There are no non-stop flights to
make the 285-km (177-mile) trip between Ankara and Cappadocia
the trains (see
below) are slow and run mostly at inconvenient
times, so the best way to go is by
road: bus or car.
Seyahat and Kamil Koç buses
main bus terminal about
every two hours for Nevşehir (and
vice-versa). The journey takes between 3-1/2 and
4-1/2 hours, with the longer time including
a 25-minute stop about 1-1/4 hours
into the journey to
stretch your legs, use the toilet,
have a glass of tea,
a meal or
a smoke (no
smoking on the bus). The one-way
fare is TL40 to TL45. Here's
Buy your ticket at Nevşehir
Seyahat, AŞTİ ticket
counter no. 50, or Kamil Koç at ticket counters 17 & 18 and 44. (Here's how
to buy bus tickets in Turkey.)
Turizm, at Nos. 16, 41 & 78, also has several buses to Nevşehir.
city of Nevşehir's
bus terminal (Adnan Menderes Otogarı; map) is 25 km (16 miles) west of
most Cappadocian towns such as Göreme, Uçhisar and Ürgüp.
When you arrive at Nevşehir
otogar, you may be transferred
to a shuttle minibus (servis) for
the final part of your journey to
The cost of the minibus trip is usually
included in your bus ticket fare.
||Cappadocian cave houses
Fight your way through Ankara
traffic to the E-90 highway south,
following signs for Aksaray,
219 km (136 miles, 3 hours). At
Aksaray, turn left (east) following
signs for Nevşehir,
73 km (45 miles, 1 hour).
Just at the junction of E-90 and
the Nevşehir highway in Aksaray is
Turistik Tesisi (map), an elaborate
commercial highway rest stop
with a 4-star hotel, restaurant, cafeteria,
snack stands, toilets,
souvenir shops, fuel and service stations,
even a small mosque.
The main railway line runs from Ankara to Kayseri,
then splits, one line running east
the other south to Niğde,
Karaman and Adana,
skirting Cappadocia to
the east and south.
7 hours to cover the
distance between Ankara and Kayseri.
(Compare this to the bus's
3-1/2 to 4-1/2 hours from Ankara to Nevşehir.)
Hızlı Trenler) now speed between
Ankara, Istanbul and Konya,
so if a visit to Konya is in your
travel plans, you may want to take
then a bus from Konya to Nevşehir
and your chosen Cappadocian
Train <—> Bus Station by Taxi
A taxi between Ankara
station) and AŞTİ (main
bus terminal) takes about 10
minutes in light traffic,
and costs about TL30.
You can also take the Metro and Ankaray,
transferring between lines at Kurtuluş station.