As Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway opened, travelers now are waiting for Baku train.
Baku train is in the top of Rail Turkey’s frequently asked questions list. Here are the most asked questions:
What’ll be the route of Baku train?
The train will give service between Baku and Ankara. Train departing from Baku will follow Gence-Rust’avi-Tbilisi-Akhalkalaki-Kars-Erzurum-Sivas-Kayseri and arrive to Ankara.
How long will it take?
Baku-Ankara travel will last 38 hours.
Any sleeper on train?
There’s only sleepers (2 seats/beds) and couchettes (4 seats/beds) in the train.
Restaurant car on train?
Yes, there’s a restaurant car in the train with 28 seats.
How is WC usage?
Train has 1 luxary, 2 confort and 6 standart coaches. In luxary wagon, every cabinet as its own shower and WC. In confort wagon, each cabinet pair is sharing shower and WC. In standart wagons, there are 2 WCs and 1 shower in each wagon.
How often will train depart?
Not announced yet. A full roundtrip takes 4 days. There are 3 train sets. Weekly departures may reach to 4.
Any interchange on way?
Though Azerbaijan and Georgia has different rail systems than Turkey, Stadler’s train is designed to overcome this. Train, without any need of interchange or transhipment, will pass from broad gauge to standard gauge at Akhalkalaki.
Is this technology safe?
Yes, this technology is being used for years in Japan, Spain and Russia.
Why train doesn’t arrive to Istanbul?
It’s not clear which conventional trains will depart from Istanbul after Marmaray is completed. However, if Baku train comes to Istanbul, the travel time will increase and there’ll be less departures. Using Istanbul-Ankara HST is the easiest alternative.
When train service starts?
In some websites, it’s written that the train service will start in May 2018. But this is not confirmed and seems not true. Official statements point the end of this year.
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