
  • I f you don’t plan on spending a lot of time in Cappadocia , it might be better to take one of the guided tours from Istanbul to Cappadocia. This way, you don’t have to plan any of the logistics and can enjoy your trip as much as possible.

Distance From Istanbul To Cappadocia

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Before you decide which mode of transportation to get from Istanbul to Cappadocia, let’s figure out how far the two places are from each other. Contrary to popular belief, Istanbul is really far from Cappadocia, approximately 800 km or 497 miles in fact.

To give you some perspective, it takes about 8 to 10 hours of driving to get from Istanbul to Cappadocia and vice versa, or about an 80-minute plane journey.

This is why it is important to plan properly and have a thorough Turkey itinerary, otherwise, you might waste a lot of time commuting.

From Istanbul To Cappadocia By Plane: The Quickest Way

Flying is the quickest and perhaps the most convenient way to get from Istanbul to Cappadocia. The domestic flights are somewhat affordable (not as affordable as buses), and they only take 80 minutes. This is perfect for those with a short 7-day trip in Turkey .

Which Istanbul Airport To Depart From?

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As you might’ve heard, Istanbul got a new airport in 2018 . Known as Istanbul Airport (IST), it is one of the biggest and busiest airports in the world.

With the addition of Istanbul Airport, there are now a total of two airports in Istanbul where travelers can fly to Cappadocia. The other being Sabiha Gökçen International Airport (SAW).

The main difference between the Istanbul Airport and SAW Airport is that the Istanbul Airport is on the European Side and the Sabiha Gokcen Airport (SAW) is on the Asian Side.

Generally speaking, the Istanbul Airport is going to be more convenient because the European Side is where most tourists stay. It is where the historic center of Istanbul, Sultanahmet, and the modern center of Istanbul, Taksim, are located.

Both airports in Istanbul offer regular flights to Cappadocia, but Istanbul Airport is generally a little bit more convenient to get to. Of course, if you have a airport shuttle planned, then none of this really matters.

Which Cappadocia Airport to Fly Into?

Before you book your Istanbul to Cappadocia flight, Cappadocia also has two airports. While it makes very little difference which airports you fly from in Istanbul, it does make a difference which airport in Cappadocia you fly into .

There are two airports in Cappadocia:

  • Kayseri Erkilet International Airport (ASR)
  • Nevşehir Kapadokya Airport (NAV)

The Kayseri Airport is generally cheaper, but it is located a little further out of Goreme (the historic center of Cappadocia and the most popular place to stay). It is about 75 kilometers, or an hour drive, from Kayseri Airport to Goreme.

Nevşehir Airport is a little bit more expensive, but it is located about 40 kilometers (40-minute drive) from Goreme. Nevsehir Airport is located inside the UNESCO Heritage Site of Cappadocia while Kayseri is not. The ride from Nevsehir Airport to the center of Cappadocia is much more scenic than the one from Kayseri Airport.

Both airports are completely fine to fly into, as long as you have a pre-arranged shuttle waiting for you. Because there is no public transportation from the airports to Goreme, tourists are often scammed by taxi drivers at those airports.

Which Airline to Fly With?

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There are three airlines that serve the Istanbul to Cappadocia flight route:

  • Turkish Airlines
  • Pegasus Airlines
  • Aztec Airways

Turkish Airlines offer the best quality but since it is such a short flight, it doesn’t matter much. It is worth noting that Turkish Airline is the only airline that flies out of Istanbul Airport (IST) on the European Side. The other two airlines fly out of Sabiha Gokcen International Airport (SAW) on the Asian side. 

From Istanbul To Cappadocia By Bus: The Most Economical Way

Long-distance buses going from Istanbul to Cappadocia depart regularly from both Istanbul’s European side and Asian side. There are a lot of bus terminals in Istanbul, and it is important that you (more importantly, your taxi driver) get it right.

If you are visiting Istanbul as a tourist, chances are, you’ll be staying on the European side near Taksim or Sultanahmet. The main bus station (otogar) on the European side of Istanbul is  Esenler Otogari , which is quite accessible by public transportation.

The buses that depart on the European side often make stops on the Asian side, so if you are staying on the Asian side, you can usually just go to the nearest bus stop for Cappadocia. You don’t need to go all the way to the bus station on the European side.

There are many bus companies that operate between Istanbul and Cappadocia, but we recommend using Metro Turizm, as their buses are clean, comfortable, and they have been reliable at showing up.

Other bus companies that we have used and recommend are Kâmil Koç, Pamukkale Turizm and Güney Akdeniz. There are several others, but we haven’t used them so can’t comment on their efficiency.

Buses from Istanbul to Cappadocia stop at Göreme, which is the historic center of Cappadocia and where you should stay. This means you can save some money on a taxi or a shuttle compared to taking a flight!

If you are staying in Avanos or Uchisar, you will need to get the minibus from Goreme to your hotel. The minibuses operate every 20 minutes from Goreme bus station (conveniently where the long-distance bus drops you off) though they don’t always arrive at the official timetable. You may have to wait a while.

📚 Read More: Best Hotels In Cappadocia With Views Of Hot Air Balloons

How To Buy Bus Tickets in Istanbul

All bus tickets and schedules can be found on the Turkish official bus website here . Theoretically, you can purchase tickets through this website, but we’ve never been successful.

If you cannot purchase a ticket online, it is important that you get there the day before and buy your ticket, especially during the peak season. Buses do get full, especially if you buy the ticket near its departure time and date.

There are tour agencies throughout the historic center of Istanbul that can help you buy tickets, so you can save the time and effort of going to the bus station and back.

Alternatively, what we’ve been doing is getting it with 12Go.asia . They are a reliable company and we’ve had nothing but good experiences with them. But it is worth noting that not all bus companies are on their site.

Should You Take A Night Bus or Day Bus From Istanbul To Cappadocia?

Because the journey is over 10 hours, we recommend the night bus because you can sleep through most of it. Turkey’s long-distance buses are quite comfortable and safe, but sleeping might still be a problem for you.

If you are traveling on a budget in Turkey , you can even save some money. A night bus is cheaper than a flight and you can even save on a night of accommodation because you’ll be sleeping on the bus.

Don’t Miss Out on the BEST Experience in Cappadocia!

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No trip to Cappadocia is complete without taking an epic hot air balloon flight at sunrise!

Make sure you reserve your tour well in advance to avoid missing out or paying any additional fees last minute!

Guided Tour From Istanbul To Cappadocia

Selime Monastery Green Tour Cappadocia

Because there can be a lot of logistics to plan when going from Istanbul to Cappadocia, some travelers might prefer a guided tour that includes everything from flights to hotels and hot air balloon rides to where to eat in Cappadocia all sorted.

However, picking the right tour can be quite tricky. How many days is enough in Cappadocia ? What do you need to pack? Etc, etc, etc.

📚 That is why we’ve written a full guide on the best tours from Istanbul to Cappadocia here .

From Istanbul To Cappadocia By Train

Another option to get from Istanbul to Cappadocia is by train. Unfortunately, there is no direct train from Istanbul to Cappadocia, which means that travelers would have to switch to a bus.

The high-speed train (called Yüksek Hızlı Tren or YHT for short ) from Istanbul can only take travelers as far as Konya or Ankara . From there, you’ll have to switch to a long-distance bus.

The high-speed train from Istanbul to Ankara takes about 4 hours with multiple departures daily. However, the train station is in Pendik, which is the Asian side of Istanbul, and can take quite a bit for those coming from the historic center such as Sultanahmet or Taksim.

The train from Istanbul to Konya takes about 4 hours to complete. The train goes from Istanbul, stops at the city of Eskişehir, and then finally arrives in Konya. There are several stops along the way as well.

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Once you arrive in Ankara or Konya, you can take a long-distance bus to Cappadocia.

  • From Ankara, it takes about 3 to 4 hours to get to Cappadocia by bus
  • From Konya, it also takes about 3 to 4 hours to get to Cappadocia by bus

Note that the long-distance buses in Cappadocia are never direct, so there are going to be other stops along the way.

Unless you are planning on making a stop in Ankara or Konya anyways, taking the train is usually not quicker or more convenient than the bus. The pros of taking the train are definitely more legroom and the ability to walk around.

📚 Read more: How to Get to The Asian Side from Istanbul Airport

Driving From Istanbul To Cappadocia

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The last method to how to get from Istanbul to Cappadocia is by driving. To do that, you would need to have a rental car.

The benefit of driving from Istanbul to Cappadocia is that there are several towns and cities along the way that are worth stopping. It is also a lot quicker than the bus if you make the journey direct, but we don’t recommend that since it’s an 8-hour drive.

The roads in Turkey aren’t bad. But from our experience, Turkish drivers can get very aggressive when driving, so be extra careful when driving in Turkey. The towns and scenery along the way definitely make the drive worth it. Plus, having a car in Cappadocia will make getting around much easier.

If you are planning on driving from Istanbul to Cappadocia with a rental car, here are the places we recommend checking out:

  • Bursa – Bursa is the first capital of the Ottoman Empire. Travelers will find UNESCO World Heritage Sites in a city surrounded by beautiful nature and a national park. It is one of the best places near Istanbul to visit !
  • Iznik – The birthplace of the famous Iznik tiles, which are used to decorate some of the most famous landmarks in Turkey , such as the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Grand Bazaar and the Harem inside Topkapi Palace.
  • Beyşehir – A small town located on the Beyşehir Lake. It’s a rather peaceful town with the beautiful wooden Eşrefoğlu Mosque.
  • Ankara – The capital of Turkey is filled with some of the country’s best museums and things to do. Don’t miss the Atatürk Mausoleum and the historic center.
  • Eskişehir – The name Eskişehir literally translates to “Old City” in Turkish. But, the town is the perfect mix of modern infrastructure, historical buildings, and nature. It has hip cafes, restaurants and a lively atmosphere thanks to its big student population.

How To Get From Istanbul To Goreme?

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There are many ways to get from Istanbul to Goreme, the historic center of the Cappadocia region. You can take a flight from one of the two airports in Istanbul to either of the Cappadocia Airport (Kayseri Erkilet Airport or Nevşehir Kapadokya Airport) and then get a shuttle or taxi to Goreme.

The cheaper alternative to get from Istanbul to Goreme is a long-distance bus. Unlike taking a flight, the buses go directly to Goreme from Istanbul, so you won’t have to get a taxi.

You can also rent a car to drive from Istanbul to Goreme, but note that it is an 8-hour drive.

📚 Read More: Where To Stay In Cappadocia: Best Neighborhoods and Hotels

Can You Take a Day Trip From Istanbul to Cappadocia?

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One of the most often asked questions is “Can you take a day trip from Istanbul to Cappadocia”.

The answer is yes. Would we recommend it? Definitely no!

If you take a day trip to Cappadocia, you have to rush your itinerary and skip out on some of the most notable attractions in Cappadocia. Not only that but you also miss out on the chance to take the legendary (and I mean, LEGENDARY!) hot air balloon rides over the epic landscapes of Cappadocia.

How to Take a Day Trip From Istanbul to Cappadocia?

But if you only have a few days in Turkey, you might only be able to see Cappadocia on a day trip, and that is totally fine.

To do that, you must take a flight there. We recommend the earliest flight that departs from Istanbul to Cappadocia.

After you get there, you want to either rent a car or take a Cappadocia tour and explore as much as you can. We recommend the Red Tour if you only have 1 day , which takes you to Love Valley, Goreme Open Air Museum, and Uchisar Castle.

The Green Tour takes you to Red and Rose Valley, Derinkuyu or Kaymakli Underground City, Ihlara Valley and Pigeon Valley.

Make sure you don’t miss the flight back to Istanbul. The last one is usually around 11:50 PM so you have plenty of time!

Day Tour from Istanbul to Cappadocia

Because there is a lot of planning involved when taking a day trip to Cappadocia from Istanbul, we typically recommend taking a guided day tour. These tours have everything arranged – from flights, transport, food, to places to visit. It is the most hassle-free way of visiting Cappadocia on a day trip.

How to Get From Cappadocia to Istanbul?

If you have read the entire article, then getting from Cappadocia to Istanbul is super easy. You can pick any of the methods above, whether it is taking a flight, going on a long-distance bus, renting a car and driving, or just taking a tour. You can also take a bus from Cappadocia to Konya or Ankara, and then switch to Turkey’s high-speed train to Istanbul.

Everything is pretty much the same but reverse when you go from Cappadocia to Istanbul instead of the other way around.

Related Reading: Which Is Better: Istanbul or Cappadocia?

From Istanbul To Cappadocia FAQs

Is istanbul in cappadocia.

No, Cappadocia is not in Istanbul. Cappadocia is actually very far away from Istanbul, approximately 800 kilometers or 497 miles to be exact. By bus, it takes about 10 to 12 hours. By plane, it takes about 80 minutes.

When Is The Best Time To Visit Cappadocia?

The best time to visit Cappadocia is autumn, ideally in the months of September and October. During this time of the year, the weather is still dry with little rainfall, which means the hot air balloons in Cappadocia will take off regularly. The temperature is much cooler during this time compared to the summer, allowing visiting to go explore the outdoors in Cappadocia!

Is It Safe To Drive From Istanbul To Cappadocia?

Driving from Istanbul to Cappadocia is generally safe. The road conditions between the two places in Turkey are typically very good. However, travelers should beware of aggressive drivers, which Turkey has plenty of.

Conclusion: Getting From Istanbul To Cappadocia

As you can see, there are many ways to get from Istanbul to Cappadocia. For the majority of travelers, taking a flight, a long-distance bus, or a guided tour is the most convenient way.

However, visitors that want to do a road trip in Turkey should definitely not miss the chance to drive from Istanbul to Cappadocia!

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Sean Lau is a professional travel blogger and writer with adoration for Turkey. Originally from the USA, Sean frequently travels to Turkey to explore every nook and cranny. From bustling bazaars of Istanbul to the tranquil beaches of Antalya, Sean has seen it all. He hopes to share his first-hand knowledge, insider insights, and personal anecdotes to inspire fellow travelers to visit Turkey, especially to his favorite destinations – Istanbul and Cappadocia.

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From Istanbul to Cappadocia: 5 Best Ways to Get There

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There is a lot of transport choice when it comes to getting from Istanbul to Cappadocia . Your decision will depend on how much time you've allocated for your trip and the style of travel you prefer.

From a speedy, fully pre-organized tour to using public transport or a self-drive road trip, every level of comfort is covered. Discover the best ways to get from Istanbul to Cappadocia.

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  • From Istanbul to Cappadocia by Airplane
  • From Istanbul to Cappadocia by Bus
  • From Istanbul to Cappadocia by Tour
  • From Istanbul to Cappadocia by Train & Bus
  • From Istanbul to Cappadocia by Car

1. From Istanbul to Cappadocia by Airplane

Hot air balloons over Cappadocia

For travelers on a short trip, flying direct to Cappadocia from Istanbul is a popular option.

Turkish Airlines and Pegasus Airlines offer regular flights to Cappadocia's two airports throughout the day and night. The flight time is 80 minutes.

Turkish Airlines offer the most options for Cappadocia-bound flights. Six services daily head to Kayseri Airport from either Istanbul International Airport or Sabiha Gökçen Airport, and one service at least departs daily from Istanbul International Airport for Nevşehir Kapadokya Airport.

Pegasus Airlines flights to Cappadocia all depart from Sabiha Gökçen and arrive at Kayseri Airport.

Although your choice of flight will probably depend more on the most suitable departure time for you, it's worth knowing the differences between Cappadocia's two airports.

Kayseri Erkilet Airport is in the city of Kayseri, approximately 80 kilometers east from the villages that are at the center of Cappadocia's tourism industry.

Much smaller Nevşehir Kapadokya Airport is just north of the town of Gülşehir, approximately 40 kilometers northwest of the villages.

Pre-booked airport shuttle services offer door-to-door transport from both airports to the hotels in the Cappadocia villages. Journey time from Kayseri Airport, depending both on the waiting time for all passengers booked on the shuttle to exit the airport and on which village you're staying in, can take up to two hours. From Nevşehir Airport, the shuttle bus services rarely take longer than 30 minutes door to door.

Seats on these privately run airport shuttles must be booked in advance. These transfers are normally organized by your hotel.

2. From Istanbul to Cappadocia by Bus

Ancient town and a castle of Uchisar, Cappadocia

A few different bus companies offer direct transport from Istanbul's main Esenler Otogar (bus station) and Istanbul's other bus station, Alibeykoy Otogar to Nevşehir Otogar on the outskirts of Nevşehir city, approximately 18 kilometers west from the Cappadocia villages (depending on which village you're staying in). Some bus companies also provide direct drop-off to Göreme and Avanos. If you're staying in either of these towns, choose a bus offering direct drop-off so you don't have to wait for another bus in Nevşehir.

The major companies plying this route are Nevşehir Seyahat , Kamil Koç (which is owned by the European Flixbus company so uses both names) and Metro . The journey time takes between 11 and 12 hours.

Most departure options leave during the evening, depositing you at Nevşehir bus station the next morning. There are a couple of day-bus services though, which are great for travelers who enjoy watching the scenery pass by.

There is very little ticket price difference between the companies who work this route, so your decision on which service to use will mostly be made on departure time.

All the buses are fitted with comfortable, airline-style seating, which includes individual entertainment systems and charging points for your phone, and an on-board conductor service, which offers complimentary hot and cold drinks and a snack.

There are direct minibus services to the Cappadocian tourism centers of Göreme, Ürgüp, and Avanos from Nevşehir Otogar (bus station).

3. From Istanbul to Cappadocia by Tour

Homes built into the rocks in Goreme, Cappadocia

Those short on time on their Turkey trip may want to opt for a prearranged Cappadocia side-trip tour from Istanbul.

This is a hassle-free option, where all transport, transfers, activities, and accommodation are organized for you, so you can just sit back and enjoy your Cappadocia visit.

Be aware that the shortest Cappadocia side-trip tours from Istanbul are two days, not one-day tours. With tourist attractions here spread throughout the region, you need at least 48 hours for a snapshot trip.

The in-location overnight stay also allows you to participate in the region's famous hot-air ballooning activity , which takes place at dawn. Cappadocia tours from Istanbul typically do not include this in their price but offer it as an optional extra, which they can book for you.

For a small group tour with passenger numbers capped at 15, the 2 Days, 1 Night Cappadocia Tour offers an itinerary that covers a number of Cappadocia's natural and historical attractions on a short trip.

The tour includes return flights from Istanbul with door-to-door airport transfers for both flights and two regional tours with a professional guide while in Cappadocia. These include a short hike in Rose Valley and entrance fees to Göreme Open-Air Museum and Kaymakli Underground City, an overnight stay in a cave-hotel, and two lunches and breakfasts. Hot air ballooning can be booked while reserving your place on the tour but isn't included in the tour price.

A very similar private tour version is the 2 Days Cappadocia Tour from Istanbul . This tour includes return flights from Istanbul, direct airport transfers for both flights, a one-night stay in a cave-hotel in Göreme, and two guided tours of some of Cappadocia's highlights. These guided tours include visits to Derinkuyu Underground City and Göreme Open-Air Museum, two lunches and two breakfasts. Hot air ballooning can be organized by the tour company but is an extra non-included activity in the tour price.

Note that these snapshot-style tours are quite rushed due to limited time so won't suit some travelers. You will be heading out on a tour directly after your airport transfer into Cappadocia and you'll need to be packed and ready to go on day two in the morning as you'll be directly transferred to the airport after your day two tour finishes.

Note that arranging a Cappadocia tour through an Istanbul travel agency costs more than organizing a similar tour through a local Cappadocia travel agency and – due to not being so limited by time constraints – tours arranged in Cappadocia can include sights and tourist attractions that are farther out in the region, such as Ilhara Valley.

4. From Istanbul to Cappadocia by Train & Bus

Fairy chimneys, rock formations of tufa, Cappadocia

The high-speed train line between Istanbul, Ankara, and Konya means, if you have a bit more time to spend on the journey to Cappadocia, you can add in stops at two of central Anatolia's most important cities into your trip.

With a leisurely pace, you could fit in both cities along the route, or choose one as an overnight stop.

Ankara , Turkey's capital, is home to the important Museum of Anatolian Civilizations and the Anıtkabir , the mausoleum of Atatürk (the founder of the modern republic of Turkey).

Konya is filled with restored Seljuk-era mosques and monuments, and is the home of the whirling dervishes and the Mevlana Museum , one of Turkey's major pilgrimage sites.

There are eight high-speed train services, taking four and a half hours, from Istanbul to Ankara daily.

To Konya direct from Istanbul, there are three services, with a journey time of four hours and 15 minutes.

If you're planning to stop in both cities, there are high-speed train departures seven times daily from Ankara to Konya, taking just under two hours for the trip.

Train tickets should be purchased in advance, as seats do sell out.

From both Ankara Otogar (bus station) and Konya Otogar there are bus services to Nevşehir Otogar, the main transport hub of the Cappadocia region.

5. From Istanbul to Cappadocia by Car

Road in Cappadocia, Turkey

Hiring a car to drive across the Anatolian countryside from Istanbul to Cappadocia means you have the freedom to explore some of the major historic highlights of the region along the way.

Although you could also visit most of these destinations by public transport, the journey would be much less straightforward and would take longer to achieve.

Three of the best stops if journeying by car on this route would be the preserved Ottoman village of Safranbolu (410 kilometers east from Istanbul); the Phrygian ruins of Gordion (468 kilometers southeast from Istanbul or 272 kilometers south from Safranbolu); and the Hittite ruins of Hattuşa, which sit in the village of Boğazkale (307 kilometers southeast from Safranbolu or 305 kilometers east from Gordion).

From Hattuşa, it's a further 196 kilometers drive south to the village of Göreme, the heart of Cappadocia's tourism industry.

Safranbolu and Boğazkale both have accommodation for overnight stops along the way. There are also plenty of other tourist attractions and historic sites in the hinterland surrounding both these destinations, so it's well worth allowing yourself a few days for your entire journey.

Byzantine monastery complex of Açık Saray

Sights along the way:

To make the most of having your own wheels, as you come into the Cappadocia region, stop off at some of the area's lesser-seen sights along the way.

Hacıbektaş, 57 kilometers northwest from Göreme, is a pilgrimage town for the Bektaşı order (a mystical offshoot of Islam) and is home to the Hacıbektaş Veli Museum within a restored dervish lodge.

From here, head 28 kilometers south to the Church of St Jean on the outskirts of the small town of Gülşehir. Inside this hollowed out rock-cone you'll find some of Cappadocia's best restored and finely detailed mid-Byzantine frescoes (dated from the 13th century) yet, because it's off the main tourist route, it only receives a handful of visitors.

Another two-kilometer hop west down the main highway, and you arrive at the Byzantine monastery complex of Açık Saray , with its refectory building and churches carved out of the rock and thought to date back to around the 7th century. From here it's only a short 23-kilometer drive southeast, onward to Göreme.

Driving in Turkey is relatively straightforward thanks to main highways being in excellent condition and good signage for towns, tourist attractions , and historic sites. Note that gas is expensive in Turkey though, so self-drive trips will always work out more expensive than other transport options.

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Cappadocia is of the biggest must-visit destinations in the world! But, Cappadocia is right in the middle of Turkey and Turkey is a big country. So, how do you get to Cappadocia and how do you get from Istanbul to Cappadocia??

In this Istanbul and Cappadocia travel blog, I’m going to tell you how to get from Istanbul to Cappadocia, how to get from Cappadocia to Istanbul, things to do in Cappadocia and things to do in Istanbul so you can plan the perfect trip to Istanbul and Cappadocia.

Why do I suggest visiting both Cappadocia and Istanbul?? I’ll get into it more below but basically, you have to pass through Istanbul to get to Cappadocia, so why not see this incredible city and see 2 of the most beautiful places in Turkey on the same trip??

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Flights from Istanbul to Cappadocia

Flying is the quickest and best way to travel from Istanbul to Cappadocia and if you want to visit Istanbul and Cappadocia in one trip, I recommend going to Cappadocia first on your Turkey itinerary because it is the star of the trip!

When planning your trip to Cappadocia, the first thing to note is that Cappadocia is a region in Turkey, not a specific place . Goreme is the main tourist town but Goreme doesn’t have an airport and there is no airport called ‘Cappadocia’!

Cappadocia Airports

The two airports that serve Cappadocia are Kayseri Airport and Nevsehir Airport .

You will most likely need to stop in one of Istanbul’s Airports before catching an internal flight to Cappadocia from Istanbul.

Istanbul Airports

Note that Istanbul has 2 major airports, Istanbul Airport and Sabiha Gokcen / SAW Airport and they aren’t that close together, therefore, I wouldn’t recommend flying into one and out of the other unless you give yourself a day in between.

I flew from London Stansted to Istanbul SAW and then to Kayseri Airport with  Pegasus Airlines who I recommend flying with.

I also recommend picking up a sim card for Turkey when you land in either of the airports. Here is help for buying a sim card at Istanbul Airport and buying a sim card at Istanbul SAW Airport and then you’ll have data for the rest of your trip!

Bus from Istanbul to Cappadocia

If you’re travelling Turkey on a budget you can look into the Istanbul to Cappadocia bus (although flights can be very cheap, I paid £10.00 once for my flight from Cappadocia to Istanbul!).

An Istanbul to Cappadocia overnight bus is the best idea to save you time. Overnight buses in Turkey are pretty decent and they are a popular way for locals and travellers to travel around Turkey. It takes 10-12 hours to get from Istanbul to Cappadocia by bus.

Tip: If you do this option, be sure to try and see the sunrise and the balloons when you arrive in Cappadocia in the morning, this is what I did and it was the best welcome to Cappadocia!

Istanbul to Cappadocia Day Trip

A lot of people wonder and search to see whether it is possible to visit Cappadocia on a day trip from Istanbul! There are many day trips from Istanbul on offer which take you to other areas and cities in Turkey but I would say that Cappadocia is NOT one of them.

The flight time might seem short but once you have added the time to get to and from the airport either side, both times, it not a good day trip option!

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GETTING TO ISTANBUL CITY CENTRE

If you’re flying into Sabia Airport, read how to get from Sabia Airport to the city here !

WHERE TO STAY IN ISTANBUL?

Still not booked accommodation? Here are the best neighbourhoods to stay in Istanbul !

WHAT TO DO IN ISTANBUL?

Read my guide to all the things to do in Istanbul and follow my 4 day and 3 day Istanbul itinerary !

UNIQUE IDEAS FOR ISTANBUL

Been to Istanbul before? Want to get off the tourist trail? Here are my suggested Hidden Gems in Istanbul and the Best cafes in Istanbul that locals go to too!

How to Get from Kayseri Airport to Goreme

Kayseri Airport is the most popular Cappadocia Airport and a minibus is the best and cheapest way to get from Kayseri Airport to Goreme. The drive from Kayseri Airport to Goreme is about 1 hour .

I would recommend booking a shared minibus or private transfer in advance so you know that someone will be waiting for you, you can book this online here:

SHARED Airport Transfer Service from Kayseri Airport to Cappadocia with Hotel drop.

PRIVATE Airport Transfer Service from Kayseri Airport to Cappadocia with Hotel drop.

You may be realising now that although a day trip to Cappadocia from Istanbul may seem like it’s possible to start with, I don’t think it is thanks to how long all of the sections of transport take.

How to Get from Nevsehir Airport to Goreme

To get from Nevsehir Airport to Goreme I would also recommend a minibus or private transfer which you book in advance. The journey time from Nevsehir to Goreme is less at just 40 minutes .

SHARED Airport Transfer Service from Nevsehir Airport to Cappadocia with Hotel drop.

PRIVATE Airport Transfer Service from Nevsehir Airport to Cappadocia with Hotel drop.

Where to Stay in Cappadocia

Goreme is the main tourist town in Cappadocia so unless you are hiring a car , you should stay in Goreme otherwise you will struggle to get around.

There are so many Hotels in Goreme from fancy Cave Hotels and even Cave Hostels! Here’s a list of the best hotels in Cappadocia !

I stayed at Cappadocia View Hotel which I would recommend as a budget-friendly hotel in Cappadocia, especially for its terrace to see the balloons from in the morning!

On my first visit, I stayed at the Diamond of Cappadocia Hotel which is right in the centre of Goreme. I also enjoyed my stay there.

Search for hotels in Cappadocia here !

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Things To Do In Cappadocia

Cappadocia is not all about the hot air balloons! From Quad Biking, Hiking in the Valleys, Day Trips, Horse Riding and eating delicious Turkish Food there are many things to do in Cappadocia!

Here’s my recommended  Cappadocia Itinerary to help you plan your trip! 

To see most of Cappadocia in just a few days, check out these Cappadocia tours by Onenationtravel . You can start them in Istanbul or once you’re in Cappadocia!

Cappadocia and Istanbul trip

Let’s reverse the trip from Istanbul to Cappadocia now, or perhaps you visited Cappadocia first from elsewhere in Turkey and now you need to get from Cappadocia to Istanbul!

Cappadocia to Istanbul

The above information regarding flights and buses from Istanbul to Cappadocia is the same as travelling from Cappadocia to Istanbul.

Related Post: There’s so much to see and do in Turkey if you have more time this 2 week Turkey itinerary will help you out!

How to Get from Goreme to Kayseri Airport

When you’re in Goreme you could book a taxi or minibus service with an agent or at the bus station, or to save you time, you could book a transfer from Goreme to Kayseri Airport online here:

SHARED Airport Transfer Service from Cappadocia to Kayseri Airport.

