Ankara has two subway (underground) train lines so far:
The Ankara Metro M1 Line runs northwest-southeast between the central Kızılay Square and the northeastern suburb of Batıkent.
The Ankaray A1 Line runs east-west between AŞTİ, the main bus terminal in the west and Dikimevi in the east.
Payment is by paper fare tickets with magnetic stripes. The tickets are valid on both the Metro and Ankaraylines. (Transfer between the lines is fairly fast and easy at Kızılay.) A one-fare ticket costs TL1.00. Tickets with more fares (2, 5, 10, 20 or 30 fares) offer discounts. (Each fare costs only TL0.75 on a 30-fare ticket.
Insert the ticket in the machine at the turnstile, wait until it pops out again, take your ticket and pass through the turnstile. Your ticket is not checked at the end of your trip.
It’s a bit confusing to have only one line named Metro, when in fact both lines are part of the same “metro” system, but so it is.
More lines are planned for Ankara‘s underground rapid transit system (see the map on the right). Ankara Metrolines are under construction:
M2 — Kızılay – Çayyolu
M3 — Batıkent — Sincan/Törekent
M4 — Tandoğan — Keçiören
The Ulus Metro station is the closest one to the Citadel, Museum of Anatolian Civilisations, and Roman artifacts. It’s actually one l-o-n-g block southwest of Ulus Square, about a five-minute walk. If your goal is the Citadel, you’ll probably want to take a taxi rather than climb the steep hill from Ulus.
—by Tom Brosnahan
|Ankara Metrosu Website|