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 and the Sunday Times Travel Magazine. His story was published in Brownbook with amazing photos by Ayla.

The best way to meet fellow guests is aboard the dining car at lunch. This is the train’s entertainment epicentre – and the most hopping spot in Anatolia, so it would seem. As air travel between Ankara and Tehran is just three hours, the Trans Asia Express passenger list is a rare mix.

Expect Iranian families laden with shopping bags from Istanbul’s ancient bazaars and modern malls. Add small groups of Turkish students riding this discount form of public transport home. Offbeat European travellers are often present. Sometimes it’s a young family on a cultural voyage they’ll never forget. Or an old couple retracing a rail route to India they took when the Shah sat on the Persian throne.

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Route, timetable, options and fares of Transasia Express (Tehran-Ankara)
Other stories about this train
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"

Cover photo by Ayla



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