State Railways (TCDD, DDY)
trains can be useful during your Turkey
trip, and train routes near Istanbul, inactive in 2013, may be in operation in 2014. More...
trains between Eskişehir and Ankara, Eskişehir and Konya, and Ankara and Konya continue
to operate, and trains in other parts of Turkey also operate. More...
They're really working
on the railroad all over Turkey,
upgrading many bridges, tunnels and
sections of track, so there are frequent
schedule changes and
even temporary suspensions
of service on
many lines. These disruptions are not
necessarily noted in the train information
I give in these pages. Be
sure to check that the train you want
to take will be running on the exact
day you want to take it.
are the cities
traditionally served by trains
(Haydarpaşa = Istanbul;
Alsancak = İzmir; Basmane = İzmir).
the most important train routes in
are complete lists of
main line trains by
city of departure and by
You can also go to each city's
page for information on
trains serving that city. (Here's
a map of Turkey's major cities.)
train route map. Here are
For international trains,
see the pages on trains
to Bulgaria and Europe, trains
to Syria, and trains
trains between İzmir (Alsancak)
are relatively comfortable
and moderately priced, and the train-&-ferry
service between Istanbul and İzmir
train service between İzmir,
Menderes Airport, Selçuk (for Ephesus and Şirince)
and Denizli (for Pamukkale)
is also quite useful. More...
travel is faster than the train
on most routes, however, and twice
as fast on some routes.
Note there is no train service to
or indeed to any point along the Aegean and Mediterranean
coasts between İzmir and Mersin.
Nor is there any service to the eastern Black
Please read this
safety notice about sleeping
and buy train tickets in advance.
that you cannot break your
journey and re-use the same ticket. You must
either buy a separate ticket for
each portion of your journey, or
you must buy a monthly
rail pass called a Train
Tour Card. More...
State Railways website is
now more useful than in the
information on train travel from London and Europe to Turkey,
see the Turkey page of Mark Smith's
excellent railophile website, The
Man in Seat 61.
may also enjoy TrainsOfTurkey.com,
a Turkish-train enthusiasts' site.
Discounts and monthly
passes can save
you money on train
—by Tom Brosnahan