PRIVATE Airport Transfer Service from Cappadocia to Kayseri Airport.

How to Get from Goreme to Nevsehir Airport

Same as the above, book a taxi or minibus in Goreme, or book one of these options online:

SHARED Airport Transfer Service from Cappadocia to Nevsehir Airport.

PRIVATE Airport Transfer Service from Cappadocia to Nevsehir Airport.

How to Get from Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen Airport to Istanbul City

If you’re going to stop in I stanbul for a few days after Cappadocia, which I recommend you do, read the below details on how to get from Istanbul Airport to Istanbul city.

If you are just transferring in Istanbul Airport to go home, you’re done!

Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen Airport is on the Asian side of Istanbul so it is quite far away from the City Centre. You could get a taxi or book a shuttle bus at the airport to the City Centre, but the cheapest and most popular option is to get a bus .

For a full guide see – Sabiha Airport to Taksim – 3 Ways To Do The Journey Easily!

How to Get the Havabus

There is only one company that offers a bus which is Havabus . Exit Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen Airport in arrivals and you’ll see signs for Havabus . They run every 30 minutes all day and most of the night.

The cost is 18TL which is paid to the driver once you get on the bus.

The only thing is that this bus only goes to Taksim or Kadikoy , not to Karakoy or to Sultanahmet which are the two most popular areas to stay in Istanbul, which is a bit annoying and a bit strange.

Kadikoy is on the Asian side of Istanbul so you could get a bus there and then get a boat over to Karakoy or Sultanahmet if you are staying here. I visited the Asian side of Istanbul a few years ago, it was easy to work out the boats but with all my bags I didn’t really fancy doing this journey.

The second option which is what I’ve done twice is to get the bus to Taksim which takes roughly 90 minutes but it can be longer when the traffic is bad. Taksim is technically the Centre of Istanbul too (Istanbul is very big) but I wouldn’t recommend staying here, more on that below.

The Havabus stops at Point Hotel Taksim and there will be lots of taxi drivers waiting for you, you could get a taxi, I believe I was quoted 60TL to go to Sultanahmet or you can walk down the street and head towards the Metro.

Istanbul’s Metro System is really easy to use, but of course, with a lot of bags everything can seem a bit harder to do, it is possible though. You need to get an Istanbulkart (see how in the below point), and then head towards the Funicular to Kabatas, it’s just one stop, quick and pretty cool.

Then get on the tram, it only goes in one direction from Kabatas to the ‘City Centre’ aka Karakoy or Sultanahmet. This is the cheapest way to get from Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen Airport to Istanbul City Centre and it’s not that hard either.

How to Get an Istanbulkart in Istanbul

An Istanbulkart can be purchased at most little tobacco stores or in the Metro stations . Some of the ticket machines only offer Istanbulkart re-charge and do not sell the actual ticket, so be sure to check above the ticket machine and look for Istanbulkart Sales.

You’ll see the option on the screen, a card is 6TL . You then need to top it up. If you put in say 10TL it will purchase your card and then top it up by 4TL, so be careful not to put too much of a big note in.

If you just paid 6TL or you need more credit, hold your card to the reader, choose the amount, put the money in and then wait a few seconds until the timer finishes and you see a green sign on the screen to say it’s been completed. (I walked away too soon the first time and mine didn’t top up even though I paid, luckily it was just 5TL).

The metro is really cheap to use, literally just 2-4 TL per journey and you’ll know when your card is out of credit as it won’t let you through the barriers. From what I saw all stations and stops have a ticket machine to top up your card at.

Where to Stay in Istanbul

For my full guide read where to stay in Istanbul where I rate 9 neighbourhoods in Istanbul to stay in.

Taksim and Sultanahmet are popular areas of Istanbul to stay in, here’s my view on Where To Stay in Istanbul Taksim Or Sultanahmet?

There are a few popular areas to stay in Istanbul, Sultanahmet is the best place to stay in Istanbul in my opinion if you are only staying in Istanbul for 1-2 nights as it’s where all of the attractions are for example Hagia Sophia and the popular Mosques.

There is an array of accommodation in Sultanahme t and although it may be a bit pricer, it benefits from being convenient.

Karakoy is just across the River (but still in the European Side), this is a popular area as it’s just across the bridge from the tourist spots but because of this it benefits from slightly cheaper accommodation prices  as it is less touristy, it’s more hipster!

Then there’s Taksim , this could be a good place to stay if you are in Istanbul for a while or really on a budget as the prices are lower and there are lots of accommodation options , but if you’re there for just a few days I’d advise against it.

Kadikoy is another popular area to stay in Istanbul but I’d say that’s because it’s a bit different due to it being on the Asian side of the City. The rest of the city is easily accessible by boat but again, if you’re there for just a few days I would say you’ll end up travelling too much to get to the tourist sites.

If you are looking for some luxury in a nice location, I recommend Besiktas and one of the best luxury hotels in Besiktas !

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Things To Do In Istanbul

If you have 2 or 3 days in Istanbul , read my 2-3 Day Istanbul itinerary here and my 4 day Istanbul itinerary here!

If you only have one day in Istanbul here is how I recommend you spend it.

Visit 1 – 3 of the Museums – Hagia Sophia, Basilican Cistern or Topkapi Palace for example. All of these 3 are in the same area and really close to each other, to save time be sure to purchase Skip the Queue tickets in advance to save yourself time.

Go into the Blue Mosque which is also in the same area.

Head to the Grand Bazaar .

Grab lunch from one of the Food Sellers on the Streets.

Cross over the River via the Bridge .

Walk up to the Galata Tower so you can see the Galata and Karakoy area.

Go on a boat trip up and down the Bosphorus River which takes you right between the European and Asian Side of Istanbul.

Have Dinner in one of the many restaurants in Sultanahmet.

Istanbul to Cappadocia Tours

If you would rather go on a tour to Cappadocia and Istanbul and see more of Turkey on a tour at the same time, I would recommend going to Turkey with Travel Talk Tours .

I’ve been to Egypt and Greece with them and my friend recently went to Turkey with them, she saw so much including Cappadocia!

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  • How Much a Trip to Cappadocia Costs  
  • Best time to Visit Cappadocia
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How to Get from Istanbul to Cappadocia: Your Ultimate Travel Guide

Traversing turkey: istanbul to cappadocia travel guide.

If you’re planning a journey from the bustling city of Istanbul to the enchanting region of Cappadocia, you’re in for an unforgettable adventure. This comprehensive guide will walk you through the various transportation options, share tips for a seamless journey, and provide insights based on first-hand experiences. From Istanbul’s vibrant streets to Cappadocia’s otherworldly landscapes, this is a trip you won’t want to miss.

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Introduction

The journey from Istanbul to Cappadocia is a perfect blend of modern convenience and ancient wonders. Cappadocia, known for its surreal landscapes, unique cave dwellings, and hot air balloon rides, is a must-visit destination in Turkey . But before you explore its wonders, you need to know how to get there.

Getting to Cappadocia from Istanbul

By air: istanbul to cappadocia.

Traveling by air is the quickest way to reach Cappadocia from Istanbul. Kayseri Erkilet Airport (ASR) and Nevsehir Kapadokya Airport (NAV) are the two nearest airports to Cappadocia . Several airlines operate daily flights, making it a convenient option for travelers.

By Bus: Istanbul to Cappadocia

For a more budget-friendly option, consider taking a bus from Istanbul to Cappadocia. The journey by bus offers stunning scenic views, and you’ll have the chance to make stops along the way to explore charming towns and historical sites.

By Train: Istanbul to Cappadocia

Traveling by train is a unique experience that allows you to witness Turkey’s diverse landscapes. Although the train journey takes longer than flying or taking a bus, it offers a different perspective on the country.

By Car: Istanbul to Cappadocia

If you prefer flexibility in your travel itinerary, renting a car is an excellent choice. The drive from Istanbul to Cappadocia offers the freedom to explore hidden gems along the route at your own pace.

How to Get from Istanbul to Cappadocia

Now, let’s delve deeper into each transportation option, providing you with all the information you need to make an informed choice for your journey from Istanbul to Cappadocia.

Flying from Istanbul to Cappadocia is the fastest option, taking approximately 1.5 hours. You can choose from multiple daily flights operated by Turkish Airlines and other carriers. Both Kayseri Erkilet Airport and Nevsehir Kapadokya Airport serve the region, with Kayseri being the slightly closer option.

Once you arrive at the airport, you can easily reach Cappadocia’s main towns, such as Göreme, Uçhisar, or Ürgüp, by taking a shuttle or taxi. The convenience of air travel makes it a preferred choice for many travelers.

Traveling by bus offers a more relaxed and economical journey. The bus ride takes around 10-12 hours, but it allows you to enjoy the scenic beauty of Turkey along the way. Most buses are equipped with comfortable seats, Wi-Fi, and even snacks.

You can choose between daytime and overnight buses, depending on your preferences. Consider booking a bus with stops in towns like Ankara or Konya to explore additional attractions.

Taking the train from Istanbul to Cappadocia is an adventure in itself. The journey lasts approximately 12-15 hours, but it’s a unique way to see Turkey’s changing landscapes. Trains provide comfortable seating and dining options, making the trip enjoyable.

The train route passes through picturesque regions like Anatolia, allowing you to witness the countryside’s beauty. Keep in mind that train schedules may vary, so check in advance and make reservations.

Renting a car gives you the freedom to plan your itinerary. The drive from Istanbul to Cappadocia takes about 8-10 hours, depending on the route you choose. You can explore charming towns, historic sites, and natural wonders along the way.

Make sure to have a valid international driver’s license and be prepared for tolls on some highways. GPS or a reliable navigation app is essential for a smooth journey.

Exploring Cappadocia

Once you arrive in Cappadocia, you’ll be captivated by its unique charm and natural beauty . From the mesmerizing rock formations to the underground cities, there’s so much to explore.

Top Attractions in Cappadocia

  • Göreme Open-Air Museum: Discover ancient cave churches with stunning frescoes.
  • Hot Air Balloon Rides: Soar above Cappadocia’s surreal landscapes for a breathtaking view.
  • Derinkuyu Underground City : Explore the intricate underground tunnels and rooms.
  • Hiking in Rose Valley: Enjoy scenic hikes amidst rose-colored rock formations.
  • Love Valley: Admire the phallic-shaped rock formations in this unique valley.

Where to Stay in Cappadocia

Cappadocia offers a range of accommodation options, from cave hotels to boutique inns. Some popular towns to stay in include Göreme, Ürgüp, and Uçhisar. Make reservations in advance, especially during the peak tourist season.

What to Eat in Cappadocia

Don’t miss the opportunity to savor traditional Turkish cuisine . Try local specialties like manti (Turkish dumplings) and testi kebab (meat cooked in a clay pot). Enjoy your meals at cozy restaurants with stunning views.

Local Culture and Traditions

Respect the local culture by dressing modestly when visiting religious sites and interacting with locals. Learn a few Turkish phrases to enhance your travel experience and show appreciation for their culture.

Safety Tips for Travelers

Cappadocia is generally a safe destination for travelers. However, it’s essential to stay hydrated, wear sunscreen, and be cautious when exploring caves and hiking trails. Always keep an eye on your belongings, especially in crowded areas.

Weather in Cappadocia

The best time to visit Cappadocia is during the spring and fall when the weather is pleasant for outdoor activities. Summers can be hot, while winters bring chilly temperatures. Pack accordingly based on the season of your visit.

Packing Tips

When packing for your trip to Cappadocia, include comfortable walking shoes, a hat, sunglasses, and a reusable water bottle. Don’t forget your camera to capture the stunning landscapes.

Top Experiences & Tours in Cappadocia

Embark on a journey through the mystical landscapes of Cappadocia with these meticulously curated tours, each designed to unveil the enchanting beauty and profound history of this unique region. Starting from the vibrant city of Istanbul, these tours offer a seamless and unforgettable adventure into the heart of Cappadocia.

  • 1 Day and 1 Night Cappadocia Tour from Istanbul (Afternoon Departure) : Perfect for those short on time but eager for adventure, this tour whisks you away to Cappadocia’s most iconic sights, including a mesmerizing sunset viewing and an overnight stay in a traditional cave hotel.
  • 2-Day Cappadocia Tour from Istanbul : Dive deeper into the wonders of Cappadocia with two full days of exploration. From the Goreme Open Air Museum to the fairy chimneys of Pasabag, this tour encapsulates the essence of Cappadocia, complete with comfortable accommodations.
  • 2-Day & 2-Night Cappadocia Tour from Istanbul (Afternoon Departure) : Elevate your Cappadocia experience with this extended tour, offering ample time to discover the region’s ancient underground cities, captivating rock formations, and artisanal craft workshops, all while savoring the comfort of cozy cave accommodations.
  • 3-Day Cappadocia Tour from Istanbul : Immerse yourself in the magic of Cappadocia with three days to explore its vast landscapes, historical sites, and cultural treasures. This tour ensures a comprehensive experience, allowing for deeper connections with the land and its history.
  • 4-Day Cappadocia Tour from Istanbul : The ultimate Cappadocia adventure, this tour invites you to fully embrace the region’s beauty over four days. Discover hidden valleys, historical fortresses, and the vibrant traditions of Cappadocian villages, making for an unforgettable journey through time and nature.

Each tour is crafted to offer a unique perspective of Cappadocia, ensuring that every traveler’s experience is nothing short of magical. Whether you’re seeking a quick escape or an extended exploration, these tours from Istanbul to Cappadocia promise adventures that will last a lifetime.

FAQs about Traveling from Istanbul to Cappadocia

  • Yes, it is generally safe to travel to Cappadocia. Exercise standard safety precautions.
  • The spring and fall months offer the best weather for visiting Cappadocia .
  • The flight takes approximately 1.5 hours.
  • Yes, there are direct bus routes from Istanbul to Cappadocia.
  • Yes, you can rent a car for a flexible travel experience.
  • If you require a visa to enter Turkey , it will cover your visit to Cappadocia as well.

Embracing the Magic of Cappadocia

A Tapestry of Dreams: Cappadocia

As our journey from the bustling streets of Istanbul to the dreamlike vistas of Cappadocia comes to a close, we are left with memories etched in the canvas of our minds, a tapestry of dreams realized in the heart of Turkey. Cappadocia, with its fairy chimneys and ancient caves, whispers tales of bygone eras, inviting us to wander, to dream, and to embrace the enchantment that pervades its landscapes. This is not just a destination but a passage through time, a place where the spirit of adventure finds its true expression under the vast Anatolian skies.

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How to Travel easily from Istanbul to Cappadocia [+ Best Deals]

How to Travel easily from Istanbul to Cappadocia

Located in Central Anatolia, Cappadocia is one of the most popular destinations in Turkey.

The historical region, known for its unique geological formations and fairy chimneys, offers countless spectacular attractions and extraordinary activities, so a l onger stay of a week in Cappadocia is easily possible.

However, if you are planning a trip to Istanbul, it is just as convenient to make a quick two-day detour to Cappadocia and focus only on the highlights. 

In this guide, you will learn about all five transport options that will allow you to travel easily from Istanbul to Cappadocia. On top of that, we give you some great tips on getting the best deals for your Cappadocia trip!

1. From Istanbul to Cappadocia by Tour

The most convenient option to travel from Istanbul to Cappadocia is by tour. With a tour, you can relax and let someone else do all the planning for you. Not only will you get to see some of the most incredible sights Cappadocia has to offer, but you'll also have all your transportation and accommodation taken care of. All you have to do is sit back and enjoy the journey.

There are many different tour companies that offer day trips or longer excursions from Istanbul to Cappadocia. Tours typically include round-trip flights from Istanbul, transportation, accommodation and some activities, such as Hot Air Balloon Ride or visiting an underground city.

  • See your best options to book a ride in a Hot Balloon Air Ticket in Cappadocia at the best price here !

2. From Istanbul to Cappadocia by Flight

Traveling from Istanbul to Cappadocia by plane is extremely easy and convenient , especially if you are short on time. Nowadays, there are many direct flights from Istanbul to Cappadocia, which makes it easier and faster to travel between these two amazing places. The flight duration is only around 1.5 hours , so you can be in Cappadocia and exploring its stunning landscape in no time at all.

There are two airports in the Cappadocia region - Nevsehir Airport (NAV) and Kayseri Airport (ASR), so you should have no problem finding a flight that suits your schedule and budget. If you book early, it is often possible to save money on your flight. The easiest way to get to your accommodation after landing is a pre-booked airport transfer. You can choose between a private airport transfer or a shared shuttle transfer .

3. From Istanbul to Cappadocia by Train

Another easy and convenient transport choice is taking the train from Istanbul to Cappadocia. The most convenient option is the high-speed train , which takes about 9 hours. But if you're looking for a more scenic route , you can also take a slower train (called the " nostalgic train "), which takes about 14 hours. Either way, it's an easy, affordable and comfortable journey, and you'll get to see some beautiful scenery along the way!

You can buy your train ticket at any train station in Istanbul, but we recommend buying it online in advance, as tickets do sell out. Once you have your ticket, all you need to do is board the train and enjoy the ride. Be sure to bring along some snacks and drinks for the trip.

  • Tip: If you want to make the most of your time, take an overnight train , such as the Turkish State Railways (TCDD) sleeper train. This train has private cabins for 2 or 4 people, and each cabin has a sink and bedding.

4. From Istanbul to Cappadocia by Car

Making the journey from Istanbul to Cappadocia by car is a great way to see more of Turkey and have a more flexible travel schedule . The drive of about 800 kilometers takes 8.5 - 12 hours , depending on traffic and stops along the way. But it's a relatively easy drive, especially if you take the toll roads. 

If you'll need to rent a car in Istanbul first, you can do that easily at any of the city's many rental agencies. Be sure to get a car with GPS, so you can easily find your way around, as the roads can be winding and confusing. We recommend that you plan your route in advance and allow plenty of time for breaks, so you have enough time to rest and stretch your legs.

5. From Istanbul to Cappadocia by Bus 

The bus ride to Cappadocia is comfortable and relatively cheap, making it a great option for those looking to travel from Istanbul to Cappadocia on a budget . The journey takes about 12 hours, which is of course longer than by plane or train. There are several stops along the way where you can get out and stretch your legs, and there is plenty of space on the bus for luggage.

There are plenty of bus companies (like Kamil Doc, Nevşehir Seyahat or Metro) that offer service between the two cities, so you shouldn't have any trouble finding one that suits your needs. Buses are equipped with comfortable seats, individual entertainment systems and charging stations for mobile phones, as well as on-board service offering free hot and cold drinks and a snack. They depart from Istanbul's main bus station, the Otogar . It is advisable to book your bus ticket in advance so that you can secure a spot on the date and time that you want to travel. 

Now you know all options you can consider when traveling from Istanbul to Cappadocia. Whichever option you choose, you're sure to have a great time in Cappadocia! For more inspiration, take a look at our Guide to Hot Air Balloon & the most popular Activities in Cappadocia ! 

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The Best Turkey Road Trip Itinerary: Istanbul to Cappadocia

As a tourist destination, Turkey has a lot to offer with a rich and diverse history, incredible scenery and amazing food. Turkey is also a good choice for travellers on a budget. With meals costing around $10 it’s much cheaper than the rest of Europe in 2024.

But being such a big and varied country you could be left wondering, what are the best places to see on a Turkey road trip from Istanbul to Cappadocia ?

I first travelled through Turkey in 2015 as part of a Silk Road tour. I loved it so much I’ve been back many times since and live part time near the seaside town of Kas.

So I decided to put together this guide to visiting the best destinations on a Turkey road trip from Istanbul to Cappadocia . At each destination I describe what to see, which activities to try and where to stay.

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General Info on Türkiye (Turkey)

  • Capital City – Ankara
  • Currency – Lira
  • Language – Turkish
  • Population – 79.8 million
  • President – Recep Tayyip Erdoğan
Europe or Asia? The Bosphorus marks the edge of Europe so technically Turkey is in both Europe and Asia. However, the majority of the country is in Asia, and to me it feels more Asian than European, so I’m going with Asia!

Why Visit Turkey?

Travelling to a country is made great for me by a few simple things – great people, great food and great sights. Turkey has all of this in abundance .

When I first entered Turkey, our overnight stop was Trabzon on the Black Sea Coast. I’d arranged a place to stay but my phone decided to malfunction and suddenly I didn’t have directions to the hotel. Speaking zero Turkish at the time, I stopped to ask a local man for directions.

He didn’t speak any English but he was determined to help me so, unbeknownst to me, he called his son. Five minutes later his son, who handily spoke English, joined us and was able to call the hotel on my behalf.

Then he, along with his dad, drove us to a point where the hotel owners had brought mini-buses to collect me and my group. What legends!

My subsequent visits to Turkey are all filled which similar stories of kindness and helpfulness.

In terms of exploration, Turkey has a plethora of historic sites to visit , along with beautiful landscapes to admire along the way. I’ll touch on some of them in this post.

And as for the food, well that’s a whole other topic, which I cover in more depth in this  post .

Epic view of the Turquoise coast on a Turkey road trip itinerary between Istanbul and Cappadocia, Turkey

How To Travel From Istanbul To Cappadocia

There are several options to get from bustling Istanbul to the unique landscape of Cappadocia.

1. The fastest option is to take an Istanbul to Cappadocia flight. Flights are offered by Turkish Airlines and Pegasus and fly from Istanbul to Neveshir or Kayseri. These can cost as little as $50 USD. ( Check latest prices here ). From these towns one must take a shuttle or bus to Goreme, which is the best base for exploring Cappadocia.

2. Another option is to take an overnight bus. These typically take 10 to 12 hours and are a cheaper option than flying. (Around $20-$30 USD)

3. The third option, and in my opinion the best option, is to embark on an epic Turkey road trip from Istanbul to Cappadocia.

Car rental in Turkey is pretty cheap and very straightforward and I can recommend LocalRent . Whenever I visit Turkey, typically to Dalaman airport, I book the car online and then once I arrive, there is someone from the car rental agency waiting outside the airport to hand me the keys. A few signatures later and I’m on my way.

4. The final way to make this journey overland is to join an overland tour much like the trips I run 🙂

Read on to discover more about the best places to visit in Turkey , on a classic overland route from Istanbul to Cappadocia .

Top Tips for Driving in Turkey

1. In Turkey they drive on the right (In case you’re flying in from the UK!)

2. There are several types of roads in Turkey which include:

  • High speed highways, officially called Otoyol. These are toll roads for which you need a prepaid tag that is displayed in your windscreen. However, this is not required on this route. If you find yourself on one of the roads without a tag, you can pay at the manned barriers or take a ticket at the unmanned barriers. These can be paid later at a post office (PPT) or Zirat Bank.
  • State roads, which are free dual carriageways but have intersections and traffic lights
  • Provincial roads which are typically single carriage country roads

3. The speed limits vary according to the type of road but these are well signposted.

4. An international driving license is compulsory for most foreigners so that your license is translated to Turkish.

Turkey Road Trip Map: Istanbul to Cappadocia

Map of the best Turkey road trip route from Istanbul to Cappadocia

Turkey Road Trip Itinerary

Here’s a quick look at the best Turkey road trip itinerary from Istanbul to Goreme. This itinerary will take around two weeks to complete:

1. Istanbul

What can I say about this great Turkish city that hasn’t already been said before? The city where East meets West, where empires have reached new heights and where cultures have collided. It truly is a magnificent city.

It’s the start and finish of the fabulous Silk Road, so it was quite fitting that my first visit to Istanbul was at the conclusion of a 119 day overland adventure that started at the opposite end of the continent, in Mongolia (which as it happens is where the Turkic language originates)

This is a route that I have since completed twice more, so time spent in Istanbul before and after trips has added up over the last few years. It’s a city where I have always felt at ease (as far as cities go), although as a solo female traveller in Istanbul  it’s always best to have your wits about you.

There is so much on offer in Istanbul and most of it is well documented so there are no surprises, but here are my personal favourite things to do.

They are focused on the Sultanahmet area of Istanbul. I would recommend spending 2 or 3 days in Istanbul to fully explore this fabulous city.

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1. Hagia Sofia / Aya Sofya

This incredible building has to be at the top of the list as it’s such an iconic landmark. It has had many incarnations initially as a church, then as a mosque and now as a museum. A fabulous building to admire from outside and from within.

Travel Tip: No tripods are allowed in any of the museums in Istanbul.

Start an Istanbul to Cappadocia road trip at the  Hagia Sofia in Istanbul

2. Grand Bazaar

You can get lost for hours just wandering the alleyways of the Grand Bazaar. The Grand bazaar is not as authentic as bazaars in Eastern Turkey such as Sanliurfa or Mardin but it gives you a good feel for what once was. Practise your haggling skills as there are certainly some bargains to pick up.

Lamps at the Grand Bazar on a Turkish road trip

3. Basilica Cistern

More than just a great place to escape the summer heat, the Cistern has 336 columns to admire. It was originally built to store water for the Great Palace and other buildings above, but was left to decay under the Ottomans. Thankfully in the 1980’s it was cleaned and renovated for all to enjoy.

4. Sunset on a rooftop in Sultanahmet

There are many rooftop restaurants on which to enjoy a meal and a drink in Sultanahmet. Some offer better views of the Bosphorus and some better views of Hagia Sofia and the Blue Mosque.

The Severn Hills restaurant I think offers great views of both. The best tables get reserved so get in early if you want prime position!

Top Istanbul Tours

  • Luxury Yacht Bosphorus Sunset Cruise $
  • Full day Classic Istanbul Tour $$
  • Taste of Two Continents Food Tour $$$

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Where to stay

On our last visit we stayed at the Antique Hostel . We got a private room for under 30 euros a night which I think is a pretty good deal for a capital city! The hostel has a great terrace for enjoying views of the Bosphorus and is in a perfect central location in Sultanahmet.

For something more luxurious try the White House Hotel . The rooms are exceptional and the terrace views overlooking Sultanahmet are amazing.

2. Eceabat – 340km, 5 hours

The first stop on this Turkey road trip is at Eceabat, which is a town located on the Gallipoli Peninsula at the edge of the Dardanelles. It is the closest town for a visit to the Gallipoli battlefields and memorials.

Gallipoli is now a beautiful pine forest but in 1915 it was the site of a horrible battle where thousands of brave men lost their lives.

During the First World War the Allied forces attempted a land invasion on the Gallipoli peninsula in order to secure safe passage through the Dardanelles straits. With safe passage they could sail up the Strait and capture Constantinople (Istanbul).

The mission was a massive failure, resulting in huge losses for both the Allies and the Turks.

Do a tour of Gallipoli and discover some of the horrors of trench life during WWI. If you can plan your visit in line with ANZAC Day, you will be able to attend the moving memorials that take place at the cemeteries. I recommend booking a tour with TJ Tours (see below).

After a day spent learning about  Gallipoli, head to Boomerang bar for a BBQ next to the beach. If you’re feeling brave try some Raki with the owner.

Visit Gallipoli on your tour from Istanbul to Cappadocia

TJ’s Hotel is a good little hotel run by a great guy called, you guessed it, TJ! TJ is also an awesome tour guide for Gallipoli so if you stay with him he can arrange your tour for the site. Also, if one of your relatives was involved in the landing, you can e-mail TJ in advance and he’ll do some research on them for you.

Alternatively you can book a Gallipoli day tour from Istanbul here .

The new 1915 Canakkale Bridge which crosses the Dardanelles is now complete (March 2022). This is the longest suspension bridge in the world and is quite impressive to drive over. If you have no interest in visiting Gallipoli you could bypass the peninsula and head directly to Troy.

3. Troy – 37km, 1 hour plus a ferry to cross the Dardanelles

You must know the story of the Trojan wooden horse right? Perhaps seen the movie with Brad Pitt as Achilles? Well, a short distance from Eçeabat across the Dardanelles, you can find the famous site where the Trojan Wars took place.

To cross the Dardanelles to Canakkale you need to catch the ferry. These leave regularly throughout the day.

Take a tour of the 3000bc archaeological site and a have a compulsory selfie with the wooden horse!

Pro tip : The horse that was used in the 2004 movie Troy with Brad Pitt, is now on display in the city centre of Çanakkale. The horse at the site is just a replica 🙂

A new museum was opened in 2018 to celebrate the year of Troy. The museum is on the left just before you enter the main car park. It wasn’t open when we were there but I’ve heard good things. This tour of Troy from Çanakkale includes a tour of the new museum.

Opposite the museum is a restaurant where you can enjoy some çay and a bite to eat. The owner, Mustafa Askin, is probably the best guide you can get for Troy. He knows so much about Troy he even wrote a book about it ! 

Haggle for a good price as he will make the site come alive for you. Without a guide the site won’t mean much as it’s very much in ruins. At the very least, get the audio guide available to purchase at the entrance windows.

Include a visit to Troy on your Turkey road trip planner

Where to Stay

On our last visit we opted to camp on the coast just 11km from the site near Yeniköy. There is a basic campsite right next to the beach so you can sit back and imagine a fleet of a thousand ships sailing by to make their attack on Troy.

Assos / Behramkale – if you would prefer not to camp you could drive south, a further 64km from Troy, to the pretty pre-Roman port of Assos. Assos Hotel has fairly cheap rooms and is located right on the water’s edge.

A map pin pointing a camping spot near Troy for an Istanbul to Cappadocia road trip

4. Selçuk – 369km, 5 hours

The next stop on this Turkish road trip is at Selçuk, a small but bustling town known as the gateway to the mighty Ephesus. The town itself has lots of places to explore such as Saint John’s Basilica, the Temple of Artemis and the cemetery of the Severn Sleepers.

