Ankara - İstanbul - Ankara
The Ankara-İstanbul High Speed Train departing from Ankara stops at Eryaman, Polatlı, Eskişehir, Bozüyük, Bilecik, Arifiye, İzmit, Gebze, Pendik, Bostancı, Söğütlüçeşme, Bakırköy and Halkalı (İstanbul). It operates 4 times a day in each direction and takes 5 hours and 11 minutes.
Main Stopping Points
The nation’s capital, Ankara is a thriving city with a mix of government workers, university students, bankers and doctors populating the city. The city is home to a few notable tourist attractions. Situated on the hilltop overlooking the city is Ankara Castle and the old town lies inside its walls. The Museum of Anatolian Civilizations is situated beneath the castle walls and houses the largest collection of Hittite artefacts in the world as well as a staggering array of other pieces. It is well worth a visit.
The name, which translates as “Old City” is ironic nowadays because the city is famous for its youth culture and student population. Home to two of Türkiye’s largest Universities, Eskişehir is often referred to as ‘Student City’.
An important city in Roman times it is now a prosperous industrial centre. The Saatçi Efendi Konak, a restored typical l8th century Ottoman mansion, now serves as the Ethnography Museum. Hereke, west of İzmit, is a major carpet making centre. Renowned throughout the world for their beauty and quality, these carpets fetch the highest prices in İstanbul's bazaars.
With a unique location straddling two continents Asia and Europe, İstanbul is the geographical and metaphorical bridge between the East and the West. It has been home to a vast array of different civilizations and boasts some stunning natural riches.
- Sultan Ahmet Mosque (Blue Mosque)
- Hagia Sophia
- Topkapı Palace
- Süleymaniye Mosque
- Ortaköy Mosque
- Galata Tower
- Kumpir (baked potatoes with various toppings)
- Balık ekmek (grilled fish sandwich)
- Rakı (Special Turkish alcoholic beverage)
- The tulips in spring months
- The endless variety of spices in the Spice Bazaar
- The friendly cats and dogs of İstanbul
- The continuous breeze coming from the Bosphorus
- The fresh air in the forests of İstanbul
- The sun and the sea on a Bosphorus Tour
- The ferry boats sounding their horns
- The seagulls’ songs
- The stories of Grand Bazaar