Sleeping Car Trains in Turkey

Last Updated on May 2, 2019

Travel in a sleeping car is possible on these Turkish routes and trains. Here’s how to buy tickets.

Eskişehir – İzmir

İzmir Mavi Tren

The “İzmir Blue Train” hauls Pullman cars between İzmir(Alsancak) and Eskişehir, from which there are connections to Istanbul. More…

Konya – İzmir

Konya Mavi Tren

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…

Ankara – Kayseri – Sivas –
Erzurum – Kars

Doğu Ekspresi

The “Eastern Express” runs nightly between Ankara and Kars hauling compartment cars, Pullman coachescouchette 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…

Ankara – Kayseri – Malatya – Van

Vangölü Ekspresi

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 coachescouchette cars, and sleeping carsMore…

Ankara – Kayseri – Diyarbakır

Güney Ekspresi

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 coachescouchette cars, and sleeping carsMore…

How to make reservations and buy train tickets in advance.

Please read this safety notice about sleeping car travel.

—by Tom Brosnahan

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