The Turkish Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure has recently announced an exciting news for train enthusiasts and nature lovers alike. The "Touristic Eastern Express" on the Ankara-Kars route, which is considered one of the most breathtaking train routes in the world, will now be available three times a week starting from December.
This picturesque journey of approximately 1,300km showcases the natural beauty of the Turkish countryside in all its grandeur. As the train chugs along the tracks, passengers can feast their eyes on the awe-inspiring sight of snow-capped mountains, crystal-clear streams, verdant valleys, and vast expanses of greenery.
Maximum comfort with large windows for stunning views
The carriages of the Eastern Express are designed to offer maximum comfort and convenience to passengers. The seats are plush and spacious, while the windows are large, allowing passengers to soak in the stunning views at their leisure. The train also offers a dining car, where passengers can enjoy delicious traditional Turkish cuisine while taking in the stunning vistas.
The Eastern Express is a perfect way to explore the Eastern Anatolian region of Turkey, and the increase in frequency is expected to boost tourism in the area. Whether you are a seasoned traveller or a first-time visitor, the Touristic Eastern Express promises an unforgettable experience that will leave you in awe of the natural wonders of Turkey.
Abdulkadir Uraloglu, the Transport and Infrastructure Minister explained that: “This season, there will be a total of 84 trips with the express.”
Popular among young people and nature lovers
According to Uraloglu, the Eastern Express is a unique and exceptional holiday experience that transports passengers of all ages to a world of unparalleled beauty and wonder. The train journey is particularly popular among young people, nature enthusiasts, and groups looking to capture the natural beauty of Turkey through their lenses.
He further said: “It will depart Ankara on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays; and Kars on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. The Touristic Eastern Express will make a total of 84 trips this season, 42 in the Ankara-Kars direction and 42 in the Kars-Ankara direction.”
Large capacity and sleeping cars
The train promises to provide a luxurious and comfortable travel experience for passengers, thanks to its eight sleeping cars and one dining car. The sleeping cars will be equipped with cosy beds and clean linens, ensuring a good night's sleep for passengers. The dining car will offer delicious meals, with a variety of options to choose from.
With a total capacity of 160 people, the train is perfect for medium-sized groups and families. Six of the eight sleeping cars will be sold through travel agencies, making it easy for travellers to purchase tickets. The remaining two sleeping cars will be sold by the Turkish State Railways.
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