Many travelers in Turkey want go between
the Ephesus region south of İzmir,
and Cappadocia in Central
It's 720 km (447 miles), a drive
of nearly 12 hours, so most people
going by car or bus break their journey
with an overnight in Pamukkale, a lunch stop in Eğirdir, or an overnight in Konya,
or all three. Here's an itinerary.
You may find a direct bus all
the way from Nevşehir (Cappadocia)
but it's also possible you'll have
to change buses enroute—not
a big problem. From İzmir there are frequent
to Selçuk, Ephesus and Kuşadası, and regional trains to Selçuk.
If you plan to spend a night in Konya or Pamukkale along
the way, you may have direct buses
for two or all three segments of your
journey (that is, from Izmir to Pamukkale,
from Pamukkale to Konya, and from Konya
to Nevşehir.) Here's how
to buy bus tickets in Turkey.
Most travelers choose to drive via the
Meander River valley,
from Selçuk (Ephesus)
via Aydın to Denizli and Pamukkale,
so they can detour to ancient Aphrodisias along
the way, then spend the night at Pamukkale.
This makes a good first day of travel
(190 km, 118 miles, about 3 hours,
not counting the detour to Aphrodisias).
On the second day, it's 306 km (190
miles, 5 to 6 hours) from Pamukkale
to Konya through
Turkey's lake country.
Stop at Eğirdir for
lunch, and enjoy the scenery. Stay
the night at Konya to
see its great Seljuk
Turkish buildings (especially the Mevlana
[Rumi] Museum). The next day,
continue east along the ancient
Road via Sultanhanı to Nevşehir,
km, 137 miles, 3 hours) on Day 3.
For details, see my 5-Day
Ephesus—Cappadocia Driving Itinerary.
Express and Pegasus
Airlines have İzmir-Kayseri and Kayseri-İzmir flights
several days each week
from April through October.
It's worth planning your Cappadocia visit
around these flights, because
if you don't fly directly, you
must fly via Istanbul,
which takes more time and expense.
See my 5-Day
By Train & Bus
If you're not in a great hurry, one
of my favorite ways to do this journey
is by the Konya Mavi Tren, a nightly sleeper
train from İzmir to Konya,
then bus or rental car from
Konya along the ancient Silk Road to Cappadocia.
You board the train in the evening,
dine aboard if you wish, bed down in your private
sleeping compartment, breakfast
on the train the next morning, and arrive in Konya before 08:00 am. A quick taxi ride (10
takes you from the Konya Gar to the Otogar (bus terminal), though you really should spend most of the day seeing the sights in Konya, then take a bus eastward to Nevşehir in the late afternoon. More...
Another train-&-bus combo, with longer train and bus rides, is the İzmir
Mavi Tren (a sleeper
train from İzmir to Ankara),
then a taxi from the Ankara
Gar to Ankara's AŞTİ main
where you buy a ticket for a bus from Ankara to Cappadocia, a
4-1/2-hour ride to Nevşehir. More...