the most passenger room and amenities,
and are usually cheaper but slower than bus, car or plane.
A full-fare one-way/single ticket
between major cities
About TL40 on
most 10- to 12-hour journeys for a Pullman seat for one adult, one-way (single). (A similar intercity bus fare might be TL55.)
TL70 for an adult one-way (single) trip on a high-speed train between Istanbul and Ankara.
TL67 to TL93 per person in a sleeping compartment on sleeper trains (TL92 to TL118 for a single traveler in a 2-berth sleeping compartment)
Keep in mind that passengers aged 60
years or older are entitled
to a 20%
discount on the train fare (but not the
sleeping car cost) for any one-way/single
Round-trip/return tickets are discounted by
20%, but as only one discount applies,
there is no saving for seniors on round-trip
You may also save money with a Train
Tour Card good for
unlimited train travel for 30 days.
However, the trains don't
go everywhere in Turkey
(map); except for the high-speed trains, they're often slower
than the bus; and—again, except for the high-speed trains—the equipment
may be well-used, and in
some cases even dilapidated,
Unfortunately, the only way to find
detailed train fares (besides talking
to a train clerk in person) is to attempt
to penetrate the user-unfriendly Turkish
State Railways website. More...
—by Tom Brosnahan