How to get to
Being centrally located within Turkey about 300km south of Ankara it
is easy to reach from other parts of the country. Being a rugged country
full of open spaces sometimes transport may take some time, so prepare
well and it is possible to get to Goreme in a reasonable time.
There are 9 flights a day from Istanbul to Kayseri,
landing at Erkilet International Airport, and then it is
about one and a half hours drive to Göreme.
Alternatively you can fly to Nevşehir and from there the
drive is less than an hour, however there are much less
choices of flights available, only 3 per day. This
is a very small airport, with limited facilities, but on
the other hand also is much simpler to navigate.
From Istanbul to Kayseri there are two different
operators, our national airline Turkish Airways and
AtlasJet which is a local small budget airline.
Either one will provide perfectly good services from
Istanbul to Kayseri. However if you want to go to
Nevşehir then it is recommended to take the first flight
of the day which is at 7:10am, and is operated by
Turkish as is the lunch time 1:10 flight and the evening
Alternatively if you would rather avoid the internal
flight it is possible to take a bus or coach from
Istanbul to Göreme, several companies offer this for
prices starting at 50TL per person one way. A
variety of different types of coaches, buses and mini
busses are available so select the one that is most
convenient. You may wish to ask exactly where the
bus goes to in Göreme
After arrival at the airport in Nevşehir you can get
to our town via a number of ways, but for a newly
arrived visitor we recommend either getting a taxi
direct from the airport, if you haven't already arranged
a transfer with your hotel. Expect to pay around
80TL for the one way taxi ride, there are no tolls or
extra charges though it is polite to round up the fare
as a tip.
Because the airport is so quiet, and really only has
traffic during the three times a day arrivals and
departures, there are not always taxis waiting, so don't
be surprised if there is a way for a taxi until the
passengers for the next flight start to arrive.
For this reason arranging an airport transfer with
your hotel is recommended. As this is closer to
Goreme some hotels will offer pick up for free, please
check this in advance.
If you have decided to fly in via the Kayseri
airport, officially the Kayseri Erkilet Havalimanı, then the trip to
Göreme is still best taken by taxi, but in this case the
distance is longer and expect to pay 150TL depending on
traffic and the exact route taken.
Flights from a number of cities land here, not just
from Istanbul, but also Ankara, Amsterdam, Dusseldorf,
Stuttgart, Vienna and a number of others depending on
Arranging an airport transfer with your hotel is by
far the best way to go, if for no other reason that you
will be guaranteed to be delivered to the correct hotel
and directly to the front door! Any hotel in
Göreme will arrange this for you, the costs will be less
than 20TL per person and is a wise investment to get the
most out of your time in the town.
Antalya is a popular seaside resort on the Turkish
Riviera and many visitors to Göreme travel from Antalya
to Göreme. However the distance is very long to
drive, you would spend most of a day driving this trip
and although the countryside is very wonderful for much
of the distance it would be a tiring experience.
So unless a Turkish Road Trip is your intent consider
either flying, or allowing a Bus Driver to do the
driving for you.
Metro Turizm bus company is one that arranges busses
on this route, for a ticket price of 50TL per person
they make the trip from Antalya through a stop in Nevşehir,
from the bus station there it is just 15 minutes minibus
ride into the Göreme town centre. Other bus
companies can arrange this trip as well so there will be
As the total trip time is about 8 hours consider
taking an overnight bus, it will save you one night of
hotel prices and allow you to start early in Göreme and
have your whole first day to enjoy!
It is possible to fly this route, however it is not
busy and so direct flights are not every day depending
on the season. Connecting flights via Istanbul
however are available every day. See the section
above about that.
Süha Turizm, Metro Turizm and Nevsehir Seyahat bus
company as well as some others all have busses on this
route. Busses leave at 6:30 and 9:00am depending
on the company, approximately every three hours and take
about 10 hours depending on the road conditions.
Note that many bus companies actually stop at Nevsehir
rather than Göreme though mostly they then offer a free
minibus to take you the last 15 minute trip into the