What you need to know before flying- Hot air balloons

Cappadocia in central Turkey may be famous for the panoramic view of hundreds of hot air balloons pouring down the valley and the “fairy chimney” formation of the volcano. Although this is just one of many things Cappadocia has to do, hot air balloons are one of the most popular activities in the region for many reasons.

Planning a trip to Cappadocia?

Read the basic travel tips to Cappadocia, Turkey, how to book a hot air balloon tour and what you need to know before flying! But first, some basic knowledge …

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How to get to Cappadocia

First, it is important to know that Cappadocia is a region of Turkey, not a city or town. So, where is Cappadocia? It is about 3 hours drive southeast of the Turkish capital Ankara, which is a large area in central Turkey. To travel to Cappadocia, you need to fly to one of these two airports-Kayseri (ASR) or Nevsehir (NAV).

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There are daily flights from Istanbul to Kayseri and Nevsehir. The flight time is just over an hour. No matter which airport you choose, both are 30-40 minutes drive from Göreme (Cappadocia), which does not have much impact on your choice.

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Some common sense


The currency is Turkish Lira or LA, and the exchange rate is about 1 US dollar: 5-6 Turkish Lira. In Goreme, there are not many official currency exchange offices, but many restaurants and hotels accept credit card payments.

There is no place in town to buy a local Turkish SIM card. Instead, download local maps via wifi in your hotel for offline use.

If you spend a few days in the area, the Museum Pass Cappadocia card is a good choice.

Passes have been accepted at many tourist attractions, including Goreme Open Air Museum and Dark Church, Ilala Valley, Derinkuyu Underground City and Zelvi Archaeological Site.

If you want to travel to other places in Turkey, including Istanbul, Ephesus, Pamukkale or Fethiye, you may need to purchase a Turkish Museum Pass.



Best time to visit Cappadocia:

The best time to visit Cappadocia is from March to June or September to November, when the crowds are scarce and the weather is mild.

June to August is the peak season, so it may be more crowded, and the winter from November to late February may become very cold.

Cappadocia’s wearing method

In just a few hours, the temperature may fluctuate greatly. Regarding the dress code of Cappadocia, most people in Turkey are Muslims, but Cappadocia is not very conservative. For the sake of respect, I suggest that you dress conservatively.

Cappadocia Accommodation


The main tourist cities of Cappadocia are Urgup, Goreme, Ilala Valley, Selim, Guzerrit, Uchisar, Avanos and Zelvi. Most hotels are located in Goreme, Urgup and Usisar.

But I suggest you stay in Goreme because the town has many tourist companies, grocery stores, restaurants and hotels. And here is the closest to the hot air balloon take-off point.

One of the most unique things about Cappadocia is to stay in a cave hotel, the room is carved on the hillside or stone pillar. There are many options to choose from. Staying here for 3 nights is the best choice. If you are traveling from June to August, then you need to book in advance.

Usually the cost of a day is 50-100 dollars.
Regular double room $ 58
Family Suite $ 110


Hot air balloon ride in Cappadocia, Turkey


Many people travel to Cappadocia for a long time just to stand in a hot air balloon basket.

At present, there are already 30 companies and 200 hot air balloons flying in the Cappadocia region. The hot air ballooning industry in Cappadocia has only really flourished in recent years, thanks to the extremely favorable geographical conditions of the region, the proliferation of social media and the convenience of travel.


Suitable season for hot air balloon ride in Cappadocia, Turkey


The hot air balloons in Cappadocia are incredible, not only because of the unique and erratic terrain, but also because the hot air balloons fly about 250 days a year. In other words, you can fly over the terrain not only in summer and spring. You can also explore Cappadocia in winter.

Hundreds of hot air balloons take off every morning


Cappadocia may be the only place in the world where hundreds of balloons fly almost every morning, providing memorable life experiences for more than 2,000 people every day.

You need to book in advance


Hot air balloons are the most popular thing that Cappadocia does, so you must book as early as possible because the balloons fill up a few months in advance.


