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.
You’ll use overnight train to Kars which will last one day. Train will be at Kars in the evening, thus you need to stay at hotel in Kars.
Go to Ankara train station.
Take Dogu Express (Ankara-Kars) train to Kars. It’ll take about 24 hours (1310 km).
Rest in a hotel. Click for 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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