Ankara Tehran Train (Tranasia Express)

Route, timetable, station and ticket details of train running between Ankara and Tehran:

This train is suspended due to security reasons on July 2015.

* Based on route data provided by EcoTransITWorld.

General Information

What kind of a train I’m going to travel with? Diesel loco and Turkish/Iranian passenger coaches

What options I have? Couchette carsRestaurant car

How long is the route? 2355 km

How long it takes? 58 hours

How can I buy the ticket? Only at stations where international tickets office exists

When can I buy the ticket? 60 days prior to departure

Main Stations

Ankara GarKayseriSivasMalatya – Elazığ – Muş – Tatvan Gar – Van – Tabriz – Tehran

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


Ankara-Tehran couchette seat/berth: 51.5 €/person

* Fares belong to last service of this train on July 2015.


Border crossing at Kapikoy/Razi

One alternative of travelling to Tehran is using Vangolu Express to Tatvan Station, travelling to Van by bus, travelling to Tabriz by bus or to border and then to Tabriz by taxi, then travelling to Tehran by train. Please note that timing, language and personal security is at your own risk.

Another alternative of travelling to Tehran is using Dogu Express to Kars, travelling to Dogu Beyazit by bus/taxi, travelling to Tabriz by bus or to border by taxi and to an Iran city (Salmas, Jolfa, Tabriz) by taxi, and then travelling to Tehran by train. Please note that timing, language and personal security is at your own risk. An option may be private tour by Orient Bahn Reisen, which organizes all transfers and tickets following this route (see details).

For train details and online train tickets in Iran, visit

What travellers say?
Iran’s Orient Express - Daniel Noll and Audrey Scott, a husband-and-wife storytelling team, describes their journey from Tehran to Istanbul as the finest and most surprising segments of their around-the-world journey.
train to east Ankara Tehran trip - Moira Dunworth, teacher and researcher in UK, travelled from Ankara to Tehran with Transasia Express.
TransAsia Train - Kiana Hayeri, documentary photographer, assigned by Polka Magazine in April 2013, took the TransAsia train to discover and capture stories of travellers on this three-day-long journey.
Tehran-Ankara: The train ride - Gaia Squarci, Italian photographer and cinematographer based in New York, contributor of Prospekt agency and Reuters, photographed the journey from Ankara to Tehran.
From Tehran to Turkey: An international journey by train - Laurance Cornet is a journalist from USA, working as a photography and video critic. She also curated photography from and about the Middle East and the Mediterranean.
martin-anthony-on-transasia-express Trans Asian Express - Martin Anthony is a British Metalhead who enjoys the way of overlanding.
Trans-Asia Express: Turkey to Iran by train - Laura & Paul left their jobs and home in Seattle in April 2015 to travel across the Middle East and Asia. A part of this trip was… Read more "Trans-Asia Express: Turkey to Iran by train"
transasya by bestami kose Transasia: Train to Iran - Bestami Köse, the founder of Turkey’s one of the leading travel community, Interrail Turkey, traveled to Tehran by train.
Trans-Asia Express: a train ride of contrasts - Maria and Ben, a Romanian-German couple tried to run away from the winter in Eastern Turkey and decided to take the Trans-Asia Express, a 3 day train… Read more "Trans-Asia Express: a train ride of contrasts"
The Trans Asia Express - Tristan is a freelance travel writer from UK. He has visited over 60 countries and written about 20 of them for the likes of the Guardian, the Independent… Read more "The Trans Asia Express"

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Cover photo by courtesy of Brownbook magazine and Ayla Hibri

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