FAQ about Turkish Railways

What is DDGM?

DDGM (Demiryolu Düzenleme Genel Müdürlügü) is the railway authoritiy of Turkey. DDGM determines the policies, publishes the legislation and follows if all parties meet the rules and specifications.

What is TCDD Tasimacilik AS?

It’s the first train operator of Turkey, a subsidiary of TCDD. The passenger, freight and maintanance departmants had splitted from TCDD, and becomes a separate legal entity. It becomes a profit oriented company.

Do we need licence for rail transport in Turkey?

For being rail operator or forwarder, you’ll need licence. The legislation for licence had been published last year.

Can we bring our freight wagon fleet to Turkey?

No, not for domestic transports until 2020, if those wagons can be produced in Turkey.

Is there any private operator in Turkey?

Not yet, as of April 2017. But first private operator is expected to kick off within 2017.

Can we rent rolling stock in Turkey?

Yes, TCDD Tasimacilik is ready to rent its freight wagons and locos. There are some global companies interested in this fleet renting business as well, but has not started yet (as of April 2017).

Is there any incentive about railway transportation in Turkey?

Yes, there are strong incentives for the companies who’d like to invest in railway business.

Is rail tariff standard for every company and load?

In general yes. But being in a free market, TCDD Tasimacilik now has the right to give special offers for long-term transports to be able to compete with private operators.

Will TCDD Tasimacilik get subsidies from government?

Yes, until April 2018.