a VirtualTourist member asked on May 11, 2016
Hi, I need a cheap hot air balloon ride in Cappadocia. There is not less than 180 euros I can find. Anybody has information about this?
going cheap is not a good idea, the best deal there is to choose wisely a safe ride
Cheap is not going to happen. The Turkish government has reduced / restricted the number of balloon flights after the 2013 accident that killed a number of tourists. This was not the first time that ballooning accidents have happened there.
Reduced competition, fewer flights and increased safety measures means costs are going to be higher, not lower.
Have you seen this recently published guidebook for the area? [original link]
It's written by a expat living in the area, and it includes discount coupons for Balloon rides. And, if you buy the book you can email the author with any questions you have about what to do and where to stay. Lots of different content for different budgets in there. You're bound to find what you're looking for.
There are no cheap hot air balloon rides in Kapadokya. Most of them have the same price range when it comes to balloon rides. I would recommend Koya Balloons, a ride costs about $220 for an hour flight. That's about 195 euros. Their pilots are professional and they take mid flight videos, give free champagne at the end of the ride and provide balloon flight certificates. Cheaper balloon flights do not provide the same experience. Been booking Koya Balloons for 2 flights already. :)