FAQ

Ballooning FAQ's

  • Due to popularity with locals, as well as visitors we suggest booking in advance, especially if you want a particular flight date.

  • If the weather does not permit, flights may get delayed to the following morning, therefore we recommend booking your flight for your first available morning in Cappadocia so you do not miss out on this experience. If your flight is delayed or cancelled and you are leaving the following morning you will be fully refunded. Tickets can be transferred to alternative dates and are valid for one year (subject to our cancellation policy).

  • We will pick you up from your hotel about 30 minutes to 1 hour before your flight depending on your hotel’s location and the drive to our office for check-in and breakfast snacks. You will receive an email or we will advise your hotel of the pick up time prior to the flight day.

  • We will email you or advise your hotel the pickup time for your balloon flight one day prior to your flight.

  • Transfers are included for most of our tour options.
    Pick up regions include: Goreme, Urgup, Nevsehir, Avanos, Uchisar, Avanos, Mustafapasa.
    Pick up regions not available: Kayseri, Gamirasu and other locations outside of the above mentioned.
    For more information on pickup locations please email us at info@hotairballooncappadocia.com

  • Passengers must pay for their balloon flight balance in cash on arrival. We accept euro, lira, pound and US dollars. Passengers needing to pay by credit card will incur an extra fee to do so.

  • You can choose different size balloons when booking which vary from 8 to 24 people. Prices also vary depending on the balloon capacity size you choose. Passengers are seperated into different compartments within the balloon so everyone can enjoy the spectacular views from the side of the basket. Balloon volume, outside temperature, altitude above sea level, and other variables all factor in how many can fly each day.

  • From start to finish, your adventure will last about 3 hours. The inflation and preparation of the balloon normally takes about 30 minutes and is quite incredible to see. The flight itself normally takes around one hour for standard flights and one hour and a half for deluxe flights. We also provide comfort flights which last for 1 hour and 15 minutes. After the flight, the ceremonies take about 30 minutes and travel back to your hotel will take roughly another 30 minutes. The balloons always carry sufficient fuel for more than 2 hours flight time plus a 30 minute reserve capacity.

  • We change our take-off site everyday according to wind speeds and direction so we can show you the most charming valleys and peaks of Cappadocia.

  • Balloons can travel anywhere between 4 and 20 km depending on the speed of the wind on your flight day.

  • Most balloonists enjoy low level flight over the Cappadocia region to witness the spectacular fairy chimneys and rock formations. The typical balloon flight can be anywhere from tree level to about 3,000 feet above the ground.

  • We usually take off with the sunrise, the perfect time of the day to get some great snaps of the valleys and other balloons in the air. Sometimes, we might have to wait until the sun rises due to weather conditions.

  • The basket usually touches the ground or slides a few feet and stops. Our very experienced pilots can even land a balloon on the trailer it needs to be packed away on. In faster winds the basket may bounce or tip at an angle.

  • This is a rare occurrence and only happens in very unique wind conditions. Most flights travel in one direction with the wind and then land in a large open area that is accessible by our ground crew.

  • Our balloons will land in any large easy accessible area including large yards, parks, fields, school grounds or even alongside roads. No airport is required and the ground crew will meet your ballloon at the landing site.

  • The balloon is followed by a chase vehicle and the ground crew. They are in constant contact with the balloon pilot by radio and should be at the landing site at the same time as the balloon. Once the balloon is packed away, and we have enjoyed a champagne toast, one of the chase vehicles will take you back to your hotel. We have you back in time for any additional tours you may have booked for that day.

  • As it can get a little cold up in the balloon it is advised that you wear long trousers and tops with long sleeves or take a jacket with you. It is important you are comfortable as you will be standing in the balloon for at least an hour so suitable footwear is highly recommended. For passengers blessed with height, wearing a hat is useful because of the radiant heat from the balloon's burners.

  • Bring your camera, video cam or phone to capture the best views of the Cappadocian region. Our crew will be happy to take pictures of you in the balloon.

  • A balloon flies better in cooler weather since the hot air gets a better "lift." Balloonists usually fly just after dawn or before dusk, because there is less wind at these times.

  • Yes, we fly 12 months of the year. However, from October to March, there will be many cancelations due to weather conditions.

  • Ballooning is an activity that relies on good weather. We don't fly in rain, fog, snow, or wind consistently above 7 mph. Balloons don't fly when there is a threat of thunderstorms in the area. There are other conditions that can affect the decision to fly or not to fly. These factors are taken into consideration by the pilot to ensure a safe flight. The pilot in command has the final decision if the flight will take place. If your scheduled flight is cancelled, the flight will be rescheduled at no additional cost or if you are leaving the region we can provide a full refund.

  • No. If you are pregnant or think that you might be pregnant, you shouldn’t fly with balloons due to possible bumpy landings.

  • Children aged 0-3 are not allowed to fly. For maximum safety and enjoyment, our pilots will only fly with children who are old enough to understand a preflight briefing and tall enough to see over the side of the basket unaided by a parent or guardian (typically at least 5 years old). Parents/guardians should be mindful of flight times with small children as well, as many can get bored and restless standing in the balloon for an hour.

  • Balloons are registered like any other aircraft and are subject to regular air safety checks. The FAA will not allow a balloon to be certified as airworthy unless these inspections and checks are done by authorised maintenance personnel and certified. All pilots are licensed by the FAA and have to pass regular flight checks.

  • The Federal Aviation Administration issues a Balloon Pilot Certificate to candidates who pass an FAA written examination, obtain a prescribed number of hours in a balloon, make a solo flight to altitude, pass a flight test, and submit a medical statement.

  • The Federal Aviation Administration controls ballooning with the same strict regulations that apply to airplanes.