Dogu Express (Ankara Kars Train)

Route, timetable, station and ticket details of main line train running between Ankara Gar and Kars:

This train is currently departing from Irmak station, 70 km east of Ankara main station. TCDD operates connected bus service between Ankara main station and Irmak station. Deadline of project is December 2017.
Route

* Based on route data provided by EcoTransITWorld.

General Information

What kind of a train I’m going to travel with? Diesel loco and TVS 2000 passenger coaches

What options I have? Standard carriagesCouchette carsSleepersRestaurant car

How long is the route? 1310 km

How long it takes? 24 hours

How can I buy the ticket? All sales channels (Internet, call center, stations and agencies)

When can I buy the ticket? Starting from 15 days prior to departure

Timetable

dogu-timetable1 dogu-timetable2

* As of 7/2017. Please click for TCDD’s official timetable.

Main Stations

AnkaraKayseriSivasÇetinkaya – Divriği – Erzincan – ErzurumKars

* Please click station name for location, all trains calling and timetables, working hours and contact info of station.

Fares

Ankara Gar-Kars standard seat: 47 TL

Ankara Gar-Kars couchette seat/bed: 62 TL/person

Ankara Gar-Kars sleeper seat/bed: 97 TL/person (double), 117 TL/person (single),

Click for general discounts

* As of 7/2017. Pls check current fares from TCDD’s official website.

Suggestions

Dogu Express is the most popular train in Turkey, thus followed by tour operators. Sleepers are sold out very fast.

What travellers say?
kars-travel TCDD restaurant cars review - Steve, British citizen and English teacher at Bilkent University in Ankara, had tested the new concept of restaurant cars of TCDD while travelling by Izmir-Ankara train in June 2016.
Dogu Express Towards Armenian Border with Kars Express - Serhan Sevin, photographer at Haberturk, wrote his 30-hours-long travel from Istanbul to Kars by train.
Van Golu Express 18 days on Turkish rail - Jools, a loco driver from UK, had traveled on several routes of Turkey by rail in January 2015.
TCDD Main Line Train by Jeff Hawken Maybe I was unlucky - Jools, a loco driver from UK, had traveled on several routes of Turkey by rail in September 2014.
Sound of diesel engine - Dusko from Bosnia and Herzegovina had travelled from Ankara to Bandirma via Izmir with main line trains of TCDD in October 2015.
kars-travel Through high snowy mountains and deep valleys - Onur, a railway professional from Turkey, had travelled from Amasya to Kars using every regional and main line trains possible in January 2015.

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Cover photo by Onur Uysal

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