Dusko from Bosnia and Herzegovina had a high speed train travel from Istanbul to Ankara and then to Konya in October 2015.
I took afternoon high speed train from nice Istanbul’s district Pendik to Ankara. The travel was very pleasant. The route has large variety of landscapes. I enjoyed watching Marmara Sea as the train was leaving Istanbul’s surroundings. The train continues at lower speed through the mountains beside the river before reaching 250 km/h on high speed line all the way to turkish capital. It was very nice 4 hours of journey.
On Ankara-Konya route there is only high speed train so it was possible to do one day excursion from Ankara to the southern Turkey. I strongly recommend this journey to those who like me enjoy high speed travel. For very good price you can get ticket for business class and have excellent service on board that includes free drink and lunch.
Stories about travelling by train in Turkey
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.
Towards Armenian Border with Kars Express - Serhan Sevin, photographer at Haberturk, wrote his 30-hours-long travel from Istanbul to Kars by train.
18 days on Turkish rail - Jools, a loco driver from UK, had traveled on several routes of Turkey by rail in January 2015.
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.
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 Dusko