Alternatively, if you happen to be in Selçuk on Saturday, you can experience the local farmers market and get a glimpse of rural Turkish life.

The ancient city of Ephesus was the 4th largest city in the eastern Roman Empire and is an absolute must visit on your trip to Turkey. You will need at least half a day here and I recommend arriving early to avoid the heat and big tour groups.

As one of Turkey’s best ancient ruins , even those not interested in history won’t fail to be impressed by the Grand Theatre and Library of Celsus.

Ephesus is a top Turkey destination

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A short drive up into the mountains from Selçuk will bring you to Şirince village which is a real hidden gem in Turkey . The village was was previously inhabited by Greeks and their influence is still clear to see, however Şirince is most famous for it’s fruit wine.

I’ll be honest, the fruit wine isn’t really to my taste but it is still fun to try as you wander around the cobbled stone alleyways.

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Atilla’s getaway – Love, love, love this place! Atilla’s Getaway has always been a stop on the classic Turkish overland route from Istanbul to Cappadocia, predominantly as a camping spot.

Now luxurious rooms have been added, so along with an outdoor pool, bar, terrace and pool table, it’s the perfect place to spend a night or two after a day of exploring. Atilla also cooks amazing food if you want an easy evening meal.

If you’d prefer to be based in the town itself, try the Celsus Boutique Hotel . This gorgeous hotel boasts an indoor and outdoor pool and is conveniently located near the main town attractions.

5. Pamukkale – 191km, 3 hours

Travelling further along on our Turkey road trip we now head inland towards Pamukkale, which is a two for the price of one kind of site. Pamukkale consists of travertine terraces filled with pools of water, as well as the ruins of a Greek-Roman city.

The white terraces have formed from calcium carbonate that has slowly been deposited by the flowing water of multiple hot springs. When the Roman’s happened upon the area they discovered the hot springs were a great place to rest their weary bones and promptly decided to build a city at the top!

Enter the site from the bottom and walk up through the terraces. No shoes are allowed on the travertines themselves in order to prevent erosion , so take a bag to carry them in. Once at the top you can then explore the ruined city of Hierapolis which is famed for its colonnaded street, intact theatre and numerous sarcophagi.

If you’re happy to pay a little extra you can then bathe in the ancient pool at the top of the   terraces (Cleopatra’s Pool), much like the Romans would’ve done. You can spend most of the day exploring this sight and as always, arrive early in the morning to beat the crowds.

Pamukkale is a must-visit destination on a Turkey road trip

There are numerous places to stay in Pamukkale . For a budget option but try Baydil campsite located right at the bottom of the terraces. The campsite comes complete with its own waterpark which is open in the summer months.

For a hotel with the best views over the terraces try Hotel Sahin . It has an outdoor pool and some rooms have private balconies overlooking Pammukale. Don’t miss the traditional Turkish breakfast on the roof terrace before you start you day.

The Natural Park just across the road can provide some nice reflection photos of the terraces, especially at sunset.

Pumukkale hotsprings is a must on a Turkey road trip from Istanbul to Cappadocia

6. Ölüdeniz – 206km, 3 hours

Ok I’ll hold my hands up and say Ölüdeniz wouldn’t normally be the kind of place I would visit as it’s more of a beach vacation town. However, if travelling on this route from Pamukkale to Kaş, it makes sense to stop here and use it as a base for lots of other activities.

For a complete list of all the things to do in Ölüdeniz , see this post. However, some of the best things to do in Ölüdeniz include the following.

1. Paraglide over the Blue Lagoon

This is probably the most famous activity in Ölüdeniz and no doubt offers the best view of the Blue Lagoon. There are various outfitters that offer paragliding tours which you can book online here .

2. Get wet in Saklikent Gorge

Saklikent Gorge is one of the deepest gorges in the world and is a great place to cool off in the hot summer months. Upon entering the gorge the water is quite shallow and the gorge is quite wide but the more you venture in, the more narrow it becomes.

River shoes are highly recommended along with a waterproof camera, just in case. For an extra cost you can try some river tubing for 30 minutes along the gentle rapids. There are also plenty of restaurants at the entrance to feed your hunger!

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3. Visit the ruined Greek town of Kayaköy

This is a huge Ghost Town just a short drive away from Ölüdeniz. It was once a bustling town comprised of Greeks and Turks living happily alongside each other.

However, after the rise of the Turkish National Movement, minorities like the Greek Orthodox were forced to flee or face persecution. What remains, is a museum village consisting of hundreds of abandoned Greek style houses which are free to roam around.

Click here to see a short video of visiting Kayaköy.

A ruined Greek town is a top place in Turkey to visit

4. Hike the start of the Lycian way

The Lycian Way is a long distance trail that runs for 540km along the Turquoise Coast from Fetiye to Antalya. The start of the trail is on the mountain just above Ölüdeniz. Taxi drivers in town will be more than happy to take you to the start and wait for your return.

By hiking just a few kilometres you can get a feel of what the trail has to offer. It also provides the best views of Ölüdeniz beach and the blue lagoon (aside from paragliding!)

Hiking the Lycian way during our Turkey road trip from Istanbul to Cappadocia

5. Take a boat trip to Butterfly valley

The beautiful bay of Butterfly valley can only be accessed by boat. There are many vendors in Ölüdeniz that offer full day tours to Butterfly valley . If you’re not keen on a boat trip you can drive to a view point high upon the cliffs above, just 10 minutes from Ölüdeniz or you could even hike down into the valley if you’re brave enough!

For a complete guide to visiting Butterfly Valley, take a look at this post!

6. Explore Patara

Patara is another two for one kind of place, in that you have a beach and a Lycian/Roman ruin in close proximity to one another. Patara was an important Lycian city and was one of the “Big 6”.

Patara’s importance is demonstrated by the presence of a parliament building. A place where members of the elected Lycian League met to discuss state affairs.

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7. Visit Xanthos

Xanthos was another important city in Lycia and was the capital city of the Lycian Federation. As well as the Harpy and pilar tombs, the amphitheatre and the Roman-Byzantine street, Xanthos also contains the Xanthian Obelisk. This pilar is covered with the longest Lycian inscription known to exist, a language which we still haven’t fully decoded.

This day tour includes visits to Xanthos, Saklikent Canyon and Patara Beach.

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If you want to splash out on an all-inclusive resort with multiple pools, located right on the seafront, try Liberty Lykia. For a hotel situated in the famous Blue Lagoon try Sugar Beach Club or for a gorgeous apartment in the heart of Oludeniz try the Salonika Suites .

7. Kas – 131km, 2 hours

Ah I love Kas (Kaş). It has a special little place in my heart and is my most visited place in Turkey. This seaside town is quieter than other resorts like Fethiye , Ölüdeniz or Antalya as it’s a little further away from either Dalaman or Antalya airports.

Time spent in Kaş can be as busy or as relaxed as you would like it to be , since it has a variety of beaches and activities to suit. Top activities include wandering the pretty cobble streets and shopping at the local boutique stores, scuba diving, visiting the ancient amphitheatre and relaxing on the beaches.

For a detailed post on things to see and do in Kas, read this guide .

The budget option for tonight is Kas Camping but for a beautiful glamping experience, try Joy Glamping on the other edge of town. For a comfortable hotel with incredible views over the bay choose Luna Kas .

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8. Olympos – 121km, 2 hours

Having driven along the coast for the final time on this Turkey road trip, you will next arrive at Olympos. Olympos is also the last of our Lycian cities before we head inland to central Turkey.

1. Chimaera flames

At night take a trip to see the Chimaera flames. From the car park it is a 20-30 minute hike up the side of Mt Olympos to see the naturally occurring cluster of flames that constantly burn from the rock. Most trips will run after dinner as the flames are best seen at night.

Visit the Chimaera flames at Olymus on a Turkey road trip from Istanbul to Cappadocia

2. Beach and ruins

To access the beach you have to pay an entrance fee. This fee also grants you access to the ruins of Olympos, which you have to walk through in order to get to the beach beyond. The ruins are only small but worth a look around on your way to/from the beach.

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Why in a tree house of course! It is the thing to do at Olympos and there are many places to choose. My favourite tree house stays are Saban Tree Houses and Bayrams Tree Houses

If you don’t still harbour your childhood dream to sleep in a tree house, more comfortable en suite rooms are also available.

9. Antalya – 78km, 1.5 hours

The next stop on this epic Turkish road trip is Antalya. Located in a region known as the Turkish Riviera, Antalya is Turkey’s largest international coastal resort city. The city is known for its beautiful Mediterranean beaches, historical landmarks and cultural attractions.

Top things to do in Antalya include wandering the streets of the Old Town to see impressive sights such as Hadrian’s Gate and the Fluted Minaret, taking a boat trip to see the thunderous Duden waterfalls or enjoying a day trip to nearby Koprulu Canyon,  Aspendos or Thermessos ruins.

For a complete guide to all the things to do in Antalya, see this post.

For those on a budget, check out  Camp & Hostel Antalya  which offers shared accommodation with a traveller-friendly vibe.

For a family friendly resort, located right on the beachfront, try the  Sealife Family Resort Hotel which  has everything you need for your time in Antalya including swimming pools, a spa and a traditional Turkish bath.

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10. Göreme, Cappadocia – 537km, 7 hours

Göreme is the gateway to a big adventure playground! It’s the place where you can rise at the crack of dawn to take a hot air ballon flight , find adventure on a quad bike tour or go for a hike and get lost in places with romantic names such as love valley.

Spoiler alert! Love valley isn’t actually that romantic…you’ll discover why once you get there!

For many, Göreme the final destination on a cross-country road trip in Turkey and the drive to get here is easily the biggest on this Turkey itinerary.

The geology in the region of Cappadocia is very unique so it’s definitely worth having a few days to explore. This is without doubt one of the prettiest places in Turkey.

For all the top things to do in Cappadocia see this guide .  Alternatively, if you’re looking for an easy Cappadocia itinerary see this 3 day Cappadocia itinerary.

If you plan on visiting Cappadocia in Winter, don’t miss this guide .

In  Göreme  itself, a budget friendly option is  Kookaburra cave hotel . It’s small, centrally located, with a lovely rooftop terrace from which to admire the views (and balloons). 

With a more premium budget take a look at  Cappadocia Cave Suites  or  Sultan Cave Suites, both of which are centrally located in Göreme .

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Beyond Cappadocia

Onwards to northern turkey.

Why stop your Turkish road trip in Cappadocia? If you want to continue your overland adventure why not continue on towards Georgia ? This small mountainous country is fabulous for trekking, has lots of history and is home to some of the best wine in the world!

If continuing onto Georgia a great sight to visit is Sümela monastery, don’t miss the local market at Maçka and take a little time to explore the Black Sea City of Trabzon.

Onwards to Eastern Turkey

If your onward travels takes you towards southern Anatolia be sure not to miss the best bazaar in Turkey at Sanliurfa , the spellbinding statues of Nemrut Dagi and the charming Silk Road city of Mardin .

Basic Turkish

How to pronounce all the squiggly letters.

Atatürk was a very forward thinking leader so as part of his reforms he decided that Turkey should convert to a latin based script. Thankfully for us Westerners that makes trying to pronounce Turkish words a little easier.

However, you will notice there are a few strange looking letters in there, so here is a basic introduction to get you going.

  • ç – ‘ch’ as in church. For example çay (chai)
  • ş – ‘sh’ as in should. For example Kaş (Kash)
  • ğ – is silent so just ignore it. For example President Erdoğan (Erdoan)
  • ö – ‘ur’ as in fur.
  • ü – just like German ü
  • ı – the undotted i makes an ‘uh’ sound as in plus

Helpful phrases

  • Hello – Merhaba
  • How are you? – Nasilsin?
  • I’m fine. How are you? İyiyim (pronounced ‘ee eem’) sağol, sen nasılsın?
  • Thank you – Teşekkür ederim
  • Please – lütfen
  • No – Hayır or yok
  • Where are the toilets? – Tuvalet nerede?
  • Sorry – Pardon

The Best Time To Visit Turkey

The best time for a trip to Turkey is between the summer months of April and October . Be warned it can get very hot on the coast in July and August and the areas away from the coast, such as Cappadocia, get pretty cold in the winter months.

Turkey Road Trip Summary

This concludes my Turkey road trip planner from Istanbul to Cappadocia. I hope you enjoyed reading this as much as I enjoyed putting it all together.

Turkey is a huge country with lots of incredible destinations to see. This road trip covers a small section of the country from Istanbul, along the coast to Cappadocia in Central Turkey. Along this classic overland route there are many incredible sights to see such as Troy, Ephesus, Pammukale, Olympos and Cappadocia.

The best way to enjoy this route is to rent a car and embark on an epic Turkish road trip!

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Getting From Istanbul to Cappadocia: 4 Ways

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Turkey is a wonderfully diverse and captivating country. In Turkey, you can be quite suddenly transported from the glistening wonder of the Bosphorous to spellbinding ancient ruins and wondrous marvels of natural beauty within a single hour. Getting from Istanbul to Cappadocia is often one of the first adventures any traveller to Turkey considers, tempted as they understandably are by those stunning and famous shots of flying balloons and otherworldly, almost alien landscapes.

Cappadocia is a place like no other in the world, with real-life underground villages and magical, ethereal rock formations, as well as history and culture all of its own, separate from what you’ll find in other parts of Turkey. It’s a place to get comfortable and excitedly lost in, and one you’ll never ever forget. Thankfully, getting to Cappadocia from Istanbul is a very easy and worthwhile journey to make. But with a few convenient ways to travel there, each with their own pros and cons to consider, what’s actually the best way to get from Istanbul to Cappadocia?

Here is a run-down of all the different ways to get from Istanbul to Cappadocia, so that you can make an informed decision when you head out on the road to this magical place for yourself.

Getting From Istanbul to Cappadocia: 4 Ways

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Istanbul to Cappadocia by Bus

Travelling by bus is by far the cheapest way to go between Istanbul to Cappadocia. Of course, it’s worth remembering that Turkey is already a relatively cheap country so travelling by train isn’t going to break the bank but you still want to save as much money as possible. And, for that, taking the bus is the way to go. And just because it’s cheap, that doesn’t mean it’s an uncomfortable way to get around at all! So, if time is on your side, then the bus is highly recommended.

Another advantage of taking the bus is its speed. Taking the bus is a more slow, rugged, methodical way of getting from the urban sprawl to the rural calm. There’s something detoxing about taking a slower, cheaper bus journey. Something carefree about enjoying the ride, the changing and captivating landscape, and the fact that it’s the cheapest way of getting from A to B.

For how to actually get the bus from Istanbul to Cappadocia, you can take the night bus (around 10-12 hours) which, if you can sleep on the bus, is ideal since you’ll get to the heart of Cappadocia in the morning and you’ll be relatively nice and fresh from your sleep.

The easiest way to book and organise this is to ask your hotel to reserve you a seat on the night bus, or to head to the more established bus companies’ websites to book your own bus ticket. For example, Metro Turizm (a great choice since their website works perfectly well in English) and Nevşehir Seyahat . The night bus will cost you between €15 and €20 and they run nightly from around 22.45. Taking the bus is very much a hassle-free and affordable option if you can’t face flying. Enjoy the slow ride, get some shut-eye, and arrive in a whole other world come morning!

Istanbul to Cappadocia by Car

Driving to Cappadocia is very possible, and would be an amazing opportunity if you’re already driving through Turkey on a road trip and want to make some stops on the way. In fact, anyone doing a road trip across Turkey owes it to themselves to stop in Cappadocia. However, it’s a long journey to take if you’re only planning on getting from Istanbul to Cappadocia and it will take you around eight hours of straight driving.

Of course, you’ll see some incredible views along the way and driving is always an adventure (particularly as you’ll be driving a portion of the historic and magical Silk Road on your way to Cappadocia).

The total distance is around 800km/490 miles but could easily be broken up by visiting Turkey’s capital city of Ankara or some of the smaller towns along your route. If you have plenty of time to spare, are travelling as a group to share on fuel costs, and love the freedom of the open road then I can wholeheartedly recommend driving. Car rental in Turkey is relatively cheap at less than €10 per day.

*Whether you’re driving or taking another mode of transport (but especially driving!) always have travel insurance in case something goes wrong.  Getting in trouble in a foreign country can be a pain and very expensive so always make sure you’re covered.  I recommend World Nomads or SafetyWing .  World Nomads have more extensive plans which would be ideal for your trip to Turkey.

Getting From Istanbul to Cappadocia: 4 Ways

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Istanbul to Cappadocia by Flight

Flying is by far the easiest and quickest way of getting from Istanbul to Cappadocia. Tickets are cheap, especially if you book them in advance. In fact, they’re often cheaper than taking the bus! Domestic flights in Turkey are good quality (especially Turkish Airlines) and very well organised so the journey will take just over an hour. For their cheap cost and quickness, internal flights in Turkey simply can’t be beaten.

Flights depart all day and you can fly from either Atatürk Airport or Sabiha Gokcen Airport but I’d recommend the former as it’s more convenient to get to. Once you reach Kayseri Erkilet Airport in Cappadocia, you’ll need to hire a pickup from your hotel or even hire a car to take you to the main geological area which will take about an hour. If your goal is to get to Cappadocia quickly and easily, while still saving on costs, taking a quick internal flight is certainly the way to do it.

Istanbul to Cappadocia by Train

Turkey’s high-speed rail network is excellent and the trains are incredibly comfortable so this is definitely a top choice for getting from Istanbul to Cappadocia. The journey takes around four and a half hours and you can still enjoy the amazing mountain scenery as you go past.

The easiest way to book tickets is actually at the train station but you can check the timetables before you go on the main railway website . The only problem is that there are no direct trains to Cappadocia, you’ll have to travel to Konya Station and then take a bus from there. The train isn’t the fastest or the cheapest option (it’ll cost around €25) so people generally opt for flying or the bus.

Alternatively, you can take a 2-day tour like this one!

There are lots of options on how to get from Istanbul to Cappadocia.  If you have any questions then make sure you leave them below!

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  • August 22, 2023
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The Ultimate Guide to Traveling from Istanbul to Cappadocia

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Cappadocia is once in a Lifetime Travel Destination

For many travelers, Cappadocia is the ultimate destination, and it’s easily accessible from Istanbul. You can cross this dream destination off your bucket list with just a 2-day trip. Our comprehensive guide will provide you with everything you need to know for a smooth journey from Istanbul to Cappadocia. Let us help you plan the trip of a lifetime – read on to find out more.

Istanbul to Cappadocia

Traveling from Istanbul to Cappadocia is one of the most popular journeys in Turkey, as it offers visitors a chance to experience the country’s rich history and breathtaking natural beauty. Whether you’re a seasoned traveler or a first-time visitor, making the journey from Istanbul to Cappadocia can be a bit confusing, with several different travel options available.

When to Visit Cappadocia?

The most popular times to visit Cappadocia are definitely the springs. April 15 – June 15 and August 15 – October 15 are the two important seasons of Cappadocia. During these periods, the weather is neither too cold nor too hot. You can enjoy pleasant valley walks and carry out your sunset activities without worrying about the weather.

It is true that Cappadocia has a different spirit in every season. In the winter, Cappadocia is covered in white, and in the summer, the evening coolness will give you a different experience.

My first recommendation is spring, followed by summer, and finally, winter.

Best Ways to Get to Cappadocia from Istanbul

There are several options for getting from Istanbul to Cappadocia, including by plane, bus, and car. Each method has its own pros and cons, so it’s important to choose the one that best fits your travel needs and budget.

The quickest and most convenient way to get from Istanbul to Cappadocia is by plane. Direct flights from Istanbul to Cappadocia’s Nevsehir Airport are available, taking approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes. From the airport, it’s a short taxi ride or shuttle bus ride to your hotel in the Cappadocia region.

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Taking a bus from Istanbul to Cappadocia is a popular option for budget travelers. Buses depart from Istanbul’s main bus station, Esenler Otogar, and take approximately 10-12 hours to reach Cappadocia. The journey is long, but scenic, and offers a chance to see the country’s rural landscapes and small villages along the way. The bus is the cheapest way to go if you are a backpacker or budget traveler. You can book your Bus ticket via obilet.com . You should search from Istanbul to Kapadokya.

Driving from Istanbul to Cappadocia is a great option for those who want to have more control over their travel itinerary and take the scenic route. The journey takes approximately 12-14 hours and is best made in a comfortable and well-equipped car. You can stop on your way at some other attractions or you can take different Routes to visit cities like Ankara. Obviously traveling by car makes you flexible and you can take advantage of it. The road between Istanbul and Kapadokya is very good so you can enjoy the scenic route. Stop by some local Restaurants and enjoy traditional cuisine. You can Rent your car with Rentalcars.com which shows the best car hire deals.

If you are an experienced motorbike rider and feel confident navigating through different types of terrain, then it could be a great adventure to travel from Istanbul to Cappadocia on a motorbike. You will have the freedom to explore the countryside at your own pace and experience the natural beauty of Turkey along the way.

However, if you are a beginner or inexperienced rider, it may not be the best idea to undertake such a journey. The roads in Turkey can be challenging, especially in the mountainous areas between Istanbul and Cappadocia. The traffic in Istanbul can also be very congested and chaotic, which could be overwhelming for some riders.

Additionally, the weather can also be a factor to consider. If you plan to travel during the winter months, the roads can be icy and treacherous, making it more difficult to ride safely.

Overall, traveling from Istanbul to Cappadocia by motorbike can be an exciting adventure, but it is important to carefully consider your level of experience, the time of year you plan to travel, and the condition of the roads before embarking on this journey. It is always recommended to wear proper safety gear and to take precautions to ensure a safe and enjoyable trip.

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2-Day All-Inclusive Cappadocia Guided Trip From Istanbul

If you want to save yourself the hassle of booking transportation, hotels, balloon tours, and museum visits by purchasing a reasonably priced 2-day guided trip from Istanbul to Cappadocia. With this package, all your travel arrangements will be taken care of, leaving you free to relax and enjoy your adventure.

On this trip from Istanbul, you will get flights, museum tickets, cave hotel accommodation, roundtrip airport transfers, and a guided tour. You can Opt-In for a Baloon Ride if you like!

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What to Expect Along the Way?

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Cappadocia became UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1985 under the name Goreme National Park and the Rock Sites of Cappadocia.

No matter which travel option you choose, the journey from Istanbul to Cappadocia is sure to be an unforgettable experience. Along the way, you’ll have the chance to see some of Turkey’s most iconic landmarks, including the historic city of Konya nearby, the famous hot-air balloon town of Goreme, and the stunning rock formations and caves of Cappadocia.

When traveling by bus, you’ll have the chance to take in the scenery and visit small villages, where you can sample local cuisine and meet the friendly locals. When flying, you’ll have the convenience of a quick and efficient journey, with the added bonus of stunning views of Cappadocia from the air.

If you choose to drive, you’ll have the freedom to stop and explore at your leisure, taking in the sights and sounds of the countryside as you travel through central Turkey. No matter which travel option you choose, be sure to bring your camera and capture the memories of your journey from Istanbul to Cappadocia.

Hot-Air Baloon Tour in Cappadocia

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One of the most famous tourist attraction from Cappadocia is Hot-Air Baloon Tours

Cappadocia is famous for its hot air balloon tours because of its unique landscape and natural formations. Here are some of the things that make hot air balloon tours in Cappadocia special:

Otherworldly landscapes: Cappadocia is known for its unique rock formations, including “fairy chimneys” and otherworldly landscapes that have been formed by centuries of volcanic activity and erosion. Hot air balloon tours allow visitors to experience these landscapes from a bird’s eye view, providing a breathtaking and unforgettable experience.

Sunrise views: Hot air balloon tours in Cappadocia typically take place at sunrise, which means that visitors can experience the stunning colors of the sunrise over the unique landscape of Cappadocia. This creates a magical and memorable experience that is hard to replicate.

Weather conditions: The unique weather conditions in Cappadocia make it a perfect location for hot air balloon tours. The area experiences very little wind, which means that the balloons can fly very close to the ground and can hover above the unique rock formations, providing an up-close view of the landscape.

Photography opportunities: Hot air balloon tours in Cappadocia provide excellent opportunities for photography. The unique landscape and sunrise views provide a stunning backdrop for photos, and the balloons themselves can be an interesting subject for photography.

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Hot-Air Baloon Tour is once in a lifetime experience

How much does Hot-Air Baloon Tours costs?

The cost of hot air balloon tours in Cappadocia can vary depending on a number of factors, including the season, time of day, and the operator that you choose. However, in general, hot air balloon tours in Cappadocia are considered to be a premium and relatively expensive activity.

The price of a hot air balloon tour in Cappadocia typically ranges from around 150-300 USD per person , depending on the duration of the tour and the level of service provided by the operator. Some operators may charge more for longer tours, while others may include extras like hotel transfers, breakfast, or champagne toasts.

While the cost of a hot air balloon tour in Cappadocia may be relatively high, many visitors consider it to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience that is well worth the investment. The stunning views and unique landscape of Cappadocia, combined with the exhilarating adventure of a hot air balloon ride, create a truly unforgettable experience that is hard to replicate elsewhere.

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Baloon Tours on Sun Rise is the most famous Tour

Overall, the hot air balloon tours in Cappadocia provide a unique and unforgettable experience that combines natural beauty with an exhilarating adventure, making it a must-do activity for anyone visiting the region.

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Where to Stay in Cappadocia?

Cappadocia offers a range of accommodations to suit different preferences and budgets, including hotels, guesthouses, hostels, and traditional cave houses. Here are some popular areas to consider when choosing where to stay in Cappadocia:

Goreme: This is one of the most popular areas to stay in Cappadocia, located in the heart of the region and close to many of the main attractions. Goreme offers a range of accommodations to suit different budgets, including cave hotels and guesthouses. Many of the accommodations in Goreme offer stunning views of the surrounding landscape, and it’s a great base for exploring the area.

Uchisar: Uchisar is another popular area to stay in Cappadocia, known for its stunning views of the surrounding valleys and fairy chimneys. This area is home to some of the most exclusive and luxurious hotels in the region, as well as some more affordable guesthouses and boutique hotels.

Avanos: Avanos is a charming town located on the banks of the Kizilirmak River, known for its traditional pottery and handicrafts. This area offers a more relaxed and laid-back atmosphere than some of the more touristy areas of Cappadocia, and it’s a great place to stay if you’re looking for a more authentic experience.

Urgup: Urgup is a lively and bustling town located in the center of Cappadocia, known for its vibrant markets and traditional architecture. This area offers a range of accommodations to suit different budgets, as well as a variety of restaurants, bars, and shops.

Ultimately, where you stay in Cappadocia will depend on your personal preferences and the type of experience you’re looking for. Regardless of where you choose to stay, the unique landscape and attractions of Cappadocia are sure to make for an unforgettable trip.

The Best Hotels in Cappadocia

The otherworldly region of Cappadocia is a fairy tale comes to life, boasting a geological spectacle of honeycomb hills and peculiar rock formations that must be seen to be believed. Moreover, the region’s rich human history is an integral part of its charm, as the soft stone has been used for centuries to carve underground homes in the countryside, once inhabited by the Hittites, Persians, and early Christian Romans. This cavernous architectural style has led to the emergence of many unique and thrilling hotels in the area, as visitors flock to witness the breathtaking natural wonder.

Luxury Hotels

The region is abundant in luxury hotels, and we have selected two recommendations that we think you’ll enjoy.

Ariana Sustainable Luxury Lodge

Location: uchisar, website: arianalodge.com.

https://www.booking.com/hotel/tr/museum.en.html?aid=7971919&no_rooms=1&group_adults=2&room1=A%2CA

Ariana combines the geological spectacle with high-end luxury

Experience the luxurious lifestyle without compromising on sustainability at the Ariana Luxury Lodge, which boasts breathtaking views of the Uchisar Valley, a deluxe concierge service offering private guided tours, and a restaurant set within beautiful grounds. The lodge itself is an impressive architectural feat that seamlessly blends into the surrounding landscape.

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Museum Hotel Cappadocia

Location: uchisar website: museumhotel.com.

https://www.booking.com/hotel/tr/museum.en.html?aid=7971919&no_rooms=1&group_adults=2&room1=A%2CA

Museum Hotel is unique

The Museum Hotel is probably the most luxurious and best hotel in Cappadocia, but let’s not forget to mention that it is also the most expensive hotel in the region.

As one of the first hotels to bring the luxury hotel concept to Cappadocia, the Museum Hotel is a super-splendid and mysterious boutique hotel located in a very large area in Uchisar, with only 30 stunning rooms.

The Museum, which is Turkey’s only Relais & Chateaux hotel, takes its name from the hundreds of priceless historical artifacts belonging to the Hittite, Roman, Seljuk and Ottoman periods that are displayed with great care in all hotel rooms, common areas, cave tunnels and the hotel restaurant, registered in the Nevsehir Museum.

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Museum Hotel has a Cave Hotel Concept

The hotel is also among the hotels with unique views, as the most important visual values of Cappadocia such as Goreme Valley, Love Valley, Pigeon Valley, Red Valley, Avanos, and Erciyes Mountain can be seen from all rooms. In addition to all these features, it should also be noted that the Museum Hotel’s rooms have luxury details such as Jacuzzi and hammam, and the hotel has shared use of an enormous, luxurious swimming pool with a magnificent view.

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Mid-Range Hotels

In Cappadocia, there is a wide selection of hotels in the mid-range category. It is hard to narrow it down because there are many good options. Here you can find the two recommendations from us which you will like.

