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.