Tthe Güney Kurtalan Ekspresi (Southern Express) runs between Ankara, Diyarbakır and Kurtalan (just west of Siirt).
Despite its express name, this is a slow train, stopping at every station along the way, incuding Kayseri, Sivas, Malatya, Diyarbakır and many stations in between. It hauls reserved and unreserved compartment cars, Pullman cars, a couchette car, and a sleeping car, usually fairly old equipment—this is not the most comfortable train.
The train departs Ankara at 10:55 am on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and arrive in Kurtalan at 10:42 am after nearly 24 hours of travel.
It departs Kurtalan 08:00 am on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday on the return trip, arriving back in Ankaraat about 07:44 am the next day.
Two days per week this train departs Ankara for Tatvan, on Lake Van, and is called the Vangölü Ekspresi. More…
Please read this safety notice about sleeping car travel.
—by Tom Brosnahan