Traveler’s Cave Hotel

Location: göreme, website: hotel.travelerscave.com.

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At Traveler’s Cave you will have a great view

It is a great option for those who want to stay in Göreme with its terrace and amazing view. The hotel is a 5-minute walk to the center of Göreme. The rooms are carved out of volcanic rocks. If you go there, be sure to watch the sunrise or sunset from the terrace for us. If you want to rent, the hotel has rental bicycles.

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Goreme Suites

Location: göreme website: goremesuites.com.

Terrace View of Hostel Terra Vista

Goreme Suites offers a peaceful and romantic stay with magnificent views of Cappadocia, excellent services, and in-room free wireless internet. All of the accommodations have a rustic and comfortable decorations, as well as unique Cappadocia views. The hotel serves a daily open buffet breakfast. It also provides car and bicycle rental services for you to explore the surroundings.

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Budget Hotels

There are also many options for travelers on a budget. You can find a range of affordable hotels, hostels, and guesthouses in different parts of Cappadocia, especially in the towns of Göreme and Ürgüp. Some of these budget accommodations may offer fewer amenities than more expensive options, but they can still provide a comfortable and enjoyable stay. Here are two recommendations you can look at.

Antique Terrace Suites

Location: göreme website: antiqueterracesuties.com.

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Antique Terrace Suites offers a great view

Antique Terrace Suites boasts a superb location and stunning views from its terrace. The hotel provides exceptional cave rooms, allowing guests to experience an authentic and unique stay.

Staying in the houses carved into the rocks, which are the symbol of Cappadocia, would be a perfect holiday choice for those who truly want to immerse themselves in nature and experience the history and mystery of the region.

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Hostel Terra Vista Location: Göreme Website: facebook.com/terravista

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Out of all the options listed, Hostel Terra Vista stands out as the most affordable. It is an excellent choice for budget-friendly lodging in Cappadocia, located in close proximity to the main attractions. Despite its low cost, guests can still enjoy a comfortable holiday experience. Hostel Terra Vista has received numerous positive reviews and is highly recommended by many sources.

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You can discover budget-friendly deals on hostels depending on the season. To find the best deals, you can visit the hostel-worlds website and browse their current offers.

In conclusion, traveling from Istanbul to Cappadocia is a must-do for anyone visiting Turkey. Whether you choose to fly, take the bus, or drive, the journey is sure to be an unforgettable experience filled with stunning scenery and cultural experiences. With its rich history, breathtaking natural beauty, and friendly locals, Cappadocia is a destination that should not be missed. So, book your trip today and start planning your journey from Istanbul to Cappadocia.

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Istanbul to Cappadocia

With its fairytale landscape, magical rock formations, and hot air balloon-filled sky, Cappadocia is one of the most popular destinations to travel to from Istanbul. 352 miles separate the bustling city of Istanbul and the ethereal Cappadocia and, given the popularity of the route, it’s relatively easy to travel between the two!

We’ve used a variety of transportation between Istanbul and Cappadocia on our visits to Turkey and have put together this guide on traveling from Istanbul to Cappadocia to help you plan your travels.

Istanbul to Cappadocia

Most visitors to Turkey arrive by air through Istanbul International Airport. Depending on your mode of transport there are a few options for traveling between Istanbul and Cappadocia or directly from Istanbul Airport to Cappadocia.

There are 4 popular transportation options for traveling from Istanbul to Cappadocia:

  • By Air: Fly from Istanbul to Cappadocia
  • By Road: Rental Car to drive from Istanbul to Cappadocia
  • By Road: Bus between Istanbul and Cappadocia
  • Tour: join a tour from Istanbul to Cappadocia
Istanbul to Cappadocia tip: there is no direct train between Istanbul and Cappadocia.

Where to Stay in Cappadocia

There are 5 main areas to stay in Cappadocia that all offer great options for places to stay and the towns of Göreme and Uçhisar are the most popular options. Our favourites include:

  • Sultan Cave Suites, Goreme: made famous on Instagram for its epic rooftop terrace and views across Göreme and the sunrise balloons, Sultan Cave Suites is one of our favourite hotels in Cappadocia. The rooms are cave suite style and hewn into the rock: they are cosy and presented at a very high standard –  check prices now!
  • Rox Cappadocia, Uchisar –  We stayed in the Rox and the experience was exceptional. The rooms are cave style and the breakfast delicious. The view from the roof terrace is one of our favourites in Cappadocia  –  check prices now!
  • Mithra Cave Hotel  – The next door neighbour of the Sultan Cave Suites, the Mithra Cave Hotel also offers excellent panoramic views of the hot air balloons but it’s possible to secure rooms at lower rates. Mithra also has a resident dog and rooms range from basic cave rooms to two bedroom cave suites –  check prices now!

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Istanbul to Cappadocia

1 | Istanbul to Cappadocia by Air

  • Flight time: 2 hours 30 minutes

Three airlines (Turkish Airlines, Pegasus Airlines, and Turkish Airlines’ regional airline, AnadoluJet) operate direct flights between Istanbul and Cappadocia. Depending on the time of year, flights can be relatively cheap and there are regular departures throughout the day.

When choosing your flight from Istanbul to Cappadocia make sure to consider the departure airport in Istanbul:

  • Turkish Airlines (IST to ASR): Turkish Airlines fly between IST (Istanbul International Airport) and ASR (Kayseri Erkilet International Airport close to Cappadocia). If you are arriving by air to IST or are based near the major sites on the European side of the city then I’d reccomend flying from IST.
  • Pegasus Airlines/AnadoluJet (SAW to ASR) : both Pegasus and AnadoluJet depart from SAW (Sabiha Gokcen Airport) in Istanbul. SAW is located on the Asian side of Istanbul so can be less convienent than IST if you staying on the European side of the city.

Getting to your Cappadocia hotel from Kayseri Airport

It takes just over 1 hour to travel from Goreme or Uchisar After arriving at Kayseri Airport.

  • Private Transfer : private transfers are a popular option and ensure a seamless and comfortable transfer – check prices here!
  • Shared Transfer : a less expensive option to a private transfer, shared transfers are convienient for travel between the aiport and accomadation – check prices here!
  • Bus : a regular bus tranfer is the cheapest option. Buses depart from Kayseri Central Bus Station between 7am and 9pm daily. Tickets cost around Euro 3.

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2 | Istanbul to Cappadocia by Rental Car

  • Drive time: 8 hours direct

Renting a car is an awesome way to explore Turkey and we’ve had some amazing road trips through the west of the country. Outside of the gridlock of Istanbul, driving in Turkey is a pleasant experience and we’ve always felt safe.

If you are planning on driving between Istanbul and Cappadocia, check out our tips for renting a car in Turkey and, if you want to explore the country further, our Turkey itinerary .

Istanbul

We recommend two driving routes between Istanbul and Cappadocia:

Istanbul to Cappadocia Direct

It takes around 8 hours to drive the 470miles/760km between Istanbul to Cappadocia.

If you are arriving in Istanbul International Airport (IST) then we recommend staying overnight in an airport hotel and setting off first thing the next morning for Cappadocia. If you are staying in Istanbul then, again, setting off early is essential to escape before the traffic jams start!

Istanbul to Cappadocia via Safranbolou and Hattusha

This is a great route if you want to do some sightseeing on the way to Cappadocia. It takes 9.5hours to drive the route and we spent two nights in Safranbolou to give us time to explore.

  • Istanbul to Safranbolou: 250miles/400km (2.5hours) – the Ottoman City of Safranbolu is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with 2,000 traditional Safranbolu red roofed houses lining its cobblestone streets. It once played a key part in the caravan trade as the main commercial link between the Orient and Europe.

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  • Safranbolou to Hattusha: 186miles/300km (4hours) – we’re huge fans of the UNESCO World Heritage sites in Turkey so wanted to include a detour to Hattusa, an archaeological site with ruins of temples, a royal residence and fortifications. Hattusha was the capital of the Hittite Empire, an ancient Anatolian people, in the late Bronze Age.
  • Hattusha to Cappadocia: 155miles/250km (3hours) – from Hattusha it’s 3hours to Cappadocia so, if you start your journey early in the afteroon, you can catch a Cappadocia sunrise on arrival.

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3 | Istanbul to Cappadocia By Bus

  • Bus journey time: 12 hours

Buses depart frequently for trips from Istanbul to Cappadocia. The main operators are Metro Turizm, FlixBus, Kamil Koc and Öncü Seyahat and passengers can travel during the day or take an overnight bus – there are multiple departures throughout the day and night so it doesn’t require too much advance planning.

Tips for taking the bus from Istanbul to Cappadocia

  • Reserving tickets: outside of very busy times you can usually reserve your tickets on the day of travel, either at the bus station or the bus company office. If you are worried about availability then stop by the bus station/bus company office in advance to reserve your tickets. There are some online reservation systems but they can be difficult to navigate without understand Turkish or having a Turkish ID. You can always ask at your accomadation for some guidance.
  • Seats: most bus companies allow you to choose your seat in advance and the most comfortable buses have a single row of seats and a double row of seats. It’s more spacious and single seats are great for solo travelers.
  • Bus Station: the main bus station, Istanbul Otogar, is huge so arrive early. There are some convience stores to purchase snacks and the individual bus companies have waiting areas and offices. The station is located at the Otogar tram stop via the M1a or M1b red metro line.
  • Bathroom breaks: there are bathroom breaks along the route.
  • Getting to your Cappadocia accomadation: depending on your bus and route, you will finish your journey in Neveshir or Goreme. For buses which terminate in Neveshir, the bus company usually provides a shuttle to Goreme. If your bus finishes in Goreme then you can get a taxi/hotel pick up from there on arrival. You can check out our guide to where to stay in Cappadocia for accomadation ideas and, if you want a rooftop terrace view of the balloons, check out our guide to the hotels with the best view of the balloons in Cappadocia .

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4 | Istanbul to Cappadocia: By Tour

If you prefer to join a tour then there are some excellent options from Istanbul. A tour is a great choice if you like all the logistics, transfers and schedule to be taken care off and they are great for squeezing a lot of sightseeing into a short time.

  • One day Cappadocia tour: this one day tour includes return flights between Istanbul and Cappadocia, hotel pick up and drop off, lunch and a guided tour. Stops include Piegon Valley, Kaymakli Underground City, Rose Valley, Cavusin and Ortahisar Castle – check itinerary and prices here!
  • Two day Cappadocia tour: this extensive two day tour includes return flights from Istanbul, airport transfers and one night accomadation in Cappadocia. Stops include the Goreme Open Air Museum, Devrent Valley, Pasabag, Uchisar, Ortahisar, Piegon Valley – check itinerary and prices here!

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5 | Istanbul to Cappadocia: By Train

We often get asked about taking the train from Istanbul to Cappadocia but unfortunately, there is no direct train between the two.

There are 2 options for train travel if you want to include some additional stops on your itinerary:

  • Istanbul to Ankara by train, bus from Ankara to Cappadocia: it takes 4.5 hours to travel by train from Istanbul to Ankara and a further 3.5/4 hours by road to Cappadocia.
  • Istanbul to Konya by train, bus from Konya to Cappadocia: it takes 4.5 hours to travel by train from Istanbul to Konya and a further 3.5/4 hours by road to Cappadocia.
  • If you’re planning to stop in both cities, it takes 2 hours to travel by train between the two.

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How to Get from Istanbul to Cappadocia + Bus Schedule

This is the updated travel guide from Istanbul to Cappadocia and from Cappadocia to Istanbul by bus and other modes of transportation. This travel guide includes bus schedules and corresponding fares.

If you’re planning a trip to the mesmerizing region of Cappadocia , which is highly recommended, chances are you’ll be starting your journey from Istanbul .

However, it’s important to note that Turkiye is a vast country, and Cappadocia is not exactly in close proximity to Istanbul. The distance between Istanbul and Cappadocia spans approximately 735 kilometers, resulting in a lengthy 9-hour drive between the two destinations.

Fortunately, there are several transportation options available for making the journey from Istanbul to Cappadocia . I’ll outline each method in this post, providing details on travel time, convenience, and cost. Considering these factors, you can determine the best approach for reaching Cappadocia from Istanbul that aligns with your preferences and priorities.

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From Istanbul to Cappadocia by Plane

If you’re on a short trip and want a convenient option, flying directly from Istanbul to Cappadocia is popular. Turkish Airlines and Pegasus Airlines offer regular flights throughout the day and night, with a flight time of about 80 minutes.

Turkish Airlines provides more flight options, with six daily services from Istanbul International Airport or Sabiha Gökçen Airport to Kayseri Airport, and at least one daily service to Nevşehir Kapadokya Airport from Istanbul International Airport. Pegasus Airlines operates flights from Sabiha Gökçen Airport to Kayseri Airport.

Cappadocia has two airports, each with its own characteristics. Kayseri Erkilet Airport is located in Kayseri, around 80 kilometers east of the main villages in Cappadocia. Nevşehir Kapadokya Airport is a smaller airport north of Gülşehir, approximately 40 kilometers northwest of the villages.

To ensure a smooth transfer to your accommodation in the Cappadocia villages, it’s recommended to pre-book an airport shuttle service. These services can be arranged through your hotel and provide door-to-door transport. The journey from Kayseri Airport can take up to two hours, depending on the waiting time and your specific village. From Nevşehir Airport, the shuttle bus services usually take no more than 30 minutes.

Remember to make your reservation in advance for the privately run airport shuttles, which are typically organized by your hotel for added convenience.

From Istanbul to Cappadocia by Bus

For budget-conscious travelers, taking a night bus from Istanbul to Cappadocia is often the most affordable option, costing around USD29. However, it’s important to note that the journey is quite long, typically lasting between 11 and 13 hours, covering a distance of 730 km (454 miles).

Despite the long travel time, the night bus offers the advantage of taking you directly from Istanbul to Cappadocia without any transfers. If you are able to sleep comfortably on buses, this could be the preferred mode of transportation for you.

Several bus companies operate overnight services on this route, including Metro Turizm and Nevşehir Seyahat, providing options and flexibility for travelers.

From Istanbul to Cappadocia by Tour

If you’re short on time during your Turkiye trip, consider a prearranged Cappadocia side-trip tour from Istanbul. These tours provide a convenient and hassle-free experience with all transport, transfers, activities, and accommodation taken care of.

Keep in mind that the shortest tours typically last two days, allowing for a glimpse of Cappadocia’s attractions. You’ll also have the chance to participate in the popular hot-air ballooning activity at dawn. While hot air ballooning is usually an optional extra, the tour companies can arrange it for you.

Options like the 2 Days, 1 Night Cappadocia Tour offer return flights, airport transfers, guided tours, a cave-hotel stay, and meals. Alternatively, the 2 Days Cappadocia Tour from Istanbul provides a similar private tour experience. Note that these snapshot-style tours can feel a bit rushed, but if you prefer a more comprehensive experience, consider booking through a local Cappadocia travel agency for more flexibility. They can include additional attractions like Ilhara Valley. Keep in mind that arranging a tour through an Istanbul travel agency may be more expensive than booking directly with a local agency.

From Istanbul to Cappadocia by Train & Bus

Istanbul is conveniently connected to Ankara and Konya by high-speed trains, with a stop in Eskişehir. From Ankara or Konya, you have the option to travel to Cappadocia by bus or a rental car for a distance of 232 km (144 miles), which typically takes around 4 hours.

Istanbul to Cappadocia Bus Schedule

  • First trip: 8:30 pm
  • Last trip: 10:50 pm
  • Trip interval: 20 minutes to an hour
  • Check the latest bus schedule or book online

Cappadocia to Istanbul Bus Schedule

  • First trip: 6:14 am
  • Last trip: 9:38 pm
  • Trip interval: 30 minutes to an hour

While we strive to provide up-to-date information on our blog, it’s important to note that schedules for the Istanbul to Cappadocia route may occasionally change without prior notice. To ensure the most accurate and current schedule, we recommend clicking here to access the latest information and booking platform for this route. This will enable you to check the updated schedule and conveniently book your ticket for a smooth and hassle-free journey.

From Istanbul to Cappadocia by Car

If you’re seeking the freedom to explore historical sites while traveling from Istanbul to Cappadocia, renting a car is a great option. Public transportation can be more complicated and time-consuming. Three notable stops along the route are the preserved Ottoman village of Safranbolu, the Phrygian ruins of Gordion, and the Hittite ruins of Hattuşa. From Hattuşa, it’s a further drive to the village of Göreme in Cappadocia. Both Safranbolu and Boğazkale offer overnight accommodations, and there are plenty of attractions in their surroundings. Driving in Turkiye is relatively easy due to well-maintained highways and clear signage, but keep in mind that gas prices can be high.

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9 Best Cappadocia Tours From Istanbul: Multiple Day Excursions [2024]

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Cappadocia is one of the top places you can’t miss when visiting Turkey. Its fairy chimneys, unique landscape, underground cities, and unforgettable hot air balloon ride at sunrise are on every traveler’s bucket list .

I visited Cappadocia for 4 days and traveled from Istanbul. So I know what a good tour should contain and look like.

I’ve picked the 9 best tours from Istanbul to Cappadocia for you. So read about my insights and opinion, and choose the right one.

My Top Pick 2-Day Tour To Cappadocia

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This 2-day tour from Istanbul to Cappadocia (without a hot air balloon) offers all the highlights.

It contains roundtrip flights from Istanbul, airport transfers , a stay in a luxury cave hotel , meals , Red Tour , & Blue Tour .

My Top Pick 3-Day Tour To Cappadocia

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This 3-day tour from Istanbul to Cappadocia (without flights) gives you a full experience.

It includes airport transfers , a stay in a cave hotel , a hot air balloon ride , meals, Red Tour , and Green Tour .

Important Factors To Consider When Choosing A Tour From Istanbul To Cappadocia

When choosing the right tour of Cappadocia, I recommend considering a few factors . So here are my top tips for what to think of when booking a tour from Istanbul to Cappadocia:

  • list of things to do in Cappadocia
  • Red/Blue/Green Tour
  • number of days
  • hot air balloon experience
  • cave hotel accommodation
  • free time during the tour
  • transportation

List Of Things To Do In Cappadocia

The most important thing is to clearly define what exactly you expect from Cappadocia and what you want to see and do. Since you landed on my article, I’ve done the job for you and chosen tours from Istanbul to Cappadocia to show you the highlights.

I also visited the entire area and researched the best things to do in Cappadocia . I’ve also done many of them during my visit.

👉So read my article here and create your own list of things you want to experience in Cappadocia.

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Red Tour/Blue Tour/Green Tour

The main thing to do in Cappadocia is to join organized tours : Red, Blue, and Green . Each tour offers different places and experiences. All of them together will show you the entire Cappadocia.

Each tour from Istanbul consists of the Red Tour (the first day), with the Blue Tour or the Green Tour on the second day.

So I recommend you first read about each tour and its offerings. And then choose whether you want to do the Blue or Green Tour . It’ll make the decision-making much easier and faster when booking your Cappadocia tour from Istanbul.

👉 Click on each tours to learn about what they offer: Red Tour , Blue Tour , and Green Tour .

Number Of Days

Another major thing is, of course, time . I haven’t included day trips from Istanbul to Cappadocia on this list just because I believe once you spend the money going to Cappadocia, you should get the most out of it .

Honestly, spending just a day in Cappadocia (including flights from and to Istanbul) doesn’t give you a lot of time to soak up the atmosphere of this place and do the best things. So I don’t recommend booking a 1-day tour to Cappadocia.

The optimal time to spend in Cappadocia is between 3 to 5 days . 2 days are also fine if the tour includes everything that’s on your bucket list.

👉 I don’t recommend booking a 1-day tour to Cappadocia as it’s not worth the money.

Hot Air Balloon Experience

One thing to consider when choosing the right tour to Cappadocia is the hot air balloon experience. Do you want to ride a hot air balloon for sure? Or do you want it to be an optional activity on your tour? Check with yourself and see how important it’s for you to have it on the itinerary.

👉 Click this link to learn more about the hot air balloon experience and what to expect.

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Cave Hotel Accommodation

All of the tours below include a hotel stay. My tip is to book the tour that includes a cave hotel . It’s one of the experiences you can’t miss in Cappadocia .

Many tours offer a stay in a beautiful cave hotel, and the price is similar to other tours that offer just a regular hotel room. So consider it: sleeping in a cave hotel in Cappadocia is an unforgettable experience .

👉 READ ALSO: Where To Stay In Cappadocia: Best Areas & Hotels

Free Time During The Tour

Once you have your list of things to do in Cappadocia and have chosen a tour, think about your free time. Does it give you extra time to explore more things on your own?

Usually, the 2-day tours are packed and don’t have extra free time . So, if you want to do even more activities that your tour won’t include, opt for a 3-day tour from Istanbul.

👉 Check out my list of the top activities in Cappadocia to see what else you can do besides the three main tours (Red/Blue/Green).

Transportation

Last but not least, think about how you want to get to Cappadocia .

The fastest and most convenient way is to fly from Istanbul to Nevsehir (the main city in Cappadocia). And most of the tours in this list have flights included.

But taking an overnight bus from Istanbul is a unique experience , too. So, just in case you want to experience a Turkish bus ride and stop at several bazaars, I’ve also included a Cappadocia tour from Istanbul by bus.

Some tours end in Cappadocia , and some offer a return trip to Istanbul.

👉 Consider whether you want to stay in Cappadocia or have return transportation to Istanbul included in the tour.

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9 Best Cappadocia Tours From Istanbul

Here is the list of the top 9 tours from Istanbul to Cappadocia. It includes tours for different days , activities , and places ; some are with a cave hotel , and some include a hot air balloon ride . So choose the tour that best fits your needs and interests , and book it using my links to get the best deals.

All these tours are provided by 2 companies with which I cooperate: Get Your Guide & Viator . Both companies offer reliable tours with professional guides and the best experiences . I often book activities with them when I travel.

Here is a quick list of the best tours to Cappadocia from Istanbul:

  • 2-Day All Inclusive Cappadocia Tour From Istanbul
  • 2-Day Cappadocia Tour With A Cave Hotel
  • 2-Day Cappadocia Tour With Hot Air Balloon & Cave Hotel
  • 2-Day Cappadocia Tour From Istanbul By Bus
  • 3-Day Cappadocia Tour With Hot Air Balloon
  • 3-Day Cappadocia Tour With Cave Suite
  • 3-Day Cappadocia With Hot Air Balloon (With A Champagne) & Cave Hotel
  • 4-Day Cappadocia Tour From Istanbul
  • 8-Day Cappadocia Tour Package From Istanbul (With Pamukkale & Ephesus)

2-Day Cappadocia Tours From Istanbul

We’ll start with 2 days tours to Cappadocia from Istanbul. I’ve selected three different packages based on the things and activities they offer, accommodation options, and hot air balloon rides. Almost all of them include domestic flights to Cappadocia.

1. 2-Day All Inclusive Cappadocia Tour From Istanbul

This 2-day all-inclusive tour to Cappadocia includes the main highlights . You’ll hike through the top valleys like Rose, Red , and the Pigeon Valley .

A professional guide will walk you through Goreme and its open-air museum , so you’ll learn a lot about the history. You’ll also visit famous underground cities , eat traditional food (Testi Kebab), and have some spare time for extra activities.

You’ll also stay in a traditional cave hotel , which is amazing.

The tour doesn’t include a hot air balloon ride is optional . So you’ll have to pay extra for the balloon experience if you want to.

What’s Included:

✅ roundtrip domestic flights ✅ airport transfers ✅ Red Tour (all sights) ✅ Blue Tour (all sights) ✅ stay in a cave hotel ✅ professional guide ✅ museum tickets ✅ 2x lunch ✅ 1x breakfast

What’s Not Included:

❌ hot air balloon – optional to add ❌ drinks & dinner ❌ tips for your guide (optional)

Why To Choose This Tour?

What I like about this tour is that the hot air balloon ride is optional. It’s not included in the price of the tour. But it gives you a lot of flexibility .

If the weather is bad and hot air balloons don’t fly, you don’t have to deal with refunds or money losses. But if the weather is great and you decide to do the hot air balloon ride on the spot .

This tour also includes airport transfers in Istanbul , which many other tours don’t.

2. 2-Day Cappadocia Tour With A Cave Hotel

With this 2-day tour , you’ll follow the highlights of the Red Tour on the first day. You’ll enjoy stunning views of Göreme from the panorama point. After, you’ll visit the Devrent Valley with its rocks in the shape of animals. Then, you’ll explore the Monk Valley before visiting Avanos and its famous pottery workshop . Enjoy a delicious lunch , and after, visit the stunning Uschisar Castle .

On the second day, you’ll follow the Blue Tour by hiking between the gorgeous Red and Rose Valley . You’ll visit an underground city , Cavushin , and the famous Pigeon Valley .

Flights from Istanbul to Cappadocia, baggage (15kg bag per person), and all airport transfers are included in the price.

The only disadvantage of this tour is that it doesn’t include a hot air balloon ride . Yet, I believe you can book it in early in the morning on the second day if you want to.

✅ roundtrip domestic flights with baggage ✅ airport transfers ✅ cave hotel stay ✅ Red Tour (all sights) ✅ Blue Tour (all sights) ✅ 1x breakfast ✅ 2x lunch ✅ professional guide

❌ hot air balloon ride ❌ drinks & dinner ❌ entrance fees to the sights ❌ tips for your guide (optional)

Why To Choose This Tour

This tour offers the most things in Cappadocia from this list. It also has a special-class cave hotel stay , which is awesome.

The only thing it doesn’t offer is the hot air balloon ride . But you could still do it on the second day if you wanted to. Everything is possible.

3. 2-Day Cappadocia Tour With Hot Air Balloon & Cave Hotel

This 2-day Cappadocia tour from Istanbul with a hot air balloon and a cave hotel stay is perfect for those who want to have the one-package experience and e xperience almost all the highlights of Cappadocia. It already has the top 2 things from the bucket list (hot air balloon ride and cave hotel).

In addition, this tour will show you some spots included in the Red Tour , such as Göreme Viewpoint and Göreme Open Air Museum, take you to a pottery class, and the Devrent Valley.

On the second day, it’ll guide you through the famous sights of the Green Tour . These include the Pigeon Valley, Uschisar, Kaimakli underground city, and Ihlara Canyon.

A disadvantage of this tour is that it doesn’t include flights from Istanbul to Cappadocia. But you can look for flights and find cheap deals by clicking this link .

One thing that this tour doesn’t have is the famous Rose and Love Valley . But you can add the hikes yourself in the evening after the organized program ends (e.g. on the 1. day).

✅ hot air balloon ride ✅ cave hotel stay ✅ airport transfers (Cappadocia) ✅ Red Tour (all sights) ✅ Green Tour (all sights) ✅ professional guide ✅ tickets to museums and sights ✅ 2x lunch ✅ 1x breakfast

❌ domestic flights from Istanbul ❌ dinner & drinks ❌ tips for your guide (optional)

This tour is fantastic because it checks off the main activities (a balloon ride and a cave hotel stay). And it’s affordable compared to other tours that don’t include these two things.

Just think about it: a hot air balloon ride alone costs between $150 and $200. So this tour has a great price vs. program balance . It also covers highlights from the Green Tour (my favorite tour in Cappadocia).

The only disadvantage is that it doesn’t include airport transfers in Istanbul (only in Cappadocia). And it doesn’t have flights to Cappadocia either. But it’s great for those who already have flights purchased or want to start their tour in Nevsehir, Cappadocia (not in Istanbul).

4. 2-Day Cappadocia Tour From Istanbul By Bus

I also have something extra for you if you want to experience an overnight bus ride to Cappadocia instead of flying there.

I took the overnight bus, and it was, indeed, a great experience . The bus has comfortable seats, some serve drinks, and you’ll stop at Turkish bazaars several times.

This bus tour to Cappadocia includes program for 2 full days . You’ll do the famous Red Tour on the first day and the Blue Tour on the second day . It also includes a stay in a boutique cave hotel , all entrance fees, lunch, and a professional guide.

The tour doesn’t include a transfer back to Istanbul , nor a hot air balloon ride .

✅ overnight bus to Cappadocia ✅ stay in a cave hotel ✅ Red Tour (all sights) ✅ Blue Tour (all sights) ✅ meals ✅ professional guide

❌ drinks ❌ return ticket to Istanbul ❌ tips for your guide

This tour is perfect if you want to experience an overnight bus ride to Cappadocia instead of flying there. It’s also great if you want to finish your tour in Cappadocia and keep exploring other places in Turkey (like Pamukkale or southern beaches ) rather than getting back to Istanbul.

The only disadvantage is that it doesn’t have a hot air balloon ride , but you can always add it and do it yourself before the tour program starts.

3-Day Tours From Istanbul To Cappadocia

If 2 days sounds like too little time for you in Cappadocia, I have some tours for 3 days. These three tours cover even more than the ones above, including extra special activities you’ll love.

They’ll also give you extra free time so you can do things that are left on your Cappadocia bucket list, which I love.

Almost all of the following tours include domestic flights . So let’s get to the best 3-day tours from Istanbul to Cappadocia.

5. 3-Day Cappadocia Tour With Hot Air Balloon

This all-inclusive 3-day tour is amazing as it includes almost all the highlights that Cappadocia has to offer. Your flights and transfers are included, and you’ll see the Red Tour and Green Tour sights .

One early morning, you’ll experience the breathtaking hot air balloon ride . What is special about this tour is that it offers the ATV tour at sunset after you arrive in Cappadocia, which no other tour on this list has.

