Göreme is situated in the middle of a triangle formed by the three towns of Nevsehir, Ürgüp and Avanos, and lies at the meeting point of four valleys in the middle of the Cappadocia region.
You may get there by bus from Ankara (5 times a day, 4 hours in a way), from Istanbul (3 times a day, 12 hours in a way), from Nevsehir (2 times an hour, 30 minutes in a way), from Urgup (2 times an hour, 20 minutes in a way).
We reached Goreme after excursion to Kaymakli underground city. It took us about half an hour. The landscapes of Cappadocia are magnificent and I was taking video all the way.
You may watch my 1 min 37 sec VIDEO-Clip Goreme Valley by bus with Turkish pop music by Kaan – Oynayalim out of my Youtube channel.
At the otogar, which is in the centre of the village, there are several busticket offices. I think the different companies have the same price to the same destination. But it can be good to compare the departure time so you can chose the time best for you. The offices have timetables on big signs outside.
From Göreme I travelled with Kent buses to Konya. It took
3,5 hours and costed 12 000 000 TL.
Comming to Göreme I took a nightbus from Sanliurfa. It was the bus going to Ankara so it dropped me in Aksaray. I had prepared for some hours wait but after 20 minutes I got a ride with a bus going to Sivas, past Göreme. I got the front site, next to the driver. It was the best place I could have as we were travelling east as the sun rised over Cappadocia. It was a beautiful view.
The balloons fly early in the morning, as the winds are good then. I was picked up by car before five at my pension. We drove to the office where everyone who was going to fly that day got coffee and cockies, while the men put the trailer with the balloon baskets behind the cars. Then we drove to the place where the balloons were going to take off that day.
Cappadocia is a perfect place for ballooning. The winds are good and the landscape beautiful. Have you never flewn in a balloon, take the chance!
When I was going, one man said ha was probably not going to fly because he was affraid of heights. The pilot said there was not going to be any problems as the balloon is not conected to the ground. He advised the man not to look down just when we took off. Everything went well.
Many pensions and agencies in Göreme organises different kind of tours. if you don't have too much time it can be convenient to take a tour to see some of the places in the area.
I went on a daytour called the Ihlara-tour. We visited Derinkuyu underground city, Ihlara Valley, Selime Monastery, Agzikara Hani, a pottery workshop in Avanos and on the way back to Göreme fairy chimneys.
It was a great tour with a good guide and nice people.
The tour costed 40 000 000 TL. Lunch (not the drinks) and entance fees were included in the price.
After exploring the Goreme Valley during several hours we went to the Zelve Valley with its wonderful fairy chimneys. It took us 15 minutes. The landscapes of Cappadocia are magnificent and I was taking video all the way.
You may watch my 1 min 58 sec VIDEO-Clip Goreme-Zelve road with popular Turkish music by Sertap Erener – Kumsalda out of my Youtube channel.
Given the limited time I had, there was no way I can enjoy taking the bus to Goreme. Got an Istanbul-Kayseri return ticket for about USD 250 with Turkish Airlines (TY) through their website.
It was my first time to use TY, which was average (cold vegetable-cheese sandwich and juice were served). By the time I arrived in Istanbul from Dubai, the Bayrami was well on its way, so the flight from Istanbul to Kayseri was stress-free, with the plane barely 50% full. Going back was a different story, though. Kayseri airport was pure chaos and plane was packed. The rainy weather did not help either.
An important reminder for those taking domestic flights from Kayseri: don't forget to identify your checked-in baggage prior to boarding the plane. This is for security reasons and I've had similar experiences in India.
From Kayseri to Goreme, it's a good 2-hour drive, so need to make arrangements for transfers. The most convenient option for TY passengers is to book with Argeus Tours or ask their hotel to book for them. Passengers arriving at ungodly hours in early morning or late night, however, need to find their own way to Goreme either by hiring a taxi (expensive at about EUR 50) or taking the regular bus service at Kayeseri's otogar (bus terminal).
Cappadocia consist of 3 main towns : urgup,uchisar,and avanos : goreme is not mentioned in this triangle very much because this place is rather touristic and luckily most amazing formations located here.But still there is no regular bus shuttle among the other towns : here is a list for you :
urgup-goreme-avanos times : 08:00 am, 10:00 am, 12:00 pm , 14:00 pm, 16:00 pm , 18:00 pm (summer only-)
avanos-goreme-urgup times : 09:00 am , 11:00 am , 01:00 pm , 03:00 pm , 05 :00 pm
price : 1.5 -1.75 turkish lira
***if you want to goreme from urgup or the other way around , and if you missed the late local bus you can go to nevsehir and then try to find a local bus to urgup or goreme.
