car is possible on these Turkish
routes and trains. Here's
how to buy tickets.
There are currently no intercity trains operating
from Istanbul as the rail line is being upgraded
for high-speed train service. More...
When the line is ready, the Turkish
State Railways may not resume sleeper
train service, as high-speed
trains may travel
between Istanbul and Ankara in around
three hours. More...
The "Eastern Express" runs between
Ankara and Kars. More...
On alternate days (more or less) this slow, old train
departs Ankara and ends up in Elazığ or Diyarbakır/Kurtalan.
Once a week it goes on to Teheran,
Iran as the Trans
This Ankara-to-Adana "Inner
Anatolia Blue Train" is
the best on the run. From Adana, take a bus to Antakya,
where it's easy to get to the Syrian border. More...
which used to run between Istanbul
and Konya, has been cancelled due
to work on the rail line east
of Istanbul. I
predict that it will never
run again. More...
- THESSALONIKI, GREECE
The fiscal crisis in Greece put an
end to the nightly sleeper train between Istanbul
and Thessaloniki, so currently there
no trains between Greece and Turkey.
This good "Blue Train" is mixed, with sleeping and Pullman
KONYA - İZMİR
The Konya Mavi Tren operates nightly between İzmir (Alsancak) and Konya, hauling Pullman coaches, couchette and sleeping cars, and a dining car. More...
to make reservations and buy
train tickets in advance.
Please read this
safety notice about sleeping