It only doesn’t have a stay in a traditional cave hotel . Yet, you’ll sleep in a beautiful boutique hotel with rooms in the style of a cave .

✅ hot air balloon ride ✅ ATV (quadbike) sunset tour ✅ roundtrip flights to Cappadocia ✅ airport transfers ✅ Red Tour (all sights) ✅ Green Tour (all sights) ✅ 2-night stay in a boutique hotel ✅ professional guide ✅ 2x breakfast ✅ 2x lunch ✅ all entrance fees

❌ drinks & dinner ❌ tips for your guide (optional)

This tour is for you if you want to ultimately skip planning and want to have everything organized for you. With this tour, you’ll experience the top sights, and everything is included, so you don’t have to think about anything .

It might be slightly pricier, but it takes the stress out of you as the organizer will take care of everything for you.

6. 3-Day Cappadocia Tour With Cave Suite

This 3-day Cappadocia tour contains a one-way flight ticket to Cappadocia and a stay in a beautiful cave hotel . You’ll do the two famous tours: the Red Tour and the Blue Tour . The only thing not included is the flight back to Istanbul and hot air balloons .

Yet, it can be perfect for those who don’t want to return to Istanbul . Perhaps you want to continue touring Turkey and visit the southern beaches around Antalya or take a bus to the cotton castle of Pamukkale .

You’ll arrive in Cappadocia on the first day and stay in a cave suite . So I recommend adding an extra activity you can do in the evening yourself such as horse riding , camel riding , or this ATV Tour .

On the second day , a professional guide will take you to the sights covered in the Red Tour . You’ll see Goreme and its Open Air Museum, Uschisar, experience a pottery workshop, and see the Red River.

On the third day , you’ll hike between the two stunning valleys: Rose Valley and Red Valley . Afterward, you’ll see the beautiful Cavusin village, Kaymakli underground city, Pigeon Valley, and Ortshisar Castle.

PRO TIP: You can add a hot air balloon ride on the 2nd or 3rd day before your program starts.

✅ one-way flight ticket to Cappadocia ✅ airport transfer ✅ Red Tour (all sights) ✅ Blue Tour (all sights) ✅ 2-night stay in Cave Suite Hotel ✅ 2x breakfast ✅ 2x lunch ✅ professional guide

❌ return flight to Istanbul ❌ dinner ❌ tips for your guide (optional)

This tour is suitable for you if you don’t want to return to Istanbul but want to continue visiting other places in Turkey from Cappadocia (such as Antalya and Pamukkale). It’s perfect because it includes all the highlights , including a stay in a cave hotel .

The only drawback is that it comes without the hot air balloon ride . But you can organize it early on day 2 or 3 before the official program starts.

7. 3-Day Cappadocia With Hot Air Balloon (With A Champagne) & Cave Hotel

This 3-day Cappadocia tour includes the famous hot air balloon with champagne at the end, the Red Tour and the Green Tour sights, and a cave hotel stay .

On the second day , your guide on the Red Tour will take you to Göreme Viewpoint and explain how the unique landscape was formed. After, you’ll take a pottery class in Avanos and visit the stunning Uschisar with its castle.

On the third day , you’ll tour the popular sights of the Green Tour . Visit the Pigeon Valley, underground cities, Ihlara Valley with traditional lunch, and Selime Monastery.

This tour is great as it shows you the highlights of Cappadocia and still leaves you space to do other activities on your own. I recommend visiting the Rose or the Love Valley on one of the evenings to get the most out of your stay.

It also includes a 2-night stay in a beautiful cave hotel . The airport transfer and entrance fees are included, too.

The tour doesn’t include flights to Cappadocia . So you’ll have to book these by yourself. Click this link to get the best flight deals to Cappadocia.

✅ hot air balloon ride with champagne ✅ 2-night stay in a luxury cave hotel ✅ airport transfers ✅ Red Tour (all sights) ✅ Green Tour (all sights) ✅ entrance tickets to museums and sights ✅ lunches ✅ 2x breakfast

❌ flights to Cappadocia ❌ dinners & drinks ❌ tips for your guide (optional)

Overall, this tour is fantastic if you’re already in Cappadocia and want a personalized and organized package for your stay. This is the perfect way to skip planning and see the highlights of Cappadocia.

I recommend adding extra activities after each day’s program, such as an ATV tour , Camel safari , horse riding , or hiking in The Love and Rose Valley.

8. 4-Day Cappadocia Tour From Istanbul

Now I have something extra for those of you who want to ultimately skip planning and visit the top 2 places in Turkey : Istanbul and Cappadocia .

On this 4-day tour , you’ll experience Istanbul in a day and Cappadocia in 3 days. It includes return domestic flights, airport transfers, stay in a cave hotel, and meals.

During the 2 full days in Cappadocia , you’ll see the highlights of the Red and Blue tours . And it also gives you extra time to do activities by yourself.

The only thing that is not included in this tour is the hot air balloon ride , which you can always add to your itinerary early in the morning.

So, if you only want to get to Istanbul from your country and have everything taken care of , this tour is a great package.

✅ highlights of Istanbul (guided tour) ✅ return domestic flights ✅ airport transfers ✅ stay in a cave hotel ✅ Red Tour (all sights) ✅ Blue Tour (all sights) ✅ 3x breakfast ✅ 2x lunch ✅ professional guide

❌ dinners & drinks ❌ entrance tickets to sights ❌ tips for your guide (optional)

This tour is excellent for you if you dislike planning anything . The bonus is it also includes the highlights of Istanbul , but most of it is Cappadocia. And you’ll get to do it almost all in the area.

As I mentioned, the only drawback is that it doesn’t include a hot air balloon ride . But it gives you flexibility to choose whether to do it on the spot or not.

9. 8-Day Cappadocia Tour Package From Istanbul (With Pamukkale & Emphesus)

Last but not least, I’ve got a full package for you to visit Turkey . So it’s not just about Cappadocia , but you’ll get the entire experience of seeing the top sights in Turkey .

This is an 8-day tour to Istanbul , Cappadocia , Pamukkale , and Ephesus . Out of all, you’ll spend 2 full days in Cappadocia .

The first two days are designed to explore Istanbul . After, you’ll fly to Izmir and visit the beautiful travertine pools of Pamukkale . On the next day, you’ll get the chance to visit one of the best-preserved ancient cities in the world – Ephesus .

Then you’ll fly to Cappadocia , where you’ll enjoy this tour’s last 2 full days . It includes all the top sights from the Red and Blue tours with a professional guide.

It’s a nicely designed tour, so you don’t have to plan anything . You’ll only have to pay extra for entrance fees at each location.

✅ domestic flights ✅ transportation ✅ accommodation ✅ Ephesus ✅ Pamukkale ✅ Cappadocia Red Tour (all sights) ✅ Cappadocia Blue Tour (all sights) ✅ meals

❌ hot air balloon ride ❌ entrance fees to sights ❌ some meals ❌ tips for your guide (optional)

This 8-day tour is for you if you want to explore the highlights of Turkey and return to Istanbul. Flights, transportation, and accommodation are included, so you don’t have to worry about anything .

The only thing that this itinerary is missing is the hot air balloon. But as you already know from this article, you can add it by yourself early in the morning on one of the days you’ll be in Cappadocia.

Practical Tips For Visiting Cappadocia From Istanbul

Here are some tips (from my experience) for your visit to Cappadocia. It’s important to know which time of the year is the best to visit and what you should pack . I’ve also included a list of things to do so you can plan extra activities for your free time and get the most out of Cappadocia. Check them out below.

Best Time To Visit Cappadocia

The best time to visit Cappadocia is during the shoulder season : April, May, September, October, and the beginning of November. It’s way less crowded throughout these months, and the temperatures are mild . It’s also a great time to go hiking in Cappadocia’s valleys and enjoy its breathtaking views.

Summer In Cappadocia

Summer months (June, July, and August) are often the most crowded , and the place is full of visitors. While it’s also a nice time to visit, it’ll be very hot , so prepare accordingly. July and August are also famous for the Cappadocia Hot Air Balloon Festival . So prepare for the crowds.

Winter In Cappadocia

Winter in Cappadocia is a different experience. You can still do all the activities at other times of the year. But it gets cold . The temperatures range between 6°C and -5°C . It can also rain more often , so there is a higher chance that your hot air balloon ride will be canceled. Consider this when booking a tour.

How To Pack For Your Tour From Istanbul To Cappadocia

You can pack what you want for your visit to Cappadocia. But the most important thing is to pack warmer clothes such as a jumper, sweater, jacket, and long pants. It gets chilly in Cappadocia in the early mornings and late evenings.

You’ll be in the mountains, so the temperatures drop for the night. Especially if you want to do the hot air balloon ride , bring long-sleeve (warmer) clothes .

I also suggest packing hiking clothes to visit the famous valleys (Love, Rose, Pigeon Valley).

Otherwise, Cappadocia has no restrictions on what to wear , so pack what feels comfortable.

If you take one of these tours from Istanbul, this is about the luggage allowance for your flight . Pack accordingly so you don’t have to pay extra for oversized luggage.

Packing List For Your Cappadocia Tour

Here is a quick packing list for your trip to Cappadocia:

  • 1x jumper/sweater
  • 1-2x pants (long sleeve)
  • 1x hiking shoes
  • hiking poles (optional)
  • 1x sneakers
  • smaller backpack
  • swimming suit (just in case)
  • flipflops (optional)

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Is Cappadocia Safe To Visit?

Cappadocia is a very safe place to visit. It’s the safest place in Turkey . Locals are very friendly and hospitable, there is not much danger, and an earthquake risk is also very low.

If you want additional safety tips and learn to be safe in Cappadocia, check out my article here . It’ll tell you about common traveler scams , too.

Best Things To Do In Cappadocia: Ultimate Guide

To help you choose the right tour , I’ve also written a separate article about the best things to do in Cappadocia. This list will give you a great overview of what to expect and activities you can do.

So check it out and choose the things that interest you. Then, write them down on a piece of paper and compare which tours from Istanbul offer the most of the things from your list.

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Travel Itinerary Planning Services

Here are my answers to the most frequently asked questions so that you can prepare even better for your trip. Check them out below.

Is It Possible To Do A Day Trip From Istanbul To Cappadocia?

Yes, it’s possible to do a day trip from Istanbul to Cappadocia. You can fly from Istanbul to Nevsehir early in the morning, do one of the tours (Red/Blue/Green) to see the main highlights, and then fly back to Istanbul in the evening.

It’s doable. However, I don’t recommend it as you won’t get to enjoy the atmosphere to the fullest. I suggest visiting Cappadocia at least for 2 to 3 days .

How Much Does It Cost To Travel From Istanbul To Cappadocia?

The average price per flight from Istanbul to Cappadocia is $60 (one-way without extra luggage). The average price of the overnight bus from Istanbul to Cappadocia is $30 (one-way, including luggage).

The cost of travel from Istanbul to Cappadocia depends on various factors . You can either fly to Cappadocia or take an overnight bus. The price will also vary depending on the season and day you want to visit.

Cheaper flights are usually on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Flights are more expensive on the weekends. Overnight bus has more and less the same price throughout the week. Price also depends on the company with which you choose to travel.

Is 2 Full Days In Cappadocia Enough?

Yes , 2 full days in Cappadocia is enough. You’ll get to enjoy all the highlights , including a stay in a cave hotel , a hot air balloon ride in the early morning, and 2 different tours that will show you the top sights of Cappadocia.

Is Cappadocia More Expensive Than Istanbul?

Yes , Cappadocia is more expensive than Istanbul. Istanbul is a big city so it depends on what you choose to do and how much you spend. Overall, Cappadocia is more expensive than Istanbul.

What Is A Good Time Of Year To Go To Cappadocia?

The best times of year to visit Cappadocia are the shoulder months : April, May, September, and October. These months are less crowded , and temperatures are mild . So you’ll enjoy the place more than in the crowded summertime.

What Is The Most Beautiful Town In Cappadocia?

The most beautiful town in Cappadocia is Göreme . It’s in the heart of Cappadocia, and you can easily access other sights and famous valleys from the town. It also has the best hotels, restaurants, cafes, and stunning views of the entire area.

WRAP-UP: Best Cappadocia Tours From Istabul

These are my top recommendations for organized trips to Cappadocia from Istanbul. As mentioned, first, create your own list of things you want to experience in Cappadocia. Then, choose the tour that checks most of the things from your list. This is the best way to choose the right tour for you.

If you have any questions, contact me at info(at)voicesoftravel.com . I’ll gladly help you or design a customized travel itinerary for you.

Happy travels!

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Istanbul To Cappadocia: The Ultimate Guide To Traveling Between Cities

When planning a visit to Cappadocia, you will most likely start in Istanbul but you’ll find a number of ways to get from Istanbul to Cappadocia, so it makes perfect sense as a starting point for your adventure! Turkey is a massive country and the area of Cappadocia is fairly remote in comparison, so you’ll have to find a larger city to travel to first in order to access this remarkable fairy tale land.

Istanbul is the perfect spot to start your adventure, filled with hundreds of remarkable experiences of its own. 

Istanbul To Cappadocia

From magical fairy chimneys to sprawling gorges filled with carved stone monasteries, Cappadocia is a tourist destination that many can only dream of experiencing in their lifetime. With such unique and breathtaking scenery, this region gives the impression of stepping into an alien world of wonders unlike anything you’ll see anywhere else in the world.

Additionally, the vast history and culture of the area goes back as early as 2,000 BC, giving you plenty of options to explore ancient ruins and remarkable sites dripping with history and charm. Artisans, local restaurants and ancient lands producing delicious produce make a visit to Cappadocia a special and truly memorable experience for anyone who visits. 

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You have many different options when traveling in Turkey from Istanbul to Cappadocia so you’ll be able to find the perfect scenario to fit your travel desires and must-haves while also working around your budget as needed. Fly, drive or ride through the countryside; no matter which option you choose, you will be sure to have a memorable experience!

Istanbul to Cappadocia: picking the best route

One thing to keep in mind when making your decision on how to get from Istanbul to Cappadocia is the distance you will cover while doing so. It takes roughly 8 to 9 hours to drive the entire length of the trip, and sometimes even longer if you need to stop for any reason. Because of how large the country is and how much distance you’ll be covering, it is worth keeping in mind when planning your travel itinerary.

Many of the different options are affordable due in large part to the relative weakness of the currency in Turkey when compared to other countries, so no matter which option you decide on, almost all of them will be fairly reasonable, no matter which budget bracket you are working within. 

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Research all the options ahead of time to get a better understanding of how much time and money to allot to your trip. An added benefit to researching ahead of time is that you will often find advance or online booking discounts for many of the different options, as well as additional information about any potential layovers, exchange trips or finding transportation between various legs of your journey.

Read on for more in-depth information about all the different options to get from Istanbul to Cappadocia!

Istanbul to Cappadocia by Air

One of the easiest options for making the journey from Istanbul to Cappadocia is by air. Domestic flights within the country are surprisingly cheap and with two different airports located close to Istanbul, you will have plenty of options for choosing a flight and destination in order to get to the remarkable wonderland of Cappadocia.

Flights operate daily (with the exception of inclement weather events, of course) and the prices on these flights range from around $30-$40 USD to about $60-$80 USD, depending on the typical factors of departure time, busy seasons and operating costs.

In Istanbul, the major airports are Istanbul New (airport code IST) and Sabiha Gökçen (airport code SAW), of which SAW is closer and operates more flights to Cappadocia. SAW Airport is closer by about a half an hour (when traveling by bus or hotel transfer, making it slightly more convenient than IST, but both are accessible and conveniently located, especially when using public transportation to get to and from.

Flights from Istanbul to Cappadocia last around 1-2 hours, depending on factors such as weather and maintenance, making it an easy way to travel the large distance between both locations.

You’ll arrive at one of two airports near Cappadocia; Nevşehir and Kayseri. Kayseri is farther away from Göreme than the other, but both are not terribly far and you can easily find a transfer from the airport to your hotel or utilize the public transportation bus that runs frequently between both of the smaller airports and the main city of Cappadocia.

If Cappadocia is a highlight trip during your time in Turkey, you have the option of booking a more comprehensive two day tour that includes the airline tickets, accommodations and transfers needed to explore the region before returning to Istanbul. Including flights to and from, as well as boutique hotel accommodations overnight in Cappadocia, you’ll be able to enjoy guided tours of this otherworldly tourist destination, all without having to worry about any of the logistics of traveling so far in order to do so!

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For an added perk and the ability to experience one of the most popular Cappadocia tours , you can find a package that also includes a hot air balloon ride as part of the experience.  Cappadocia is synonymous with hot air balloon rides.

This iconic experience is renowned the world over and you would be remiss if you neglected to take advantage of the opportunity while visiting Cappadocia. As the best way to see the amazing landscape of this unique region, this experience is a memorable way to enjoy your time before returning to Istanbul to continue your adventures!

Flying is the best and easiest way to get from Istanbul to Cappadocia and compared to similar trips elsewhere, you’ll find it surprisingly affordable! While more expensive than other travel options, it more than makes up for the time you save. That extra time will be perfect for exploring all the remarkable sights and experiences to be had in the region of Cappadocia!

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Istanbul to Cappadocia by Bus

For budget savvy travelers looking to add on an excursion to Cappadocia to their trip, another much less expensive option is the overnight bus that brings you from Istanbul to Cappadocia. These trips usually last anywhere from 10 to 12 hours in length and often include beverages or light snacks to hold you over during the trip.

This option, while it might take much longer, is much more affordable and the ability to travel overnight gives you plenty of opportunity during the day to explore the region of Cappadocia. Costing usually around $20 USD, the savings are incredible and could be a great option for maximizing a travel budget while still being able to tick off items on your travel bucket list!

Be sure to research the bus routes and information ahead of time so that you are familiar with stops along the route and any potential transfers that might need to occur during the adventure! 

If you want to experience a number of different tours in the region of Cappadocia, or simply want to avoid worrying about planning the logistics of the excursion, you could find a number of tours available that handle all the details for you!

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A 2-day tour of Cappadocia starts in Istanbul and covers round trip bus travel to and from, while also taking care of accommodations and some meals! You’ll also have the benefit of included tours of the highlights of the region and experiences that you might miss out on when planning the trip alone.

If you want to save money but also experience more time in the area, you can also choose a 3-day tour option that will allow for more time in between overnight bus transportation to explore all the different sights in Cappadocia.

The area is filled with dozens and dozens of remarkable experiences, so the additional time to explore the area will be worth the investment, especially when you’ve already saved so much money on the transportation from Istanbul to Cappadocia!

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Istanbul to Cappadocia by Train

While traveling from Istanbul to Cappadocia by train is always a possibility and another way to save money while on your trip, it is generally the least popular or recommended option due to the hassle and length of time it takes. While the trains in Turkey are usually high speed passenger trains, Cappadocia does not have a train station and you will most likely need to transfer at least once during the voyage, which tacks on layover times and the possibility of missed connections. 

In addition to the hassle of late night train connections and timetables, one other thing to keep in mind while considering this option is that you’ll also be lugging your suitcases with you. Additionally, because the train station is not located near the city of Göreme in Cappadocia, you’ll also have to transfer to a public bus or hire a car service or taxi.

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If your heart is truly set on traveling through Turkey by rail, it is definitely an option available to you, but be sure to keep in mind the potential for hassle or travel disruptions during your voyage. While it might not be the best or easiest option, there is always a sort of romantic appeal to traveling through a foreign country by rail, so regardless of what might occur, you’ll be sure to make some memories that will last a lifetime! 

Istanbul to Cappadocia by Car

Istanbul To Cappadocia

If you don’t like to be tied to timetables, ticket stubs and transfers, perhaps traveling from Istanbul to Cappadocia by car is an option for you! The cost is slightly higher compared to bus or train travel, but the benefit of having the freedom to set your own pace can be well worth the effort. 

The price ranges from around $50 USD to $100 per day, which accounts for fuel costs as well. Fuel is far more expensive in Turkey than the United States, as it is around most of the Eurasian continent, and ironically most cars in Turkey run on diesel!

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Budget accordingly and you shouldn’t run into any issues. One helpful piece of advice is to research the route ahead of time so you can be sure to refill the tank ahead of any particularly long or remote stretches. Running out of fuel on the side of a remote highway is never a fun vacation memory, especially if you don’t know enough Turkish to ask a local for help!

You can use your United States driver’s license in Turkey for up to 90 days without an issue and it is always a good idea to book insurance through the car rental facility to cover all your bases. They drive on the right hand side of the road in Turkey, just like in the United States.

You’ll have to brush up on your knowledge of the metric system, since Turkey uses that over the Imperial system that is used in the United States. For an easy way to estimate distances, just remember that a kilometer is equal to roughly .6 miles, so just over half a mile for every kilometer. 

Be sure to pay attention to the speedometer and road signage, as you will be likely to see police with radars enforcing the speed limit at regular intervals. Traffic can be intense near Istanbul and the major highways through the remote stretches of road can be frequented by long distance truckers in large freight trucks.

No matter the situation you find yourself in, take your time and keep your cool and you’ll soon find that driving from Istanbul to Cappadocia is not hard at all. The sights you’ll see along the way can make the effort well worth it!

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No matter which option you decide on, the trip from Istanbul to Cappadocia is a memorable experience and well worth the cost and time it will take to get there. Depending on where you are coming from, Cappadocia is a remote location but the most convenient starting point is Istanbul.

Because of the vast appeal of this area, travel options to and from have become plentiful and easy, making it a trip worth taking to see the remarkable sites that the region is so well known for. 

Istanbul To Cappadocia

Flying is by far the easiest and will save you hours of travel time. You’ll want as much time as possible to take advantage of the sights and experiences of Cappadocia! If you are looking for more of an adventure or perhaps the ability to save a good chunk of money, the other options each come with their own set of pros and cons.

Regardless of the option that is right for you, making the trip from Istanbul to Cappadocia is something you absolutely can’t miss out on!

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ISTANBUL TO CAPPADOCIA: THE BEST WAY TO GET TO CAPPADOCIA FROM ISTANBUL

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Without a doubt, Cappadocia was one of the most stunning places I’ve visited during my Turkey trip. Most likely, you will travel to Cappadocia from Instanbul, or as I did, you can have a stop at the capital, Ankara as well. In this post, I’ll show you the best ways to reach Cappadocia.

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How to get to Cappadocia from Istanbul travel advice

How to Get from Istanbul to Cappadocia by Flight

The best way to travel from Istanbul to Cappadocia is by flying. It not only saves a lot of time, but it is also quite affordable as we talk about a local flight.

Two main airlines that serve the routes from Istanbul to Cappadocia are Turkish Airlines (sometimes operated by AnadoluJet) and Pegasus Airlines. Prices vary, but they are generally not more than 50€/60$, and you can often get a ticket for half of this price too. Check out the flight tickets here.

How to get to Istanbul airport?

Istanbul now has two airports: Istanbul New (IST) and Sabiha Gökçen (SAW). Most flights from Istanbul to Cappadocia depart from Sabiha Gökçen airport, which is a bit closer to the city than the other, but the travel time is still quite long. Istanbul is a huge city, don’t forget about it.

There are several ways to get to the Sabiha Gökçen from Instanbul:

  • Via the Havabus from Taksim Square, which costs 18 lira ($3) and takes about 90 minutes.
  • Via taxi. The price for an economy taxi from Istanbul Airport to Istanbul’s center is 250 TL (27€/$32 USD). The taxi journey takes 45 to 60 minutes.

To get to Instanbul New Airport you can choose from the followings:

  •  Via Havaist . (18 lira, about $3). These will depart from different locations from the city, for example Taksim, Beşiktaş, and Sultanahmet as well as other destinations. The ride takes about 1.5-2 hours depending on traffic.

How to Get From Kayseri Airport to Cappadocia?

The airports in Cappadocia are located near Kayseri and Nevsehir. There are several options for private transfers to get to one of the cities which are more convenient than negotiating with taxi drivers. It costs about 10€ per person. The services run between Kayseri Erkilet Airport, Nevsehir Kapadokya Airport, and the nearby towns and cities.

I recommend you staying in Göreme, where I also spent several nights. Here you can read about my experiences in Cappadocia .

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How to Get from Istanbul to Cappadocia by Night Bus

The other favorable option is traveling by night bus to Cappadocia. This way, you don’t lose your precious sightseeing time while the buy covers a little bit more than 700 km. The night buses from Instanbul to Cappadocia costs about 130 lira only, which is about 18€/$20, and the travel time varies between 10-12 hours with a lot of stops in between.

Actually, I took a night bus, but also made a stop in Ankara, to check the best parts of the city with university friends. If you have time, you can take a half-day tour in Ankara , or just travel straight by the buy to Göreme.

Instanbul to Cappadocia by Car

You can also hire a car and drive on your own to Cappadocia. It gives you a lot of choices to do sightseeing on your way, but remember, it is a rather tiring trip. It takes about 9-10 hours in total.

Travel Resources

There is nothing better than a relaxed holiday. To ensure your rest, make sure you reserve and book your accommodation and transportation in advance of your trip.

  • Don’t forget to insure yourself during your travels: SafetyWing . Check out their policies HERE . It also covers several virus-related expenses.
  • Look for the best prices on flight tickets, hotels, and car rentals: Expedia
  • Car rental: SIXt
  • Accommodation: Booking.com , Agoda or Hostelworld if you travel on a budget. Don’t forget that you can search for Apartments also on Booking.
  • Activities: GetYourGuide
  • Opinions on hotels and restaurants: TripAdvisor
  • Was your flight canceled or delayed? Get up to 600€ back with the help of Compansair!

Cappadocia Tours & Resources

As for most countries, it is recommended to have travel insurance . SafetyWings give you great coverage for your Turkey trip. You can check prices here.

Best Cappadocia Hot Air Balloon Tours

  • Hot air balloon flight – early sunrise tour
  • Cappadocia hot air ballo o n – morning flight

Other Cappadocia Tours

  • Tour of the Highlights of Cappadocia with lunch

Cappadocia Transfers

  • private transfers and taxi service

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From Istanbul to Cappadocia

From Istanbul to Cappadocia

Cappadocia is a beautiful region in central Turkey that is known for its unique landscape and rich cultural heritage. If you’re planning a trip to Istanbul , you might want to consider adding Cappadocia to your itinerary. This guide will provide you with all the information you need to travel from Istanbul to Cappadocia and back.

Getting to Cappadocia from Istanbul

The fastest way to travel from Istanbul to Cappadocia is by plane. There are several airlines that operate flights from Istanbul to Cappadocia’s main airport, Nevşehir Kapadokya Airport. The flight takes about 1 hour and 20 minutes.

Turkish Airlines, Pegasus Airlines, and Atlasglobal are some of the airlines that operate flights to Cappadocia from Istanbul Airports . You can check their websites for flight schedules and prices.

You can find and compare flights prices on special websites: Cheapoair and Trip.com

If you prefer to travel by land, you can take a bus from Istanbul to Cappadocia. The journey takes around 11 hours, so it’s not the fastest way to get there, but it’s more affordable than flying. There are several bus companies that operate services between Istanbul and Cappadocia. Some of the popular ones include Metro Turizm, Nevşehir Seyahat, and Kamil Koç. You can book your bus tickets online or at the bus terminal.

If you’re feeling adventurous, you can rent a car and drive from Istanbul to Cappadocia. The journey takes around 9 hours, but you’ll have the freedom to explore the countryside along the way. There are several car rental companies in Istanbul, including Rentalcars , Avis, Budget, and Europcar. You can also book your car rental online.

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Getting around Cappadocia

The best way to explore Cappadocia is by car. You can rent a car from the airport or from one of the car rental companies in the region.

Driving in Cappadocia is relatively easy, and the roads are in good condition. However, if you’re not comfortable driving, you can hire a driver or take a tour

Taking a tour is a great way to explore Cappadocia if you don’t want to drive. There are several tour operators in the region that offer a variety of tours, including hot air balloon rides, hiking tours, and cultural tours.

Some of the popular tour operators in Cappadocia include Göreme Travel, Heritage Travel, and Cappadocia Guide.

Things to do in Cappadocia

All listed tours can be booked online at GetYourGuide and Tiqets .

Hot Air Balloon Ride

One of the most popular activities in Cappadocia is a hot air balloon ride. The unique landscape of the region makes for a breathtaking view from above.

There are several hot air balloon companies in Cappadocia that offer sunrise and sunset rides. Some of the popular ones include Royal Balloon, Butterfly Balloons, and Kapadokya Balloons.

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Visit Göreme Open Air Museum

Göreme Open Air Museum is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is home to several rock-cut churches and monasteries. It’s a must-visit attraction for anyone interested in history and culture. The museum is open from 8 am to 7 pm, and admission costs 75 TL (around $9).

Hike in the Rose Valley

The Rose Valley is a beautiful hiking spot that is known for its stunning views and rock formations. It’s a great place to explore.

Explore the Underground Cities

Cappadocia is also known for its underground cities, which were built by the ancient inhabitants of the region to protect themselves from invaders. Some of the popular underground cities to visit include Derinkuyu, Kaymakli, and Özkonak.

Visit the Fairy Chimneys

The fairy chimneys are cone-shaped rock formations that are unique to Cappadocia. They are formed by volcanic eruptions and erosion, and they make for a stunning sight.

Some of the best places to see the fairy chimneys include Pasabag (Monk’s Valley), Love Valley, and Devrent Valley.

