How to get to Ani Ruins by train?

Ruined medieval Armenian city located at Kars province.

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).

ani by mustapilvi
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Ruins are situated at 46 km east of Kars, next to Armenian border. The closest train station is Kars Station.

There’s no regular public transport service to there from Kars. The options are rent a car, agree with a minibus together with other travelers or talk with a tour company at Kars. It’s 46 km away and will take about 1 hour.

See direction map from station to Ani Ruins below in Google Maps:


There are local minibus service to Ocakli village, but this is not a good option since it’s running from Ocakli to Kars in the morning and return back in the afternoon.

Celil Ersozoglu, a freelance tour guide, is famous in the region.

See many beautiful photos and information (in Turkish) about Ani ruins at

How to get to Ani Ruins by train from Turkish cities?

Ani ruins by rail

How to get to Ani Ruins by train from Ankara? - Ani ruins are about 1000 km away from Ankara. There’s a direct overnight train to Kars, which is the most popular train route in Turkey.
How to get to Ani Ruins by train from İzmir? - Ani ruins are over 1500 km away from İzmir. By train, you’ll have the chance to discover Turkey’s two overnight trains at one travel, and have some… Read more "How to get to Ani Ruins by train from İzmir?"
istanbul How to get to Ani Ruins by train from İstanbul? - Ani ruins are about 1500 km away from İstanbul, and most practical travel is of course by plane. On the other hand, if you prefer train, you’ll… Read more "How to get to Ani Ruins by train from İstanbul?"

Cover photo by Ggia, CC BY-SA 3.0



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