Dogu Express (Ankara-Kars Train)

The main line service between Ankara and Kars is Dogu Express, a diesel-loco-hauled overnight train running daily.

Due to Baskentray project, the train will run between Irmak and Kars starting from 11th of July 2016 until December 2017. There’ll be connected bus services from Ankara Main Station. Click for details.

Ankara Kars Train Route Map

General Information

Loco hauled overnight train
1310 km long
Lasts about 24 hrs
Online reservation/ticketing available at EYBIS


Standard carriagesCouchette carsSleepersRestaurant car

Timetable (as of February 2017)

dogu-timetable1 dogu-timetable2

Click for official TCDD main line trains page.

Main Stations

AnkaraKayseriSivasÇetinkaya – Divriği – Erzincan – ErzurumKars

Fares (as of February 2017)

Standard fare for Ankara-Kars is TL 47 (€ 15.5)
Couchette cars +15 TL/person (€ 5)
Sleepers +TL 50/person for double bed (€ 16.5), +TL 70 for single bed (€ 23)
Click for general discounts


Ankara Station is main station for eastbound trains. But stations is temporarily unavailable to all trains except high speed trains. There’s bus connection to Irmak Station for all eastbound trains (click for details).

Kars Station is walk-distance from city center. Take care of cold and ice during winter.

What travellers say

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.
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.


Cover photo by Onur Uysal



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