Train from Istanbul to Ankara
The train journey from Istanbul to Ankara takes on average 5 h 27 min. Around 19 depart a day between Istanbul and Ankara. The lowest ticket pricing starts at around $ 11.04.
If you’re traveling between Istanbul and Ankara by train then you’ll depart from Istanbul Söğütlüçeşme situated in central Istanbul or possibly Istanbul Pendik located on the outskirts of the city.
The train from Istanbul to Ankara journey is operated by Turkish Railways (TCDD). There are two different types of trains that will take you there.
- YHT or Yüksek Hızlı Treni are high-speed trains that reach 250 km/h. It departs from S.csme station approximately every hour and offers a comfortable ride in Business and Economy classes. Keep in mind that there will be a quick ticket check and an X-ray check of the baggage, so try to be there 20 min earlier if possible.
- ANKARA EXPRESS is a sleeper train. You can pick between compartments with one or two beds and Pullman seats. Each couchette is air-conditioned and can be turned into a sitting car during the day. Turkish Railways will provide you with a bedding-one less worry on your mind! It leaves Istanbul every day at 10 PM (22h) and arrives in Ankara at 06.45 AM.
The high-speed trains running between Istanbul and Ankara offer a fast, modern journey with up to 19 daily departures. One of the biggest features of any train you pick is the spectacular views as you travel across Turkey’s vast landscape - another reason why taking this route might be something worth considering if only traveling by train.
Ankara Gar, the main railway station in Ankara is located in the center, which makes it easy for you to explore the city. It is known for its rich history, and there are many things to see. The most popular tourist attractions include the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations, the Anıtkabir, and the tomb of Ataturk. The Turkish capital also has a vibrant nightlife, with many bars and nightclubs to choose from.
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