10 experiences that you can live only in trains

4. Work and travel

Would you like to travel and work at the same time? It may be a unique experience to travel with your team and clients while doing your meeting and working on your project around a table. And if you get bored of working, you may watch the view or listen to the voice of train. Conference wagon will surely be an unforgettable organization of your company.

5. Restaurant pleasure

What can be better than combining a travel with an excellent dinner? Once, travelling between Ankara and Istanbul was a fun. A restaurant pleasure lasting till late hours before having a nice sleep till your destination on Ankara Express.

Restaurant wagons are now not many, menus are not rich, no ambiance, no alchol. TCDD had already lost the passengers who prefered trains only for restaurant cars.

I think restaurant car is still a big pleasure even with this insufficient service. And in new HST sets, a nice restaurant car exists which may be a sign that TCDD will give more importance to caterging issues in the future.

Restaurant Car - Steve Hobson
TCDD restaurant car. Photo: Steve Hobson
6. Luxary and privacy

There’s a solution in Turkish high speed trains where you can combine business with pleasure, luxary with privacy. It’s a business class compartment with 4 seats. Only on Ankara-Konya route for now.

business kompartımanları
TCDD HST business compartment. Photo: Onur Uysal

One comment

  1. Thanks for the article. I have visited Turkey regularly for the past 14 years and always travel on the big comfy friendly Turkish trains as much as I can, and have pretty much covered the network. There have been lots of incredible changes during this time, with new reliable (even in deep snow) YHT trains, some superb new metros (like in Izmir) and lots of new trams.
    Sadly we’ve lost the magical restaurant cars with fresh cooked food and beer, cheerful chef and waiter, or the thrill of taking the ferry to Hayderpasa late at night to catch the Ankara sleeper (for now at least). Like everyone in Istanbul I can’t wait for Hayderpaša to reopen again – and hopefully the sleepers will return as well. Fingers crossed.
    It’s exciting to see that the secret of just how good Turkish sleeper trains are, seems to be out at last, and so it’s lovely to see the overnight trains to the East developing such a following among young people (even if it does make it very difficult to find a ticket).
    My trip in December 16 to Erzurum was just magical and I didn’t want to get off the train. There were just 7 of us in the single sleeper car, now there are 4 or more sleeper coaches all full! That can only be a good thing. So some of the you tube videos people have made are just ace and nicely capture the fun of the journey – phoning ahead for kebabs to be delivered to the train platform along the way for example could only happen in Turkey – just perfect! Maybe TCDD might consider converting the former restaurant coaches to kebab coaches! Now that would be in every British newspaper – as the Brits love their kebabs as much as the Turks!
    One thing I would say is that the Turkish Railway is a far better way to travel than trains here in the UK.
    You have big comfy seats (that line up with the windows – they often don’t here – so you can’t even see out) lots of legroom, simple, flexible and affordable fares, the best sleeper trains anywhere, and excellent high speed trains that run on time no matter what the weather. Here the trains all stop if it is too hot or too cold. Our railway is run like the worst budget airline. So be careful what you wish for!


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