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I wanted to save some money by taking an overnight bus from Ankara to Göreme in Cappadocia. I cannot find details online and my copy of Lonely Planet is not very helpful about what time the last bus is. When is the last, if possible, overnight bus from Ankara?

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Overnight buses in Turkey run when the distance between the origin and destination is enough to allow a departure before midnight and an arrival after six in the morning. However, you don't get many six-hour routes that operate overnight.

When a city is not the origin or destination, it is possible to find buses that pass through so that you get an overnight trip.

Göreme is too close to Ankara for overnight service, and since Ankara and Göreme (actually Nevşehir) are major destinations, they are most often terminus cities and don't get as much through traffic. You'll probably have to take a day bus.

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SigueSigueBen's answer is mostly correct. Buses from Ankara to Goreme start running at 7.30am with a frequency of every two hours until 4.30pm, I think. However, there's an additional last bus now at 1.30am. Not sure which company it is with though.

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Out of curiosity, does the route start in Ankara or is it coming from elsewhere? – SigueSigueBen Sep 10 '12 at 19:33
@SigueSigueBen: Not sure of that. I saw this 1:30am bus on the list I saw at a travel agent's office in Kizilay. I was surprised to see that too and he confirmed it meant 1:30am. Perhaps it's from Istanbul, making a stop at Ankara but I cannot possibly be sure. – Ankur Banerjee Sep 10 '12 at 19:51
Istanbul buses don't usually stop in Ankara unless they are going very long distance, but it's certainly possible. – SigueSigueBen Sep 11 '12 at 0:38

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