Minister of Transport announced start of liberalization on passenger trains by next year.
TCDDT announced winter timetables to be valid starting with 8th of December.
Goller Express, the Izmir-Isparta train, will start service on 25th of October, 2019.
Overnight service with sleepers will start between Istanbul and Ankara after 7 years.
It becomes really hard to follow the changes done and announced about passenger train services this summer.
As touristic version of Dogu Express will start on 29th of May, more touristic routes are on the table.
Minister of Tourism introduced new project: Tourism trains.
Turkey’s commercial capital Istanbul is unfortunately has very poor train connections.
Intercity passenger transportation by rail is now on the rise after a sharp decline in 2016.
The ridership of passenger trains are falling very fast in Turkey.
It’s possible to travel to 30 cities in Turkey by train.
The passenger trains which are making loss will continue to be organized by TCDD Tasimacilik until the end of 2020.
Although trains become popular and competetive in some routes with high speed trains, passengers prefering trains fall in Turkey.
The research about train travel among 26 EU countries, Switzerland, USA, China, India, Japan, South Korea, Canada, Russia and Turkey is quite interesting.
Passenger trains are getting slightly over 1% of share among all travels.
TCDD – or to be more exact TCDD Tasimacilik AS – operates just sixteen classic long-distance train services (as opposed to the YHT network of high speed trains).
Due to engineering works on Malatya-Yolcati section, passenger trains to Tatvan, Elazig and Kurtalan has started ending their service at Malatya.