Turkey (TCDD)

Country info: Turkey (Türkiye)

Rail companies: TCDD (Türkiye Cumhuriyeti Devlet Demiryolları)

Turkish Rail Network Map 

Currency: 1 euro= app. 3.2 Turkish Lira (TRY) 


Train travel in Turkey: train types, tickets, fares, discounts & other useful info


National Train Service:

Train types in Turkey: Suburban (Banliyö trenler), Regional (Bölgesel trenler), Express (Ekspresler), 'Blue' Trains (Mavi trenler), High-Speed (Yüksek Hizli Trenler) & International trains (Uluslararasi trenler)


Ticket Sales (domestic journeys): for most TCDD long-distance & high-speed trains ticket sale starts 15 days before the day of the journey, while ticket for regional trains can be bought on the day of the journey.

Couchette & Sleeper reservations fares for long-distance trains in Turkey: 4 berth couchette (Örtülü Kuşet, 15 TRY), double bed sleeper (Yatakli 2) 60 TRY ('Izmir Mavi' train) or 60 TRY (all other trains) & single bed sleeper (Yatakli 1) 90 TRY ('Izmir Mavi' train), 80 TRY ('Konya' & ''Cukurova Mavi' trains) or 70 TRY (all other trains)


Discounts, special offers & ways to save money for passengers traveling by train in Turkey (TCDD):


    Balkan Flexi Pass prices (2nd class):



    International Train Service:

    *Due to major reconstruction works around Istanbul area done by Turkish Railways currently there is no rail service on leg from Istanbul till Turkey/Bulgaria border (Kapikule), instead TCDD offers replacement bus service (rail tickets are valid for these buses) for passengers traveling from Istanbul to Bulgaria & Romania (Bosphorus Express) and vice versa


    Tariffs for international tickets used by Turkish railways:

    a) Regular discounts

    SET tariff (valid for rail journeys between the members of South-East Europe Railways Group (SERG), which are the railway companies of Albania, Bulgaria, FYR of Macedonia, Greece, Romania, Turkey, Serbia, Montenegro & Republika Srpska (ZRS)

    b) Special offers (SparSchiene)

    Not available

    c) CityStars

    Not available

    Current prices for international tickets from Turkey: Istanbul to Sofia (19,60 euro in 2nd class or 29,40 euro 1st class, while 6 berth couchette reservation is additional 9,40 euro, 4 berth - 14 euro), Istanbul to Bucharest (38,80 euro in 2nd class or 58,20 euro 1st class, while 6 berth couchette reservation is additional 9,40 euro, 4 berth - 14 euro, 3 bed sleeper - 16,50 euro, 2 bed sleeper - 24,80 euro & single sleeper - 57,80 euro)



    How to Buy Train Tickets in Turkey:

    National (domestic) tickets for long-distance (Express & Mavi) & high-speed trains can be purchased via TCDD website - www.tcdd.gov.tr



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