The Turkish capital city of Ankara offers a comprehensive rail network comprising five rail systems that ensure effortless, efficient transport across the city. The systems include the light rail Ankaray and four metro lines, each identified by the names of their terminal stations. For a smooth and uninterrupted journey, these lines enable easy transfers between them.
Ankara Metro Lines
- A1: AŞTİ ↔ Dikimevi
- M1: Batıkent ↔ Kızılay
- M2: Çayyolu ↔ Kızılay
- M3: Batıkent ↔ Sincan/Törekent
- M4: Keçiören ↔ Atatürk Cultural Center (AKM)
Other important modes of transport:
- T1: Yenimahalle ↔ Şentepe Teleferik (cable car)
- B1 (Başkentray): Sincan ↔ Kayaş (commuter rail line)
The oldest line in Ankara, and the second oldest constructed in Turkey, the Ankaray (A1) light metro operates between AŞTİ (Ankara Intercity Terminal Operation – Ankara Şehirlerarası Terminal) and Dikimevi and consists of 11 stops in total. These stops are in order; AŞTİ, Emek, Bahçelievler, Beşevler, Tandoğan, Maltepe, Demirtepe, Kızılay, Kolej, Kurtuluş and Dikimevi stations. AŞTİ, also known as the Ankara Intercity Bus Terminal, is the central bus station for long-distance travel.
M1 Kızılay – Batıkent
Ankara's second metro line, M1, runs between Kızılay and Batıkent. The stops of Ankara Metro, which has 12 stops in total, are as follows: Kızılay, Sıhhiye, Ulus, Atatürk Cultural Center (Atatürk Kültür Merkezi – AKM Station), Akköprü, İvedik, Yenimahalle, Demetevler, Hastane (Hospital), Macunköy, OSTİM, and Batıkent stations. You can switch to other lines by transferring from Kızılay.
The Ulus Metro station is the closest one to the Citadel, Museum of Anatolian Civilisations, and Roman artifacts. It's actually one long 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.
M2 Kızılay – Çayyolu
The metro route of M2, known as the Kızılay-Çayyolu metro line, is as follows; Kızılay, Necatibey, National Library, Söğütözü, MTA, METU, Bilkent, Tarım Bakanlığı, Beytepe, Ümitköy, Çayyolu, and Koru stations.
M3 Kızılay – Törekent
M3 is known as Kızılay-Törekent or Kızılay-Sincan metro line. The difference from other metro stations is that the M3 line does not pass through Kızılay. The metro line, which starts where the Batıkent metro (M1) ends, runs between Batıkent and OSB Törekent. It has 12 stops, as follows: Batıkent, Batı Merkez, MESA, Botanik, İstanbul Yolu, Eryaman 1-2, Eryaman 5, Devlet Mahallesi, Harikalar Diyarı (Wonderland), Fatih, GOP, OSB-Törekent stations.
M4 Tandoğan – Keçiören
The M4 Tandoğan-Keçiören metro line has made it very easy to reach the train station. There are 12 stations on this line: Kızılay, Adliye (Courthouse), Gar (Train Station), AKM (Atatürk Cultural Center), ASKİ, Dışkapı, Meteoroloji (Meteorology), Belediye (Municipality), Mecidiye, Kuyubaşı, Dutluk, Şehitlik.
While Ankara has an additional train line, most tourists find little need for it. Known as Başkentray or B1, this commuter train system operates between Sincan and Kayaş in Ankara. Managed by TCDD Taşımacılık, this suburban train line serves 24 stops. However, with the extensive and comprehensive metro and Ankaray networks, you can explore the majority of the city's attractions without needing to venture onto the B1 line.
T1 Line: Yenimahalle ↔ Şentepe Teleferik
Ankara also offers a unique transportation experience with its cable car (teleferik) system. The T1 Cable Car system seamlessly connects the Yenimahalle metro station to the center of Şentepe. It serves as a rapid transport solution, shuttling passengers from the metro to Şentepe. This line features four stops: Yenimahalle, Yunus Emre, TRT Seyir, and Şentepe.
Tickets – AnkaraKart
One integral aspect of navigating Ankara's public transportation system is the AnkaraKart. This contactless smart card offers seamless access to all public transportation vehicles connected to EGO, including metro, buses, and cable cars. To use it, simply bring it close to the card-reading devices installed in these vehicles.
For visitors wishing to use public transportation during their stay, acquiring an AnkaraKart is essential. These can be purchased from AnkaraKart Transaction Centers, also known as AnkaraKart İşlem Merkezi. These centers serve as a hub for all inquiries, complaints, or issues related to AnkaraKart. At present, there are five such centers located at Kızılay, Beşevler, EGO, Dikimevi, and Akköprü.
For those planning a short stay in the city, an alternative payment method is available. Contactless credit and debit cards can also be used for public transportation payments by simply bringing them close to the validator. This could provide a more convenient option for short-term visitors.
At times, using a taxi for travel within Ankara can prove to be both easier and more comfortable. With the help of applications like Google Maps, you can easily evaluate the time it will take to reach your destination by taxi compared to public transportation or walking.
Taxis in Ankara are relatively inexpensive, and many popular destinations are typically close to each other. By planning your destinations in advance, you can enjoy a more efficient and relaxed journey. This approach also leaves plenty of opportunities for leisurely walks, allowing you to see more of what this vibrant city has to offer.