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The new touristic train routes of Turkey


Dogu Express

New Dogu Express, Turkey’s most popular train, will start service on 29th of May.

After creating a huge tourism on NorthEast end of Turkey, new train may popularize some regions on way.

Dogu Express route

Here’s scorecard of Dogu Express:

Departure point is good

Dogu Express is departing from Ankara. Ankara is in the popular touristic destinations of Turkey. But it has very strong transport connections with many regions in Turkey. Accommodation and shopping in city is very good.

601 - Doğu Ekspresi Aşkale'de. Foto: Onur Uysal
Dogu Express at Askale. Photo: Onur Uysal

Arrival point is very good

Destination of the train is Kars. Kars has attractions like Cildir Lake, Ani Ruins and Sarikamis Ski Center. Accommodation is strong, 3 departures from Kars Airport to Istanbul.

Ani Ruins. Photo: Ggia, CC BY-SA 3.0

Excursions on way are not unveiled

Train will stop at Kemah and Erzurum on Eastbound, Divrigi and Bostankaya/Sivas on Westbound. There’s told to be an excursion to Karanlik Kanyon (Dark Canyon).

Route of train is unique

Travel time is 24 hours in standard train, 27 hours in new train. During day time, train is passing through deep valleys, canyons, mountains and rivers. Endless view especially under snow inspires travellers and photographers.

Timetable, fares and other details of Touristic Dogu Express

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  1. IT IS VERY IMPORTANT THAT ALL OVERNIGHT SLEEPERS LEAVE FROM HYDARPASA STATION.
    ISTANBUL TO IZMIR
    ISTANBUL TO KONYA AND ANTALYA IF POSSIBLE
    ISTANBUL TO ADANA SLEEPER VIA ANKARA
    i have travelled on the Adana to Ankara overnight – Ankara to Kars – istanbul to Denizli and all were fantastic. This was a couple of years ago. The route in to Istanbul – Hydarpasa through the mountains
    early morning in summer was spectacular, with water gushing down the streams and men on tall ladders picking cherries in the orchards. Very special and has me hooked on all sleeper train trips.

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  2. Yes Petra is absolutely correct. Essential that trains depart from the magnificent, historic, Hydarpasa station. Also information available in English as well as Turkish would be incredibly helpful to many travellers.

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