This was my last day in Ölüdeniz and after a heavy breakfast at Sultanahmet restaurant, I checked out of the hotel at noon and wandered around the beach for a few hours. The bus from Fethiye to Göreme was scheduled to leave Fethiye otogar at 4pm and it was going to be a harrowing 12 hour ride to the main town of Cappadocia.
I was going to take the only night bus from Fethiye to Göreme provided by Metro bus company, taking 12 hours and costs TL 60. The bus company Metro that runs services across the country has one night bus between Fethiye and Göreme, that does not go via Antalya. The bus is not equipped with wifi and snack services are available. Unlike other bus companies like Kamil Koç, this bus doesn’t have a toilet onboard and stops almost every 2 hours for 10-15 minutes with a longer stop of 30 minutes for dinner.
Fethiye to Göreme
Remember that not all bus companies run night services, but it’s always wise to shop around (all offices are next to each other at every city bus station) and ask if they have buses equipped with wifi, toilets and snack service.
Having known this, I had booked my ticket on the day I arrived in Fethiye from Bodrum. If your plans of departure from Fethiye to Göreme or Istanbul are not final, then at least make sure to book the night bus tickets a day prior to the date you plan to travel.
Passengers board and leave the bus at various stops and if do not intend to be woken up during your journey then insist on a window seat and make sure to sit in the seat number assigned to you.
Around 2:30pm, I started for the dolmuş from the main promenade in Ölüdeniz. It costs TL 5, which runs every 10 minutes, but if you take the local bus (runs every 30 minutes) then it costs TL 3.50 from Ölüdeniz to Fethiye bus station.
The dolmuş runs slower than the bus and stop every other mile to pick up people. Although Fethiye is only 14km from Ölüdeniz, it took 50 minutes for the dolmuş to reach Fethiye bus station. All buses and dolmuşes go via Hisarönü/Ovacık villages.
Making it just on time for the bus to Göreme, I figured out that Pamukkale bus company as well as Kamil Koç run the same night-service to Göreme. And although it costs the same, Kamil Koç buses are equipped with toilets and has free wifi along the entire route.
The bus left Fethiye sharp at 4pm, making six 10-15 minute stops on the way, with one of them for a 30 minute dinner. You can use the restrooms, bring some snacks or just stretch your legs if you happen to be awake during the long ride.
After twelve hours and 720kms, I finally reached Göreme at 4:30am.
Note: All values in USD, unless otherwise mentioned, are approximate and based on the exchange rate at the time of publishing. Each cost is for one adult. The exchange rate at the time of publishing is assumed to be USD 1 = TRY 1.80.
|Breakfast Sultanahmet Restaurant||TL 10 or $5.50||Full English breakfast|
|Bus from Ölüdeniz to Fethiye||TL 5 or $2.80||One way costs TL 5|
|Bus from Fethiye to Göreme||TL 60 or $33.30||One way costs TL 60|
|Snacks & water along the way||TL 17 or $9.40||çay, chips, water, etc.|
|Toilets||TL 6 or $3.30|
|Total Costs||$54.30||Per person|
|Overall Costs||$1,508.00||Per person|
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Main town of Cappadocia region.