Transasia Express (Ankara Tehran train)

Details of international train running between Ankara and Tehran:

Transasia Express
Transasia Express. Photo: courtesy of Brownbook magazine and Ayla Hibri

This train is suspended due to security reasons on July 2015.

Transasia Express travel info

  • Which operator operates the train? TCDD Taşımacılık, RAI
  • What kind of a train I’m going to travel with? TCDD and RAI locos hauled passenger coaches
  • What travel options I have? Couchette (6 seats/berths)
  • Any food/drink available in train? Dining car
  • How far is it from Tehran to Istanbul? 2355 km
  • How long it takes from Tehran to Istanbul? 2 and a half days
  • How can I buy the ticket? Only at stations where international ticket desk exists
  • Can I buy ticket online? No online ticket sales
  • When can I buy the ticket? 60 days prior to departure

Route map of Transasia Express

* Based on route data provided by EcoTransITWorld. There may be some changes on route.

Main stations Transasia Express calls

More to know

  • Border crossing at Kapikoy/Razi
  • One alternative of travelling from Ankara to Tehran is using Vangolu Express to Tatvan Station, travelling to Van by bus, travelling to Tabriz by train, then travelling to Tehran by train. Please note that timing, language and personal security is at your own risk.
  • For train details and online train tickets in Iran, visit
  • This train was very popular among travellers. Read experiences of travellers about this train at Travel Stories.

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