ýf your in trouble with going back to your accomodation , negotiate with taxi drivers: they can
take you in the price of 10-12 turkish lira
If you are interested in architecture and/or photography, pay a visit to Mustafapasha (Sinasos). It is a village that used to be habitated majorily by Greeks until the first quarter of the 20th century.
There is no direct public transport from Goreme to Mustafapasha (Sinasos). You should change the bus in Urgup (See the transport tip between Goreme-Urgup). Once in Urgup, take the village bus to Mustafapasha.* The journey takes only 15 min (6km) and costs 1 TRY ( less than a dollar/euro). This is not a very frequent service so check at the bus station for departure times. The timetable should be on the window for ZABITA. You can also check the given website. I am including the current one below.
*Attention: There are two almost adjacent bus stations in Urgup. If you are coming from Goreme, don't get off the bus until the last station. This is the same one where you get the bus to Mustafapasha and later back to Goreme.
URGUP - MUSTAFAPASHA
08:15, 09:15, 10:15, 12:15, 14:15, 15:30, 16:30, 17:30, 18:30
08:15, 13:30, 18:30
MUSTAFAPASHA - URGUP
07:45, 08:45, 09h45, 11:45, 13h45, 15:00, 15:45, 16:45, 17:45
07:45, 11:45, 17:45
You can easily reach Goreme by bus from Ankara(5,5h) or Istanbul(11h). A night bus from Istanbul will bring you in Goreme early in the morning and can easily catch a daily tour that usually start at 09:30. The tours return about 18:00 so you can also take a night bus for Istanbul. Of course, you need at least 3 days to see the basic sights of Cappadocia.
For your return you can also choose between the 4 different bus companies(Metro, Kent, Nevsehir Seyahat and one more) that have their offices at the central square offering 1 or 2 night buses to Istanbul (usually around 19:30-20:30) and some of them one morning bus but in that case you will be all day in a bus. The bus ticket for Istanbul is about 50 YTL(30euro), I used Metro company.
If you fly by plane you will reach the airport of Kayseri. The distance for Goreme/Urgup in big enough(90km) so the air companies have private buses that will take you to/from the airport with a small fee if you book in advance. call at +90 384 3414688 or visit their site :www.argeus.com.tr
If you have your own car you will enjoy Cappadocia and you can stop wherever you want but there are also many local buses between the villages. Most of them start from Nevsehir which is 10km away.
If you don’t have much time use the daily tours of the local travel agents. Usually they have two different daily tours, one for the SW part of Cappadocia and one for the NE part.
A daily tour includes a visit to one underground city, one hike in a valley (3-7km), a monastery, photo stops along the way, shopping stops(in Avanos for pottery demonstration, in Uchisar for wine tasting etc) and a lunch in a nice restaurant. The cost of a daily tour is about 60YTL(35euro) per person. I used Heritage Travel because some friends suggested them to me but most of the travel agent serve the same route. The people at Heritage Travel are very friendly and the guides know very well what they do/show/tell so I recommend them. Their office is at Kelebek Hotel.
If you have more days and some extra money hire a private driver (and a guide if possible) and ask to see some more places. I stayed 4 days so I had the opportunity to see some other parts of Cappadocia this way, especially at the SE part of Cappadocia, with many photo stops.
One other option is walk/hike at the valleys starting from Goreme. Its free and you will walk among the unique landscape of the area.
An easy way to reach your accommodation in Cappadocia, is to pre book a shuttle on the Internet.
I booked this through Argeus Travel. There was somebody waiting at the Airport for me, and all I had to do was pay the Driver 17 t/l in cash.
Argeus Tourism & Travel
Istiklal Caddesi No:47
50400 Urgup - Nevsehir / Turkey
Tel: +90 384 341 4688
Fax : +90 384 341 4888
Mobile: +90 533 343 9543
most people travel to goreme by bus.
the bus station is right in the center of town and you have bus connections to all over turkey.
just be aware that a bus trip from goreme almost always involves a bus change in nearby nevesehir.
The Dolmus to Uchisar (it continues on to elsewhere) leaves from the Goreme Otogar. It has the sign in the window of the Bus. I can't remember if it runs half hourly or hourly, your Hotel will be able to tell you, as that is who told me. They drop you off on the main road, and you have a short walk to the Uchisar castle.
Cost was 1.75 t/l in 2009
Many of you prefer to come over buy bus &plane but there is another option : if you dont mind long hours but just wanna sit back , enjoy the view and have 'long'naps train is just made for you.Here is the details if you want to book or so....
http://www.tcdd.gov.tr ( turkish )
http://www.tcdd.gov.tr/tcdding/index.htm ( english )
https://etcdd.tcdd.gov.tr ( online booking )