Capital of a Cappadocian province
of the same name, Nevşehir, 285
km (177 miles; 4 hours) south of Ankara and 730
km (454 miles; 12 hours) southeast of Istanbul (map), is
mostly a transfer point for tourists.
There's nothing wrong with the city
of Nevşehir (NEHV-sheh-heer, "New
City," alt. 4134 feet/1260 meters,
pop. 95,000). It's mostly modern, having
been founded only in late Ottoman times
(a mere baby by Anatolian standards!), although there have been settlements here for at least 5000 years.
It's got a fortress on a hill,
a nice big museum a
few decent hotels, and Cappadocia's
major bus terminal.
In 2014 a gigantic underground city was discovered beneath the hilltop fortress. Excavation is continuing, but it will be years before this discover is opened to the public.
Until the underground city is ready for visitors, there's not much to hold
you in Nevşehir. Most people just transfer at
the Nevşehir bus terminal on their
way to or from towns such as Avanos, Göreme, Uçhisar, Ürgüp,
or the Underground
Cities of Kaymaklı and Derinkuyu
You could use Nevşehir as
a base for visits to Cappadocia and
Open-Air Museum, but Ürgüp and
the town of Göreme are
closer and more interesting.
Here's how to get to Cappadocia from Istanbul, İzmir & Ephesus, Pamukkale and Antalya by bus, car, train and plane.
By the way, many bus companies will
sell you a ticket "to Göreme" or "to Ürgüp," but
what they mean is that your big comfortable
bus will go as far as Nevşehir,
after which you must transfer to
a servis minibus
or taxi to be shuttled to the smaller
town. (The transfer should be—and
usually is—included in your bus
fare. The major bus company serving
usually dependable in this regard.)
Some less-than-honest bus companies
actually just drop you in Nevşehir and
let you fend for yourself. Ask
the ticket agent specifically how
you will be getting to your final destination.
The airport at
Tuzköy, near Gülşehir,
30 km (19 miles) northwest of Nevşehir,
is called the Nevşehir-Kapadokya Airport
There are daily flights from Istanbul to Nevşehir,
but more daily flights to to Kayseri's Erkilet
making that the more common air
route to and from Cappadocia. Airport
shuttle vans serve both airports.
The nearest train stations are
at Konya and Kayseri.
—by Tom Brosnahan
modern city of Nevşehir,
gateway to the land of fairy
chimneys. Beneath the mosque, a gigantic underground city was discovered in 2014.