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Trains Istanbul to Konya: Times, Prices and Tickets

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Traveling from Istanbul to Konya by train

Timetables and costs on the Istanbul to Konya route

The train from Istanbul to Konya takes roughly 4 h 45 min, and costs $ 26.86. There are 12 connections from Istanbul each day. The first departure is at 19:40, and the final train leaves the station at 22:23.

The route from Istanbul to Konya

The route from Istanbul to Konya is served by Turkey's high-speed trains (Yüksek Hızlı Tren, or YHT). It's an exciting journey that takes in large swathes of the country's scenic countryside. With a variety of ticket classes available, this is among the most comfortable and convenient ways to traverse Turkey. Find and book your tickets with ease on Virail.

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There are several departures throughout the day that take in this 288-mile journey. Although other connecting trains are available, the direct route remains the most expedient. There are a number of stops along the way, including the following main stations:

  • Istanbul (Söğütlüçeşme)
  • İzmit
  • Bilecik
  • Eskişehir
  • Konya

From Marmara to Anatolia

Trains to Konya depart from Istanbul’s Asian shore, via Söğütlüçeşme Station. Heading east out of the city, you’ll hug the coast along the Sea of Marmara from Gebze to İzmit. Views across the bay are picturesque, and you’ll catch glimpses of ferries and fishing boats navigating the Gulf of İzmit. From here, your train heads southeast into Anatolia via Bilecik.

The landscape shifts from luscious forests and hills into drier, arid scenes as you cross into Western Anatolia. Your next stop en route is Eskişehir, one of the region’s liveliest and prettiest cities. Home to beautiful riverside walks and charming gondolas, this is the last stop on the journey before cutting through a long stretch of countryside.

The highland steppes of Central Anatolia

After departing Eskişehir, your train pushes through the great Central Anatolia region. Renowned as the founding region of the Ottoman Empire, the landscape is dotted with stunning mountains and ancient ruins. First heading east on the route to Turkey’s capital, Ankara, your train turns south toward Konya from Polatlı. Pushing through the heart of the Anatolian plateau, you'll cross large grassy steps and rich barley and wheat fields. This area was the center of the Phrygian Kingdom, where Alexander the Great cut the Gordian Knot.

Heading south, your train passes through long, flat plains for Konya. Look to your left as you approach the city’s outskirts for glimpses of Bozdağ Milli Parkı. Your train terminates at Konya Station (Konya garı) to the west of the city center. Connections can be made by dolmuşes, city buses, and taxis from outside the rail station.


Konya, center of the Seljuks

As the resting place of the Mevlana founder, Jelaleddin Rumi, Konya is a pilgrimage spot for Sufis. As a result, Konya has an impressive, if conservative, atmosphere, marked by a striking contrast between old and new. Explore the city’s stunning architecture and wide-open parks before taking in one of the alluring Sema whirling dervish ceremonies. It’s one of the country’s most captivating and compelling cities with a wealth of culture and museums to discover.

A mecca of museums

Konya holds countless museums featuring everything from centuries-old artifacts to bright and alluring tiles. The Mevlâna Museum is the most important museum in the region. This is where the tomb of the Sufi mystic Celaleddin Rumi is located, in a lodge renowned as the home of whirling dervishes. As a pilgrimage site, it sees some 1.5 million visits per year. Because of its importance to Muslims, it’s important to dress appropriately – no shorts or singlets, and women should cover their heads.

A stunning Tile Museum is located in a 13th-century former-Seljuk school, showcasing a wide collection of impressive ceramics. The city’s Archaeological Museum holds millennia-old artifacts from Çatalhöyük. You can visit Çatalhöyük in person too, southeast of Konya city. Çatalhöyük is one of the country's most important Neolithic sites and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Other top museums to visit include Koyunoğlu Museum, Konya Ethnography Museum and Sahib-i Ata Vakıf Müzesi.

Mosques and monuments

Konya offers many fine mosques to visit and observe. One of the most important is the Sems-i-Tebrizi Tomb & Mosque, a popular spot for Rumi fans. The tomb inside is sacred for Malawi Muslims, with the oak trees outside being treasured by Rumi lovers who collect their leaves in books. Sahib-i Ata Külliyesi is the city's grandest building. The present structure was rebuilt in the 19th century after damage in a fire, but it has been loving restored in the original 13th-century style.

