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The new touristic train routes of Turkey


Pamukkale Express

Pamukkale Express is another touristic route crossing Central Anatolia. It used to depart from Istanbul once. New departure is from Eskisehir.

Pamukkale Express route

Here’s the scorecard of Pamukkale Express:

Departure point is excellent

Eskisehir is an excelent point for start. The Mayor has leaded a great change in this city with pedestrian-friendly streets, river crosing the city, parks, statues, old houses and lively city life. It deserves at least a day before travel. It’s very easy to reach to city from Istanbul, Ankara and Konya by HST.

Pamukkale Express. Photo: Onur Uysal

Route can be extended

Pamukkale Express arrives at Denizli, where Pamukkale, the travertines located nearby.

However, transport connections of the city is not very strong. Thus, it’s better to stop by, rather than ending the travel there. Selcuk/Efes is only 3 hours away. The travel may end at Izmir. Eskisehir-Pamukkale-Selcuk/Efes-Izmir route may be one of the best train routes wordwide.

Pamukkale. Photo: Denizli Governer

Interesting stops in Central Anatolia

In case train continues to run until Denizli, there are three attractions to stop by. Phrygia Valley, Aizanoi ruins and Salda Lake.

With current format daytime, with extended version overnight train

Timetable may be changed allowing more time for stops.

In case it’s extended to Izmir, departure from Eskisehir at night, visit to Pamukkale in the morning, traveling to Selcuk at noon, half day excursion at Ephesus and arrival at Izmir at night may be tiring, but surely amazing.

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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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