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