Touristic Dogu Express (Ankara Kars train)

Train details, route map, train timetable, options, fares, sales channels and notes about main line train giving service between Ankara-Kars:

Touristic Dogu Express
Touristic Dogu Express. Photo: Onur Uysal

This train is giving service between December-March.




30 days

All seats

  • What is the operator of Touristic Dogu Express? TCDD Taşımacılık
  • How Touristic Dogu Express looks like? Diesel loco hauled passenger coaches
  • How far is it between Ankara-Kars by rail? 1310 km
  • How long it takes between Ankara-Kars? Around 34:30 hours
  • Is reservation required for Touristic Dogu Express? All seats with reservation, see on ticket
  • Is accessibility provided inTuristik Doğu Ekspresi? No any special design for accessibilty
  • Is there food/drink service in Touristic Dogu Express? Dining car
  • May I take bicycle with me in Touristic Dogu Express? Can be carried in luggage wagon if available.
Touristic Dogu Express route
Touristic Dogu Express route map

Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from Ankara, every Monday, Thursday and Saturday from Kars

Though we work hard to keep timetables up-to-date, there may be short-term delays for update. Please check official timetable of train.

  • Double-deck berth for 2
  • Mini refrigerator
  • Sink and power in rooms
Sleeper (Single)
  • Berth for 1
  • Mini refrigerator
  • Sink and power in rooms

As of 23 Mar 2023, valid per person, based on official website of operator. Click for discounts.

Tickets on sale 30 days before departure

How can I buy the ticket?

MobileApp Store or Google Play
Call center444 82 33 (English available)
Ticket officeTrain stations, agencies, PTT offices
Touristic Dogu Express tickets sales channels
  • There are two trains on this route with similar names. Dogu Express, the classic one, has standard coach with seats and couchettes. It calls at almost every station on route. Touristic Dogu Express, on the other hand, has only sleepers, and gives 2-3 excursion breaks of 3 hours each on way. For comparison of two trains: Which Dogu Express: Classic or touristic?
  • Theer are only sleeper cabins in this train. Train calls at Ilıc and Erzurum during Ankara-Kars service, Erzincan, Divrigi and Sivas during Kars-Ankara service, each for 3 hours. City excursions are organized according to train table to see historic and touristic places at each station. For details and fares of excursions, you can get in contact with the staff in the train.
  • Dogu Express can be used alternatively on this route.
  • This train is one of the most popular trains Turkey. It’s very hard to find tickets, sold out in minutes. But cancellation is also common, better to check frequently.
  • Click to get directions for getting to Ankara train station by public transport.
  • During winter, sleigh tours are held on frozen Lake Cildir. There are many shops in city where you can taste and buy worldwide known Kars gruyere.
  • Ani Harabeleri is 45 on east of Kars, next to Armenia-Turkey border: How to get to Ani Ruins by train?

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