25-10-2022 - Tips & Guides

Cappadocia: Hot Air Balloon Flight Guide

Have you ever wondered what it feels like to fly? To float among the birds in the sky and enjoy a bird’s eye view of the gorgeous surroundings around you? Hot air balloons in Cappadocia, Turkey provide just that and more – all the while delivering an unforgettable experience. It’s truly a bucket list kind of activity that literally will sweep you off your feet and the rush you feel will stay with you forever. Check out Cappadocia Travel Pass here to book yours FREE now. 

Hot Air Balloons – Overview & Tips


Hot Air Balloons in Cappadocia may be the number one tourist attraction overall. Whether you are going inside the balloons or choose to wake up before sunrise to watch them rise early hours in the morning, it’s truly a remarkable time. The sensation of the light wind hitting your face while taking in the extraordinary sunrise view, this break-taking experience will keep you in awe.

How it works

Balloons take off in the towns of Goreme and Avanos during the very early hours of the morning – you will typically be picked up around 4-5 am in morning from your hotel. On-site, as Cappadocia hot air balloons are being blown and prepared, you will be briefed about the journey and safety precautions. Then you and the rest of the group (around 12-16 people) buckle up and are ready to go in the sky!


The ideal time for hot air balloons is during the months April-August. That being said, the most important factor in flying is the wind. If the wind conditions don’t allow it, the balloons can’t go in the air. Every morning the aviation team decides whether or not the balloons can go based on comprehensive weather reports that are closely and frequently monitored.



The pick-up time is between 4-5 am in the morning. The timing allows for the best weather conditions for take-off and witnessing the gorgeous view. When you arrive at the site, first, you will have breakfast there, and once everything is up and ready, you will spend around an hour in the air. Nevertheless, from the time you are picked up from the hotel to your return, it will be several hours.

If you don't want to ride and choose to just watch the balloons rise, just before sunrise is the best time to take your place among one of the hot-sighting spots and wait.


What to wear

Keep in mind that because it’s very early hours of the morning, you will need a jacket even if it’s summertime. The breeze in the air may make you shiver so come prepared.



Balloon accidents are truly rare, and pilots complete special aviation training to hold their position. In addition, the balloon materials go through inspection regularly. It’s impossible to fly without a license. Keep in mind you will also be insured as part of the rules and regulations. Including all the preparations and the weather factor taken into consideration, it’s one of the safest air vehicles to exist.



The Cappadocia Hot Air Balloon ride is a must-do when you are in Cappadocia but it may be considered pricey for many. But great news! With all options of the Cappadocia Travel Pass, this amazing balloon ride is  DISCOUNTED!

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When can’t a Cappadocia hot air balloon take off?

The weather conditions are checked frequently in the early hours of the morning. If there is a certain level of wind, it will prevent the hot air balloon from taking off.


How many people can be on a Cappadocia hot air balloon ride?

Though it can be less depending on demand, usually between 12-16 people are in one Cappadocia hot air balloon at the same time.


During which months can I experience this mystical Cappadocia hot air balloon ride?

 Balloon rides can be all year round, but the ideal months are between April – August, depending on wind conditions.


What should I wear during a Cappadocia hot air balloon ride?

Beware of the early hours and the wind. Depending on the season it’s necessary to stay warm! Even if it’s summer time the early hours of the day may be chilly so bring a jacket.


When do Cappadocia hot air balloons take off?

Balloons take off before sunrise.


Is it safe to fly on a Cappadocia hot air balloon?

The balloons, before take-off, must follow certain safety rules and regulations, including weather conditions. All pilots go through a special aviation training. Many precautions are taken, and accidents are extremely rare.

How long does a Cappadocia hot air balloon ride take?

It usually takes 1 hour in the air, but from hotel pick up to return, it will take around 3 hours of your early morning.

What can I expect from a Cappadocia hot air balloon ride?

Magical sights from a bird’s eye view, a beautiful breeze, flying sensation, and champagne at arrival!


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