Izmir to Cappadocia: How to get to Cappadocia?

You can go from Izmir to Cappadocia in 10 hours by road and in about 13 hours by bus. If you want to go by air, it will take 3 hours and 35 minutes with a connecting flight to Istanbul. Unfortunately, it is not possible to reach it by train.

If you want to go by plane, you have two options. You can go to Kayseri Airport or Nevşehir Cappadocia Airport with a connecting flight from Izmir to Istanbul. But road transport will take a shorter time.

If you prefer the Kayseri airport, you need to go to Cappadocia from Kayseri by bus or taxi. Of course, renting a car is also an option.

Cappadocia welcomes thousands of tourists every year. Since airline companies do not have direct flights to Cappadocia, those who want to visit prefer to come to the big cities of Turkey such as Istanbul and Izmir first and then travel to Cappadocia from these cities.

Cappadocia is a tourism center full of fairy chimneys and valleys formed thousands of years ago by river waters and winds. You can stay in the hotels formed in the fairy chimneys and take a ride with hot air balloons in the valleys.

You might need to tell Cappadocia in Turkish, if you are wondering about Cappadocia voice pronunciation, you can check Cappadocia Pronunciation blog post as well.

If you are asking what I can do in Cappadocia, you can take a look at our Top 10 Things To Do in Cappadocia 2023 article. If you are wondering about the Cappadocia balloon festival, you can read our Cappadocia Hot Air Balloon Festival 2023 article. It may also be helpful to look at where to stay in Cappadocia and the best restaurants in Cappadocia.

If you are wondering how to get from Istanbul to Cappadocia, you can read our article “Istanbul to Cappadocia“.

Or you can choose to go from Ankara to Cappadocia.

Don’t forget to read our Izmir Turkey Guide article.

If you are looking for detailed answers to the question of how to get from Izmir to Cappadocia, continue reading.


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How to get from Izmir to Cappadocia by plane? (Izmir to Cappadocia flight)

Flight from Izmir to Kayseri

Unfortunately, there are no direct flights from İzmir to Kayseri. The plane that takes off from İzmir Adnan Menderes International Airport (ADB) first goes to Istanbul and then to Kayseri Airport (ASR).

This journey takes 3 hours and 35 minutes if you never wait in Istanbul, but most of the flights are waiting in Istanbul and the journey takes up to 12 hours in total.

Therefore, it may be more logical to go from Izmir to Cappadocia by bus or car.

However, if you still want to travel by plane, going from Kayseri Airport to Cappadocia is easier and faster than Nevşehir Airport.

There are approximately 10 daily flights to Kayseri in the summer and winter seasons. You can easily find flight tickets to Kayseri from companies such as Turkish Airlines, Pegasus, and Anadolu Jet.

After this plane trip, you need to go to Cappadocia by road. The distance between Kayseri airport and Cappadocia is approximately 75 km and takes 58 minutes by road.

There are direct shuttles from Kayseri to Cappadocia and their fees are approximately 60 TL. Since it will be busy, especially in the summer season, you can talk to the hotel you have booked and ask them to make a service reservation on your behalf. These shuttles will pick you up from the airport and drop you off at your hotel. These services are usually for 18 – 24 people.

Another option is to go to Cappadocia by taxi after getting off the plane. You can take the taxis waiting in front of the airport and you will pay a fee of approximately 230 – 250 TL. It will be a more comfortable and faster transportation option than the service.

Another method is to rent a car. You can rent a car from corporate companies such as EnterpriseGarenta, and Avis at the airport. Depending on the vehicle you want to rent, you can rent a vehicle for an average of 450 – 500 TL per day.

cappadocia hot air balloon

Flight from Izmir to Nevşehir

The second way to go to Cappadocia by plane is to go to Nevşehir Cappadocia Airport(NAV) from Izmir Adnan Menderes International Airport(ADB).

You can buy flight tickets from the Turkish Airlines website. Another alternative airline is Pegasus, but Pegasus may not always have flights.

Well, I came to Nevşehir by plane, but how do I get to my hotel?

Nevşehir Airport is located in Tuzköy, 107 km from Cappadocia, and takes approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes by road. Unfortunately, there is no direct public bus from Nevşehir Airport to Cappadocia.

You can go from the airport to Cappadocia with the shuttle vehicles of the airline companies. Service fees vary between approximately 15 – 20 TL. Another option is to go to your hotel by taxi and private shuttle vehicles. But this method will be more expensive.

Pegasus Airlines does not have a shuttle service, but you can take the Turkish Airlines service.

izmir to cappadocia by car
Izmir to Cappadocia

How to get from Izmir to Cappadocia by car?

You can use the Izmir-Afyon highway to go from Izmir to Cappadocia. This road is 851 km and takes about 10 hours.

It is useful to pay attention to traffic fines. The average speed limit on Turkish roads is 90 and there are radars that monitor your speed in many places. If you have a traffic ticket, you will be asked to pay the vehicle you rented, as in the road fee. The rental company collects the ticket fees from you and pays the ticket.

As we mentioned under the heading of air travel, if you want to rent a car, we recommend you to choose corporate companies located at the airports.

You can go to Cappadocia by taxi from İzmir. Currently, taxi fares in Turkey are 5 TL per 1 km. It can cost approximately 4250 thousand Turkish Lira (245 Dollars) with highway fees. However, you can get a discount if you bargain with the taxi driver.

How to get from Izmir to Cappadocia by bus?

Another way to go to Cappadocia is to travel by bus. Buses use the same road as cars and take 13 hours and bus tickets average 400 TL.

Izmir bus terminal (IZOTAŞ) is located in the Bornova district and all bus services are arranged from here.

You can find a bus from İzmir to Nevşehir or Ürgüp. If you have chosen the İzmir – Nevşehir bus, you can go to Cappadocia by shuttle vehicle or taxi from Nevşehir or Ürgüp bus stations.

The most popular bus companies you can choose when traveling to Nevşehir are Metro TurizmKamil Koç, and Pamukkale.

Izmir bus terminal
Izmir bus terminal

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