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Halkali – Kapikule high speed line

The scope, route, stops, targets and history of Halkali-Kapikule high speed line which will connect Turkey to Europe:

Project overview

  • Owner: Ministry of Transport
  • Project cost: TL 3.2 bn
  • Contractor: Gulermak-Alsim Alarko (Cerkezkoy-Kapikule phase)
  • Duration: 1260 days
  • Target commission date: 2023


  • 1st phase: Cerkezkoy-Kapikule: Will be done with EU funds
  • 2nd phase: Halkali-Cerkezkoy: Will be done by Ministry of Transport


Halkalı - Kapıkule hızlı tren hattı
Halkali – Kapikule high speed line route


Halkali (Interchange to Ankara and Konya HSTs) – Ispartakule – Catalca – Cerkezköy – Buyukkaristiran – Luleburgaz – Babaeski – Havsa – Edirne – Kapikule


Project details

The double track high speed line to be used by passenger trains running between Istanbul and Europe with a speed of 200 km/h, following different route than current railway but using same stations at Halkali, Cerkezkoy, Edirne and Kapikule:

  • Line length: 229 km
  • Travel time: 95 min


  • High speed trans will run between Turkey and Europe.
  • Some of the tourism traffic between Edirne and Istanbul (3 mn people annually) will shift to rail.
  • Some of the passengers crossing Kapikule (2.5 mn annuallay) will shift to trains.

Rolling Stock

E68000 locos and TCDD coaches

Cover photo: Onur Uysal ©

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