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 have the chance to discover Turkey’s most popular train route, Ankara-Kars.
You’ll use high speed train and overnight train (better in sleeper) which will last more than one day in total. You have to spend one night at a hotel in Kars.
Go to Pendik train station.
Take Istanbul-Ankara (YHT) train to Ankara. It’ll take about 04:20 hours (533 km).
Take Dogu Express (Ankara-Kars) train to Kars. It’ll take about 24 hours (1310 km).
Rest in a hotel at Kars. See hotels around Kars 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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