HOW TO GO FROM ISTANBUL TO CAPPADOCIA?
Hi everyone! Cappadocia is an amazing place to Travel! If you are planning to Travel to Cappadocia, most probably you are starting your trip in Istanbul like almost all other travelers do.
So, we will explain all the travel tips and most common questions like; how to get to Cappadocia from Istanbul, should I pick ‘Istanbul to Cappadocia flight’, should I pick ‘Istanbul to Cappadocia train’, how to fly to Cappadocia from Istanbul, how to get from Cappadocia to Istanbul, should I return by flight or bus from Cappadocia to Istanbul, and more.
The Easiest way to go from Istanbul to Cappadocia; Flight, Bus, or Train!
If you compare on price/performance balance; the answer is definitely by flight! Flying from Istanbul to Cappadocia is way cheaper than you’d think. Due to the weak Turkish Lira (local currency in Turkey), the flight tickets are quite affordable to those who buy their ticket with stronger currencies such as; U.S. Dollars, EUR, or Pound.
The most well-known and most often flight operators are; Turkish Airlines and Pegasus Airlines. There is a big gap in the price range between the summer and winter seasons. For example; it is possible to find a ticket for USD 30 – 60 for the summer season, and possibly to find a ticket for USD 20 – 30 during the winter season. Note that you should make an early booking to catch these prices!
If you buy your ticket on your own, the point you should be careful about is; there are 2 Airports in Istanbul (Istanbul New Airport and Sabiha Gökcen Airport) and there are 2 airports in Cappadocia (Kayseri Airport and Nevşehir Airport).
Let’s say that you’ve booked your flight ticket, now the question is; how can I get to Istanbul New Airport or Sabiha Gökcen Airport from my Istanbul Hotel? To get to Istanbul New Airport(IST), you can use the ‘Havaist’ company. This will cost you 18 Lira, about 3 USD per person.
And, the shared service departs from Taksim, Sultanahmet, and Besiktas. Driving duration lasts about 2 hours depending on traffic. To get to Sabiha Gökcen Airport, you can use the ‘Havabus’ company. Again this will cost you about 18 lira per person and departs from Taksim square.
Keep on your mind that these services aren’t that easy to pick and well-developed. Locals use it since it is easier with regard to they speak same language. In case you have problem, none of the service workers speaks English.
The easiest, most secure, and time-saving way is taking a private transfer! It departs from your Hotel at the time you decide and directly transfers to the Airport. This costs you about 50 – 70 USD for 1 to 6 persons.
Yes, it cost you more than shuttle service, however, it is a timely and door-to-door secure way to reach the Airport. Plus, in case you miss your flight because of any mistake taken by the transfer company, they cover the full amount of your flight ticket. You may contact our team to see the options for private transfers.
What about getting from Istanbul to Cappadocia by Bus?
To be honest, it is one of the preferred ways by some budget travelers. However, it is not that much recommended since it is complicated and some language difficulties might be faced.
Anyway, let’s explain; there are several bus companies that operate Istanbul to Cappadocia Bus rides. Some of them; Kamilkoc, Metro Turizm, and Nevsehir Seyahat. You may book your ticket online. Busses are comfortable and modern. The distance from Istanbul to Cappadocia more or less lasts 8 hours. And, it cost you about 15-25 USD per person.
The difficult part is to find your way from your Istanbul hotel to the bus station in Istanbul. And, from Kayseri bus station to your Hotel in Cappadocia. Cappadocia is existed in 3 different regions: Göreme, Avanos, and Uçhisar. Most probably you will stay in Göreme since it is the most popular place among travelers.
The busses do not directly drive through Göreme or other regions. It drives through the main station in Kayseri or Nevşehir city. Then, you have to find a shuttle service to the region you will stay in. Be careful; these shuttles run very rarely!
What about Istanbul to Cappadocia Train!
The hardest way to go to Cappadocia is by Train journey! But, if you are keen to pick it, here is the information on how to do it. Since there is no direct train from Istanbul to Cappadocia, first you should take a bus to the Istanbul-Gebze train station. Then, take a train from Gebze to Konya City which is roughly 3 hours and costs you about 85 – 100 lira. Then, you should find your way to Konya Bus Station and take a bus from Konya to Cappadocia. This will last about 3 hours and cost you 110 – 150 lira per person. You may check Metro Turizm as your bus company. Once you arrived at Kayseri or Nevşehir Bus station, you should find a shuttle service to your Hotel. Remember! Shuttle services run very rarely.
What about returning from Cappadocia to Istanbul?
If you end up in Cappadocia and thinking that how to get from Cappadocia to Istanbul? You may consider above mentioned 3 ways; by flight, by train, or by busses!
Our Recommendations for Cappadocia Day Tours!
If you do not want to struggle with these, if you have limited time, if you are looking for a comfortable travel experience, or if you have any other reason; pick a Cappadocia Tour from Istanbul. These tour packages make it too simple and blow your mind! No need to make tons of searches about busses, flights, shuttle services, or anything else. Only in 2 or 3 steps you can be ready and scheduled to Travel to Cappadocia!
Ok, but how? Go to our Turkey Travel Packages, click the category on your time-wise, find the tour that matches your dream Cappadocia Tour (2 Days, 3Days, or more), and send your request. Our team will get back to you with all the package details. Once you decided about your Travel Package, pay the deposit amount, and here you go!
These packages are door to door and include all you need meanwhile you Travel to Cappadocia! Let’s imagine that we talk about our 2 Days – Cappadocia Tour from/to Istanbul. This package includes; domestic flight tickets, accommodation in a hotel in Cappadocia, airport transfers, Guided Tours to Northern & Southern Cappadocia(which includes the most famous places in Cappadocia), museum entrance fees, parking fees, breakfast in the hotel, and lunch during the tours.
Summery; our team will pick you up from your Istanbul Hotel and handle all the services that you may need until the end of your Trip to Cappadocia. On the other hand, if you are interested in having some detailed information about Cappadocia Tours, or how to go from Cappadocia to Pamukkale, Konya, Ephesus, or Antalya, we have created great posts about those articles which include all the Travel Tips of Cappadocia. From the below links you read these posts:
We hope that our blog posts will help you to create your dream Turkey Tours! If you ever need help with creating your itinerary or schedule, do not hesitate to contact our team and obtain some advises!