858 - Kentlerimizde raylı sistemler araştırması 2018

The rail usage in Turkish cities – 2018


Best tram system

Istanbul has the longest tram network in Turkey with 38 km. However, with a few exceptions, Istanbul now prefers metro rather than tram.

Cities like Eskisehir, Kayseri, Antalya, Samsun, Konya has tram network with very close lengths.

Istanbul has the densest tram system with 4 mn passengers per km.

Eskisehir, Kayseri and Konya trams carry 1 mn passengers per km, following Istanbul in this list.

Km başına taşınan tramvay yolcusu
Tram ridership per km

Cover Photo: Samulaş, Onur Uysal ©

Written by Onur Uysal

Railway consultant. Owner of RT Media & Consultancy. Founder and editor of Rail Turkey.

2 comments

  1. Thank you for all the information. I read that Adaray in Adapazarı has been suspended recently, so there the network length and usage decreased. Is it going to be reactivated? Is the suspension due to the connection to Karasu port that was listed as a project earlier (https://railturkey.org/2016/04/15/which-projects-will-not-be-commissioned-this-year/)?
    You write about Gaziantep and Kayseri getting suburban railway systems. What about Balıkesir? In 2015 you wrote that the municipality wants to have it finished by 2018 (https://railturkey.org/2015/12/26/suburban-service-project-for-balikesir/). Has there been any progress made here?

    1. The electrification around Balikesir is completed, thus a suburban train on one track may start soon. An agreement was signed between municipality and TCDD in late 2017. Stations have to be built. It may take 1-2 years. No official decleration was made until now about reason of suspension and plans for future.

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