An Underground City? Who’s up for that? A place where nobody lives? An old “city”? It’s not Machu Picchu all over again is it? Well yes but on your travel journey through the moon like surfaces of Cappadocia, this is a city you should definitely visit.
In fact there are a number of these underground cities in Cappadocia, so you can take your pick. We headed to Kaymakli so here’s a backpacking overview of that one.
Getting to Kaymakli Underground City
To save money, do it yourself. Don’t take one of the many guided tours or organised buses. It’s easy to get to Kaymakli all on your own. Firstly head to the main bus station in Goreme (most tourists are staying in Goreme and to cut costs, you should try and make Goreme your base too). From Goreme, get on a mini-bus to Nevsehir. This costs 2.5 Turkish Lira, pay in cash when you get off the bus. Goreme to Nevsehir takes about 15 minutes maximum. Buses leave when full or when the driver wants to.
The driver will then tell you where to get a second bus to Kaymakli. When you get off in Nevsehir, it’s basically on the opposite side of the road. This bus also leaves when it’s full or the driver wants to. The bus from Nevsehir to Kaymakli takes slightly longer, maybe 20 – 25 minutes. The cost is 3 Turkish Lira.
On arrival in the village of Kaymakli, you’ll see a small market, walk through the market (it’s a tad touristy) and at the end is the entrance to Kaymakli underground city.
How much does it cost to visit Kaymakli Underground City?
Entry is a fixed rate of 15 Turkish Lira per person. No student discounts. Tour groups or minors might be able to get a deal or get it cheaper. Yes, you have to pay in sadly, but do it! You’ll be issued with a ticket and there’s a turnstile at the entrance.
What is Kaymakli Underground City?
It’s a load of underground caves and bunkers that were once a crazy undergound city where people lived. The whole place is quite incredible!
Things to note when visiting Kaymakli Underground City
– Be very careful of your head (the passages are so narrow)
– Spend about 45 minutes inside exploring
– Read the signs on the walls that tell you what each part of the city once was
– Follow the arrows when you’re inside – it’s the recommended route round the city
You can marvel at the fact that people used to live here! Yes years ago this was the life – living in caves!
If you’re ever in Cappadocia, then make sure you get one of the Underground Cities on your itinerary. I’d recommend Kaymakli as it’s an easy and cheap one to get to and tour when you’re based in Goreme. Kaymakli is of course also a UNESCO listed World Heritage Site – which is one for those who like to tick these off (Turkey has 10 of these by the way). Let me know if you need any travel tips and keep up to date with me on the Don’t Stop Living Facebook page.
Here are my videos from visiting Kaymakli Underground City: