Dusko from Bosnia and Herzegovina had travelled from Ankara to Bandirma via Izmir with main line trains of TCDD in October 2015.
On the route from Ankara to Izmir there is only night train. This train just like other Turkish trains is beautiful, modern, comfortable and clean. It was possible to take sleeping car so l took it. The train has restaurant car with very good food so it is possible to have dinner on board something that is not possible anymore in night trains in other European countries. It was nice having coffee in the morning enjoying nice Mediterranean landscape from the restaurant car while the train was approaching to the Aegean coast.
Izmir-Bandirma was 6 hours journey in Turkish express train that goes through western Turkey from Aegean to Marmara sea. In three car express l could listen the sound of diesel engine while the train was going up to the mountains. In Bandirma passengers can take ferry to Istanbul and be there in 2,5 hours. That’s what I did.
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