Ani ruins are about 1500 km away from İstanbul. If you prefer train, you’ll have the chance to discover Turkey’s most popular train route, Ankara-Kars.
You’ll use high speed train to Ankara and overnight train to Kars which will last more than one day in total. Train will be at Kars in the evening, thus you need to stay at hotel in Kars.
Go to Pendik train station.
Take İstanbul Ankara YHT to Ankara.
Take Doğu Ekspresi (Ankara Kars treni) to Kars.
Rest in a hotel. Click for public transport, hotels around and more information about train station.
Ruins are situated at 46 km east of Kars, next to Armenian border. 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.
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