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Getting back to Istanbul

If you’re looking for a fast and convenient way to get back to Istanbul, you can take a flight from Cappadocia to Istanbul. There are several airlines that operate flights from Nevşehir Kapadokya Airport to Istanbul, including Turkish Airlines, Pegasus Airlines, and Atlasglobal. You can find and compare flights prices on special websites: Cheapoair and Trip.com

You can also take a bus from Cappadocia to Istanbul. There are several bus companies that operate services between Cappadocia and Istanbul, including Metro Turizm, Nevşehir Seyahat, and Kamil Koç.

If you rented a car in Cappadocia, you can drive back to Istanbul. The journey takes around 9 hours, and you can drop off your rental car at the Istanbul airport or one of the rental car locations in the city.

Travelling from Istanbul to Cappadocia is a great way to experience the beauty and culture of Turkey. Whether you choose to fly, take a bus, or rent a car, there are plenty of options to get to Cappadocia. Once you’re there, make sure to take a hot air balloon ride, visit the Göreme Open Air Museum, and explore the underground cities. And when it’s time to head back to Istanbul, you can choose to fly, take a bus, or drive back. Whatever you choose, you’re sure to have an unforgettable experience in Cappadocia.

Useful links for Istanbul travel

  • Hotels : Booking and Trip.com
  • Flights : Aviasales , CheapoAir and Trip.com
  • Insurance : Insubuy and VisitorsCoverage
  • Airport transfers : GetTransfer and KiwiTaxi
  • Rent a car: RentalCars and Discover Cars
  • Rent a bike: BikesBooking
  • Excursions and tickets: Bus Tours , GetYourGuide , Attractions

How to Get from Istanbul to Cappadocia (& Cappadocia to Istanbul)

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Wondering how to get from Istanbul to Cappadocia or Cappadocia to Istanbul? 

As two of the top tourist destinations in the entire country of Turkey, an Istanbul Cappadocia trip is a popular route taken by thousands every year.

And there’s no wonder that Istanbul and Cappadocia are priorities on any Turkey itinerary. The bustling streets of Istanbul and the otherworldly landscapes of Cappadocia combine to make a perfect holiday. 

Travelling from Istanbul to Cappadocia can be accomplished through a variety of means. This guide will give you all the details you need to make the right decision based on budget, time and comfort . 

If you are wondering how to get from Cappadocia to Istanbul instead, the information given in this guide can be used in reverse, too.

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Distance From Istanbul to Cappadocia

How far is Cappadocia from Istanbul , you may ask? Istanbul to Cappadocia (or Cappadocia Istanbul) is a well-travelled route in Turkey with multiple ways to make it from A to B. Due to the size of Turkey , making the journey by road to Cappadocia from Istanbul or vice versa can take 9+ plus hours . 

BY ROAD | Istanbul Cappadocia distance by car is ~725km (9 hours driving by rental car)

BY AIR | Istanbul to Cappadocia distance by plane is 1h 15m (direct flight)

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Istanbul to Cappadocia Map

If you plan to travel from Istanbul to Cappadocia, the map below should help you. I’ve indicated all of the main airports and bus stations in both Istanbul and Cappadocia to help you choose the best way how to go from Istanbul to Cappadocia. 

Click the image below to start interacting with GoogleMaps.

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Flights from Istanbul to Cappadocia (The Best Option)

An Istanbul to Cappadocia flight is easy to come by. Airlines like Turkish Airlines , Pegasus Airlines and SunExpress will be your main carriers. It is common to travel from Istanbul to Cappadocia through the Sabiha Gokcen Airport (SAW) in Istanbul which offers most of Turkey’s domestic flight itineraries. 

I personally use Skyscanner to book short-haul flights within Turkey.

Istanbul to Cappadocia flight options will be direct with a flight time from Istanbul to Cappadocia of 1.25 hours . Planes fly from Istanbul to Cappadocia (and vice versa) multiple times a day.

Istanbul to Cappadocia flight price starts at $24 USD and goes up from there depending on the airline, day of the week and time of year.

Book a Flight from Istanbul to Cappadocia

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Airports in Istanbul

How many airports in Istanbul, you may ask? There are three airports in Istanbul : 

  • Istanbul International Airport (IST) otherwise known as New Istanbul Airport is where most international flights will enter Turkey. IST also offers plenty of domestic flight itineraries.
  • Sabiha Gokcen International Airport (SAW) is used mainly for domestic flights, such as a flight Istanbul to Cappadocia and some closer international flights (Europe, etc.) 
  • Istanbul Ataturk Airport (ISL/LTBA) takes mostly freight and cargo trips and is Istanbul’s oldest airport. It is also the closest airport to downtown Istanbul, so if you happen to come across a flight from Ataturk, it’s a good bet.

The nearest airport to Istanbul differs depending on where you are staying in Istanbul. From the city centre , a private transfer to either IST or SAW takes approximately 40-50 minutes, so transfer time shouldn’t necessarily factor into your Istanbul Cappadocia flight itinerary. 

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How to Get to Istanbul Airport (IST) from City Centre

After enjoying the beautiful melting pot of Istanbul, it’s time to make your way to the Istanbul Airport for your Istanbul to Cappadocia trip. Generally speaking, hopping in an Istanbul airport taxi is a good idea, but not so true in Istanbul. 

Airport Istanbul Transfer

It’s common to get stuck in a taxi fraud situation, so I recommend booking yourself a private airport Istanbul transfer from your city centre hotel to the airport Istanbul to Cappadocia flights. It’s a surprisingly economical option, and the driver helps you with your bags and takes you directly to your gate at the Istanbul airport departures.

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Istanbul Airport Shuttle Bus

You can definitely board the HAVAIST Istanbul airport shuttle from the Sultanahmet shuttle stop , but timetables are a bit convoluted.

I’d recommend chatting with a HAVAIST employee around the Sultanahmet shuttle stop a day before you plan to take off from Istanbul. They should be able to tell you when to catch the shuttle bus to the international airport Turkey. 

Payment can be made by credit card on the HAVAIST app or via the Istanbulkart pass and are 18TL (roughly $1.50USD).

NOTE | There is currently no direct metro line running from the city centre to either IST or SAW airports.

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How to Get to Sabiha Gokcen Airport (SAW) from City Centre

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Similar to the best ways to get to IST, I’d recommend a private airport transfer in Istanbul city centre to SAW. A Sabiha Gokcen Airport transfer Istanbul is still an economical way to get from A to B and is super reliable ! 

This is what I did when I needed to make an early flight for travel Istanbul to Cappadocia and it really eased my mind.

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SAW Istanbul Airport Bus from Taksim Square

Reaching Sabiha Gokcen Airport by shuttle can be boarded via Taksim Square . If you are staying in Sultanahmet, grab a spot on the T1 tram and get off at the University stop (Fındıklı Mimar Sinan Üniversitesi).

From here, either grab a short taxi ride or walk 17 minutes to Taksim Square. Catch the 1.5-hour HAVABUS shuttle to SAW from here. 

This is likely the most tiring of all the ways to get to SAW airport to catch your flights Istanbul to Cappadocia. So if you can afford it, I recommend opting for a private transfer to make your trip from Istanbul to Cappadocia less cumbersome.

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Airports in Cappadocia

There are two airports in Cappadocia Turkey, the Nevşehir Kapadokya Airport and the Kayseri Erkilet Airport located in their respective cities.

The nearest airport to Cappadocia is the Nevsehir Kapadokya Airport . The Nevsehir Airport is located about 40 minutes to the west of Goreme (the central tourist town in Cappadocia). 

If you do decide to fly into Kayseri Erkilet Airport, no worries, there are plenty of ways to get from Kayseri to Goreme, too. It takes approximately 1.25 hours from the east of Goreme.

Whichever you choose to land, rest assured they are both highly serviced airport in Cappadocia options with plenty of options on how to quickly and best get to the centre of the region.

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How to Get from the Cappadocia Airport to Goreme

Airport shuttle from nevsehir airport to goreme.

I booked an airport shuttle myself and was happy with the experience. The driver will wait directly outside of the small Nevsehir airport with a clipboard of the names of the people who will be taking the shuttle. 

The drive takes a scenic 40 minutes and they will drop you directly at your Cappadocia hotel, wherever it may be located.

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Rental Car from Nevsehir Airport to Goreme

If you are comfortable driving in Turkey, which is quite a pleasant experience, then renting a car is your best bet.

You can search for the best price and car type of DiscoverCars and have it waiting for you at the airport. After showing your international driver’s license, you can grab the keys and go!

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From Kayseri Airport to Goreme

Similar to Nevsehir Airport, you can find airport shuttles and rental cars at the Kayseri Airport, for travel to Goreme. The drive will take 1 hour 15 minutes to reach the centre of Goreme. 

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Istanbul to Cappadocia by Car

If you have a bit of time in your Turkey itinerary, make sure to rent a car when entering Istanbul at the Istanbul International Airport (IST). This is truly the best way to see the country and a trip from Istanbul to Cappadocia will take approximately 9 hours if you don’t make stops along the way (which you will). 

Istanbul Car Rental

I find using Discover Cars a great way to check prices and availability of car rentals in Istanbul and have a car waiting for you at the airport when you get there. Whether you are looking for a luxury car rental Istanbul or a cheap car rental Istanbul, this site has you covered.

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Cappadocia Car Rental

You can find a few different rental car companies located at both the Nevsehir Airport and Kayseri Airport in Cappadocia . But, due to the popularity of the Cappadocia region, I’d highly suggest booking your rental car before you arrive , and at least a couple of weeks in advance if possible. 

Discover Cars is a great way to find the best cost and type of car that suits you and your trip to Turkey, plus I’ve written a detailed guide on renting a car in Turkey including tips on driving in Turkey. 

Plus, picking up your rental car at the airport before heading to Goreme (the Cappadocia tourist town) will allow you the flexibility to see all the attractions Cappadocia has to offer. Particular helpful to see iconic Cappadocia places like Pigeon Valley , Red Valley and Love Valley .

Highlights here are also pretty far apart from each other, so if you aren’t organizing a guided Cappadocia day tour , I’d suggest having a rental car to get around.

You can go straight from your flight to your rental car. Who wants to waste valuable vacation time?

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Driving in Turkey (Istanbul to Cappadocia)

Driving a car in any foreign country can be a bit intimidating, but Istanbul to Cappadocia travel by car is a pretty fun experience .

As long as you pick up your rental car at the Istanbul airport, take the O-7 freeway around the city of Istanbul to avoid city traffic, you are free and clear. 

Along the road, whether you choose to take the E80 or E90 , you can stop at larger cities like Ankara (the capital of Turkey), Bursa or Eskesehir on the way. I recommend calling your Cappadocia hotel ahead of time to make sure they have a designated parking spot for you.

Note, this Istanbul to Cappadocia Turkey route will have tolls . But don’t fret, the tolls are tallied via an electronic device installed in your rental car so you will receive the bill upon returning your car. A single toll can cost up to 30TL ($2.25USD).

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Istanbul to Cappadocia Tours

Istanbul tours to Cappadocia are quite common since most people have limited vacation time and want to make the most of their Turkey trip. With a plethora of options available to you , you have no excuse not to visit the otherworldly and fantastical region of Cappadocia.

Istanbul to Cappadocia Day Trip

A single-day Istanbul to Cappadocia tour is the best way to see the highlights of the beautiful Cappadocia region if you are short on time. Yes, you are in for a long day (something like 16 hours!) if you include the Istanbul to Goreme flights. But, you don’t want to leave Turkey and regret not seeing Cappadocia, it’s truly epic. 

This small-group excursion includes visits to the Goreme Open Air Museum, Uchisar Castle, Imagination Valley and a look at the famous fairy chimneys of Cappadocia. 

From Istanbul: Cappadocia Day Trip with Flights + Lunch

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Multiday Tours from Istanbul to Cappadocia

Take all the fuss out of planning and book a 2 day Cappadocia tour from Istanbul where everything is taken care of for you. 

An all-inclusive 2 day Cappadocia tour from Istanbul will provide hotel pickup, return flights, accommodation with a cave hotel, a hot air balloon ride, and a visit to all the Cappadocia highlights . This tour from Istanbul to Cappadocia is well-reviewed and includes everything you could possibly want in an Istanbul Cappadocia itinerary.

All-inclusive 2 day Istanbul to Cappadocia tour

Istanbul to Cappadocia Tour (One Way Only)

If you decide to move onto another Turkish destination after an Istanbul and Cappadocia itinerary, like the famous Pamukkale travertine pools , then this one way 2 day Cappadocia tour is a great idea. 

This Istanbul Cappadocia tour only includes one-way hotel pick-up and flights to Cappadocia from Istanbul (hot air balloon ride optional) so you won’t have to return to Istanbul to continue your Turkish adventure. 

One way 2 Day Istanbul to Cappadocia Tour

Read this Guide if you are heading from Istanbul to Pamukkale instead

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Best Cappadocia Day Tours

Private full day cappadocia tour.

Booking a day tour of Cappadocia is a great idea, especially if you don’t want to rent a car for your time there. I personally took a private day tour of Cappadocia with BellaTurca (which is the tour I’ve linked below). 

Besides the luxurious experience of riding around in plush transport , you also can customize the tour to your liking depending on what attractions you’d like to see. 

Cappadocia: Full Day Private Custom Tour

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Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Ride in Cappadocia

Of course, it’s hard to plan trips from Istanbul to Cappadocia without a sunrise hot air balloon ride at the top of your priority list. 

This is a well-reviewed and reputable company giving standard, deluxe and private balloon ride options with breakfast .

Cappadocia: Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Tour

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Istanbul to Cappadocia by Bus

Boarding a bus from Istanbul to Cappadocia is the most economic way of transport . The bus has routes daily from three different bus stations in Istanbul, but I would recommend starting your Turkey Istanbul to Cappadocia journey from the Istanbul central bus station (Esenler Otigari) .

Buses from Istanbul to Cappadocia cost roughly $15USD and take anywhere from 11-14 hours . 

Buses Istanbul to Cappadocia also come with night bus options . If you are good at falling asleep in vehicles, this could be a great option for you to make the most of your trip to Cappadocia.

I used 12Go to search Istanbul to Cappadocia bus itineraries and can recommend it after using it a few times while in Turkey for six weeks.

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Istanbul to Cappadocia by Train

Taking a train from Istanbul to Cappadocia can be a bit of a hassle . You will have to get yourself to the Kadikoy neighbourhood on the Asian side of Istanbul by ferry and then taxi to the Pendik Station. From here you can board the train to the city of Konya. In Konya, you will transfer to another train heading to Kayseri. 

Get off at the Kayseri train station, located over an hour’s drive to Goreme, the centre of Cappadocia. Grab a taxi or prearrange a hotel shuttle from here.

Honestly, just writing this was exhausting, so I can’t imagine the experience is any better. But, if you are a train lover or are already staying in the Kadikoy neighbourhood near the Pendik station, this could be an option for you.

To book Istanbul to Cappadocia train tickets , you can use the Turkish Railways (TCDD) website . Remember to switch the language to English in the top right. The website is a bit finicky so you may need to book two separate tickets. One from Istanbul (Pendik) to Konya, and one from Konya to Kayseri.

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Where to Stay in Cappadocia

Goreme hotels in cappadocia.

All of the recommended Goreme hotels below come with great views of the hot air balloon at sunrise and are centrally located for visiting all of the Cappadocia highlights.

Koza Cave Hotel

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Situated with a great view over Goreme town and Pigeon Valley , this luxury Cappadocia hotel features a main terrace , perfect for watching the hot air balloons fly in the morning. 

Koza Cave Hotel rooms come with traditional Turkish rugs and cozy beds with several rooms boasting living rooms with fireplaces , spa baths and private terraces. The hotel has a quality onsite restaurant.

Sultan Cave Suites

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MY TOP PICK! Situated on the top of the Goreme town valley, Sultan Cave Suites features a large panoramic terrace , great for morning photoshoots (do note, that a lot of Instagrammers stay here). Most rooms come with a modern en-suite and seating area. 

Sultan Cave Suites has a top-rated restaurant on site called Seten , a great place for date night.

Antique Terrace Suites

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Antique Terrace Suites is a mid-range accommodation that features a main sunrise terrace, a great buffet breakfast and cozy cave rooms for an economical price .

Uchisar Hotels in Cappadocia

If you decide to stay in Uchisar instead of Goreme, these wonderful Cappadocia hotels are highly recommended. Both come with views of the hot air balloons at sunrise (albeit a bit further away) and quality rooms.

Museum Hotel

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The Museum Hotel is a member of Relais & Chateaux , which means you can expect a very high standard of service and accommodation here. It has a beautiful outdoor pool , a terrace with panoramic views and all the amenities you could possibly need.  

The onsite restaurant offers locally produced fruits and vegetables harvested on-site. Museum Hotel is also pet-friendly!

Rox Cappadocia

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Rox Cappadocia is located right next to Uchisar Castle and enjoys panoramic views of Goreme and Pigeon Valley from its terraces. 

Although Rox is not a cave hotel, it comes with stone rooms (which allow for a more economical price) that mimic this feeling and is a great experience.

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Just curious, I heard from a frequent traveler to Istanbul that the advance flights tickets purchased from IST to ASR from both the New Airport and SAW, were not honored and it caused them to purchase additional tickets while in Istanbul. Is this the case? We are planning on flying to IST this coming summer and pre-purchase all of our airline tickets to enable us to get around in Turkey.

That sounds like unfortunate circumstances. Did they purchase through Turkish Airlines or Pegasus Airlines? Maybe I don’t understand what you mean by advanced flight tickets.

As far as I am aware, you can purchase tickets through Skyscanner or directly through Turkish Airlines or Pegasus Airlines without issue.

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From Istanbul to Cappadocia

Last Updated on August 23, 2023

Cappadocia is one of Turkey's most popular tourist destinations, with almost 3 million tourists visiting in 2023. It is famous for its hot air balloons, underground cities, cave hotels, and breathtaking sights. So, many travelers wonder how to get to Cappadocia from Istanbul.  

You have many choices when traveling the 730 km (454 miles) from Istanbul to Cappadocia , in central Anatolia ( map ). It is worth to note while each method has its advantages, it is important to choose the technique fitting for your unique conditions. Generally, the most preferred method is to travel by plane.

The fastest option from Istanbul to Cappadocia is to travel by plane . If purchased in advance, tickets are not expensive. The entire journey by air from your Istanbul hotel to your Cappadocian hotel can be done in 4 to 5 hours if all goes well.

You have two major airports near Cappadocia to travel by plane from Istanbul; Nevşehir-Kapadokya Airport(NEV) and Kayseri's Erkilet Airport (ASR). Shuttle vans operated by Argeus Tourism and Rock Valley Travel can take you from both airports directly to your Cappadocian hotel .

There are several daily nonstop flights from Istanbul's Istanbul Airport (IST) and Sabiha Gökçen Airport (SAW) to Nevşehir-Kapadokya Airport(NEV) and Kayseri's Erkilet Airport (ASR) on Turkish Airlines , AnadoluJet , and Pegasus Air .

If you're arriving from abroad and you plan to visit both Istanbul and Cappadocia, consider leaving your Istanbul visit until the end of your trip. Arrive at Istanbul New Airport's (IST) International Terminal on your international flight, walk to the Domestic Terminal, and catch a flight directly to Cappadocia (if the connection timing works.) You'll save yourself a back-and-forth transfer from the airport and unpacking and repacking at your Istanbul hotel .

Turkish domestic flights are often much more expensive if purchased outside of Turkey, so you should consider having a good Turkish travel agent make your internal flight reservations or make them yourself on the airline's website. Turkish travel agencies can also help with any other arrangements ( private guides , hotels , rental cars , yacht cruises ) you may need. 

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We recommend Pupa Tourism . This reputable agency is available to make any arrangements for you anywhere in Turkey and can provide quality guided tours, hotel reservations, car rentals, airport pick-up, and more. Pupa is one of the best-staffed agencies in the country, with personnel in Istanbul, Cappadocia, and Ephesus. 

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There are no direct trains between Istanbul and Cappadocia. However, high-speed trains connect Istanbul with Ankara and Konya via Eskişehir . 

From Konya , you can continue to Cappadocia by bus or a rental car for the 232 km (144 miles) journey, which will take approximately 4 hours. It is advisable only to choose this option if you fairly know Turkish or are an experienced traveler since it can get confusing for most.

A night bus from Istanbul to Cappadocia is usually the cheapest way to go for approximately $30. However, it's a long ride of 10-12 hours, covering a distance of 730 km (454 miles). Still, Turkish buses are comparatively comfy with amenities such as air conditioners and reclining seats. 

So, if you can sleep on buses, this may be your favored way as it takes you directly between the two points. Moreover, several companies run nightly buses, including Metro Turizm and Nevşehir Seyahat.

The most efficient way to buy a ticket is to ask your hotel to help reserve your seat. When leaving Istanbul, board your bus at the Harem Bus Terminal if possible. Your journey will be almost an hour shorter than if you board at the main bus terminal ( Büyük Otogar ) in Bayrampaşa/Esenler.

Due to the long drive of 800 km (500 miles; map ), which takes 8 hours without stops, it only makes economic sense if several people share the car and the fuel expense . Leaving Istanbul is a traffic nightmare, but the otoyol (expressway) then goes through some fine mountain scenery. The countryside south of Ankara is more monotonous until you pass Aksaray and enter Cappadocia .

Use the E-80 otoyol (expressway) between Istanbul and Ankara to save time, then follow the E-90 highway south from Ankara to Aksaray , then go east along D300, the ancient Silk Road, to Nevşehir . This way, you avoid the heavy long-distance truck traffic along the alternate route, E88/D765, via Kırıkkale and Kırşehir. Plus, you can always check Google Maps and Yandex Maps, as they offer timely information and directions within Turkey. 

Visit Cappadocia Today!

Visiting Cappadocia is a great choice to enjoy the amazing scenery of Turkey. You can ride a hot air balloon, take long walks, stay at cave hotels and visit underground cities. 

Moreover, you have many options for traveling between Istanbul and Cappadocia. While each method has unique advantages, choosing the best option fitting for you is advised. 

Regardless of your choice, remember to enjoy the trip and your visit to Cappadocia. 

—by Tom Brosnahan , updated by Can Turan

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What is the cheapest way to get from istanbul to cappadocia.

The cheapest way to travel between Istanbul and Cappadocia is to take a bus costing around $30-$35.

What is the fastest way to get from Istanbul to Cappadocia?

The fastest way to travel between Istanbul and Cappadocia is to take a plane. 

Can we go from Istanbul to Cappadocia by train?

There are no direct routes between Istanbul and Cappadocia. However, you can use a train to travel to a city closer to Cappadocia. 

Is it worth driving from Istanbul to Cappadocia?

If you like road trips, you can experience the local life and sights, thus making the whole trip worthwhile. Otherwise, it would be too costly and take too much time.

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Istanbul to Cappadocia: Off-the-Beaten-Path Adventures

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When travelers envision Turkey, the iconic sights of Istanbul and the stunning beaches of Antalya often steal the spotlight. Yet, hidden away in the heart of Anatolia, lies a region that promises a journey like no other. From the vibrant energy of Istanbul to the otherworldly landscapes of Cappadocia, this is a tale of a different Turkey.

Venturing from the bustling bazaars and historic mosques of Istanbul into the heartland of the country reveals a realm of secrets and surprises. This is the Turkey of untamed wilderness, mystical underground cities, and ancient cave dwellings. It’s a land where hot air balloons drift through the dawn-painted skies, revealing the surreal beauty of Cappadocia’s unique topography.

In this off-the-beaten-path adventure, we’ll explore the charming villages that time forgot, meet warm-hearted locals who share their traditions, and unearth tales of ancient civilizations etched into the very rocks that form this otherworldly landscape. Travel from Istanbul to Cappadocia promises to be an experience that touches your soul and fills your heart with the magic of discovery.unforgettable travel from Istanbul to Cappadocia.

Transportation Options for Your Istanbul to Cappadocia Journey

When embarking on any journey, one of the key aspects that can significantly impact the travel experience is transportation. How you get from one place to another can influence the entire adventure, from the speed and convenience of your trip to the sights and sounds you encounter along the way. Exploring the fascinating destinations of Istanbul and Cappadocia requires thoughtful consideration of transportation options.

In this section, we delve into the various means of getting around, helping you navigate the terrain with ease and efficiency. From the bustling streets of Istanbul, where ferries and trams weave through a city that straddles Europe and Asia , to the enchanting landscapes of Cappadocia , known for its hot air balloon rides and serene hikes, we will guide you through the practical aspects of travel.

Whether you’re a traveler seeking the thrill of a road trip, the convenience of domestic flights, or the leisure of a scenic train ride, we’ll unravel the options available to you. Our goal is to provide you with the knowledge and insights needed to make informed decisions about transportation during your journey from Istanbul to Cappadocia.

Istanbul to Cappadocia By Plane

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Flights from istanbul to cappadocia is an ideal choice for those who want to reach Cappadocia quickly. You can start by travelling to one of Istanbul’s major airports. Istanbul Airport, which is the main international airport in Istanbul and offers a wide range of domestic and international flights, or Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen Airport, an important international airport on the Asian side of Istanbul, will be the right choice.

You can reach Cappadocia from Nevsehir Cappadocia Airport, which is the most common arrival point. Alternatively, you can also reach Kayseri Airport, which is convenient for access to the Cappadocia region.

Purchasing Flight Tickets:

To secure your flight tickets for this seamless and swift journey, you can use the following methods:

Online Booking: Visit the official websites of Turkish airlines like Turkish Airlines, Pegasus Airlines, or AtlasGlobal. These airlines offer comprehensive online booking systems, allowing you to select your preferred travel dates, compare prices, and make reservations.

Travel Agencies: Local and online travel agencies specializing in Turkey travel can assist you in booking your flights. They often have access to a variety of airlines and can provide package deals that may include accommodations and additional services.

Airports : If you prefer the convenience of in-person booking, you can also purchase flight tickets at Istanbul Airport or Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen Airport. Airports typically have ticket counters or kiosks operated by airlines and travel agencies where you can make reservations.

Reaching Cappadocia from the Airports: Once you arrive at either Nevşehir Kapadokya Airport or Kayseri Airport , you can reach Cappadocia by using various transportation options:

  • Shuttle Services: Both airports offer shuttle services to the key towns and regions within Cappadocia. These shuttle services are often coordinated with flight schedules for a hassle-free transfer.
  • Private Transfers: You can arrange private transfers from the airports to your accommodation in Cappadocia . Many hotels and travel agencies offer this service for added comfort and convenience.
  • Car Rentals: If you prefer more flexibility in your travel, you can rent a car directly at the airports. Car rental counters are available, and it’s a convenient choice if you plan to explore the region independently.
  • Taxis: Taxis are readily available at the airports, and they can take you to your chosen destination in Cappadocia. Make sure to agree on the fare with the driver before starting your journey.

These transportation options from the airports to Cappadocia ensure a smooth transition, allowing you to begin your adventure in this unique region with ease.

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For those seeking a picturesque journey, an Istanbul to Cappadocia by car offers a unique adventure with various routes to explore. Here’s a look at the starting point in Istanbul, alternative routes, and the notable places you can visit along the way.

Starting Point: Istanbul

Your journey begins in Istanbul, a vibrant and historic city where East meets West. Before hitting the open road, take some time to explore Istanbul’s iconic landmarks, such as the Hagia Sophia , Blue Mosque, and Topkapi Palace.

Route 1: Istanbul to Cappadocia via Bursa

Travel through Bursa: As you leave Istanbul, head south towards Bursa. This city is renowned for its historic sites, including the Grand Mosque and the Bursa Citadel. Don’t miss the opportunity to taste the local Iskender kebab.

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Continue to Eskişehir: Your journey continues through the picturesque countryside to Eskişehir. This city offers cultural attractions and a glimpse of modern Turkey. Visit the Eskişehir Odunpazarı Houses and explore the vibrant streets.

Arrival in Cappadocia: After Eskişehir, your route takes you through Aksaray, and finally, you’ll reach Cappadocia.

Route 2: Istanbul to Cappadocia via Ankara

Travel through Ankara: Depart from Istanbul and head southeast to the capital city, Ankara. While in Ankara, explore its rich history and visit landmarks like Anıtkabir, the Mausoleum of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk.

Continue to Aksaray: After Ankara, your journey continues to Aksaray, where you can explore the Caravanserai of Sultan Han, a historical stop for travelers.

Arrival in Cappadocia: From Aksaray, you’ll reach Cappadocia, known for its mesmerizing landscapes, fairy chimneys, and underground cities.

If you do not have a car, popular online car hire platforms such as Hertz, Avis and local rental companies offer car hire services. You can pick up your hire car in Istanbul and drop it off in Cappadocia. As another option, travel agencies can help you book a rental car and arrange chauffeur services to make your journey comfortable.

Istanbul to cappadocia by bus

There are several bus companies that operate routes from Istanbul to Cappadocia, with Göreme being one of the popular destinations. These buses are usually comfortable and equipped for long-distance travel. Some reputable bus companies include Metro Turizm, Nevşehir Seyahat, and Kamil Koç.

In Istanbul, you can catch a bus to Cappadocia from several bus terminals, including:

  • Esenler Bus Terminal: Located on the European side of Istanbul, this is one of the largest and busiest bus terminals. Many bus companies have departures to Cappadocia from this terminal.
  • Harem Bus Terminal: Situated on the Asian side of Istanbul, this terminal also offers bus services to Cappadocia. It’s especially convenient if you’re staying on the Asian side of the city.
  • Taksim Square: Some bus companies provide shuttle services or have offices around Taksim Square, a central location in Istanbul. Check with your chosen bus company for specific departure points in the city.

