State Railways (TCDD, DDY)
trains can be useful during your Turkey
TCDD finally has an English-language timetable for its high-speed trains linking Istanbul (Pendik), Ankara, Eskişehir and Konya. More...
Here's my summary of all Turkish trains. More...
are the cities
traditionally served by trains
(Haydarpaşa = Istanbul;
Alsancak = İzmir; Basmane = İzmir).
Here's a more detailed map of Turkish train routes.
are complete lists of
main line trains by
city of departure and by
You can also go to each city's
page for information on
trains serving that city. (Here's
a map of Turkey's major cities.)
trains between Istanbul, Eskişehir and Ankara; Eskişehir and Konya; and Ankara and Konya are particularly useful. More...
For the one train to/from Europe,
see the Istanbul - Sofia Express.
train service between İzmir,
Menderes Airport, Selçuk (for Ephesus and Şirince)
and Denizli (for Pamukkale)
is useful. More...
travel is faster than the train
on most routes, however, and twice
as fast on some routes.
Note there is no train service to
or indeed to any point along the Aegean and Mediterranean
coasts south of İzmir and west of Mersin.
Nor is there any service to the eastern Black
Please read this
safety notice about sleeping
and buy train tickets in advance.
Discounts and monthly
passes can save
you money on train
that you cannot break your
journey and re-use the same ticket. You must
either buy a separate ticket for
each portion of your journey, or
you must buy a monthly
rail pass called a Train
Tour Card. More...
State Railways website is
now more useful than in the
past, but still problematic. More...
Confirm That Your Train is Operating
They're really working
on the railroad all over Turkey,
upgrading many bridges, tunnels and
sections of track, so there are frequent
schedule changes and
even temporary suspensions
of service on
some lines. These disruptions are not
necessarily noted in the train information
I give in these pages. Be
sure to check that the train you want
to take will be running on the exact
day you want to take it.
Trains Between Turkey & Europe
There's only one train daily between Turkey and Europe, the Istanbul - Sofia Express to Sofia, Bulgaria and Bucharest, Romania, and from there to other European destinations.
information on train travel from London and Europe to Turkey,
see the Turkey page of Mark Smith's
excellent railophile website, The
Man in Seat 61.
may also enjoy TrainsOfTurkey.com,
a Turkish-train enthusiasts' site.
—by Tom Brosnahan