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How to find ticket for Dogu Express sleeper?

If you are looking for a sleeper in a train from Ankara to Kars, you are in trouble. 

Dogu Express, running between Ankara and Kars, is one of the most popular train in Turkey. Since it’s also the most prefered train by travel tours, it’s not easy to find ticket for this train. Especially the tickets of sleepers are sold out within minutes as soon as the tickets are on sale 30 days prior to travel date. This is also valid for couchette wagon.

If you are desparetely seeking for ticket for Dogu Express, here are some clues:


Be ready with your PC at midnight

Tickets are on sale via internet 30 days prior to travel date. And are sold within minutes by travel companies. Be ready with your computer at midnight 30 days ago, and try to buy the ticket online.

Use train on return

Most of the travellers prefer using Dogu Express on eastward direction, and return by plane. Try the opposite. It’s easier to find tickets on return from Kars.

Rent a wagon

If you are a group of 20 people, rent a sleeper wagon from TCDD Tasimacilik which is going to be added to the end of train.


Dogu Express (Ankara-Kars) timetable, options and ticketing

Cover Photo: Onur Uysal ©

Written by Onur Uysal

Railway consultant. Owner of RT Media & Consultancy. Founder and editor of Rail Turkey.

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