Where to Get Off: Göreme, Cappadocia

Bus services usually arrive at the Göreme Bus Station, making it convenient for travelers to access accommodations and local attractions. From the bus station, you can easily reach your hotel or continue your exploration of Cappadocia.

Schedules and Ticketing: Bus schedules can vary, so it’s advisable to book your tickets in advance, especially during the peak tourist season. You can check the schedules and book your tickets through the official websites of the bus companies or visit their offices in Istanbul.

Additionally, some travel agencies in Istanbul can assist you in booking bus tickets to Cappadocia.

istanbul to cappadocia by train

While there may not be a direct Istanbul to Cappadocia train route, Turkey boasts an enchanting railway network that provides a different kind of adventure through this mesmerizing country.

  • Istanbul to Goreme Online Booking : Visit the official website of the Turkish State Railways (TCDD) to book tickets in advance.
  • Train Stations: Tickets can also be purchased at major train stations, including Istanbul’s Sirkeci Station.
  • Travel Agencies: Some agencies can help you with train ticket bookings.

Take a Train to Ankara:

Your first leg of the journey will be a train ride from Istanbul to Ankara, the capital city of Turkey and a key transit point for your Cappadocia adventure. Istanbul’s Sirkeci Station or Söğütlüçeşme Station are where you can board the train to Ankara.

Option 1 – Continue to Konya:

From Ankara, you have the option to continue your journey by boarding a train to Konya, an ancient city steeped in history. You’ll depart from Ankara’s main train station.

Option 2 – Continue to Kayseri:

Alternatively, you can choose to take a train from Ankara to Kayseri, which is closer to Cappadocia and offers a convenient gateway to the region. Kayseri is well-connected with the Turkish railway network.

Reaching Cappadocia from Konya or Kayseri:

  • Shuttle Services: Both Konya and Kayseri offer shuttle services that can take you to various towns and regions within Cappadocia. These services are often coordinated with train schedules for a seamless transfer.
  • Private Transfers: Arrange for a private transfer from Konya or Kayseri to your accommodation in Cappadocia. Many hotels and travel agencies in the region offer this service for added convenience.
  • Car Rentals: If you prefer flexibility in your travels, you can rent a car upon arriving in Konya or Kayseri. Car rental agencies are available, allowing you to explore Cappadocia at your own pace.
  • Taxis: Taxis are readily available at train stations in Konya and Kayseri, and they can take you to your chosen destination in Cappadocia. Ensure you agree on the fare with the driver before setting off.

cappadocia tours

When it comes to hassle-free exploration from Istanbul to Cappadocia, guided tours offer the ideal solution. These expertly curated tours provide a deep dive into the remarkable Turkish destinations without the burden of planning and logistics.

1. Istanbul to Cappadocia Cultural Adventure

This comprehensive cultural adventure starts in Istanbul and takes you on a fascinating journey to Cappadocia. Discover Istanbul’s landmarks such as the Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque and Grand Bazaar . It then offers an excursion exploring the unique geological wonders of the region, including fairy chimneys and cave churches. The tour includes accommodation, domestic flights, guided sightseeing and more.

2. Istanbul and Cappadocia Hiking Adventure

If you’re a nature enthusiast, this adventure commences in Istanbul and then takes you to Cappadocia for a remarkable hiking experience. In Istanbul, explore the city’s cultural sites like the Topkapi Palace and the Hagia Sophia. Afterward, you’ll fly to Cappadocia for guided hikes through picturesque valleys and rock formations. The tour includes accommodations, domestic flights, guided sightseeing, and trekking activities.

These guided tours not only provide enriching experiences in Istanbul but also seamlessly transition your journey to Cappadocia, offering you the convenience of knowledgeable guides and well-planned itineraries.

You can purchase tickets for these tours through established online travel agencies that specialize in Turkish tours and inquire about availability at the respective tour meeting points in Istanbul. This ensures that you’re well-prepared for an incredible adventure from Istanbul to the captivating landscapes of Cappadocia.

Traveling to new destinations, whether it’s Istanbul, Cappadocia, or anywhere in the world, is an exciting adventure. To make your journey more enjoyable and seamless, consider the following tips:

  • Transportation Choices : Decide whether to fly, take a bus, or rent a car. Flying is fastest, but driving or taking a bus allows for scenic views and stops.
  • Accommodation Booking : In Cappadocia, cave hotels are unique—book in advance for the best experience.
  • Balloon Ride : Book a hot air balloon ride early, as they’re popular and weather-dependent.
  • Cultural Sites : Plan to visit historical places like the Göreme Open-Air Museum and underground cities.
  • Local Tours : Consider guided tours for insights into the region’s history and geology.
  • Packing Appropriately : Nights can be cool, even in summer, so pack layers. Bring comfortable shoes for hiking.
  • Try Local Delicacies : Sample Cappadocian pottery kebab and testi kebab.
  • Respectful Attire : Carry a scarf and dress modestly if you plan to visit mosques and religious sites.
  • Photography : Charge your camera; Cappadocia’s landscapes are unforgettable, especially during golden hour.
  • Stay Connected : If relying on GPS for navigation, ensure you have a local SIM card or data plan.

Remember that every journey is a unique experience, and while planning is essential, some of the most memorable moments can be unplanned and spontaneous. Enjoy your travels and make the most of every moment!

best time to visit cappadocia

The ideal time to visit a destination can vary greatly depending on your personal preferences, the activities you wish to pursue, and the climate you find most comfortable. Here’s a general overview of the best times to visit Istanbul and Cappadocia, two of Turkey’s most enchanting destinations:

  • Spring (April to June): Spring is a fantastic time to visit Istanbul. The weather is mild, and the city’s gardens and parks burst into colorful bloom. Tourist crowds are still manageable during this season.
  • Fall (September to October): Similar to spring, autumn offers pleasant weather, making it an excellent time to explore Istanbul. You can enjoy cultural festivals, and it’s less crowded than the summer months.

Cappadocia:

  • Spring (April to June): Spring is one of the most popular times to visit Cappadocia due to its mild temperatures and the blossoming landscapes. It’s an ideal time for outdoor activities and hot air balloon rides.
  • Autumn (September to October): Much like spring, autumn offers comfortable temperatures, stunning scenery, and a quieter atmosphere. Balloon rides and hiking are delightful during this time.
  • Winter (December to February): If you’re a fan of unique experiences, consider a winter visit to Cappadocia when the landscapes are blanketed in snow. This season also brings fewer tourists and lower prices.

It’s important to note that both destinations have their own unique charm throughout the year, so the best time for your visit largely depends on your interests. Summers in both Istanbul and Cappadocia can be quite hot, but they’re perfect if you enjoy long, sunny days.

On the other hand, if you prefer milder temperatures and fewer tourists, spring and autumn are excellent choices. Winter is a less crowded but equally magical option for those who enjoy the allure of a quieter, snow-covered landscape.

For more option about things to do in Cappadocia make sure to read our blog!

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A Guide to Avanos, Cappadocia Turkey: The Pottery Village

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Sarah-Jane has lived in Croatia for 10+ years. SJ, as she is known, has been traveling the Balkans & beyond since 2000. She now shares her passion for traveling with her husband & kids.

Nestled in the heart of Cappadocia, Avanos is a small town that’s big on charm—and pottery. I was there in April 2024 and loved the vibe, so I wanted to share it with you in this guide to Avanos.

Sitting pretty on the banks of the longest river in Turkey, the Kızılırmak, or as you might better know it, the Red River.  The river’s not just named for its snazzy color — the iron oxide in the soil around here gives the water a reddish hue that’s pretty cool to see in person.

Now, Avanos isn’t your run-of-the-mill tourist spot; it’s a place where the age-old art of pottery and ceramics keeps the town’s ancient traditions alive.

After dropping our bags at our accommodation, we set off on foot to wander the town. Within 5 minutes, we found workshops where we could watch a master potter spin a clump of river mud into a work of art right before our eyes.

If you’re looking for an authentic experience, add Avonos to your Turkish bucketlist. My guide told me that pottery magic has been happening for over 4,000 years in this area, so you’re literally touching a piece of history with every piece you see as you explore the town.

SJ IN sunglasses sitting on a circular bench in a plaza with a sign that reads "avans" featuring a red heart replacing the letter 'a', showcasing things to do in Avanos, Cappadocia

But hey, it’s not all about the past here. Avanos has a modern vibe, too, with cozy cafes and eateries where you can chill after a day of exploring.

When you’re ready to tuck in for the night, you’ll find lodgings with that homey Cappadocian charm like xxx where I stayed.

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History And Culture

As you meander through the streets of Avanos, you’ll feel the pulse of history in its architecture and the warmth of culture in its crafts. 

The Hittite Legacy

A ceramic pitcher with a unique loop handle and a speckled blue base stands on a wooden table, bathed in sunlight.

The Hittites once called this region home, way back in the Bronze Age. They were among the first to settle here, so when you’re walking around, imagine them shaping the very beginning of Avanos’ story.

Ancient artifacts found here are like snippets from a long-lost diary, telling us how sophisticated and innovative the Hittites really were.

Red River’s Influence On Pottery

An outdoor fountain sculpture shaped like a large terracotta jug, expelling water, with a Turkish flag in the background and a plaque on a stone base, highlighting things to do in Avanos C

The life-giving Red River, or Kızılırmak, flows gracefully through Avanos, supplying the town with its signature red clay. This isn’t just any mud – it’s the secret ingredient that turned Avanos into a pottery hub.

The clay here spins a narrative of its own, forming the backbone of the ceramic trade in the district. Every pot, every plate has a bit of the river’s soul in it.

Exploring Avanos

Avanos beckons with its charming intertwined street, deep-rooted pottery traditions, and unique attractions that are sure to pique your curiosity.

Put on your comfortable walking shoes, and let’s explore the charming allure of this historic town.

Strolling The Cobbled Streets

A life-sized model of a donkey wearing a traditional blanket and harness, displayed on a street with pottery in the background, is one of the intriguing things to do in Avanos Cappadoc

The best thing to do in Avanos is to walk its cobbled streets. As you explore, you’ll discover the town’s rich pottery history and vibrant atmosphere. Each step takes you deeper into its past and unique culture.

Start your walk in the town center, where you’ll find numerous pottery shops showcasing a variety of handcrafted items. Be sure to visit Chez Galip, a renowned pottery workshop where you can see artisans at work and even try your hand at making your own piece. Another great stop is Sultan Ceramics, known for its intricate designs and high-quality ceramics.

A person standing under a canopy of colorful hanging umbrellas in a narrow cobblestone street in Avanos, Cappadocia, Turkiye, with sunlight casting shadows on the walls.

As you stroll, you’ll notice Avanos’s distinctive architecture, with its stone houses and narrow alleys. Take your time to appreciate the details, such as the traditional carved wooden doors and windows.

There are streets to take photos with bright umbrellas and cool old dudes playing the board game ‘Okey’ and drinking tea.

Four elderly men playing the board game Okey at an outdoor table near an old building wall in Avanos, Cappadocia, Türkiye, with one smiling broadly. Two are wearing caps.

Don’t miss the Güray Museum, which houses an impressive collection of ceramics from different periods. It’s a great place to learn about the history of pottery in the region and see some truly unique pieces.

For a taste of local life, head to the Avanos Market, where you can find fresh produce, local delicacies, and handmade crafts. It’s the perfect place to pick up a souvenir or two, whether it’s a piece of pottery, a handmade rug, or some local spices.

A terracotta jug, a typical craft from Avanos, Cappadocia, is placed beside a turquoise door with a geometric pattern.

As you continue your walk, make sure to visit the Kızılırmak River. The riverbanks are perfect for a relaxing stroll, and you can even take a boat ride to see the town from a different perspective. The suspension bridge over the river is a popular spot for photos and offers great views of Avanos.

If you get hungry, there are plenty of cafes and restaurants along the way. Bizim Ev is a cozy spot offering delicious local dishes, while Evranos Restaurant is known for its cave setting and traditional Turkish cuisine.

Four oval plates with various spreads, arranged on a wooden table, beside neatly placed utensils, showcasing things to do in Avanos Cappadocia, Turkiye.

Walking the cobbled streets of Avanos is a delightful way to immerse yourself in its rich culture and history. Whether you’re admiring the pottery, exploring the market, or simply enjoying the atmosphere, there’s always something to see and do.

The Pottery Scene

A potter's hands shaping wet clay on a spinning pottery wheel in Avanos, Cappadocia, with detailed focus on the muddy texture and hand movements.

Now, let’s talk pottery—it’s a big deal here. Avanos and pottery go way back…As I said, over 4,000 years back.

Start by visiting the local pottery shops. You’ll find a range of items, from simple souvenirs to intricate art pieces. Most shops are happy to let you watch the artisans at work, giving you a glimpse into the craftsmanship behind each piece.

If you’re up for some hands-on experience, sign up for a pottery class. These classes are available at various studios and are suitable for all skill levels.

A potter's hands shaping a clay pot on a spinning pottery wheel, with focus on the wet, muddy texture of the clay. This is one of the many artistic things to do in Avanos

Expect to get your hands dirty as you learn the basics of molding and shaping clay. Instructors will guide you through the process, and by the end, you’ll have your own handmade piece to take home.

Whether you’re buying or making pottery, Avanos offers a unique and engaging experience. The combination of shopping and hands-on learning makes it a memorable part of your visit.

SJ with clay-covered hands smiles broadly inside a pottery workshop in Avanos, Cappadocia, Turkey, holding up her hands to display the clay.

Looking for something hands-on and memorable in Cappadocia? I highly recommend the 2-hour pottery workshop in Avanos. It was a blast!

The experience started with a convenient pick-up from my accommodation. After a short drive, I arrived at the pottery studio in Avanos, a town renowned for its rich pottery history. The welcoming artisans there were incredibly skilled and eager to share their craft.

First, they gave a quick demo, showing the basic techniques of shaping and molding clay. Then, it was my turn. Getting my hands dirty on the pottery wheel was so much fun! The instructors were patient and offered plenty of tips, making sure I didn’t mess up too badly.

By the end of the session, I had my very own handcrafted piece to take home. It’s not perfect, but it’s a great souvenir and a reminder of my time in Avanos. The drop-off back at my accommodation was just as smooth.

If you’re in Cappadocia , definitely give this pottery workshop a try. It’s a unique, creative experience that you won’t forget!

Unique Chez Galip Hair Museum Of Avanos

Exterior of Chez Galip Hair Museum in Avanos, Cappadocia, Turkey, featuring colorful ceramic displays and a hot air balloon decoration under a clear blue sky.

Alright, brace yourself for the quirky side of Avanos—a hair museum. Yep, you read that right.

Chez Galip Hair Museum isn’t your everyday museum; it’s niche and, honestly, a bit peculiar with a collection that’s as intriguing as it gets.

Beyond this, Avanos has plenty more up its sleeve—a tour around here is like a treasure hunt, with the promise of stumbling upon something unexpected around every corner.

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Kızılırmak River Adventures

Strolling across the suspension bridge over the Kızılırmak River, with the idyllic backdrop of Avanos in Cappadocia. A stunning mosque with two minarets stands tall, framed by tree branches, in this picturesque pottery village.

The Kızılırmak River, or the “Red River”, isn’t just any river; it’s the longest river in Turkey.

Take a leisurely stroll across a suspension bridge, the gentle flow of water beneath you, and a view that just screams, “Make me your wallpaper!”

Not just a pretty face, the river is perfect for swinging into some adventures—think riverside picnics or even a lazy kayak trip if that floats your boat.

Cappadocia’s Landscape

SJ squatting at the base of towering, uniquely shaped rock formations in Pasabag Valley, Cappadocia, under a clear blue sky.

Your trip wouldn’t be complete without gawking at Cappadocia’s iconic landscape.

We’re talking about endless valleys sculpted by none other than Mother Nature herself, topped with the whimsical fairy chimneys that Cappadocia is famous for.

And guess what? The best views over the region are easy to reach from quaint Avanos town.

Get ready to fill your camera roll with shots of panoramas that look like they’re straight out of a fantasy novel.

Making The Most Of Your Visit

A vibrant display of handcrafted red and blue pottery and plates decorates the exterior stone wall of a shop in Avanos, Cappadocia, Türkiye.

When you drop by Avanos, get ready to soak up some culture, snag some unique souvenirs, and plan out unforgettable day trips.

Here’s the scoop on how you can have the time of your life in this artisan town.

Souvenirs And Shopping

Close-up of a colorful, intricately designed ceramic plate from Avanos, Cappadocia, featuring vibrant floral and geometric patterns.

As you stroll down the streets of Avanos, the pottery shops will undoubtedly catch your eye.

It would be a missed opportunity not to take home a piece of the town’s renowned ceramic art.

These pieces aren’t just souvenirs; they’re tangible memories crafted by local artisans, and they’re perfect for that special nook back home or as a thoughtful gift.

An elderly potter shapes clay on a pottery wheel in a rustic workshop surrounded by ceramic pots and tools, showcasing traditional things to do in Avanos Cappadocia, Turkiye.

Make sure you pop into a shop or two and watch potters shape the red clay, a tradition spanning over 4,000 years, right before your eyes.

Day Trips and Itineraries

Interior of a luxury transport van with plush seating and a table, a scenic view of Turkey visible through the window, parked next to another vehicle.

No visit to Avanos is complete without venturing out.

Kick off with a map of the area and mark out spots like the fairy chimneys and open-air museums you want to see – some are further away than you think.

If you’re all about maximizing your visit date, consider joining a guided tour, where the planning is done for you. I hired a driver, guide, and vehicle, and we set the itinerary together based on my time and interests.

When you take a tour or get your own guide to get to see and learn so much more as they have the inside scoop on all the must-see places and can take you on a journey through Cappadocia’s enchanting landscapes , with pit stops at scenic vantage points for those insta-worthy snaps.

Accommodations & Dining

Sign for "bizim ev restaurant & cafe" mounted on a stone wall in Avanos, surrounded by an array of traditional clay pots and decorative items.

Whether you’re booking a room with a view or looking for the tastiest kebab in town, Avanos has it all. Dive into the local culture by staying in a boutique hotel (see the one I loved below) and indulging in homegrown culinary delights.

Staying In Avanos

Avanos is home to a variety of accommodations ranging from luxurious hotels to charming guesthouses.

You’ve got options like:

  • DoubleTree by Hilton for a touch of international comfort with local flair
  • Then there’s the unique Sofa Hotel
  • Or, for an immersive experience, try the Yoruk Stone House , where you can get a slice of authentic Cappadocian architecture

I chose to stay at HacıAşık Konağı Butik Hotel . It was a really authentic experience, as no one spoke English, and we had to communicate via Google Translate! The Turkish breakfast spread was delish!!

A breakfast spread with toast, jam, butter, and olives served on a red and white checkered tablecloth in Avanos, Cappadoccia, Turkiye.

Local Culinary Delights

Avanos is a joy for any food enthusiast, especially if you’re keen on trying local dishes.

A plate of manti (Turkish dumplings) topped with garlic yogurt and spicy tomato sauce, garnished with dried mint, enjoyed in Avanos, Cappadocia, Türkiye.

Manti are small dumplings typically filled with a seasoned mixture of ground lamb or beef, onions, and spices. These bite-sized delights are often compared to Italian ravioli but have a unique Turkish twist.

The dumplings are usually served with a generous dollop of yogurt sauce and drizzled with melted butter infused with paprika or red pepper flakes.

Pottery kebab

A rustic oven setup featuring the Turkish Testi Kebab, or pottery kebab. There are multiple pots and containers with dough baking over an open flame, surrounded by colorful decorations and fresh produce in the background.

Pottery kebab (testi kebabı) is a must-try. It consists of meat and vegetables slow-cooked in a sealed clay pot, cracked open right at your table.

When visiting Avanos, trying the local cuisine is a must, and two dishes you shouldn’t miss are pide and lahmacun.

Plate of cheesy pide topped with vegetables and meat, served on a rustic wooden table in Avanos, Cappadocia, Turkey.

Pide is bread topped with various ingredients such as cheese, vegetables, and different meats like minced lamb or beef. The dough is soft on the inside and crispy on the edges, and it’s usually baked in a wood-fired oven. You’ll find pide in many local restaurants, each offering their own twist on this classic dish.

Rectangular Turkish lahmacun surrounded by sides of pickled cabbage, lemon slices, and fresh greens on a table at Ushiscar Castle in Cappadocia.

Lahmacun is another popular Turkish dish, often compared to pizza, but quite different in its own right. It’s a thin, crispy flatbread topped with a mixture of minced meat (usually lamb or beef), vegetables, and herbs.

Unlike pide, lahmacun is rolled up and often served with fresh parsley, tomatoes, and a squeeze of lemon. It’s a light, flavorful option that’s perfect for a quick meal.

Both dishes are affordable and widely available in Avanos. Whether you’re grabbing a quick bite or sitting down for a leisurely meal, pide and lahmacun offer a delicious taste of Turkish cuisine . Don’t hesitate to ask the locals for their favorite spots to ensure you get the best experience.

A vendor in Avanos Cappadocia, Turkiye, preparing street food, slicing warm kokoreç from a rotating spit over coals, with a sign displaying "kokoreç bü

  • Restaurants. They range from small family-owned eateries serving home-cooked meals to more upscale dining experiences
  • Street Food. Look out for stands selling gözleme (thin dough crepes with various fillings) and other quick bites like chick peas and kokoreç
  • Local Wine. With the region’s volcanic soil, Cappadocian wines are unique. A visit to a local winery is both educational and enjoyable

Front entrance of Aryatus Wine House in Avanos, Cappadocia, Turkiye, with tables and chairs outside, wine glass and bottle signs above the door.

Speaking of wines, Avanos is also a fantastic place to explore the rich tradition of Cappadocian wine. The region’s unique volcanic soil and climate make it ideal for viticulture, producing wines that are both distinctive and delicious.

Wine tastings in Avanos

There are several wineries and wine cellars in and around Avanos where you can sample local wines. Many of these establishments offer guided tastings, allowing you to learn about the different grape varieties and winemaking processes.

We found a great way to spend an afternoon after all the walking and exploring. We came away with a deeper appreciation for the local wine culture.

Entrance of "salkım sarap evi" wine house in Avanos Cappadocia, Turkey, featuring a yellow umbrella, decorative signage, and rustic adornments under a clear

A few we liked were:

  • Salkım Şarap Evi. Salkım Şarap Evi is a charming wine house in Avanos that offers a cozy setting to sample local wines. The staff here is friendly and well-versed in the region’s wine-making traditions, making it a great place to learn and enjoy
  • Mahzen Şarap Evi. This wine house in Avanos is a great spot to sample local wines. They offer a range of tastings, often paired with delicious local snacks, making it a perfect place to relax and enjoy the flavors of the region
  • Aryatus Wine House : Aryatus is another great spot in Avanos for wine tasting. Known for its welcoming ambiance and knowledgeable staff, Aryatus offers a variety of local wines that showcase the unique flavors of the region. It’s a fantastic place to unwind and learn about Cappadocian wines

Cappadocian wines

Close-up of a kocabağ wine bottle label, featuring the kapadokya logo, vintage year 2022, and background of other bottles in Avanos Cappadocia,

The wines from this region are known for their unique flavors and high quality. Common grape varieties include Emir, Narince, and Kalecik Karası for whites and Öküzgözü and Boğazkere for reds.

Each variety offers a different taste profile, from light and crisp whites to full-bodied, robust reds. Be sure to try a few different kinds to find your favorite.

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Getting To Avanos

View from the backseat of a car showing the dashboard and steering wheel, with a road leading towards the distant Ushiscar Castle in Cappadocia under a cloudy sky.

Let’s break down the ways you can reach this pottery paradise.

Air Travel To Nevşehir

Your adventure kicks off as soon as you touch down.

When planning your trip to Avanos, it’s helpful to know the nearest airports and their distances from the town of Avanos.

Nevşehir Kapadokya Airport (NAV)

Crowded Nevşehir Kapadokya Airport baggage claim area in Turkey with people waiting for luggage, surrounded by car rental and transport advertisements.

  • Distance to Avanos is approximately 34 kilometers (21 miles)
  • The travel Time is about 35-40 minutes by car

This is the closest airport to Avanos and offers domestic flights, primarily from major Turkish cities like Istanbul and Ankara. It’s a convenient option for reaching the heart of Cappadocia

Kayseri Erkilet Airport (ASR)

  • Distance to Avanos is approximately 80 kilometers (50 miles)
  • The travel time is about 1 hour and 15 minutes by car

This airport is larger and offers more frequent flights, including some international connections. It serves as a good alternative if flights to Nevşehir are not available.

Both airports offer car rental services, shuttle buses, and taxi options to Avanos. It’s recommended that you arrange transportation in advance to ensure a smooth journey.

Road Trip To Cappadocia

Fancy steering the wheel yourself? Road-tripping to Cappadocia is a blast!

From Ankara, it’s roughly a 4-hour drive southeast, and from Istanbul , expect about a 7 to 8-hour drive. Don’t forget to make a playlist!

Once you hit the region, keep an eye out for signs to Avanos, which is just north of Göreme. The scenery is stunning, with fairy chimneys and picturesque valleys lining your path.

Local Transport Options

Screenshot of a ride-sharing app interface showing a map and destination labeled "meet at hacı aşık konağı" near Göreme and Uchisar Castle in Turkey.

Okay, you’ve arrived in the region, and now you just need to zoom into Avanos itself.

Local buses run regularly from neighboring towns like Göreme and Uçhisar. They’re wallet-friendly and give you a real slice of local life.

Or, if you prefer a bit more comfort and flexibility, like me, there are taxis available. We caught several and had zero issues finding one. They used the meter and dropped us off after we showed them on the map where we wanted to go. 

I tried to use Uber to go from my accommodation in Avanos to Uchisar Castle, but there was never a taxi available. The app works, but it seemed that no drivers were accepting my booking. So, instead, I used a regular yellow taxi.

2-Day Itinerary For Avanos Town, Cappadocia

Day 1: exploring avanos and pottery demonstration, morning: arrival & pottery workshop.

9:00 AM – Enjoy your breakfast

10:00 AM – Pottery Workshop. Head to a renowned pottery workshop. Watch a demonstration by master potters and participate in a hands-on pottery class. Create your own pottery piece to take home as a souvenir.

Late Morning: Wandering the Town and Shopping for Pottery

11:30 AM – Stroll Through the Town Center: Wander the cobbled streets of Avanos, exploring its charming shops and local architecture. Visit various pottery shops like Sultan Ceramics and Chez Galip to see a range of handcrafted items.

Lunch: Local Delights

1:00 PM – Lunch at Bizim Ev: Enjoy a leisurely lunch at Bizim Ev, a cozy spot known for its delicious local dishes. Try traditional dishes like manti and gözleme.

Afternoon: Cultural Exploration

2:30 PM – Güray Museum: Visit the Güray Museum, which houses an impressive collection of ceramics from different periods. Learn about the history of pottery in the region and see some truly unique pieces.

Late Afternoon: River Walk and Bridge Crossing

4:00 PM – Walk Along the Kızılırmak River: Take a relaxing stroll along the banks of the Kızılırmak River. Cross the suspension bridge, a popular spot for photos, and enjoy the scenic views of Avanos.

Evening: Dinner and Leisure

6:00 PM – Dinner at Evranos Restaurant: Dine at Evranos Restaurant, known for its cave setting and traditional Turkish cuisine . Enjoy local specialties like pottery kebab.

Day 2: Wine Tasting & More Exploration

Morning: more exploration and souvenir shopping.

9:00 AM – Start your day with a traditional Turkish breakfast at your hotel.

10:00 AM – Continue Pottery Shopping: Visit additional pottery shops to find unique souvenirs and gifts. Watch local artisans at work and learn more about the pottery-making process.

Lunch: Taste of Avanos

1:00 PM – Lunch at Sofa Hotel Restaurant: Enjoy a meal at the restaurant of Sofa Hotel, known for its blend of traditional and modern Turkish cuisine. Try dishes like pide and lahmacun.

Afternoon: Wine Tasting Experience

2:30 PM – Wine Tasting at Salkım Şarap Evi: Head to Salkım Şarap Evi for a guided wine tasting session. Sample local wines made from grapes grown in Cappadocia’s unique volcanic soil.

4:00 PM – Continue Wine Tasting at Mahzen Şarap Evi: Visit another wine house, Mahzen Şarap Evi, to taste more varieties and learn about the winemaking process. Enjoy the relaxed atmosphere and knowledgeable staff.

Late Afternoon: Leisure Time and Last-Minute Shopping

5:30 PM – Relax by the River or Visit More Shops: Spend some time relaxing by the Kızılırmak River or visit any remaining pottery shops you missed on the first day. Take a final stroll through the town to soak up the atmosphere.

Evening: Farewell Dinner

7:00 PM – Dinner at a Local Restaurant: Choose a cozy local restaurant for your final meal in Avanos. Reflect on your experiences and enjoy one last taste of Cappadocian cuisine.

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A stunning long-exposure photograph of the Perseid meteors 2023. The vertical Milky Way gives off the illusion that the inactive Mount Erciyes volcano, is active again! Credit: Kayseri Erciyes A.Ş. Ski Resort.

After partaking in a successful Perseids meteor shower observing event and associated adventures in Turkey this past August, Astronomy ’s travel partner, Eclipse Traveler , is offering another great adventure in Turkey for August 2024.

Eclipse Traveler is welcoming everybody and anybody to embark on an immersive journey to some of Turkey’s most popular destinations. Over the course of seven eventful days, participants will have the opportunity to explore the natural, historic, and modern wonders in Kayseri, Cappadocia, and Istanbul.

