Whence came the name “Capydocia from Istanbul”, when a holidaymaker in Istanbul https://madeinturkeytours.com/itineraries/2-days-cappadocia-from-istanbul/ visited this historic city? It was in 1998, while vacationing in Istanbul for the first time. The then foreign guest was taken by surprise to find an empty taxi stand at the very end of the airport. A local had earlier picked up the tourists and they were taking a rest at a hotel across the airport’s parking lot. Suddenly there were Turkish women all in a row and a taxi driver who had been following them came to know that something was amiss and called the hotel security.
He informed the hotel staff that they were tourists from Turkey and asked for their contact details so that he could return them to their rightful place. The foreign tourists were amazed to find a group of Turkish women waiting for them at the airport’s cabs office. One of the women got out with the tourists and the manager of the hotel came over and tried to arrest her. But she escaped. Later that day, the Turkish police caught the woman and she was handed over to the judicial police.
This is a story that highlights the point that although Turkey has a thriving tourism industry, it is important to follow the law wherever one goes. For example, the Turkish authorities have cracked down on people trying to buy tickets to get into the Cappadocia Airport in Istanbul. In such cases, the tourists need to contact the relevant authorities instead of doing it on their own. However, one can still travel to the airport using cheap taxis from Istanbul to Istanbul and from there one can either hire a cab or use the cab’s office at the airport to get to the tourist’s final destination.
It should be noted that there are no direct flights to Cappadocia from Istanbul or to any other major city in Turkey. In fact, there are only a few small flights to Cappadocia every week. The main transport arteries linking the airport and Cappadocia are usually packed during the holiday season and very slow during the rest of the year. Thus it is best to book your trip to the Cappadocia Airport in advance in order to avoid the long queues.
The second best transportation means to reach Cappadocia from Istanbul or to get to the Cappadocia Airport in Istanbul are the local buses. Buses to Ermenegil are quite cheap when compared to the costs of taxi fares. There are buses operating to all major cities in Turkey. Moreover, the buses operating to Ermenegil and the city of Kayseris are generally fixed in such a way that they connect the airport of Kayseris to the main Cappadocia bus terminal in Neve Tzedek. However, if you don’t find any buses running from the Neve Tzedek airport to the different points in Cappadocia, you will be able to hire a cab to take you to Cappadocia.
One more good way to get to Cappadocia from Istanbul or to get to the Cappadocia Airport in Istanbul is the coastal highway. If you have hired a car or a bus, you will be able to drive yourself to the coast and reach the most beautiful part of the coast of Cappadocia – the Goreme. Most people living in Cappadocia have never heard about the town of Goreme. But, if you have an intimate knowledge about the area of Cappadocia, the name Goreme may come in your mind. This is a small fishing community on the eastern part of Cappadocia coast, about 40 kms from the town of Istanbul. The fishing village is actually separated into two parts – a part which is inhabited by residents and another which are run by local families but is not inhabited.