The Cappadocia airport situation can be a bit confusing.

The purpose of this post is to make this a non-issue for you, removing the stress involved with figuring out how to get to this captivating region.

IS THERE ONLY ONE CAPPADOCIA AIRPORT?

Part of the confusion revolves around the fact that the main airport is in Kayseri, but the “Kapadokya Airport” is outside of Nevşehir in a village called Tuzköyü.

Cappadocia airport

DIFFERENT CAPPADOCIA AIRPORT DISTANCES

The map makes the Nevşehir Kapadokya Airport look a lot closer but in terms of time it is no more than a 25 minute difference, and for Ürgüp it is actually further. The travel time difference is definitely not enough to override price and time convenience concerns for most people.

Here is the detailed travel time breakdown for the 3 most common towns:
{Note that Uchisar is 3 minutes from Göreme and Ortahisar is about 5 minutes from Ürgüp.}

Nevşehir airport to Göreme – 41km, 40 minutes
Nevşehir airport to Avanos – 35km, 30 minutes
Nevşehir airport to Ürgüp – 48km, 43 minutes

Kayseri airport to Göreme – 75km, 60 minutes
Kayseri airport to Avanos – 68km, 54 minutes
Kayseri airport to Ürgüp – 69km, 56 minutes

CAPPADOCIA AIRPORT SHUTTLES

Getting from the airports is another issue you have to work out. We have written 2 posts on airport shuttles. There are a few companies that will do the transfer. You can contact them directly or set it up through your hotel.
Be sure to arrange the shuttle ahead of time as there is no regular shuttle from the Kayseri airport. There is a Turkish Airlines shuttle from the Nevşehir Kapadokya Airport but it only goes to set points in different towns and will not take you to your hotel.

Here are the 2 posts if you are interested in learning more about the airport shuttles:
Nevsehir & Kayseri Airport to Cappadocia Shuttles: Problem Solved
Traveling to Cappadocia Through Kayseri Airport

CAPPADOCIA AIRPORT FLIGHT OPTIONS

You will find many more options from Kayseri than from Nevşehir Kapadokya. Since the distances are relatively close I recommend going with whichever time and price is most convenient for you. Note that Turkish Airlines serves a light meal on every flight and doesn’t have a ton of extra charges allowing a bit more baggage as well. The other airlines are generally in the budget category and charge extra for each little thing. But since the flight is just over an hour, going an hour without food and drink is probably not a problem for the average traveler.

To/From Nevşehir Kapadokya Airport

Turkish Airlines 1-3 flights per day (depends on the day)
Pegasus Airlines 3-4 days per week, only 1 flight on those days, only from/to Sabiha Gökçen

To/From Kayseri Airport

Turkish Airlines/Anadolu Jet 8-11 flights per day
Pegasus Airlines 4-6 flights per day only from/to Sabiha Gökçen
Onur Airlines 1 flight per day, only from/to Atatürk Airport
Atlas Global 1 flight per day, only from/to Atatürk Airport

ISTANBUL AIRPORT OPTIONS

Another confusing matter in this trip (seems to be a bed of confusion!) is recognizing that there are 2 Istanbul airports (so far) as well and they are not close together. I have friends who have booked tickets without noticing which airport and then had to make the quite expensive 2 hour trip between the airports. Don’t be that person!

Istanbul Atatürk is the main airport that most people use for international flights. Most of the budget carriers use Sabiha Gökçen.
Atatürk is on the European side of Istanbul while Sabiha Gökçen is on the Asian side of the city.
As I mentioned they are about two hours apart and the trip is expensive by taxi or a huge adventure with tons of switches by bus/ferry so unless you are desperate for eventful travel, don’t try to switch airports.

CONFUSION GONE!

To sum this up, you have 2 options when choosing to fly to Cappadocia – Kayseri Airport and Nevşehir Kapadokya Airport.
* Both are around 30-60 minutes from the different Cappadocia towns.
* Kayseri has 3 times more flights each day.
* Both are easily accessible for Cappadocia.
* Both require you to pre-arrange shuttle service.
* Turkish Airlines, Pegasus Jet, Anadolu Jet, Atlas Global, and Onur Air all fly to Cappadocia from Istanbul.
* Double check to make sure you book the correct Istanbul Airport.

There you have it. The Cappadocia airport confusion is now all clear. Have a great trip!

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