Ankara – Tehran Train

Train service between Ankara and Tehran is Transasia Express, a weekly overnight train.

!! Due to security problems, this train service is suspended until further notice.

General information

Train is called Transasia Express

Loco hauled overnight train

2355 km long

Lasts about 58 hrs

Border crossing at Kapikoy/Razi

For train details and online train tickets in Iran, visit


Couchette carsRestaurant car



The timetable of the train is no more shown on website of TCDD. Above table is from the last period the train run.



The fares of the train is no more shown on website of TCDD. Above table is from the last period the train run.

Alternative solutions

There are two ways to go from Turkey to Iran by train where a part of the journey (including crossing the border) is done overland.

First 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.

Other 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).

What travelers say?

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. Train is full of tourists and travellers. Almost… Read more "Transasia: Train to Iran"
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"
From Ankara to the east by train - Johannes Heger from Austria, founder of, had traveled from Ankara to Tehran in 2014.

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 our 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 - Photo story by Kiana Kiana Hayeri, documentary photographer, assigned by Polka Magazine in April 2013, took the TransAsia train to discover and capture stories of travellers on… Read more "TransAsia Train"
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"

Cover photo by courtesy of Brownbook magazine and Ayla Hibri

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