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Nevsehir is a city in Cappadocia.


Nevşehir is one of the major cities in Cappadoccia Region which displays a beautiful combination of nature and history.

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

Reaching the airport is possible via buses, shared taxis and commercial taxis.

Turkish airlines has flights from Istanbul on Wed, Thu, Fri and Sun evening, and flights to Istanbul on Thu, Fri, Sat and Mon morning. Flight time 1 hr 15 min.

By train[edit]

The nearest railway station is located in Kayseri. The railway line runs from Ankara to Kayseri and then splits into a line towards Sivas in the east and towards Nigde, Karaman and Adana in the south. Express trains take about 7 hours from Ankara to Kayseri. The Erzurum Express (Erzurum Ekspresi) departs in the early afternoon from Ankara and comes in the evening to Kayseri, the Güney Express (Güney Ekspresi) leaves early in the morning from Ankara and comes in the afternoon to Kayseri. The Çukurova Mavi Tren and Dogu Ekspresi go in the evening from Ankara and come in the middle of the night to Kayseri.

By bus[edit]

  • Bus station (on the extension of Lale Caddesi, Gülşehir Caddesi).

There are direct connections to Adana, Alanya, Antalya, Ankara, Kayseri, Konya, Mersin, Istanbul, Izmir and Pamukkale.

Coach operator Nevtur has buses running every 2 hours from the main bus terminal Isletmesi Sehirlerarasi in Ankara to Nevsehir and vice versa. The trip takes 4 hours including a break of 30 minutes and costs 20 TL.

Nevsehir Seyahat runs buses 6 times a day from Ankara to Nevsehir (departure from Ankara at 1:30, 9, 11, 13, 15 and 18:30, travel time: 4 hrs 30 min) and 2 buses per day from Istanbul to Nevsehir (departure from Istanbul at 20:00 and 20:30, journey time: 11 hrs 30 min).

All important places in Cappadocia (eg: Avanos, Goreme, Urgup) can be reached by dolmus, which start at Saatci Hoca Caddesi.

Nevsehir is 75 km (travel time: 1 hour) from Aksaray, 140 km (2 hr 15 min) from Aladaglar National Park, 17 km (20 min) from Avanos, 30 Km (40 min) from Derinkuyu, 10 km (15 min) from Goreme, 95 km (1 hr 45 min) from Guzelyurt. 110 km (2 hours) from Ihlara Valley, 20 km (25 min) from Kaymakli, 100 km (1 hour 30 minutes) from Kayseri, 90 km (1 hour 30 minutes) from Kirsehir, 75 km (1 hr 25 min) from Nigde, 8 km (10 min) from Uchisar and 23 km (25 min) from Urgup.

By car[edit]

Reaching to the province of Nevşehir via highway is possible from the entire country.

Get around[edit]

Nevsehir is quite small and can be explored on foot.

Tourist Information office and the Museum is located on Ataturk Bulvarı. Lale Caddesi crosses Atatürk Bulvarı. Following this line in a southern direction from the old town, Damat İbrahim Paşa Külliyesi and citadel can be found.


  • Ruins of the Ottoman citadel. It comes from Seljuk period and provides a good overview of the city. Free entry.
  • Damat İbrahim Paşa complex. It was built in 1727 by the eponymous Grand Vizier. The complex constitutes library, 18th century Kursunlu mosque and hammam.
  • 1 Nevsehir Museum, 1, Turbe Sok., +90 384 2131447. Depicts archeological, historic and ethnographic life of the region. Free admission.


  • Sauna - Try one of the affordable Hamams (turkish baths) of Nevsehir, for a real authentic non-tourist experience. There is one near the main intersection, next to the stop of the minibuses to Goreme. Prices 15 TL for Sauna, 25 TL for sauna + scrub and foam massage.


Go next[edit]

  • Goreme and Urgup are two lively tourist centers. There are cave dwellings, and rock cones in and around these cities.
  • Avanos, on the banks of Kizilirmak river, and Ortahisar are less visited towns.
  • Superb views of the Cappadocia valley can be seen from the castle located in Uchisar.
  • Also there are underground cities used by Christians hiding from enemies. There were rooms for grain storage, sleeping chambers, kitchens and ventilation shafts. Underground cities of Kaymakli and Derinkuyu are the two most important. There are also two others named Mazi and Ozkaynak.

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