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Day 16 – Cappadocia to İstanbul

 
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Kaymaklı, Çavuşin & Paşabağ
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Day 16
Cappadocia to İstanbul
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From Göreme to Kayseri airport (domestic)

Being the last day of the trip and not looking forward to a long journey back home to Los Angeles, I woke up early to catch the 6am shuttle bus that picks you up from your hotel, over to Kayseri Airport. It costs TL 25 per person, and takes about just less than an hour to reach the airport 65km away from Göreme.

All the shuttle buses leaving Göreme for either Nevşehir airport or Kayseri airport will pick you up from your hotel and match their timings with the departure flight timings. These get generally full almost everyday, so make sure to reserve your seat at least 24 hours in advance (earlier in peak tourist season of June-August).

I had timed my departures from Kayseri to Istanbul and out of Turkey in such a way that I have enough time between flights and Pegasus airlines has an 8am flight from Kayseri to Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen airport (domestic), that takes about one hour. And my connection out of Istanbul Atatürk (international & domestic) was at 2pm. This meant that I had enough time to travel from the Asian-side airport (Sabiha Gökçen) of Istanbul over to the European-side airport (Atatürk) and still be able to meet the two-hour-prior-to-departure deadline.

From Sabiha Gökçen airport (domestic) to Atatürk airport (international)

Depending on the time you have between flights from domestic airport to international airport in Istanbul, there are multiple ways to reach from one side to other:
Option 1:
If it’s a weekday then the traffic in Istanbul can be treacherous and instead of getting blocked by taking the land route all the way, it’s best to take the following option.

  • Take the Havataş shuttle bus from Sabiha Gökçen airport to Kadaköy ferry terminal (on Asian side) – 30 minutes, TL 7
  • Take the ferry to the European side, which will drop you close to the Eminönü tram station – 20 minutes, TL 5
  • From Eminönü station, take the tram to Yusufpaşa station – 15 minutes, TL 3
  • Finally, change stations from tram to Metro line at Yusufpaşa station, over to Atatürk airport – 30 minutes, TL 3

Option 2:
On weekends, when the Istanbul road traffic is slow, this will be a better and faster option.

  • Take the Havataş shuttle bus from Sabiha Gökçen airport to Taksim Square (on European side) – 1 hour, TL 13
  • Take the Havataş shuttle bus from Taksim Square to Atatürk airport – 45 minutes, TL 10

Option 3:
This is the most expensive way of traveling between airports, but the easiest and comfortable. Simply take a taxi that takes just over an hour and costs TL 170-200.

Since it was a Sunday, I decided to take the option 2. The Havataş shuttle buses are convenient, comfortable and match their timings between buses at Taksim square, so you don’t miss out on time. The shuttle buses run every 15 minutes from Sabiha Gökçen airport to Taksim Square; and every 30 minutes from Taksim square to Atatürk airport.

Route from Sabiha Gökçen airport (A) to Atatürk airport (B) via road

Route from Sabiha Go airport (A) to Ataturk airport (B)

Costs

Note: All values in USD, unless otherwise mentioned, are approximate and based on the exchange rate at the time of publishing. Each cost is for one adult. The exchange rate at the time of publishing is assumed to be USD 1 = TRY 1.8.
 

What Cost Notes
Breakfast at Taksim Square TL 10 or $5.50 Full English breakfast
Bus from Sabiha Gökçen airport to Taksim Square TL 13 or $7.20 One way costs TL 13
Bus from Taksim Square to Ataturk Airport TL 10 or $5.50 One way costs TL 10
Toilets TL 2 or $1.10
Total Costs $19.30 Per person
Overall Costs $3,006.60 Per person

 

 
Day 15
Kaymaklı, Çavuşin & Paşabağ
Previous day visiting towns of Çavuşin & Paşabağ, and Kaymaklı underground city
 
Day 16
Cappadocia to İstanbul
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TWO WEEKS IN TURKEY

 

 
Planning
Itinerary, Planning & Information

Day 1
İstanbul
First day in the largest city.

Day 2
İstanbul
Second day in the largest city.

Day 3
İzmir
Coastal city of İzmir.

Day 4
Çeşme
Coastal town featuring thermal baths & castle

Day 5
İzmir to Kuşadası
Traveling from İzmir to Kuşadası & spending day there.

Day 6
Ephesus, Selçuk, Şirince
Visiting Efes & towns of Selçuk & Şirince.

Day 7
Pamukkale
Cotton travertines and Hierapolis

Day 8
Kuşadası to Bodrum
Traveling from Kuşadası to Bodrum & day there.

Day 9
Bodrum to Ölüdeniz
Traveling from Bodrum to Ölüdeniz & day there.

Day 10
Ölüdeniz, Kayaköy
Boat trip at the Blue Lagoon & ghost town of Kayaköy

Day 11
Ölüdeniz, Fethiye
Paragliding in Ölüdeniz & visiting Lycan ruins in Fethiye.

Day 12
Fethiye to Göreme
Traveling from Fethiye to Göreme

Day 13
Göreme
Main town of Cappadocia region.

Day 14
Uçhisar, Avanos
Small towns of Uçhisar & Avanos in Cappadocia region.

Day 15
Kaymaklı, Çavuşin & Paşabağ
Towns of Çavuşin & Paşabağ, and Kaymaklı underground city

Day 16
Cappadocia to Istanbul
Last day from Göreme to Kayseri & between Istanbul’s domestic to international airports.

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