by Tom Brosnahan
Travel Info Exchange
I love Turkish trains and
have ridden them happily for nearly 50 years.
The Turkish State Railways (TCDD) is great at running trains, but not so great at communicating train information to the world.
A new version of the Turkish
State Railways (TCDD) website went online in summer 2015, but for giving train schedules it is still much inferior to simple 19th-century printed train schedules. It is possible to extract certain bits of information from the website, but only from the Turkish-language section. The English-language section is "under construction."
Although you can, in principle, find schedules for every station served by Turkish State Railways by using the TCDD's buggy EYBİS electronic reservation system, this can be time-consuming and it has its pitfalls.
Train names, types of wagons/cars hauled, and simple Origin and Terminus schedules can be found by going to the TCDD website homepage and clicking on YOLCU in the upper left-hand corner. From the drop-down list, select Trenler (Trains), and one of the following:
These are Turkey's High-Speed Trains serving Ankara, Eskişehir, Istanbul, Konya, and cities in between. Schedules
Main Line traditional trains between cities serving Adana, Afyon, Ankara, Diyarbakır, Elazığ, Erzurum, Eskişehir, Istanbul, İzmir, Kars, Kayseri, Konya, Kurtalan, Malatya, and Tatvan. Schedules
Regional trains serving Adana, Adapazarı, Afyon, Alaşehir, Amasya, Ankara, Aydın, Batman, Denizli (for Pamukkale), Diyarbakır, Elazığ, Eskişehir, Ereğli, İskenderun, İslahiye, İzmir, Karaman, Konya, Kütahya, Manisa, Mersin, Nazilli, Ödemiş, Samsun, Sivas, Tatvan, Torbalı, Tire, and Zonguldak. Schedules for each route are downloadable PDFs only.
The Ankara suburban train Kayaş-Sincan, and İzmir's İzban suburban train system. Schedules
International trains from Istanbul to Bulgaria and Romania, with connections to other European countries; and the Transasya Treni from Ankara to Iran. Schedules
VAGONLAR = Train car/coach types
HAREKET SAATLERİ =
K: = Kalkış (Departure;
times are 24-hour clock)
V: = Varış (Arrival)
MESAFE = Distance
BU TRENLERDEKİ VAGON TİPİ =
Types of cars [services] on this train
Pullman car (seats in rows, as on a
Kuşet = Couchettes
Kuşet = Couchettes with
Yemekli = Dining
Here's how to make train reservations and to buy train tickets. More...
İyi yolculuklar! (Have
a good trip!)