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TCDD’s long distance services


Çukurova Ekspresi

This formerly ran Adana Ulukışla – Ankara, conveying sleeping car, restaurant car, and seating coaches. Because of the Baskentray works at Ankara, it is now diverted to run between Adana and Kayseri, with seating coaches only. It runs in an afternoon / evening path in both directions.

Doğu Ekspresi Aşkale'de

Dogu Express at Askale. Photo: Onur Uysal

Doğu Ekspresi

This formerly ran Ankara – Kayseri – Sivas – Erzincan – Erzurum – Kars and return, conveying sleeping car, restaurant car, and seating coaches. Because of the Baskentray works at Ankara, it is amended to start from Irmak, with bus connection from Ankara (and vice versa), and is retimed.

Dogu Express (Ankara-Kars) timetable, options and ticketing

Vangölü Ekspresi

This formerly ran Ankara – Kayseri – Sivas – Malatya – Elazığ – Tatvan and return, conveying sleeping car, couchettes, and seating coaches, but no restaurant car. This train runs twice per week.
Because of the Baskentray works at Ankara, it is amended and retimed to start from Irmak, with bus connection from Ankara (and vice versa).

Vangolu Express (Ankara-Tatvan) timetable, options and ticketing

Güney Kurtalan Ekspresi

This formerly ran Ankara – Kayseri – Sivas – Malatya – Diyarbakır – Kurtalan and return, conveying sleeping car, couchettes, and seating coaches, but no restaurant car. This train runs five days per week, partly sharing a path with the Vangölü Ekspresi (see above). Because of the Baskentray works at Ankara, it is amended and retimed to start from Irmak, with bus connection from Ankara (and vice versa).

Kurtalan Express (Ankara-Kurtalan) timetable, options and ticketing

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  1. That’s a really useful list – especially the links through to the services showing a map of the running route.

    During happier days in Syria in 2005, I took the Toros express between Haydarpaşa and Halep (Aleppo) with just a single old Syrian sleeping car attached to the end of the otherwise modern Turkish train.

    Hopefully the Turkish rail network can host reliable services again once this current period of frenetic infrastructure renewal is over.

  2. I would like to travel by train from :
    Şanliurfa to ankara to Kastamonu.
    On 15 march afternoon?
    – pl Help in English
    İsmail ( phone: 05338861941 english/ arabia
    Ör 05324251897 Turkish)
    Teşekkür ederim

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