If you book a hot air balloon tour on the day of arrival, then you will definitely have no place. Do n’t think that there are about 100 balloons flying every morning, which means you can guarantee a place to fly. One of the biggest suggestions to travel to Cappadocia is to stay for three days to maximize the chance of flying in a hot air balloon.


Hot air balloon rides in Cappadocia are not cheap


According to the quotations given by several hot air balloon travel companies, the average cost of a hot air balloon ride in Cappadocia is 130-180 euros (145-200 dollars) per person based on how many people are in the basket.

I recommend that you take a “Deluxe Balloon Flight” flight and be able to move around without having to box like sardines. For a more comfortable hot air balloon flight experience.

Hot air balloon ride in Cappadocia
You have three options:

Standard Balloon Flight (130-170 €)

  • -Flight approx. 1 hour. Entire adventure lasts about 2 hours.
  • -We use 18-24 person capacity balloons with The Standard tour.
  • -Transfers to / from your accommodation.
  • -Open buffet breakfast, coffee / tea and snacks before take off.
  • -All our passengers are insured up to 1.000.000 EUR.
  • -A commemorative flight certificate or a Medallion (either one that is available)


Deluxe Balloon Flight (200-270 €)

  • -Flight approx. 1.30 hours. Entire adventure lasts about 3 hours.
  • -We use a smaller as 10-16 person capacity balloons with The Deluxe tour.
  • -Transfers to / from your accommodation.
  • -Open buffet breakfast, coffee / tea and snacks before take off.
  • -All our passengers are insured up to 1.000.000 EUR.
  • -A commemorative flight certificate or a Medallion (either one that is available)


Private Balloon Flight (7000 € / A Hot air balloon)

  • -Transfers to / from your accommodation.
  • -Open buffet breakfast, coffee / tea and snacks before take off.
  • -Champagne table on landing
  • -All our passengers are insured up to 1.000.000 EUR.
  • -A commemorative flight certificate or a Medallion (either one that is available)

You may fall to the ground when the balloons land


If you have never been in a hot air balloon before, you will be surprised to find that this is a very special aircraft, especially when the basket bounces or tilts in strong winds. The important thing is not where you want to go, but where the wind blows. The basket will tilt during landing, please follow the pilot’s instructions to grasp the handrail.

Because the hot air balloon travels with the wind, the flight trajectory almost entirely depends on the wind speed and direction. The same flight for an hour, the flight distance may be different, so the landing will occur in any area, including parks, open fields, campuses or roads. this is normal phenomenon.

Cappadocia hot air balloon can reach 3,000 feet above ground


If you are not afraid of flying at high altitude, you need to know that the balloon can fly 3,000 feet above the ground. During my hot air balloon flight in Cappadocia, the hot air balloon I took reached 1,000 meters! This altitude is also the usual flying altitude.

Flights are occasionally cancelled


You may not believe that the flight will indeed be cancelled. The hot air balloon in Cappadocia operates all year round (approximately 250 days of the year), but if the weather is bad, the flight will indeed be cancelled. It is usually the strong wind that causes the flight to be cancelled.

In fact, due to strong winds, I saw the cancellation of the flight the next day in Cappadocia. I am glad that I carried out a hot air balloon flight yesterday.

Many people paid cash in the hot air balloon company’s office, and at the take-off site, watching the balloon filled with hot air. But received the news of flight cancellation!

What happens if your hot air balloon tour in Cappadocia is cancelled (weather reasons)? Every hot air balloon company in Cappadocia will promise you a full refund.

The first thing you have to do is try to reschedule the time with the same company you booked. However, during the peak season (June-August) the next day’s flight booking is full, it is difficult to have the opportunity to take a hot air balloon. Many times I think that riding a hot air balloon in Cappadocia is totally luck!

Or, ask about its luxury flights (more expensive), sunset flights, and flights after sunrise. If you do not get a reply, then you are out of luck.

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