Cappadocia is a natural wonder made of unique rock formations, cave dwellings, churches and underground cities. The area is located in central Turkey and is surrounded by three volcanic mountains – Erciyes, Melendiz and Hasan. Lava from these mountains covered the surrounding plains until the volcanoes ceased to be active two million years ago when the rock was gradually shaped into so-called ‘fairy chimneys’ by the wind, rain and mountain rivers pouring into the area. If you’re travelling to Turkey, it’s an amazing place to visit and it’s enjoyable for all the family.
Kayseri Erkilet Airport (ASR)
There are two options for travelling to Cappadocia by plane – Kayseri Erkilet Airport (ASR), which is one hour away from central Cappadocia by car or taxi. The other option is to fly to Nevşehir Kapadokya Airport (NAV).
Erkilet International Airport is located 5 km (3.1 miles) north of Kayseri. It has one domestic and one international terminal and can accommodate up to a million passengers each year. Flights from the UK to the airport at Kayseri go via Istanbul. There are some direct seasonal flights from Holland, Poland, Belgium, the Ukraine and Austria. As from May this year there will be more direct flights to and from Germany and Holland. Flight prices tend to be lower in the spring and autumn than during high season, but in any case booking well in advance will ensure that you find the most reasonable prices available.
You can take one of the public buses, which are every 20 minutes. Alternatively, Havaş buses to Kayseri go 25 minutes after every landing, stopping at Talas and the Bus Terminal. There are always taxis at the airport, you can call these numbers for more information: +90 352 337 71 11 / +90 530 434 30 34. Taxis are quite a good option since the airport is only 5 km away from Kayseri itself, or you can arrange transport in advance through a travel agency or your hotel, which is cheaper. There are a few rent a car companies at the airport if you want to be independent, although the drive through a busy city and poorly signposted roads mean it would be better to just take a bus and hire a car the following day.
You might prefer this smaller, quieter airport nearer to Cappadocia with it’s scenic route to and from the airport. There are rent a car companies and taxis at the airport. The shuttle buses go from the airport right to your hotel, which takes between 1 – 1.5 hours. You can enjoy the fascinating ‘moonscape’ on this journey. It’s best to reserve a seat in advance. If you haven’t reserved a place on a shuttle bus, you can ask one of the drivers holding a name card if there’s room on his bus. Buses are always happy to take passengers whichever airline they travel with.
So why not start planning the trip of a lifetime?
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