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1.       lessluv
1052 posts
 02 Jul 2009 Thu 03:54 am

Travel all across Turkey for 150 TL

ANKARA - The Turkish State Railways, or TCDD, has announced a program offering three new cards for unlimited travel on certain types of trains during specified time periods.

The "Express Train Tour Card," which costs 150 Turkish Liras, is valid for one month on super-express trains such as Baþkent, Cumhuriyet and Fatih, as well as the blue train, express, regional express, rail bus and normal urban trains.For 500 liras, the "Compartment Train Tour Card" is valid for all trains on the Express Train Tour Card and also allows free rides for three days on train compartments with beds, with everything included.

The "High Speed Train Travel Card," which costs 200 liras for students and 300 liras for all other passengers, is valid for one month on all trains in Turkey, with the exception of sleeper compartments.

A ride from Kapýkule to Kars

There are 42 provinces in Turkey where one can travel by train. The Eskiþehir Express, leaving from Haydarpaþa Station in Istanbul at 7:10 a.m., offers the chance to discover Eskiþehir’s museums of aviation and archeology as well as the Odunpazarý, Kurþunlu and Alaaddin mosques. From Eskiþehir, train routes continue on to Ýzmir, Afyon, Konya, Adana, Ankara, Kayseri, Sivas, Erzurum, Kars, Diyarbakýr, Tatvan and Kurtalan.

Travelers who stop off in Ankara can visit Atatürk’s mausoleum, the Anatolian Civilizations Museum, the Ethnography Museum, Beypazarý and Kýzýlcahamam. From the capital, one can continue on to Zonguldak and Karabük, Adana, Malatya or Kars on the rails. The "Güney," or Van Gölü Express, leaves early in the morning and reaches Kayseri after midday. It is possible to leave for Sivas late in the evening without spending the night in Kayseri. The central city’s sights include the Ulu Mosque, Kale Mosque, Meydan Mosque, the Madrassa with Twin Minarets, Gök Madrassa, the Congress Museum, bridges, Turkish baths and inns. The Erzurum Express leaving from Sivas leads to Erzincan, home to plenty of historical monuments, including artifacts dating back to the Neolithic Age.

The Eastern Express or Erzurum Express may be used to travel to Kars to visit the Ani excavation site 42 kilometers away. Both of the express trains to Kars go back to Sivas, from where Samsun may be reached via the regional express. After visiting the city of Samsun, which was founded in the 7th century B.C., Amasya makes a nice stop on the way back to Sivas.

The provinces that can be visited with the new train cards include Istanbul, Edirne, Eskiþehir, Ankara, Zonguldak, Kayseri, Ýzmir, Manisa, Adana, Mersin, Hatay, Gaziantep, Konya, Diyarbakýr and Mardin

 

worth a look!

2.       catwoman
8933 posts
 02 Jul 2009 Thu 05:14 am

Very cool deal! Public transportation is such a great thing. It does surprise me that these cards are good for trains, which seems to be an underutilized mode of transportation in Turkey.

3.       bydand
755 posts
 02 Jul 2009 Thu 10:48 am

It used to be said that the trains in Turkey were slow and it was better to travel by bus.

4.       libralady
5152 posts
 02 Jul 2009 Thu 02:44 pm

 

Quoting bydand

It used to be said that the trains in Turkey were slow and it was better to travel by bus.

 

 Haha!  Being an environmentalist I would much prefer to travel by train, but when I looked at travelling from Istanbul to Ankara, the 9½ hour journey sort of put me off! 

5.       barba_mama
1629 posts
 02 Jul 2009 Thu 03:52 pm

but the scenary is great! That way the travel itself is part of your holiday, not just the destination

6.       libralady
5152 posts
 02 Jul 2009 Thu 04:33 pm

 

Quoting barba_mama

but the scenary is great! That way the travel itself is part of your holiday, not just the destination

 

 Take your point!  but when you need to get their quick, as you only have a limited time......... we will be seeing some wonderful scenary driving from Ankara to Aladaglar and Cappadocia and back.

7.       sonunda
5004 posts
 02 Jul 2009 Thu 06:21 pm

Why can nobody spell SCENERY!!! (non-English speakers excused slightly)

8.       libralady
5152 posts
 02 Jul 2009 Thu 06:26 pm

 

Quoting sonunda

Why can nobody spell SCENERY!!! (non-English speakers excused slightly)

 

 Haha!  Why don´t you just "libralady your spelling sucks" <img src='/static/images/smileys//lol.gif' alt='lol'>  my excuse is the spell checker does it all for me normally except on here <img src='/static/images/smileys//lol.gif' alt='lol'> (fast)

 

btw Sonunda you oughta chillUnsure



Edited (7/2/2009) by libralady [oooops! shouldn´t be on here whilst at work.............]

9.       lady in red
6947 posts
 02 Jul 2009 Thu 06:28 pm

 

Quoting libralady

 

 

 Haha!  Why don´t you just "libralady you spelling sucks" <img src='/static/images/smileys//lol.gif' alt='lol'>  my excuse is the spell checker does it all for me normally except on here <img src='/static/images/smileys//lol.gif' alt='lol'> (fast)

 

btw Sonunda you oughta chillUnsure

 

Excuses Excuses!   I suppose you rely on a calculator to add up too?   lol lol

 



Edited (7/2/2009) by lady in red [sent message before I´d typed anything!]

10.       sonunda
5004 posts
 02 Jul 2009 Thu 06:36 pm

What´s your excuse for using ´their´ instead of ´there´ then? Would spellcheck pick that one up too?

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