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Doğu Express in Turkey

Doğu Express in Turkey

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Discover the Doğu Express: the main train line in Turkey

Known as one of the most fun attractions in Turkey, the Doğu express runs through the entire country. Also, due to its extension that connects the capital Ankara to the city of Kars (far west, close to the border with Armenia), participating in the Doğu express is an extremely pleasant adventure.


During the 1930s, railway construction in Turkey reached the mark of 2,846.2 km of completed lines. Thus, the Doğu Express appeared to meet the need to connect cities in the west, central and eastern regions. The work began in 1939 and was completed in 1962.


The Doğu Express passes through the following cities:

– Ankara;

– Kayseri;

– Sivas;

– Cetinkaya;

– Erzincan;

– Erzurum;

– Kars.

Doğu express in the media

Recently, the German broadcaster DW (Deutsche Welle) released a documentary entitled “Across Turkey in 24 hours on the Dogu Express.

In this work, interviews with passengers and line professionals were made, and the history of the cities in the itinerary and the common activities that are carried out on board are presented.

The video also highlights some characteristics of Turkish culture and territory.

Check it out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ISKILq5zoY

Frequently asked questions

Which company operates the train?

The train is currently operated by the Turkish company TCDD Taşımacılık.

What types of trains does the company provide?

The company works with diesel trains.

What travel options are provided?

Pulman (2 + 1 seats) + couchette (4 beds).

How far is Ankara from Kars?

The distance between the two main points of the route is 1310 km.

How long does it take from Ankara to Kars?

The duration of the trip lasts 24 hours

I want to know the Doğu Express. How can a Guide in Turkey help me?

We can offer help to those interested who would like to know the famous Doğu express. Also, we offer travel packages to the main tourist destinations in the country, including Istanbul, Cappadocia and Pamukkale.

 Get in touch:

+90 536 273 59 61

E-mail: info@guideserviceinturkey.com

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