Choosing the right airport to plan your holidays is not the easiest thing to do. Even more when there are several airports in the same area. If you are going to visit Turkey, you may be wondering what is the best airport for Cappadocia. After reading this article, you will no longer hesitate.
The best airport to visit Cappadocia is Nevsehir Kapadokya Airport. Although it is not an international airport, it is still the best place to land to visit Cappadocia. Indeed, there are no international airports in Central Turkey, meaning that you should first land in Istanbul, and then fly to Cappadocia. Hence, Nevsehir Kapadokya Airport is the best airport for Cappadocia because it is the closest one from Nevşehir, Göreme, Ürgüp, and Avanos.
Where is Nevsehir Kapadokya Airport in Cappadocia?
Since Cappadocia is located right in the middle of Turkey, it is safe to say that Nevsehir Kapadokya Airport is pretty central in Turkey.
Basically, it is located West to Cappadocian touristic cities. The confusing thing is that Nevsehir Kapadokya Airport is not located in the town named Nevsehir. In fact, it is twenty minutes away from this city.
If you are still having trouble with the scale of those screenshots, here is a table that will help you. It tells you the time it takes to get from Nevsehir Kapadokya Airport to every Cappadocian city.
From Nevsehir Kapadokya Airport to Göreme
From Nevsehir Kapadokya Airport to Ürgüp
From Nevsehir Kapadokya Airport to Avanos
Table showing how long it takes to get from Nevsehir Kapadokya Airport to Cappadocian major cities. Data was collected from the Google Maps Itinerary tool. The times were rounded up.
Where are the other airports of Cappadocia?
There is another option if you want to fly to Cappadocia. Indeed, you can also choose to fly to Kayseri Erkilet Airport. This airport is located East of Cappadocia major cities.
The thing is that Kayseri Erkilet Airport is a little further away from Nevşehir, Göreme, Ürgüp, and Avanos. But you could still choose that option if you find cheaper flights.
You should also make sure that there are bus shuttles from this airport to the city you stay.
To help you make the final choice about the airport you want to land in, here is a comparison table of time between the two airports.
From Nevsehir Kapadokya Airport
From Kayseri Erkilet Airport
Table comparing Nevsehir Kapadokya Airport and Kayseri Erkilet Airport. Data was collected from the Google Maps Itinerary tool. The times were rounded up.
As you can see, it takes a little longer to get from Kayseri Erkilet Airport to Cappadocian cities. However, if you are ready to drive a bit longer, this is an option to consider.
In fact, the best criteria to make the final decision between those two airports is probably the price. But, there are still things you should know before the final booking!
Indeed, since there are no direct flights to Cappadocia, you should first know where to land in Turkey, and then choose the right ticket according to that point.
In which airport should I land in Turkey to then fly to Cappadocia?
If you know a little bit about Turkish geography, you know that Ankara is closer than Istanbul from Cappadocia. But this does not mean that you should first fly to Ankara to then fly to Cappadocia.
Indeed, almost every flight to Cappadocia has a stopover in Istanbul. Hence, landing in Istanbul first is definitely the best way to fly to Cappadocia.
However, if you are considering driving to Cappadocia, you will have to think twice about where to land first in Turkey. This is what we are going to discuss in the next paragraph.
Are there alternatives to flying to Cappadocia?
If you do not really like the idea of flying first to Istanbul and then to take another flight to finally arrive in Cappadocia, you may be wondering whether there are other options to access Cappadocia or not.
Hopefully, there are alternatives to flying to Cappadocia. For example, there are buses coming from all around the country. This is a cheaper alternative to access Cappadocia.
Obviously, this is also a slower option. It takes a long time to drive from Turkey’s major cities to Cappadocia. You will see that in the table I created later in the article.
Renting a car is also an option to access Cappadocia. The route is still pretty long, but you can choose to stop whenever you want to, and you are free to travel the way you want to.
This freedom granted by the car is a good point to consider. However, you should still be ready to drive for a long time.
Thanks to the following table, you will be able to see the different travel times by car from Turkey’s major cities.
From Istanbul to Göreme
From Ankara to Göreme
From İzmir to Göreme
From Antalya to Göreme
From Konya to Göreme
Table showing how long it takes (in hours) to get from Turkey’s major cities to Göreme. Data was collected from the Google Maps Itinerary tool. The times were rounded up.
As you can see in this table, Konya and Ankara are the two closest cities from Cappadocia.
Is flying to Konya a good option?
There are no direct flights to Konya for most major international airports in the world. There is usually a layover in Istanbul. Since there is also a layover in Instabul when you directly want to fly to Nevsehir Kapadokya Airport in Cappadocia, I am not sure it is the best option to fly to Konya.
Is flying to Ankara a good option?
However, there are some non-stop flights to Ankara if you come from some airports. For example, Munich International Airport does have non-stop flights to Ankara.
Hence, if you travel from one of those airports, you could choose to book a direct flight to Ankara, rent a car, and drive four hours to Göreme. This plan is not that hard to follow and is relatively short.
At least, it is a shorter plan as flying to Istanbul, then to Konya, then renting a car, and driving three hours.
I hope that this article was helpful and that you now know what is the best airport for Cappadocia. I did my best to gather serious pieces of data and summarize them in a complete article.
However, if I did not cover your query, please let me know either in the comment section or directly via e-mail. I will be pleased to answer it as quickly as possible.