VR is correct that driving is the best way to see the unexpected sights along the way..
however I would still ( for long distances ) either take the overnight bus or fly when available..
for example there are no DIRECT flights from Antalya to Goreme or the Cappadocia area..however if you want there are flights that change in Istanbul..and these flights will be more costly
07:15 AYT IST 08:35 TK0405 THY
10:00 IST NAV 11:15 TK0258 THY
AYT - Antalya airport
IST - Istanbul Ataturk airport
NAV - Nevsehir airport
take into consideration that you will have to be at the Antalya airport at 6:15 am ( one hour before the flight )
The Nevsehir airport is the closest...
Try Nevsehir first if youı can find available flights..if not try Kayseri.
The airport at Tuzla (or Tuzköy), near Gülsehir, 30 km (19 miles) northwest of Nevsehir, is called the Nevsehir Airport. It's currently used only for occasional charter flights.
therefore one has 2 choices for transportation for Antalya to Goreme ( Cappadocia ) ...either bus or self-drive..driving takes about 7-8 hours from antalya to goreme..over night buses will take about 9 hours and the cost is about 45 liras per person...they are a comfortable. Buses leave Antalya at about 9 pm at night and arrive at about 6 or 7 am
However from Goreme you can fly from Nevsehir or Kayseri cheap enough if you book your tickets early enough..
Bus travel ( long distance )
Domestic airline carriers in Turkey
Goreme Bus Station (otogar)
Buses to and from all major towns and cities in Turkey (and beyond) stop in Goreme daily. Some of the bus companies serving Goreme are: Suha, Metro, Goreme, and Nevsehir. The next major bus station to Goreme is in the city of Nevsehir (10km).
The nearest stopping off points by train are Kayseri (1hr by bus) and Ankara (4.5hrs by bus). Buses depart regularly from these cities to Goreme.
Distance (by bus) to Göreme
Ankara 270km (4.5hrs)
Kayseri 75km (1hr)
Istanbul 650km (11hrs)
Antalya 550km (9hrs)
Konya 250km (3hrs)
Pamukkale 630km (10hrs)
I would fly back from Cappadocia to Istanbul..again all of this info will depend on when you plan to travel and the availibility of flights..
15 May 2009 Friday
12:00 NAV IST 13:20 TK0259 THY
1 Adult 57.00 TRY 27.00 TRY 10.00 TRY 94.00 TRY
but hey that is what makes this forum great..everyone offers up their own opinion...for example my husband would much rather self-drive anywhere and then he has a car to get around it..
I want to get there sooner so I would prefer flights..but it is a matter of choice...
have a great trip...and I hope that my long post was not too confusing and helpful...lol..