by Tom Brosnahan
Travel Info Exchange
high-speed trains (Yüksek
Hızlı Tren, YHT) speed
between Ankara and Istanbul (Pendik), a 533-km (331-mile) journey made in about 3-3/4 to 4 hours.
Station stops may be made at Sincan, Polatlı, Eskişehir, Bozüyük, Arifiye, İzmit and Gebze. Not all trains make all the station stops. Some express runs make fewer stops.
The train features four classes of service: Economy, Economy Plus, Business and Business Plus. The Plus means you pay TL15 extra and receive breakfast on morning trains, and dinner on evening trains.
In Istanbul the train terminus is on the Asian shore of the Sea of Marmara at Pendik, a 10-minute walk inland from the İDO ferry dock, between Abdülhak Renda Caddesi and Hatboyu Caddesi, 12 km (7.5 miles) southwest of Sabiha Gökçen Airport and 30 km (19 miles) southeast of Kadıköy. More...
Here are all the YHT train schedules.
Train or Plane?
YHT trains challenge the traditional monopoly held
by airlines on
rapid transport between Turkey's
two largest cities. Flying between Istanbul and Ankara can take a total of 4 or 5 hours or more when transport to and from the airports, security checks, waiting, boarding, de-planing and baggage claim times are taken into account.
High-speed trains also travel between
Ankara and Konya. and Eskişehir and Konya. More...