Main line trains

Main line trains of Turkey are long distance trains on 300+ km long routes, giving daily service in both directions in most cases.

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Photo: Onur Uysal

Most of the main line trains are hauled by diesel or electric locos, with a few exceptions of DMU sets.

Almost all main line trains have pulman wagons. Overnight trains have couchettes and/or sleepers and dining wagons additionally.

Couchettes and sleepers of overnight trains are very popular. Some are sold out in minutes as soon as tickets are on sale.

All main line train tickets can be bough online or via call center.

In 2019, a new concept was started with Touristic Dogu Express. The train has only sleepers and is calling at 2-3 stations on way for 3 trains in each, allowing passengers attending city excursions. The prices are quite high compared to other main line trains. Touristic trains are planned to be enriched.

Main line trains of Turkey (January 2022)

Trains to/from Istanbul

Trains to/from Ankara

Trains to/from Izmir

Trains to/from Adana

Trains to/from Eskisehir

Suspended long distance trains