Eastern Express tickets sold until mid-August


ERZURUM – Demirören News Agency

Tickets for the Eastern Express, an overnight passenger train that connects the capital Ankara to the northeastern province of Kars, have been sold out until August 17.

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Passengers would prefer the train, which covers a distance of 1,310 kilometers from Ankara to Kars, for its reasonable prices while enjoying a high-speed train experience.

Although the journey takes almost 24 hours, it is a hot choice for passengers looking to both create memories while traveling in Turkey and save those extra dollars on plane and bus tickets, as the journey is full of picturesque scenes that never fail to captivate passengers. , and thanks to the provision of sleeping cars, passengers have the opportunity to experience a comfortable journey.

Due to the popularity of the train, people have to buy their tickets weeks in advance as there is no space. The train departs from Ankara at 6:00 p.m. and from Kars at 8:00 a.m. daily with a capacity of 371 passengers.

On its way, the Eastern Express passes through and stops in the central Anatolian provinces of Kırıkkale, Kayseri and Sivas, as well as the eastern provinces of Erzincan and Erzurum before arriving at its final destination, Kars. The train from Kars makes the same route in one day.

“The prices are very reasonable and cannot be compared to airplanes. Also, the train is safer,” said Nouri Kali, who prefers the train to get to Ankara, where he works, from his hometown, Erzurum.

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Booking a seat weeks in advance to travel with the train, Demet Gülel, one of the passengers, said: “I live in [the northeastern province of] Artvin but came here [Kars] go to Sivas by train because tickets are almost four times cheaper than bus tickets.

“We prefer the train because it’s cheaper to go to Ankara [from Erzurum]. Instead of spending a lot of money on a ticket, it makes more sense to buy the cheaper ticket and spend it at the destination,” said Yakup Akcaba, another passenger.

The railway between Ankara and Erzurum, the construction of which began in the 1920s, was completed in 1949. The train, which had been used to transport passengers and goods from Istanbul’s Haydarpaşa, a historic station in the Asian side, in Kars for many years, started running between Ankara and Kars in 2012, with the commissioning of the Ankara-Istanbul high-speed train.

The hugely popular service, which according to TCDD is among the top 10 rail routes, was forced to halt operations in March 2020 due to the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Eastern Express, which carried 111,400 passengers in 2021, resumed operations in mid-December last year after a 21-month hiatus.

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Mainly attracting the attention of international tourists and local university students, the train became very popular after people started sharing photos of the scenic landscapes of their trip on social media.

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