Transport between Cities in Turkey

Turkey starts from the Balkan Peninsula in the west, the Caucasus in the east, the Black Sea in the north, the Mediterranean Sea in the south, and the Aegean Sea in the west. It stretches for 1,000 miles and covers an area of 814,578 square kilometers. Although this country with a history of more than 4,000 years has experienced the baptism of ancient Rome and witnessed the rise and fall of the Ottoman Empire, it has left a wealth of tourism resources for future generations, covering all parts of Turkey, distributed in Marmara, Black Sea, Love Sea, Mediterranean and Anatolia regions.


Transportation between major tourist cities

Turkey's famous attractions are scattered in different regions, and the tour methods can be roughly divided into clockwise and counterclockwise routes. Clockwise travel route: Istanbul - Cappadocia - Antalya - Pamukkale - Ephesus - Istanbul.


Istanbul — Cappadocia

  • Transportation: plane or bus
  • Airplane: about 1.5 hours. There are two airports near Cappadocia Scenic Area, Nevşehir and Kayseri Airport. Nevsehir Airport is closer to Cappadocia, but there are few planes, generally still It is recommended that you choose Kayseri Airport, there are many flights and a wide range of choices. From the airport to Cappadocia is about an hour's drive, and you need to book a pick-up service separately.
  • Bus: Departs from Otogar in Istanbul at about 20:00 in the evening, lasting 11 hours, and arrives at Otogar in Goreme at about 7:00 the next morning.


Cappadocia — Antalya

  • Transportation: bus or plane
  • Bus: There are many daily shifts, about 10.5 hours. You can choose the shift according to your itinerary.
  • Airplane: There are not many direct flights from Cappadocia to Antalya. Only Pegasus and Sunexpress have direct flights. The flight time is about 1 hour, which can basically guarantee one flight a day. However, if it is low season, it is also possible to reduce flights. In this case, most of them need to transfer in Istanbul.



Antalya — Pamukkale

  • Transportation: The bus is the main mode of transportation, and the journey takes about 3.5 hours.
  • Everyone should pay attention: the bus goes to the bus terminal (Denizli Otogar) in Denizli, and then you need to find the same company minibus to Pamukkale. Under normal circumstances, after getting off the bus, someone will greet you to get on the minibus. You must confirm the address with the driver before getting on the bus.
  • Aircraft: There are no direct flights.


Pamukkale - Ephesus (Accommodation: Selcuk / Kusadasi)

  • Transportation: The bus is the main mode of transportation, and the journey takes about 4 hours.
  • When buying tickets, tell yourself the town and hotel information you are going to, and sometimes the driver will drop us near the hotel. Both Selcuk and Kusadasi have buses to the ancient city of Ephesus, and local day trips are also available.
  • Aircraft: There are no direct flights.


Ephesus — Istanbul

  • Transportation: Airplanes are the main means of transportation.
  • Buy tickets from nearby Selcuk/Kusadasi Hotel to Izmir Airport (please ask the hotel front desk to book or book at a nearby tourist shop). About 1 hour to Izmir airport. Flights to Istanbul are almost hourly and the options are very wide.
  • The bus is usually night bus, the duration is 10 hours. It is more difficult, but it is recommended to take a plane.


The above is the traffic guide for the main tourist cities of the clockwise route, then the counterclockwise is to go backwards: Istanbul - Ephesus - Pamukkale - Antalya - Cappadocia - Istanbul. These two moves are exactly the same. If you ask me which move is the most optimal, I personally think it is a clockwise move. In terms of means of transportation, the number of night buses from Istanbul to Cappadocia is small, and there are few flights, so go here first. The last leg, whether by night bus back to Istanbul or by plane back from Izmir Airport, has a particularly wide range of options and can be arranged at any time, making our journey very flexible. If you have enough time, you can also take a bus from Antalya to Fethiye (4 hours drive), see Turkey's most beautiful road D400 with your own eyes, and experience a paraglider yourself.

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