Trains from Istanbul - Diyarbakir
Replies: 11 - Last Post: Apr 12, 2013 6:04 AM Last Post By: sandyby
Mar 18, 2013 5:13 AM
Trains from Istanbul - DiyarbakirHi there
I arrive in Istanbul tomorrow and I am looking to get to Diyarbakir as soon as possible. I had planned on getting a train (the Güney Express) but apparently there will be no trains from Istanbul until 2015 now. Is this true?
If so, what is the best advice? Bus to Ankara and then train to Diyarbakir?
I had a look on the Turkish trains website but the English language website was not very clear.
Thank you for any help! :)
Mar 18, 2013 5:34 AM
1Yes it is true.Due to major renewal works eastern bound trains now start from Ankara.How do you feel about flying?There is a flight via Ankara tomorrow but I don't know what time you arrive nor which airport you'll arrive.It is with Anadolujet from SAW airport(maybe a problem?)at 11.40 for 192TL all inclusive.
If you can wait until Wednesday then the same flight is only 157TL :)
depSAW 11.40 arrv.Ank 12.40
dep Ank14.00 arrv.D.bakir 15.20.
The other option is to take a bus to Ankara and then pick up the train from there.There would not be a great deal of difference price wise and it would be a lot slower if you're in a hurry.
Bus(plenty of them hourly) takes 7 hours and is 55TL.The cheapest train seat is 29TL and takes almost 3 days :)
Of course you could take the bus direct(heck of a journey!)21 hours for 90TL
I guess it depends on your budget and just how quickly you want to get there.Hope this is a help.
Mar 18, 2013 5:50 AM
Mar 18, 2013 6:19 AM
3Actually, it looks best that I do in fact take a train from Ankara now!
I arrive in Istanbul at Ataturk at 13:00 on Tuesday 19.
As long as I am in Diyarbakir by Friday 20:00, it is fine!
As I understand from your link, the train from Ankara leaves on Wednesday at 11:30 and arrives in Diyarbakir at 7:00 on Friday? And will cost 84TL.
Mar 18, 2013 7:15 AM
4It arrives into D.bakir at 09.07(ish)and yes for a single sleeper cabin it is 84TL.Cheap :)
So to get to Ankara you can also see details on that web site for trains or you can take the bus.
If you do take the bus then you can go to the main Esenler otogar from the airport via the metro in 20 minutes and go directly to Ankara if you don't want to hang around in Istanbul.Maybe you may want to rest up though,don't know where you're flying in from but if it's short haul may as well continue to Ankara.
Arriving at 13.00 you should clear the airport by 14.00 at the latest.Here is a typical bus timetable.As you can see there is one at 15.00 you can catch comfortably so you'd be in Ankara by 22.00.Cost is 43TL.If their bus is full then don't worry there are about 10 companies on the route all with similar schedules :)
Remember to change up a little money at the airport for metro and bus fares(metro is 3TL,you need to buy a token for this).
The bus will arrive into Ankara AŞTI the huge otogar to the west of the city and as you come out you'll see ranks of bus stops with midi buses waiting;these will take you into the city centre some 20 minutes away.Get on the one for ULUS ,this is where the train station(tren gar)is located and there are plenty of clean cheap B&B's around there you can stay for the night.
Ankara is nothing like as frenetic as Istanbul so you'll have no problems getting across the city and I have always found people there to be helpful.
Frankly taking the bus to Ankara will be easier for you than the train as to get that you have to go w-a-y across the other side of Istanbul to pick up a bus to get to the nearest train stop at Arifiye which is a 2 hour ride away.
Mar 18, 2013 7:27 AM
5Thanks for the advice again!
I am contemplating whether to hang around Istanbul for several hours and take in a few sights, and then get an overnight bus to Ankara. A Turkish coffee when I arrive will set me up nicely! :)
With around 8 hours, do you recommend having a look in Istanbul? (I would have a huge backpack - would this be a problem, going into tourist sites?) I was thinking of a hamam maybe too!
Mar 18, 2013 9:10 AM
6Well yes,you could do.Take the metro and tram into Sultanahmet,you'd be there for c.14.30 and so would have a few hours before things started to close.Hamams are open until 23.00 so you do that in the evening prior to getting the bus.
Big backpack....mmmm,could be a problem in some places but not in others.If some stop you ask if you could leave it in an office or with a guard so you can have a quick look around.But I think basically if you can carry it then you can enter most places :)
Stay around Sultanahmet and then you can take the tram back as far as Yusufpaşa and change there for the metro back to the otogar.
Hopefully you should be able to get some sleep on the bus after such a long day.The train journey is very scenic so I imagine you won't want to miss too much of that.
Mar 18, 2013 4:02 PM
7Does this mean to go east from Istanbul there are no trains but bus and plane only? Once in Ankara are the trains still running to Lake Van and to Kars? How about south from Istanbul to Izmir....ir is it bus or plane to there? Many thanks. Also, I read somewhere that Mardin is sometimes a problem area or is it okay now to travel to for someone from West Europe or America? And also for that area on the Tigris that will be flooded for a dam soon. Is that still accessible. What is the Turkish word for "no meat" and for "Thank You."
Mar 18, 2013 11:44 PM
Mar 19, 2013 12:12 AM
9You mean Hasankeyf don't you?Yes,for now it is still accesible.
For meatless food just ask for vejetaryan basically the same as vegetarian and this is well known here so you'll have no problems,lots of meat free food available.
Thank you is...teşekkür ederim(two sugar a dream)
or you can use the equally polite but slightly less formal and easier sağolun .... saa-olun.
very grateful thanks you add çok ...chok
çok sağolun... thanks so very much.
Please is lütfen... loot-fen
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