Two new touristic trains with sleepers and long stops for city excursions will start soon.
Touristic trains, which were started in cooperation with Ministry of Tourism and TCDD Tasimacilik will enrich with two new trains: Vangolu and Kurtalan.
After Touristic Dogu Express, which started service on Turkey’s most popular train route, having only sleeper wagons, giving long stops on way for city excursions, having much higher ticket fares compared to classic trains, there will soon be two similar train services. Touristic Vangolu Express which will start service on 8th of June on Ankara-Kayseri-Sivas-Malatya-Elazig-Van Lake and Touristic Kurtalan Express which will start service on 10th of June on Ankara-Kayseri-Sivas-Malatya-Diyarbakir.
Both trains will run during summer, departing weekly in both directions. Touristic Vangolu Express will depart from Ankara every Wednesday, from Tatvan every Saturday and Touristic Kurtalan Express will depart from Ankara every Friday and from Diyarbakir every Sunday.
With new trains, sleeper wagons will be excluded from classic overnight trains on these two routes. Similar to Dogu Express, Vangolu and Kurtalan expresses will only have standard coaches with only seats and couchettes with 4 berths/compartment starting from June.
New touristic trains contain clues about TCDDT’s long term strategy about overnight trains. It seems touristic trains will run during high season on that route and classic overnight trains will have only standard coaches and couchettes.
Both touristic trains will be open for both tour companies and individual travellers. Requests of tour companies already collected. Online tickets will be available, but not started yet.
The long stops for city excursions not announced yet. But there are many cities on way with several attraction points such as Kayseri, Sivas, Malatya, Elazig, Diyarbakir, Batman, Mus and Van Lake.
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