Questions from travelers

We’d like to help you for your questions about train travel.

Please keep in mind that we are not a call center working for TCDD Tasimacilik or any other operator, and we cannot help you for ticketing or reservation problems.

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  1. Is it possible to take a roundtrip trip by train from Izmir to Konya In June?

    • Konya Mavi is a overnight train between Konya and Izmir. Train will most probably start by June, but not clear yet. Most of the trains are not running due to covid for now.

  2. Please if anyone can help it’s very important , i forgot my bag in the yellow locker from few years and I’m trying to contact anyone works there just to make sure if there is a special service or department for lost bags , please if anyone can help just contact me

    • Intercity trains except HSTs are suspended due to covid. No train transport between Istanbul and Adana for now.

  3. Hi. I’d like to travel from Istanbul to Kars with a bicycle. Is it possible to take it on the train?

    Maciej from Poland

    • Bicycles are allowed only in trains with separate luggage wagon or hanging equipment. You need to check when buying ticket. However, main line trains are still sıspended due to covid.

    • Thank you. How can I find out if there are any buses going from Sofia (Bulgaria) to Istanbul? Is there any websites for buses similar to this website?

    • Optima Express Villach – Edirne is starting from June 26th (from Villach).

    • Thank you. I keep checking back but was hoping someone might know something that hasn’t been posted yet. Was originally planning on taking it on a trip over last September which didn’t happen and was hoping that perhaps it would be running by this September.

  4. Hello, are the trains from Izmir to Konya working now? I cannot find them on TCDD.

    • Yes, she can. Only children upto 12 years old should be accompanied. If you/she informs staff, I’m sure they’ll keep eyes on her. Note that Sofia Express is suspended due to Covid-19.

  5. Can a 13 year old girl travel alone on the train from istanbul to sofia?

    • Thank you Onur for the Dogu Express above. Is the Vangolu Express running also from 1. August?
      B.t.w.: Which line is more scenic for tourists – Dogu or Vangolu Express?

    • hi
      is the Dogu express running october 2021.? or the Dogu Tourist Express, either of these.?

      i either are not…which Tourist trains are running in turkey.?

      thanks kevin

  6. Please what’s the baggage limit per person for economy and business class on YHT train’s?

  7. I wish to go from Istanbul to Svilengrad by train, is this train running now?

    and is it possible to take a bicycle with me.

    thank you

    • Unfortunately international trains are not running for now. There is a regional train from Istanbul to Kapikule. But you have to cross the border by yourself. And you cannot do it by rail, you have to choose the road gate which is next to rail gate. Standard bicycles are not allowed to regional trains.

  8. Hello,
    My husband is flying to Istambul next week and he’s going to travel from Istambul to Ankara by train. Is it possible to buy a train ticket online without HES number? He’ll get it later, 72 hours before his trip to Turkey so he’ll have it before boarding the train. I’ve also read that one needs a proof of vaccination or PCR test in order to travel on intercity trains – is EU certificate accepted?

  9. Hi all,

    Has the Ankara-Teheran train reopened or is it still closed due to Covid?


  10. Is the train from Kars to Kaysperi running? I want to travel November 27. Thx

    • Yes, Dogu Express is running. Note that Dogu Express has not sleepers any more, only std coaches with seats and couchettes with 4 beds.

  11. Hello. We are hoping to travel from Sofia to Istanbul in January 2021 by night train. Is this train in operation now? Thank you.

    • Thank you. Can the tickets be purchased on line? Is there an office at Istanbul airport to purchase the train tickets?

  12. Hello,

    Is the Sofia express or the Bosphorus Express running right now? Or are they still closed due to Covid. I am looking to travel in January 2022.



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