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USEFUL INFORMATION FOR PLANNING
The Best Time to Go to Cappadocia
It's always a good time to go to Cappadocia! Located in the heart of Turkey, Cappadocia is known for its unique rock formations and for being a refuge for civilizations dating back hundreds of years.
It's also an area that offers activities year round. Seriously, you can go any season of the year. It's one of those few places where you'll have a different experience everytime you go. Of course, there are pros and cons to every season, so we recommend that you focus on the experiences you could have in Cappadocia and choose when you want to go based on that.
If you're intent on going to Cappadocia to take a hot-air balloon ride, then the summer and spring months offer the best weather conditions for this. Because the winter is not always suitable for hot-air balloons, flights are often delayed.
Or if you're more interested in going on an ATV safari, then don't go during rainy times as the roads will be muddy and slippery. This will make going on an ATV more dangerous, and you won't be able to enjoy yourself fully. It'll be even harder if you're new to ATVs.
You can also do several other activities such as going on nature walks and cycling provided that you have the appropriate equipment and clothes. But if you're a beginner and you don't know what kind of equipment to use, then you might have a difficult time in bad weather.
You might also want to research important dates such as festivals and competitions that might take place throughout the year. So we recommend that you schedule your trip about what you'd like to do here and the weather accordingly.
Recommendations for Cappadocia
- The weather is cool during the evenings, even during the summer so be sure to take a shawl, long sleeves, socks, and hoodies.
- If you don't already have a museum card, invest in one.
- Include art events going on in the area into your itinerary.
- If you don't have a car, then you'll find it difficult to get around. If you're thinking of renting a car, then make a music playlist or CD that you'll be able to listen to during your journey.
- When you're on long walks or hikes, make sure to pick up after yourself and pick up trash if you see any. Raise awareness among those around you, so we'll pass along a better world.
- If you do yoga, then take your mattress with you to do yoga in Cappadocia's stunning valleys.
How Many Days Should I Spend in Cappadocia?
Let me first tell you: Cappadocia is not a place you can visit in a few days. It's a vibrant area regarding places to visit and things to see - but also concerning experiences that you can have. In other words, even if you've already been, there's still more to see and experience. We've been four times, and there are still places left for us to see. But Cappadocia is still a great place to go for the weekend, and if you don't have the time, then you can see the best places that Cappadocia has to offer.
Where is Cappadocia?
Cappadocia is in Turkey's Central Anatolia region and located in a larger geographic area called Nevşehir. Click here for the location. Nevşehir is located 75 kilometers from Aksaray, 80 kilometers from Kayseri, 85 kilometers from Niğde, 223 kilometers from Konya, 266 kilometers from Mersin, and 296 kilometers from Ankara.
How to Get to Cappadocia
We recommend renting a car to travel around Cappadocia. You can rent a car at the airport. If you're thinking of coming from Istanbul by car, then make sure to stop by Lake Tuz to watch the sunset.
1. Transportation by Car/Bus to Cappadocia
It's possible to get to Cappadocia from Istanbul by either car or bus. You can provide transportation from Istanbul to Cappadocia by land, car or bus. The fastest way by private transportation: the Istanbul - Sapanca - Bolu - Golbasi - Aksaray - Nevsehir route is 743 kilometers or about 8 hours. The other way to go is the Istanbul - Sapanca - Bolu - Ankara - Kırıkkale - Kırşehir route, which is 724 kilometers or 8 hours 18 minutes. If you're interested in going by bus to Cappadocia, then you can buy a ticket from bus companies Kamil Koç, Metro, Tokat Star, and Esadaş.
2. Flying to Cappadocia
Turkish Airlines and Pegasus have direct flights to the Kayseri Airport every day leaving from Sabiha Gokcen (an airport on Istanbul's Asian side). The trip takes 1 hour and 23 minutes. Another option is flying from Sabiha Gokcen to Nevşehir Airport, but the flights are less frequent going every Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday. This flight lasts 1 hour and 15 minutes. Turkish Airlines offers non-stop flights everyday from Istanbul Airport to Kayseri Airport, and this flight is 1 hour and 20 minutes. You'll also be able to find a direct flight leaving from Istanbul to Nevşehir every day, and the duration of this flight is around the same at 1 hour and 20 minutes.
The center of Nevşehir is located 55 km away from Nevşehir Aiport and 75 km away from Kayseri Airport. It's more expensive to fly into Nevşehir as there are fewer flights than at Kayseri Airport.
There are a couple of different ways that you'll be able to get to the city center. If you've already traveled around a major city in Turkey, then you're probably familiar with the Havataş, which is a shuttle from the airport to city centers. Nevşehir does not have one of these shuttles, but each airline company has their own shuttle services. There are also some private companies that offer shuttle services, but you'll have to make a reservation in advance. They'll take you from the airport based on when you land and leave you at your hotel.
One-way transfer fees from Nevşehir Airport to city center are as follows:
- 120 TL for a maximum of four passengers,
- 200 TL for a maximum of six passengers in a Mercedes Vito,
- 250 TL for a maximum of 17 people in a Mercedes Sprinter
- 25 TL per person on a 15-person minibus
One-way transfer prices from Kayseri Airport to the Nevşehir city center:
- 150 TL for a maximum of four passengers
- 250 TL for a maximum of 6 people in a Mercedes Vito
- 300 TL for a maximum of 17 people in a Mercedes Sprinter
- 15 TL per person in a 15-person minibus
Another alternative is to go to the bus station by using the Havaş shuttle from Kayseri and then take a bus to Nevşehir, however, this is more tiring and more expensive. It's 11 TL to go to the bus station from the Kayseri Airport, and 15 TL to get onto a bus from the station to Nevşehir.
3. Reaching Cappadocia by Train
You can get to Kayseri by train from Adana, Ankara, and Kars and then get to Nevsehir by taking a bus from Kayseri's bus station. There are also two trains daily from Ankara to Kayseri. The cost of the journey, which takes around 7 hours, is 20 TL. Click here to learn more and buy tickets. There's one train daily leaving from Adana to Kayseri, and the cost for the six-hour ride is 18 TL. Another option if you're out in the eastern part of the country is to take a train from Kars to Kayseri. The cost of staying in a sleeper train for the 18-hour journey is 35 TL.
4. Public Transportation in Cappadocia
Everything in Cappadocia is located close to each other, however, accessing transportation can be a bit tricky. Although the area is touristy, there's no much public transportation. But you'll be able to get around by taking buses, minibusses, and taxis. But if you ask us, the best way to travel around Cappadocia is by renting a car or coming here with your own car. But that's only if you want to go to places you can't get to with minibuses. So if you want to do something like go on a safari tour, then you'll probably be able to get on a bus that will drop you off close to where the safari starts. But keep in mind that the departure times for the buses can vary a lot and are not frequent. They also might leave you a little far from where you'd like to go. And some bus schedules might not fit your schedule, and you'll be forced to go back to your hotel early - that or you can get a taxi. But taxis cannot easily be found everywhere. Before you go, take this into account and make the budget for your trip accordingly. If you can squeeze it into your budget, then we recommend that you rent a car to get around.