car is possible on these Turkish
routes and trains. Here's
how to buy tickets.
The "İzmir Blue Train" hauls Pullman
cars between İzmir (Alsancak) and Eskişehir, from which there are connections to Istanbul. More...
The "Konya Blue Train" hauls Pullman
cars as well as sleeping cars and a dining car nightly between Konya and İzmir (Alsancak), and can be a useful segment in your loop tour from Istanbul to Cappadocia and Konya, then Ephesus, the Aegean and back to Istanbul. More...
The "Eastern Express" runs nightly between
Ankara and Kars hauling compartment cars, Pullman coaches, couchette cars, sleeping cars and a dining car, taking more than a day to travel between the Turkish capital and the country's eastern border. More...
On Tuesday and Sunday evenings this train
departs Ankara and ends up at Tatvan on the western shore of Lake Van. Trains from Tatvan depart on Tuesday and Thursday. Both haul compartment cars, Pullman coaches, couchette cars, and sleeping cars. More...
The Southern Express departs Ankara each night except Sunday and Tuesday, and goes via Diyarbakır to Kurtalan. The return trains from Kurtalan/Diyarbakır depart on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. They haul compartment, Pullman coaches, couchette cars, and sleeping cars. More...
to make reservations and buy
train tickets in advance.
Please read this
safety notice about sleeping
—by Tom Brosnahan