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Istanbul to Cappadocia flight

istanbul to cappadocia flight at nevsehir kapadokya airport

How to get from Istanbul to Cappadocia? It’s as easy as getting on a less than 2 hours flight to either of Cappadocia’s airports – Nevsehir Kapadokya Airport and Kayseri Erkilet Airport. That is if you don’t want to take the overnight bus. Here’s my review of Istanbul to Cappadocia flight through AnadoluJet [Turkish Airlines].

What is the closest airport to Cappadocia, Turkey?

As mentioned above, there are 2 airports serving the region of Cappadocia. The larger Kayseri Erkilet airport ASR has more flights servicing the Istanbul to Cappadocia route than the smaller Nevsehir Kapadokya Airport. However, NAV has the advantage of being closer to Goreme, where most of the tourists choose to stay.

From Istanbul, there are also two airports to choose from – the new Istanbul Airport (IST) and Sabiha Gokcen International Airport (SAW). Take note that both of these airports are far from the center of Istanbul.

We chose to fly via SAW because, during the time we booked the ticket, it was the cheaper option. From our hotel, we took a taxi to Taksim and took the Havabus to Sabiha Gokcen.

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distance between Istanbul Airport IST to Sabiha Gokcen International Airport SAW

How long is the flight from Istanbul to Cappadocia?

It depends on which airport you are departing from and arriving on.

    • Istanbul Airport to Kayseri Erkilet Airport (IST – ASR) – approx. One hour and 35 minutes (1 h 35 m)
    • Sabiha Gokcen to Kayseri Erkilet Airport (SAW – ASR) – from One hour and 15 minutes to One hour and 45 minutes depending on flight schedule throughout the day [1 h 15 m/1 h 20 m/ 1 h 25 m/ 1 h 45 m]
    • Istanbul Airport to Nevsehir Kapadokya Airport (IST – NAV) – approx. One hour and 25 minutes (1 h 25 m)
    • Sabiha Gokcen to Nevsehir Kapadokya (SAW – NAV) – approx. One hour and 25 minutes (1 h 25 m)

Note: Approximate flight durations above are based on Google Flights results.

cappadocia turkey airport in nevsehir

Istanbul to Cappadocia flight

I booked 2 months before our flight in December and the total amount of tickets was 400TL for Economy seat of AnadoluJet which is a subsidiary and operated by Turkish Airlines.

Free baggage allowance of 15 kg for check-in and a maximum of 8 kg for hand carry. The dimensions of hand baggage should be 23 x 40 x 55 cm.

Since it’s only a domestic flight, flight carrier has advised that passengers should have already checked in one (1) hour before flight departure.

Online check-in is available (between 24 hours and 60 minutes of departure) and flight details are sent to your email as an Electronic ticket. Credit cards accepted during booking are VISA, Euro/MasterCard and American Express cards.

The aircraft was a Boeing 737-800 with a 3-3 seating configuration. The seats felt roomier than the Doha to Istanbul Pegasus flight we were on. The service was also definitely better than some of the other low-cost carriers I have previously been on.

It was only a short domestic flight but we were still served with in-flight snacks. This included a cheese sandwich, sponge cake, and a cup of water.

Other airlines:

  • Pegasus Airlines
  • Turkish Airlines

On the way back to Istanbul from Cappadocia’s Nevsehir airport, we were surprised to see that our plane is from Turkish Airlines. Then we remembered that they are owned by the same company.

How to get to your hotel from Nevsehir Kapadokya Airport?

In our case, we booked a shared shuttle through our hotel, Artemis Cave Suites. The shuttle driver waited for us outside the airport with our names on a board. The shuttle van is roomy and one of those vans that they use for tours. 25 TL one way per person. We paid for the shuttle service through our hotel.


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Disclosure: This review is not sponsored. We paid for our flights and all the opinions stated in this blog post are entirely our own. 

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