Turkey's railway system extends approximately 10,200 km / 6,340 miles of which 2,300 km / 1,430 miles is within the framework of the International Main Railways European Charter and the Trans-European Railways (TER).

International trains from Europe arrive at the station in Sirkeci, close to Sultanahmet. Asian trains arrive at Haydarpasa station. To get between the two, there are ferries across the Bosphorus.
International trains to and from Sirkeci:

There is a daily overnight train Balkan Express from Belgrade –Serbia- via Sofia –Bulgaria-
There is a daily overnight Bosphorus Express from Bucharest -Romania- which departures at 12.16PM from Bucharest, arrives at 8.30AM in Istanbul, but about 2 hours delay is expected. It is for a second class sleeper. No restaurant.
TransBalkan Express from Budapest-Hungary- also has one of its cars attached to Bosphorus Express in Bucharest, thus providing a direct service from Budapest to Istanbul.
Twice a day there are trains to Thessaloniki –Greece- the slow morning train that takes almost a whole day and the fast night train that is quicker but more expensive.

International trains to and from Haydarpasa:

Weekly trains to Aleppo (Syria)
Weekly train to Teheran (Iran) (from Haydarpasa station) every Wednesday 10.55PM. It is also a good way to drive in the Eastern part of Turkey. You change trains on Friday at Lake Van which requires a four hour ferry ride to get across. Arrival in Tehran on Saturday at 6.45PM (but expect up to 10 hours delay…)
Schedule and price list of railway trips can be gathered from TCDD (Turkish Republic State Railways)
When arriving at the Turkish border from Europe, you may need to buy a visa before getting your passport stamp. This counter accepts only Euros or USD, not Turkish Lira. You need to go to the visa counter first to purchase your visa, then to passport control to get it stamped.


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