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Kayseri is a city in the Turkish region of Central Anatolia.

Fortress of Kayseri

Understand[edit]

Kayseri is an old and large city with a strong economy. It carries lots of monuments from the days of Seljuks and Ottomans, and is also the home town of the most accomplished architect Mimar Sinan. Population has been steadily increasing and nowadays is around 950,000 in the urban center.

Kayseri was also on the Silk Route and Karatay and Sultanhanı posts on this route reside in Bünyan town's borders. Bünyan is also famous for its carpets which makes Kayseri a popular purchase-stop for tourists visiting Cappadocia.

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

  • 1 Kayseri Erkilet Airport (ASR IATA), Boztepe Mah.Mustafa Kemal Paşa Blv No:338, Yenimahalle/Kayseri, +90 352 337 5494. Taxi to the bus station takes 20 minutes, 27 TL. Taxi for Cappadocia 120 TL. There is a good board outside the airport listing taxi prices to various destinations. Erkilet International Airport (Q1431698) on Wikidata Erkilet International Airport on Wikipedia

Turkish Airlines and Pegasus Airlines have daily flights from Istanbul to Kayseri. Sun Express airlines has daily flights from Izmir and from Antalya to Kayseri.

Beside the domestic flights there are also direct international flights to Düsseldorf, Stuttgart, Vienna by Pegasus, Onur and Oger respectively.

By train[edit]

Trains run daily from Ankara to Kayseri, taking 7 hours. There are couchettes and a sleeping car; some trains have a buffet. They continue east to Sivas then, depending on the day of the week:

  • via Malatya and Elazig to Tatvan (the Vangölü Express), with dolmus connections to Van, for the train to Tabriz and Tehran.
  • via Malatya to Diyarbakir and Kurtalan (the Guney Kurtalan Express);
  • via Erzurum to Kars (the Dogu Express)

For timetables and fares see the Turkish railways website.

2 Kayseri railway station (Kayseri Garı) is central, on Kocasinan Blvd.

By car[edit]

Getting to Kayseri from other major cities is quite comfortable. The new 2x2-lanes roads make car travel much safer. Ankara to Kayseri takes 4 hours, Konya to Kayseri takes 5 hours.

By bus[edit]

Kent Seyahat is a Kayseri based bus company.

  • 3 Kayseri bus terminal (Kayseri Şehir Terminali) (6 km north-west of the city center. Local bus #140 to the center leaves from a stop across the road, south of the station. Tickets can be purchased from the booth immediately beside the bus stop for 1.70 TL.). The station has an Internet café (0.50 TL for 30 minutes), left-luggage storage, restaurants, grocery shops, hairdresser, etc. To go to the train station, take bus #140 until the very center of the city (citadel), then take Atatürk boulevard towards North until the train station (about 1km).


Frequent buses run to Göreme, about 15 TL

Get around[edit]

There is an extensive public transport system, including both tramways and buses, operated by the municipality. Timetables can be found on their website.

Tram T1 runs from İldem (northeast) along the central Sivas Boulevard to Organize Industrial Zone (west).

Tram T2 runs from Talas (southeast) onto Sivas Boulevard then turns west as far as Cumhuriyet Meydanı (Republic Square).

Tram T3 is under construction and may open in 2022. From the T1 route west of the centre, it heads north to the present bus terminal and Nuh Naci Yazgan University, then east to the new bus station and YHT railway station (both under construction). A further extension to the airport is probably years away.

See[edit]

  • Hunat Hatun Camii is the most famous mosque in the city that dates back to Seljuks. Seljuks have also left a number of schools (medrese), tombs (kumbet), and hospitals in the city.
  • Mount Erciyes is the 3rd highest mountain (3916 m) in Turkey and a popular domestic skiing location. Nowadays, foreign tourists have also started to visit the location. Erciyes Ski Center [dead link] is 25 km from the city center.
  • 1 St. Gregory the Illuminator Armenian Church (Ermeni Kilisesi Vakfi) (In the city center). The foundation of this Armenian Church was laid in 1191. Worth getting inside to see the interior - ring the bell for entry. St. Gregory the Illuminator Armenian Church (Q4505024) on Wikidata
  • 2 Kayseri Archaeology Museum. Kayseri Archaeology Museum (Q28136259) on Wikidata Kayseri Archaeology Museum on Wikipedia
  • Kayseri Ethnographic Museum. Kayseri Ethnographic Museum (Q21526377) on Wikidata

Do[edit]

Buy[edit]

  • Handwoven carpets are the major touristic merchandise in Kayseri, but they can be quite expensive as some of them are silk.
  • Kayseri is famous all throughout Turkey for its Pastirma. This is seasoned beef which has been air dried.

Eat[edit]

  • Kayseri Mantısı is the most famous dish Kayseri is known for. It's made from minced meat, wrapped in tiny bits of dough and boiled. It's served with a special sauce and yogurt. It's pretty difficult to find a restaurant to eat it as locals always eat this at home and they are prepared much better. However, Kaşık-la [formerly dead link] has now established a well deserved name in the city also for locals and if you can't get a local to invite you home, is definitely worth trying.
  • Pastırma is Kayseri's another well-known product. It's dried, salted beef covered with çemen, prepared by a special process. Pastırma is served both as a spicy starter or used in dishes (e.g. in pastırmalı kuru fasulye) or böreks. Kayseri is the major source of production in Turkey. If cannot afford the restaurants, try buying 100 grams from a large supermarket or from old shops in the old shopping district behind the castle (Kale).
  • İskender is a kebap variant, named after its inventor (Turkish variant of "Alexander"). Its meat is prepared similar to that of döner, but is served in dish, and with a butter sauce on the top. Although others come quite close, a local restaurant called İskender is the best place to eat this, and is located on the opposite side of Hunat Hatun Camii.

Drink[edit]

Gilaburu juice is a traditional drink from Middle Anatolia. Gilaburu (viburnum opulus) is a tiny, red fruit. It has lots of benefits to human body. You can drink Gilaburu juice in Elmacıoğlu İskender (one of the biggest restaurant in the city).

  • Bolulu Hasan Usta, Istasyon Caddesi (On the left side of the street when going North.). Café serving usual tea and Turkish coffee, and many pastries. Free Wi-Fi, power supply for computers/smartphones, and perfectly clean toilets. Friendly staff (though non English-speaking).

Sleep[edit]

Budget[edit]

Mid-range[edit]

  • Hotel Bent [1] is a centrally located 3-star hotel. A double room is 160 TL (April 2011) and offers a clean room with Wi-Fi, TV, minibar, etc. Single room €33 per night (July 2011)

Splurge[edit]

Connect[edit]

Kayseri and its surrounding highways have 4G from all Turkish carriers. As of Dec 2020, 5G has not reached this area.

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