21 Aug Cappadocia Travel Guide
Welcome To Cappadocia
Cappadocia is a majestical region in central Turkey famous for its fairytale rock formation scenery, cave dwellings, and hot air balloons that soar in the sky during sunrise each morning. The otherworldly landscapes of Cappadocia are one of Turkey’s most famous natural wonders. Formed 60 million years ago by ashes from different mountains and by erosion of soft layers of lava, the Cappadocia region is one of the most attractive regions of Turkey.
How to get to Cappadocia
Generally, if you are already in Istanbul, it would be a great advantage to venture further into Cappadocia to experience the iconic Hot Air Balloons.
Cappadocia is not a city, rather a region spread over the provinces of Nevsehir, Kirsehir, Nigde, Aksaray, and Kayseri, where Kayseri and Nevşehir airports are usually the main airport to fly to from Istanbul. The main tourist town of Cappadocia is Göreme, which doesn’t have an airport.
Depending on your time and budget, there are a few different options for getting to Cappadocia from Istanbul.
- By car, approximately 9+ hours.
- By bus, about 12 hours.
- By plane, one hour and 15 minutes.
Nevsehir Airport to Goreme
Nevsehir Kapadokya Airport is the closest airport to Cappadocia, located approximately 40 minutes west of Goreme.
Kayseri Airport to Goreme
Kayseri Erkilet Airport takes approximately 1.5 hours to get to Goreme.
Travel Tip: Renting a car from the airport to the city is an option if you decide not to pre-book a packaged tour.
The Best Time To Visit
Visit Cappadocia between March and September and November, the crowds are less, and the weather is milder. June to August is peak season, so it can get crowded with many tourists. It can get quite cold during the winter, from November to late February, but it is an excellent time to experience snow landscapes from the hot air balloon.
The temperature can fluctuate significantly throughout the day, so carry a light jacket or coat. Most people in Turkey are Muslim, yet Cappadocia (and Turkey as a whole) is not highly conservative, so we recommend you dress on the conservative side and avoid strapless or crop tops, short skirts and dresses.
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