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Kurtalan Express

Kurtalan Express is being changed to a perfect tour by a couple of travel companies. The beauty of the route has not been realized yet.

Diyarbakir-Batman region provides a perfect excursion by bus completing the train tour.

Kurtalan Express route

Here’s the scorecard of Kurtalan 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.

Kurtalan Express. Photo: Kursat Kilic

Arrival point is not known

Kurtalan Express arrives at Kurtalan, not very well known town. Tourism train’s arrival point may be changed as either Diyarbakir or Batman. Diyarbakir has many alternative transportation solutions, 6 flights to Istanbul, 3 to Ankara everyday.

Excursion at arrival will be unforgettable

A stop at Nemrut will be good for this train.

But the connected excursion which will make this tour unique will be Hasankeyf-Mardin-Midyat-Dara. Diyarbakir will also attract gourmets.

Hasankeyf. Photo: Senol Demir CC BY 2.0c

Timetable should change

Currently train departs at noon and arrives at Malatya at midnight. For Nemrut visit, departure from Ankara should be later. By this way, the stretch between Malatya and Diyarbakir will be during day.

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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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