How to get to Ani ruins by train?

Ani is a ruined medieval Armenian city now situated in Turkey’s province of Kars, next to Armenian border.

Ani was the capital of the Bagratid Armenian kingdom between 961 and 1045. The religious buildings, palaces and fortifications of Ani were amongst the most technically and artistically advanced structures in the world. The archaeological site of Ani was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site on July 15, 2016 (see more at Wikipedia).

Nearest city to Ani is Kars (46 km), where there’s also the closest train station (Kars Train Station).

There’s no regular public transport service to there. Local minibus service to Ocakli village is not a good option since it’s running from Ocakli to Kars in the morning and return back in the afternoon.

The options are rent a car, agree with a minibus together with other travelers or talk with a tour company at Kars. Celil Ersozoglu, a freelance tour guide, is also famous in the region.

Here are travel options by rail to Ani:

Ani ruins by rail

İstanbul to Ani

Go to Pendik Train Station.

Take İstanbul-Ankara high speed train to Ankara Train Station (4.5 hrs).

Take Dogu Express overnight train to Kars Station (24 hrs). Check arrival times which may be too late to continue.

Go to Ani by car/taxi/tour (1 hr).

Ankara to Ani

Go to Ankara Train Station.

Take Dogu Express overnight train to Kars Station (24 hrs). Check arrival times which may be too late to continue.

Go to Ani by car/taxi/tour (1 hr).

Bursa to Ani

Go to Bursa Bus Terminal.

Take TCDD’s connected bus service to Eskişehir Train Station (2 hrs).

Take connected İstanbul-Ankara or Eskişehir-Ankara high speed train to Ankara Train Station (1.5 hrs).

Take Dogu Express overnight train to Kars Station (24 hrs). Check arrival times which may be too late to continue.

Go to Ani by car/taxi/tour (1 hr).

ani by citrat

İzmir to Ani

via Eskişehir

Go to İzmir Basmane Station.

Take İzmir Mavi overnight train to Eskişehir Train Station (13 hrs).

Take İstanbul-Ankara or Eskişehir-Ankara high speed train to Ankara Train Station (1.5 hrs).

Take Dogu Express overnight train to Kars Station (24 hrs). Check arrival times which may be too late to continue.

Go to Ani by car/taxi/tour (1 hr).

via Konya

Go to İzmir Basmane Station.

Take Konya Mavi overnight train to Konya Train Station (12 hrs).

Take Konya-Ankara high speed train to Ankara Train Station (2 hrs).

Take Dogu Express overnight train to Kars Station (24 hrs). Check arrival times which may be too late to continue.

Go to Ani by car/taxi/tour (1 hr).

ani by mustapilvi

Konya to Ani

Go to Konya Train Station.

Take Konya-Ankara high speed train to Ankara Train Station (2 hrs).

Take Dogu Express overnight train to Kars Station (24 hrs). Check arrival times which may be too late to continue.

Go to Ani by car/taxi/tour (1 hr).

Antalya to Ani

Go to Antalya Bus Terminal.

Take TCDD’s connected bus service to Konya Train Station (5 hrs).

Take Konya-Ankara high speed train to Ankara Train Station (2 hrs).

Take Dogu Express overnight train to Kars Station (24 hrs). Check arrival times which may be too late to continue.

Go to Ani by car/taxi/tour (1 hr).

Adana to Ani

Go to Adana Train Station.

Take Erciyes Express to Kayseri Train Station (6 hrs). Check Erciyes Express’ arrival time and Dogu Express’ departure time before buying the tickets.

Take Dogu Express overnight train to Kars Station (17 hrs). Check arrival times which may be too late to continue.

Go to Ani by car/taxi/tour (1 hr).

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Cover photo by Ggia, CC BY-SA 3.0, Link, first photo in text by Citrat from tr, CC BY-SA 3.0, second photo in text by  Mustapilvi, CC BY-SA 3.0, Link

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