Turecko vlakom

How to travel in Turkey by train: information, connections, blog and travel reports. Help in our forum to buy train tickets.

Turecko: Train tickets for Turkey are available locally from train stations and can also bought online from TCDD (Turkish Railways).
Buy the train ticket at a railway station. Note: in some countries you have to pay a service fee at the ticket counter. The ticket can be purchased at a station in the country of departure, also sometimes in other countries.

TR Turecko BG Bulharsko

If you want to travel from Turkey to Bulgaria by train, buy your train ticket locally at a train station in Turkey. The best option is to buy it at the Sirkeci station in Istanbul. You will find international ticket counters at the train stations of larger cities. There are no online tickets available.

The only rail connection between the two countries is the line from Istanbul via the Kapikule/Svilengrad border crossing. Currently the night train from Istanbul to Sofia and Bucharest is the only service across the border.

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TR Turecko GE Georgia

If you want to travel from Turkey to Georgia only by train, you have to make a detour via Russia. Therefore a bus connection from Turkey to Georgia is a much faster option.

One bus line is from Trabzon (Turkey) to Batumi (Georgia). At least four connections daily for about EUR 15. From Istanbul (Turkey) to Batumi (Georgia) at least two connections daily for about EUR 25.
Trabzon (Turkey) is not connected to the railway network of Turkey. Therefore the easiest way is to take a bus directly from Istanbul or Ankara (Turkey) to Batumi (Georgia). Buy your bus ticket for Metro Turizm online.

An other option is to travel by train from Istanbul and Ankara to Kars (Turkey). And from Kars (Turkey) to Batumi (Georgia) by bus.

In Batumi (Georgia) change to a train to continue to Tbilisi (Georgia).

Border crossing is currently: you leave the bus with the luggage before the border, cross the border by foot (easy) and after the border the bus picks you up again.

In future there will be a train connection from Turkey to Georgia. But it is still under construction.

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TR Turecko GR Grécko

To travel from Turkey to Greece, you have to use a bus. There is no direct train anymore. A train connection could be via Sofia (Bulgaria), but takes a lot more of time than by bus.
There are several direct (overnight) bus connections available from Istanbul (Turkey) to the bigger Greek cities (Athens, Thessaloniki, ...). Have a look at the links.

To book your ticket online, use the following city names to find connections.
Athens = Atina
Thessaloniki = Selanik
Istanbul = Istanbul Avrupa

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TR Turecko IR Irán

If you want to travel from Turkey to Iran by train, buy your train ticket locally at a train station in Turkey or check the given booking links.

There is a direct overnight train from Ankara (Turkey) via Van (Turkey) to Tehran (Iran).

This direct train connection between Turkey to Iran is currently cut down due to the political situation. We will update this information as soon as we have news.

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TR Turecko RO Rumunsko

If you want to travel from Turkey to Romania by train, buy your train ticket locally at a train station in Turkey. The best option is to buy it at the Sirkeci station in Istanbul. You will find international ticket counters at the train stations of larger cities. There are no online tickets available.

The only rail connection between the two countries (via Bulgaria) is the line from Istanbul via the Kapikule/Svilengrad border crossing. Currently the night train from Istanbul to Bucharest and Sofia is the only service across the border.

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TR Turecko RS Srbsko

To travel from Turkey to Serbia by train, make use of the direct overnight train from Istanbul (Turkey) via Sofia (Bulgaria) to Belgrade (Serbia). Train tickets are available at train stations only.

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