For the first two days, starting August 9, 2024, we will be in historic Istanbul to visit several structures famously known globally and locally, such as the Hagia Sophia (St. Sophia’s Basilica) Mosque and its museum; Topkapi Palace, which dates back to the Ottoman Empire; and others. Millions travel from all over the world to walk through Istanbul’s historic treasures — and we will too, our feet getting ever closer to the Perseids Starfall Festival (as the locals call it) on the 12 th .

Following Istanbul, an Eclipse Traveler representative will pick us up at Kayseri Airport on the third day. Then the group will travel to the archeological site called Kültepe Kanesh. It is located on fertile land and converging routes, making it inevitable to become the center of trade and politics by the end of the 3 rd millennium B.C.E.

August 13 th begins with an educational morning with the Kayseri Archeological Museum, covering a timeline from the Chalcolithic (Copper) Age to the Roman and Ottoman times. After a hearty lunch, travelers will go to the Museum of Seljukian Civilization to learn about the Anatolian Seljuk Civilization. A quick break will be taken afterward at the hotel and the rest of the night will be dedicated to watching the Perseid meteor shower.

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The evening of the 13 th will be so mesmerizing that it’ll satisfy a life-long dream you didn’t know you had! The Perseid Starfall Festival is located on a dormant volcano, one of the peaks of Mount Erciyes, at an altitude of 2,650 meters (8,700 feet). Prepare to witness one the greatest visual feasts the sky has to offer this time of year.

Thousands gather, both locals and visitors, for Kayseri’s most sought-after annual event. This past year, we could feel the buzz from electricity in the air as each meteor trailed across the velvety black sky, unpolluted by distant city lights.

An understandable lazy morning will be followed by a scenic drive to the region of Cappadocia, where travelers will stay for the remainder of the trip — August 14 th to the 16 th . This will include touring enchanting and breathtaking ancient structures above and below ground. Seeing architectural marvels created by both nature and humans produces a transcendental feeling washing over you.

Dozens of pigeons take flight at the Pigeon Valley. In the background, you can see a portion of Cappadocia's valleys.

Nighttime in Cappadocia will bring even more excitement when travelers go to a remote location in the valley — away from city lights — for two more opportunities to feast eyes on Perseid meteors. Travelers will see a dark, starry (and meteor-y) sky with fairy chimneys in the foreground while surrounded by other curious minds. You’ll never want to leave!

It brings me great pleasure to know that others will be well taken care of by Eclipse Traveler and will experience Turkey in such a life-altering way, producing indelible memories. A more detailed itinerary of the trip can be found on Eclipse Traveler’s website .

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Pegasus launches direct route from Istanbul to Bratislava

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Pegasus, one of Europe’s leading low-cost airlines, has launched a new route between Istanbul, and the Slovakian capital, Bratislava. The new direct service between Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen Airport and Bratislava Airport will operate twice weekly as of 15 May 2024.

Flights will depart on Wednesdays and Sundays from Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen Airport to Bratislava Airport at 11.55 and 10.20 local time and on the same days at 14.00 and 12.30 local time from Bratislava Airport to Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen Airport. Lead-in fares from €39.99 one-way.

Emre Pekesen, Sales and Network Planning Group Director of Pegasus Airlines said: “We are delighted to be launching a scheduled service connecting Bratislava and Slovakia with the Turkish metropolis of Istanbul, marking our 100th international route, with flights operating twice a week between Bratislava Airport and our hub, Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen Airport. Pegasus Airlines is proud to connect the two countries with a scheduled direct service, offering a unique experience to all who travel with us. We are also looking forward to launching flights between Bratislava and Antalya from 18 May 2024 for the summer season. We would also like to thank the management of Bratislava Airport for their exceptional cooperation.”

Dušan Novota, Chairman of the Board and General Director of the M. R. Štefánik Airport, said: “At Bratislava Airport, we are welcoming a brand new scheduled air carrier today, which will operate its direct flights to Istanbul not only in the summer, but also in the winter season. Thanks to scheduled flights to Istanbul, Bratislava has a connection with an airport, which is a hub – therefore offering the option of transfer connections, e.g. to Cappadocia, Kuwait or Georgia and other destinations within the Pegasus Airlines network. The scheduled year-round route to Istanbul will be joined by the carrier’s direct route to Antalya along with other scheduled and charter flights to (and from) Antalya, and so this year we expect that the highest number of passengers to date will fly from Bratislava to Türkiye.”

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Posted: February 26, 2024 | Last updated: February 26, 2024

<p>Taking a solo adventure is more common than you’d think. You can unwind and discover exactly who you are, unimpeded by what everyone else wants to do. It may seem strange initially, but if you contemplate it a little longer, you’ll eventually come around. After all, it gets tiring when the group chat says it’s a go, but when payments are due, everyone disappears. </p>

Taking a solo adventure is more common than you’d think. You can unwind and discover exactly who you are, unimpeded by what everyone else wants to do. It may seem strange initially, but if you contemplate it a little longer, you’ll eventually come around. After all, it gets tiring when the group chat says it’s a go, but when payments are due, everyone disappears. 

<p>Kyoto possesses a certain serene beauty, where old temples, traditional tea houses, and carefully manicured gardens offer a glimpse into Japan’s rich heritage. Gion is a historic district worth exploring, where geishas once graced the streets. Plus, each Shinto shrine and Zen Buddhist temple invites reflection, creating an atmosphere that gives you an idea of how the samurai and imperial courts functioned.</p>

Kyoto’s Historic Temples and Gardens, Japan

<p>The grandeur of the Inca Trail offers you a memorable and transformative experience. It’s an iconic trail that many people hope to conquer. The four-day journey challenges hikers with varying terrains, from high mountain passes to thick forests, providing a deep sense of accomplishment when you reach the Sun Gate overlooking the archaeological site. Aside from learning Incan history, watching the sun rise over Machu Picchu is relaxing. </p>

The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, Peru

The grandeur of the Inca Trail offers you a memorable and transformative experience. It’s an iconic trail that many people hope to conquer. The four-day journey challenges hikers with varying terrains, from high mountain passes to thick forests, providing a deep sense of accomplishment when you reach the Sun Gate overlooking the archaeological site. Aside from learning Incan history, watching the sun rise over Machu Picchu is relaxing. 

<p>The Norwegian Fjords won’t disappoint! Gather your backpack and take a mesmerizing cruise as towering cliffs plunge into deep, narrow waterways, creating a dramatic and natural spectacle. Hiking along the fjords, like the iconic Nærøyfjord or Geirangerfjord, unveils lovely views of cascading waterfalls, snow-capped peaks, and picturesque villages on the mountainsides.</p>

Norwegian Fjords, Norway

The Norwegian Fjords won’t disappoint! Gather your backpack and take a mesmerizing cruise as towering cliffs plunge into deep, narrow waterways, creating a dramatic and natural spectacle. Hiking along the fjords, like the iconic Nærøyfjord or Geirangerfjord, unveils lovely views of cascading waterfalls, snow-capped peaks, and picturesque villages on the mountainsides.

<p>A solo road trip? Yes, please! Feel the wind in your hair and the warm breeze as you explore the Pacific coastline, with plenty of fun cities to show you a good time. Traveling alone allows you to stop whenever you want to check out various attractions, gaze at the beautiful coast, and immerse yourself in <a href="https://wealthofgeeks.com/things-to-do-in-northern-california/" rel="noopener">California’s</a> eclectic culture.</p>

The California Coast, USA

A solo road trip? Yes, please! Feel the wind in your hair and the warm breeze as you explore the Pacific coastline, with plenty of fun cities to show you a good time. Traveling alone allows you to stop whenever you want to check out various attractions, gaze at the beautiful coast, and immerse yourself in California’s eclectic culture.

<p>A trip to Petra is an intriguing experience that unfolds as you pass through the narrow Siq, a natural gorge surrounded by towering sandstone cliffs that lead to the Al-Khazneh, or the Treasury. The Nabataeans carved the ancient “red city” into the desert mountains. It’s a combination of intricate architecture and an archaeological wonder. If you go further, you’ll see the Monastery, amphitheater, and a maze of tombs. </p>

The Ancient City of Petra, Jordan

A trip to Petra is an intriguing experience that unfolds as you pass through the narrow Siq, a natural gorge surrounded by towering sandstone cliffs that lead to the Al-Khazneh, or the Treasury. The Nabataeans carved the ancient “red city” into the desert mountains. It’s a combination of intricate architecture and an archaeological wonder. If you go further, you’ll see the Monastery, amphitheater, and a maze of tombs. 

<p>Morocco is one of those beautiful cities that’s seriously underrated. To get the most out of your experience, visit the bustling souks, taste the local cuisine in peaceful riads, and become fully engulfed in the lively atmosphere of Jemaa el-Fnaa. This is your chance to take advantage of the freedom to engage in authentic Moroccan culture.</p>

The Culture of Marrakech, Morocco

Morocco is one of those beautiful cities that’s seriously underrated. To get the most out of your experience, visit the bustling souks, taste the local cuisine in peaceful riads, and become fully engulfed in the lively atmosphere of Jemaa el-Fnaa. This is your chance to take advantage of the freedom to engage in authentic Moroccan culture.

<p>Does it take convincing to visit one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world? Tailor-made for adventure enthusiasts and diehard hikers, conquering the trail to Everest Base Camp can be fun, even if done alone. Set your own pace, take in the breathtaking Himalayan landscapes, and connect with fellow trekkers!</p>

Everest Base Camp, Nepal

Does it take convincing to visit one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world? Tailor-made for adventure enthusiasts and diehard hikers, conquering the trail to Everest Base Camp can be fun, even if done alone. Set your own pace, take in the breathtaking Himalayan landscapes, and connect with fellow trekkers!

<p>The Galápagos Islands are a natural paradise. It’s a wildlife wonderland where you share the beaches with sea lions, snorkel with playful penguins, and encounter giant tortoises on rugged volcanic landscapes. Picture yourself exploring these remote islands, each offering a different ecosystem and a front-row seat to the incredible biodiversity that inspired Darwin’s Theory of Evolution. </p>

The Galápagos Islands, Ecuador

The Galápagos Islands are a natural paradise. It’s a wildlife wonderland where you share the beaches with sea lions, snorkel with playful penguins, and encounter giant tortoises on rugged volcanic landscapes. Picture yourself exploring these remote islands, each offering a different ecosystem and a front-row seat to the incredible biodiversity that inspired Darwin’s Theory of Evolution. 

<p>The fame of The Eternal City still looms large even today throughout the world. The possibilities are endless when you go backpacking through the storied streets of Italy’s capital. Absorb the magnificence of the Colosseum when you do a guided or solo tour, or take the time to appreciate the intricate details of the Pantheon and other historic neighborhoods. Be sure to stop at a cafe for a traditional Italian coffee, delicious gelato, or a slice of their famous <a href="https://wealthofgeeks.com/pineapple-on-pizza/" rel="noopener">pizza</a>.</p>

Rome, Italy

The fame of The Eternal City still looms large even today throughout the world. The possibilities are endless when you go backpacking through the storied streets of Italy’s capital. Absorb the magnificence of the Colosseum when you do a guided or solo tour, or take the time to appreciate the intricate details of the Pantheon and other historic neighborhoods. Be sure to stop at a cafe for a traditional Italian coffee, delicious gelato, or a slice of their famous pizza .

<p>Going on a safari in Kruger National Park allows you to experience the raw beauty of the African savannah. Imagine snapping shots of lions, elephants, buffalos, leopards, and rhinos. There are winding rivers to explore, guided bush walks to take part in, camping, and more. Each turn brings a thrilling encounter with diverse wildlife as you go on game drives, so this destination is terrific for nature enthusiasts. </p>

Kruger National Park, South Africa

Going on a safari in Kruger National Park allows you to experience the raw beauty of the African savannah. Imagine snapping shots of lions, elephants, buffalos, leopards, and rhinos. There are winding rivers to explore, guided bush walks to take part in, camping, and more. Each turn brings a thrilling encounter with diverse wildlife as you go on game drives, so this destination is terrific for nature enthusiasts. 

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<p>Who doesn’t want to seize the opportunity to relax on the immaculate beaches of Bali while meeting new people, snapping the most beautiful photos, and sipping tropical drinks with no cares in the world? The sunsets alone warrant a trip but throw in the seafood barbecue, water sports, and the fresh, exotic fruits always available, and you’ve got a winner! </p>

Beaches of Bali, Indonesia

Who doesn’t want to seize the opportunity to relax on the immaculate beaches of Bali while meeting new people, snapping the most beautiful photos, and sipping tropical drinks with no cares in the world? The sunsets alone warrant a trip but throw in the seafood barbecue, water sports, and the fresh, exotic fruits always available, and you’ve got a winner! 

<p><span>Venturing into the Amazon Rainforest in Brazil is the expedition of a lifetime. The biodiversity in the rainforest is unparalleled. Delightful green canopies are hanging above your head, and you always hear the calls of exotic birds and other creatures. There’s so much to do from engaging with the local community, taking a jungle cruise, trying piranha fishing, and other nature-inspired activities. </span></p>

Amazon Rainforest, Brazil

Venturing into the Amazon Rainforest in Brazil is the expedition of a lifetime. The biodiversity in the rainforest is unparalleled. Delightful green canopies are hanging above your head, and you always hear the calls of exotic birds and other creatures. There’s so much to do from engaging with the local community, taking a jungle cruise, trying piranha fishing, and other nature-inspired activities. 

<p>Taking a road trip alone through the stunning landscapes of New Zealand is an adventure of a lifetime. Navigate fjords, stand before majestic mountains, go hiking, skiing, whitewater rafting, bungee jumping, or anything you can think up. The solitude allows you to discover this island nation’s diverse beauty and fun.</p>

New Zealand

Taking a road trip alone through the stunning landscapes of New Zealand is an adventure of a lifetime. Navigate fjords, stand before majestic mountains, go hiking, skiing, whitewater rafting, bungee jumping, or anything you can think up. The solitude allows you to discover this island nation’s diverse beauty and fun.

<p>Need suggestions on how to capture the magic of Greece? No problem! Start by strolling through delightful villages like Oia, where every corner offers panoramic views of the caldera and those classic blue-domed churches. As the sun sets, go on a sailing excursion around the island, enjoying a Mediterranean feast on deck. Whether exploring ancient ruins in Akrotiri, relaxing on the black sand beaches of Perissa, or indulging in delicious Greek cuisine in Fira, Santorini is a dream destination.</p>

Santorini, Greece

Need suggestions on how to capture the magic of Greece? No problem! Start by strolling through delightful villages like Oia, where every corner offers panoramic views of the caldera and those classic blue-domed churches. As the sun sets, go on a sailing excursion around the island, enjoying a Mediterranean feast on deck. Whether exploring ancient ruins in Akrotiri, relaxing on the black sand beaches of Perissa, or indulging in delicious Greek cuisine in Fira, Santorini is a dream destination.

<p>For solo travelers seeking underwater adventures, visiting the Great Barrier Reef in Australia is a snorkeling paradise. You can explore vibrant coral reefs, encounter marine life, and witness the beauty of this natural wonder. You’ll see technicolor fish, manta rays, and sea turtles in crystal-clear waters. When you’re done, go out to the outer reef on a thrilling dive, take a scenic flight for a bird’s-eye view, or simply relax on islands like Hamilton or Fitzroy.</p>

Great Barrier Reef, Australia

For solo travelers seeking underwater adventures, visiting the Great Barrier Reef in Australia is a snorkeling paradise. You can explore vibrant coral reefs, encounter marine life, and witness the beauty of this natural wonder. You’ll see technicolor fish, manta rays, and sea turtles in crystal-clear waters. When you’re done, go out to the outer reef on a thrilling dive, take a scenic flight for a bird’s-eye view, or simply relax on islands like Hamilton or Fitzroy.

<p>Istanbul, Turkey, is a unique destination. The historic streets of Sultanahmet offer a memorable experience, as does standing in front of the Hagia Sophia or the Blue Mosque. Sail along the Bosphorus, where Europe and Asia are separated by a mere stretch of water, featuring views of palaces and bustling markets. Locals recommend checking out the street food scene, from kebabs in Eminönü to enjoying Turkish delights in the Grand Bazaar.</p>

Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul, Turkey, is a unique destination. The historic streets of Sultanahmet offer a memorable experience, as does standing in front of the Hagia Sophia or the Blue Mosque. Sail along the Bosphorus, where Europe and Asia are separated by a mere stretch of water, featuring views of palaces and bustling markets. Locals recommend checking out the street food scene, from kebabs in Eminönü to enjoying Turkish delights in the Grand Bazaar.

<p>The markets in Bangkok, Thailand, are the ideal place to have an authentic Thai experience. Walk through the upbeat Chatuchak Weekend Market, sample diverse foods, and immerse yourself in the bustling atmosphere of one of Asia’s most dynamic cities. Explore the city’s lively nightlife on Khao San Road as night falls, or ride along the Chao Phraya River. </p>

Bangkok, Thailand

The markets in Bangkok, Thailand, are the ideal place to have an authentic Thai experience. Walk through the upbeat Chatuchak Weekend Market, sample diverse foods, and immerse yourself in the bustling atmosphere of one of Asia’s most dynamic cities. Explore the city’s lively nightlife on Khao San Road as night falls, or ride along the Chao Phraya River. 

<p>Wandering through the Himalayan foothills in Bhutan is incredible. Visitors traverse picturesque terrains, visit ancient monasteries, and soak up the serene mountain vistas. The journey offers a unique blend of cultural exploration and breathtaking natural beauty in the heart of the Eastern Himalayas.</p>

Himalayan Foothills, Bhutan

Wandering through the Himalayan foothills in Bhutan is incredible. Visitors traverse picturesque terrains, visit ancient monasteries, and soak up the serene mountain vistas. The journey offers a unique blend of cultural exploration and breathtaking natural beauty in the heart of the Eastern Himalayas.

<p>Explore ancient Egyptian wonders on a cruise along the Nile River. Seeing the colossal pyramids of Giza is a bucket-list item for many travelers, plus there are incredible activities like tracing hieroglyphs in Luxor’s Karnak Temple. Beyond that, the guided tours allow you to learn about and ask questions regarding the mysteries of the Sphinx and the secrets of the Valley of the Kings. The country is like a history museum!</p>

Nile River and Ancient Egyptian Wonders, Egypt

Explore ancient Egyptian wonders on a cruise along the Nile River. Seeing the colossal pyramids of Giza is a bucket-list item for many travelers, plus there are incredible activities like tracing hieroglyphs in Luxor’s Karnak Temple. Beyond that, the guided tours allow you to learn about and ask questions regarding the mysteries of the Sphinx and the secrets of the Valley of the Kings. The country is like a history museum!

<p>Take a solo pilgrimage along the Camino trail in Spain. Grab your bike or travel by foot through the green hills of Galicia or the vast plains of the Meseta. As you cross the ancient paths marked by scallop shells, camaraderie forms with fellow pilgrims worldwide. The Camino de Santiago is a spiritual and transformative journey that connects profoundly with nature, culture, and self-discovery.</p>

Camino de Santiago, Spain

Take a solo pilgrimage along the Camino trail in Spain. Grab your bike or travel by foot through the green hills of Galicia or the vast plains of the Meseta. As you cross the ancient paths marked by scallop shells, camaraderie forms with fellow pilgrims worldwide. The Camino de Santiago is a spiritual and transformative journey that connects profoundly with nature, culture, and self-discovery.

<p>Embark on a nature-filled adventure in Iceland, where cascading waterfalls are plentiful. Picture yourself standing next to the powerful Skogafoss, feeling the mist on your face, or hiking to the secluded beauty of Glymur surrounded by dramatic cliffs. There’s something about the sound of rushing water that’s so calming. Don’t forget to check out the otherworldly landscapes of Seljalandsfoss, where you can walk behind the curtain of falling water.</p>

Waterfalls and Glaciers, Iceland

Embark on a nature-filled adventure in Iceland, where cascading waterfalls are plentiful. Picture yourself standing next to the powerful Skogafoss, feeling the mist on your face, or hiking to the secluded beauty of Glymur surrounded by dramatic cliffs. There’s something about the sound of rushing water that’s so calming. Don’t forget to check out the otherworldly landscapes of Seljalandsfoss, where you can walk behind the curtain of falling water.

<p>Soar above Cappadocia in a hot air balloon, where surreal rock formations and ancient cave dwellings create a mesmerizing experience. Imagine drifting over the iconic fairy chimneys, valleys, and vineyards as the sun paints the sky with hues of pink and orange. Witness the unique topography of Love Valley and Devrent Valley, and as you gently descend, have a champagne toast. Cappadocia’s hot air balloon ride is not just a journey through the clouds; it’s a magical experience.</p>

Hot Air Balloon Ride Over Cappadocia, Turkey

Soar above Cappadocia in a hot air balloon, where surreal rock formations and ancient cave dwellings create a mesmerizing experience. Imagine drifting over the iconic fairy chimneys, valleys, and vineyards as the sun paints the sky with hues of pink and orange. Witness the unique topography of Love Valley and Devrent Valley, and as you gently descend, have a champagne toast. Cappadocia’s hot air balloon ride is not just a journey through the clouds; it’s a magical experience.

<p>Discussions about places to visit in Montenegro tend to begin with Kotor, and it is easy to see why. Kotor packs plenty into its relatively small borders, with a proud maritime history allied to modern cafes, restaurants, and bars, plus some of the most alluring churches in this part of the world. Stop for a romantic courtyard lunch at Pržun before taking the arduous walk up to the fortress walls, where the ultimate view of the Bay of Kotor awaits.</p>

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  1. How To Get From Istanbul To Cappadocia In 2024: 5 BEST Ways

    If you take a train from Istanbul to Cappadocia, you'll have to change to the bus in Ankara. Once you arrive in Ankara or Konya, you can take a long-distance bus to Cappadocia. From Ankara, it takes about 3 to 4 hours to get to Cappadocia by bus. From Konya, it also takes about 3 to 4 hours to get to Cappadocia by bus.

  2. From Istanbul to Cappadocia: 5 Best Ways to Get There

    1. From Istanbul to Cappadocia by Airplane. For travelers on a short trip, flying direct to Cappadocia from Istanbul is a popular option. Turkish Airlines and Pegasus Airlines offer regular flights to Cappadocia's two airports throughout the day and night. The flight time is 80 minutes.

  3. Istanbul to Cappadocia

    Turkish Airlines flies from Istanbul Esenler Otogar to Cappadocia 5 times a day. Alternatively, Metro Turizm operates a bus from Istanbul Otogar to Göreme 4 times a day. Tickets cost 600 ₺ - 850 ₺ and the journey takes 11h 45m. Kamil Koc also services this route 3 times a day. Airlines.

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    Flights from Istanbul to Cappadocia. Flying is the quickest and best way to travel from Istanbul to Cappadocia and if you want to visit Istanbul and Cappadocia in one trip, I recommend going to Cappadocia first on your Turkey itinerary because it is the star of the trip!. When planning your trip to Cappadocia, the first thing to note is that Cappadocia is a region in Turkey, not a specific place.

  5. How to Get from Istanbul to Cappadocia: Your Ultimate Travel Guide

    Flying from Istanbul to Cappadocia is the fastest option, taking approximately 1.5 hours. You can choose from multiple daily flights operated by Turkish Airlines and other carriers. Both Kayseri Erkilet Airport and Nevsehir Kapadokya Airport serve the region, with Kayseri being the slightly closer option.

  6. How to go from Istanbul to Cappadocia: 5 Ways

    4. From Istanbul to Cappadocia by Car. Making the journey from Istanbul to Cappadocia by car is a great way to see more of Turkey and have a more flexible travel schedule. The drive of about 800 kilometers takes 8.5 - 12 hours, depending on traffic and stops along the way. But it's a relatively easy drive, especially if you take the toll roads.

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    How To Travel From Istanbul To Cappadocia. There are several options to get from bustling Istanbul to the unique landscape of Cappadocia. 1. The fastest option is to take an Istanbul to Cappadocia flight. Flights are offered by Turkish Airlines and Pegasus and fly from Istanbul to Neveshir or Kayseri. These can cost as little as $50 USD.

  8. Getting From Istanbul to Cappadocia: 4 Ways

    For how to actually get the bus from Istanbul to Cappadocia, you can take the night bus (around 10-12 hours) which, if you can sleep on the bus, is ideal since you'll get to the heart of Cappadocia in the morning and you'll be relatively nice and fresh from your sleep. The easiest way to book and organise this is to ask your hotel to ...

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    Cappadocia is once in a Lifetime Travel Destination. For many travelers, Cappadocia is the ultimate destination, and it's easily accessible from Istanbul. ... Traveling from Istanbul to Cappadocia is one of the most popular journeys in Turkey, as it offers visitors a chance to experience the country's rich history and breathtaking natural ...

  10. How To Get From Istanbul To Cappadocia (& Back) In 2024

    Istanbul To Cappadocia: Approx 7 hours 30 minutes (760 km) Yalova - Yalova is a beautiful city located just outside of Istanbul. It is known for its hot springs, which are said to have therapeutic properties. Bursa - 2 hours into your journey, you will come to the university town of Bursa.

  11. How to get from Istanbul to Cappadocia

    Istanbul to Konya by train, bus from Konya to Cappadocia: it takes 4.5 hours to travel by train from Istanbul to Konya and a further 3.5/4 hours by road to Cappadocia. If you're planning to stop in both cities, it takes 2 hours to travel by train between the two. Sunsets over Cappadocia are spectacular.

  12. How to Get from Istanbul to Cappadocia + Bus Schedule

    From Istanbul to Cappadocia by Train & Bus. Istanbul is conveniently connected to Ankara and Konya by high-speed trains, with a stop in Eskişehir. From Ankara or Konya, you have the option to travel to Cappadocia by bus or a rental car for a distance of 232 km (144 miles), which typically takes around 4 hours.

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    3. 2-Day Cappadocia Tour With Hot Air Balloon & Cave Hotel. This 2-day Cappadocia tour from Istanbul with a hot air balloon and a cave hotel stay is perfect for those who want to have the one-package experience and e xperience almost all the highlights of Cappadocia.

  14. Istanbul To Cappadocia: The Ultimate Guide To Traveling Between Cities

    Flights from Istanbul to Cappadocia last around 1-2 hours, depending on factors such as weather and maintenance, making it an easy way to travel the large distance between both locations. You'll arrive at one of two airports near Cappadocia; Nevşehir and Kayseri. Kayseri is farther away from Göreme than the other, but both are not terribly ...

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    The night buses from Instanbul to Cappadocia costs about 130 lira only, which is about 18€/$20, and the travel time varies between 10-12 hours with a lot of stops in between. Actually, I took a night bus, but also made a stop in Ankara, to check the best parts of the city with university friends.

  16. From Istanbul to Cappadocia

    By Plane. The fastest way to travel from Istanbul to Cappadocia is by plane. There are several airlines that operate flights from Istanbul to Cappadocia's main airport, Nevşehir Kapadokya Airport. The flight takes about 1 hour and 20 minutes. Turkish Airlines, Pegasus Airlines, and Atlasglobal are some of the airlines that operate flights to ...

  17. How to Get from Istanbul to Cappadocia (& Cappadocia to Istanbul)

    It is common to travel from Istanbul to Cappadocia through the Sabiha Gokcen Airport (SAW) in Istanbul which offers most of Turkey's domestic flight itineraries. I personally use Skyscanner to book short-haul flights within Turkey. Istanbul to Cappadocia flight options will be direct with a flight time from Istanbul to Cappadocia of 1.25 ...

  18. Cappadocia to Istanbul

    The best way to get from Cappadocia to Istanbul is to fly which takes 2h 43m and costs $70 - $290. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $17 - $27 and takes 11h 45m, you could also train, which costs $16 - $23 and takes 12h 35m.

  19. From Istanbul to Cappadocia

    The fastest option from Istanbul to Cappadocia is to travel by plane.If purchased in advance, tickets are not expensive. The entire journey by air from your Istanbul hotel to your Cappadocian hotel can be done in 4 to 5 hours if all goes well.. You have two major airports near Cappadocia to travel by plane from Istanbul; Nevşehir-Kapadokya Airport(NEV) and Kayseri's Erkilet Airport (ASR).

  20. Istanbul to Cappadocia: Best Transportation Options

    Istanbul to Cappadocia by Bus. There are several bus companies that operate routes from Istanbul to Cappadocia, with Göreme being one of the popular destinations. These buses are usually comfortable and equipped for long-distance travel. Some reputable bus companies include Metro Turizm, Nevşehir Seyahat, and Kamil Koç.

  21. Istanbul to Cappadocia 2 Days

    Turco Travel's 2-day Cappadocia package was the ideal way to experience this magical destination The direct flights from Istanbul made it convenient and allowed me to maximize my time in Cappadocia. The hot air balloon ride was a highlight, offering breathtaking views of the unique rock formations.

  22. A Guide to Avanos, Cappadocia Turkey: The Pottery Village

    The travel Time is about 35-40 minutes by car; This is the closest airport to Avanos and offers domestic flights, primarily from major Turkish cities like Istanbul and Ankara. It's a convenient option for reaching the heart of Cappadocia. Kayseri Erkilet Airport (ASR) Distance to Avanos is approximately 80 kilometers (50 miles)

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    Istanbul, Turkey, is a unique destination. ... Grab your bike or travel by foot through the green hills of Galicia or the vast plains of the Meseta. ... Cappadocia's hot air balloon ride is not ...