There are ample centuries-old landmarks and monuments throughout the city that are well worth a visit. The Sırçalı Medrese, a 13th-century medrese, is among the oldest in the city. Although now used as an office, you can still visit the courtyards and admire the entrance gate. At the center of Konya, an Atatürk Statue stands as a monument to the important Turkish nationalist. Another highlight is Alaaddin Hill Park, an excellent meeting point with walking paths and benches.

Local culture and cuisine

 Sufi whirling is a means of meditation that's practiced by dervishes of the Mevlavi order. This practice is one of the city’s most iconic and alluring highlights. It's worth planning your trip to stop over when the sema ceremony is performed. You can find year-round performances every Saturday at the Mevlâna Culture Centre. If you’re visiting in the summertime, head over to the Mevlâna Museum for performances in the outdoor garden on Thursday evenings.

 Konya is renowned for its regional Anatolian cuisine. Some dishes to look for include etli ekmek, a pizza-like dish which literally means “meat and bread”, and fırın kebap. This local kebab contains a serving oven-roasted mutton on bread. Other specialties include keşkek, a ceremonial meat and barley stew, and gözleme, stuffed flatbread.

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Istanbul to Konya by train

Journey duration 4 h 47 min
Connections per day 17
First departure 19:40
Last departure 22:23
Distance 287.7 mi
Departure Istanbul
Arrival Konya
Carriers Tcdd

Ticket price Istanbul - Konya every day

$ 24.37
$ 24.24
In 2 days
$ 24.36
In 3 days
$ 24.36
In 4 days
$ 24.29
In 5 days
$ 24.99
In 6 days
$ 24.24

Route Summary by Train

Minimum price
$ 13.46
Maximum price
$ 29.29

Istanbul - Konya


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By Train

$ 14

Sunday, October 16th 2022
İstanbul(S.çeşme) - Konya
6:45pm - 11:44pm
4h 59min
CO2: 1.33kg
By Bus

$ 24

Sunday, October 16th 2022
Metro Turizm-logo
Alibeyköy Otogarı - Konya Otogarı
12:05am - 11:00am
Metro Turizm
10h 55min
CO2: 16.29kg

How long will it take me to travel from Istanbul to Konya by train?

The journey between Istanbul and Konya runs for about 287.7 mi and usually takes approximately 4 h 45 min. However, this figure is an average and will vary according to a number of factors. Depending on the method of transport that you choose, you might be able to arrive in less time. The shortest time in which you can complete this journey is 4 h 20 min. If you are trying to get from Istanbul to Konya as quickly as possible, look for express routes or non-stopping services. Direct routes are not always the fastest way to travel. At times, you may even find a quicker route that involves a connection in another city.

At what time of the day can I travel from Istanbul to Konya?

The first daily departure from Istanbul to Konya leaves at 11:02, while the last journey of the day sets out at 22:23. These are according to the standard schedules for the route between Istanbul and Konya. However, different providers' timetables can vary from day to day or month to month, so these particular departures may not be available every day. Some providers may change their schedules on public holidays and weekends, or during the summer months. Check your travel dates when making your booking.

Which stations can I use to travel from Istanbul to Konya?

There are different options to choose from when traveling between Istanbul and Konya. You can start your journey in Istanbul at stations such as İstanbul(Bostancı), İstanbul(Bakırköy), İstanbul (Pendik), İstanbul(Halkalı) and İstanbul(S.çeşme). These connect to stations including Konya YHT and Konya in Konya. There may not be a direct connection between all the stations in the two locations. Some providers will only serve a selection of the stations, and you may have to travel from one station to another in the same city after arrival to reach your ultimate destination. Virail will show you both all direct routes and any connecting services which you can take to get from Istanbul to Konya.

How many times a day do journeys run from Istanbul to Konya?

You will be able to travel from Istanbul to Konya using companies such as Tcdd. Combined, these providers offer an average of 12 journeys each day. This average figure may not necessarily reflect your chosen travel dates. On certain days of the week, there may be more or less journeys available. At the busiest times, there will be up to 17 departures available in a single day. You can choose to travel from Istanbul to Konya using both direct and indirect routes. These options will help you find a journey that suits your budget, your time frame, and the circumstances of your trip. There are, on average, 12 direct connections from Istanbul to Konya each day. Indirect connections add more possibilities, giving you extra flexibility when traveling. In an average day, you will find 0 journeys with at least one change. These figures may vary at certain times of year, and some routes might not run every day of the week.


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