Busses from Istanbul take about 6 hours and cost 20-25 YTL. Busses from Ankara take around 4 hours.
Dolmuses regularly drive the 2 km between the old town (Çarşı) and the new town center, which is where busses are likely to let you off / pick you up. Once in the old town, everything is reachable by foot. Additionally, some intercity busses might drop you off in the nearby steel down of Karabük. From there you'll have to find a dolmus into Safranbolu.
Safranbolu is famous for its Ottoman houses, and qualifies as a Unesco World Heritage sight.
Safranbolu Baglar Saray
Take a look (and a tea?) inside the Cinci Hanı, a massive hotel in the center of the old town. Wandering around the city you will take in much, but to see inside the houses, head to one of the historic homes open to the public. Kaymakamlar Müze Evi is located just above Bastoncu Pansiyon, to the south-east of Cinci Hanı. Keep walking up the hill, and take in some beautiful views.
Bastoncu Pansiyon & Kafeterya, ☎ (90370) 712 3411 (Cell (0535) 642 1275.). One of the cheapest options in Safranbolu. It is clean and homely, with excellent meals. The owner speaks Japanese and English, and can help you plan your onward trip. Call them for a free pickup from the bus station. 15 YTL per person, rooms are 35 YTL (Breakfast is included.).
Baglar Saray Otel is the best otel in Safranbolu. Our hotel has a capacity of 42 rooms and 120 beds. 39 of the rooms have standard quality and 3 of them is suite. At our rooms, you will find the floor covered with carpet, a huge bathroom with full time hot water and a hair drier, a minibar, a phone that is open to the abroad and a television. We prefered distunguished quality of the classic manner when choosing the furnitures and upholsteries. Baglar Saray Otel presents everything you may need and the maintenance which is high in quality to you with its orjinally wooden used and became comfortable rooms. Each room has a likable decoration with their modern architeture and historical sytle.Also all of them provide everything you need. Safranbolu Baglar Saray Otel shows historical marks and at the same time and it has an unlimited modern service understanding. We hope to see you in our hotel and also we promise that you will find more than you expect.