Sofia, Bucharest and Belgrade by train

It’s now possible to travel to Sofia, Bucharest and Belgrade by train from Istanbul.

Travel by sleeper/couchette wagons is safe, comfortable, amusing and cheap.

Sofia Bucharest Belgrade


Cappadocia, the region in central Anatolia with exceptional natural wonders, in particular characterized by fairy chimneys and a unique historical and cultural heritage, will be an amazing destination during your adventure in Turkey by rail.

Cappadocia by rail All touristic destinations

TransAsia Train

Kiana Hayeri, documentary photographer, assigned by Polka Magazine in April 2013, took the TransAsia train to discover and capture stories of travellers on this three-day-long journey.

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Siemens Velaro

New Siemens Velaro TR sets have started service as of 10th of March. New sets offer more capacity, restaurant car, business compartments and entertainment system.

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Guides & Maps

Most beautiful rain routes travelling while lying by Onur Uysal >>download>>

High speed lines of Turkey – complete guide by Onur Uysal >>download>>

TCDD long distance services by Jeff Hawken >>download>>

TCDD travel pass by Onur Uysal >>download>>

Istanbul public transport guide by Onur Uysal >>download>>

How to get to high speed train in Istanbul, Ankara and Eskisehir?

Turkish railway map by TCDD (high resolution) >>download>>

Train coverage maps: High SpeedMain LineRegionalInternational

Eurasia railway map by TCDD >>download>>

Train card sales offices map >>download>>


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With very few exceptions, almost all of the passengers were either asylum seekers or families of those who had previously escaped the country. Some fearful for the life and
others simply searching for a better time ahead.

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Kiana Hayeri, documentary photographer

I remember asking the conductress whether there was WiFi on the train, oddly enough the conductress did not speak a single word of English – she did not even understand the words WiFi or internet.

Koen Nijbroek, bioinformatician in Netherlands


No combined train service on Belgrade-Istanbul route – Jul ’17

The recently started Belgrade-Istanbul service is not working as a combined service anymore due to delays. Passengers of Belgrade-Istanbul train can interchange to other train, only if it comes on time.

New timetables for high speed trains – Jul ’17

Timetables of high speed trains updated. See new timetables.

More trains on Istanbul-Konya route – Jun ’17

As of 23rd June, 3 trains will depart in each direction on Istanbul-Konya route.

Bucharest and Belgrade trains departed – Jun ’17

International train services to Bucharest and Belgrade started as of first week of June 2017. >>more>>

Villach auto train started – Apr ’17

Auto train running between Edirne and Villach (Austria), Optima Express started service as of 21st April. Trains will run until 8th November.

Izmir-Bandirma trains on way – Feb ’17

The Izmir-Bandirma train service restarted after completion of engineering works around Savastepe.

No train to Iran

Both Ankara-Tehran and Van-Tabriz trains are suspended. There’s no train service to Iran.