Konya - İstanbul - Konya
The Konya-İstanbul High Speed Train stops are: Eskişehir, Bozüyük, Bilecik, Arifiye, İzmit, Gebze, Pendik, Bostancı, Söğütlüçeşme, Bakırköy and Halkalı (İstanbul). It operates twice a day in each direction and takes 5 hours and 26 minutes.
Main Stopping Points
Konya is located on south western edge of the central Anatolian plateau. It is the seventh most populous city of Türkiye. The region has been inhabited since the 3rd millennium BCE. Konya was the last home of Rumi (Mevlana) whose followers are known as Whirling Dervishes.
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.