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One of the best trip ever. It took 24 hours plus and meandered through the countryside from Ankara... read more

Reviewed January 18, 2019
Dublin Ireland
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The journey is all part of the adventure

We were really impressed with our trip. First class cabin is so comfortable with beds, bed linen... read more

Reviewed January 15, 2019
London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed March 4, 2019 via mobile

I went there on 10-13 february which is almost the end of winter, the view was good but is not really worth the 24 hours journey. Especially if you are taking the normal seat, which is very most likely to happen as the bed compartment...More

Date of experience: February 2019
4  Thank skrizkiah
Reviewed January 18, 2019 via mobile

One of the best trip ever. It took 24 hours plus and meandered through the countryside from Ankara to Kars over in the east. The train travels through various different landscapes as you go further east the snow covered mountains are really beautiful. We had...More

Date of experience: January 2019
4  Thank keegan_9
Reviewed January 15, 2019

We were really impressed with our trip. First class cabin is so comfortable with beds, bed linen, fridge etc. Guards onboard very helpful. We took food with us and downloaded plenty movies for the journey. Scenery was fantastic. A really great experience.

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank AmeliaV4
Reviewed January 11, 2019

No, you wouldn't take this train if you are in a rush to get to Point B. Most definitely don't. But if you love a train ride through amazing landscape, see the landscape glide by, opportunities to chat with locals, this is the thing to...More

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank Elke W
Reviewed December 13, 2018

Hey, I'm on my way to Tbilisi from Istanbul via the Dogu Ekspresi.. here's a few notes as there were a few things that weren't very clear when checking in advance online.. Istanbul Pendik - Ankara Someone else had fortunately commented that this should be...More

Date of experience: December 2018
8  Thank andyboyyyy
Reviewed December 11, 2018 via mobile

The train is old and dirty.. it is cold and mostly nothing is working well. The restaurant has no enough options,all bathrooms are very bad smelling. Never and ever again !!!

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank salek_12
Reviewed September 15, 2018 via mobile

We loved everything about this train journey. It departs from Ankara Rail station again, from platform 1, at 6pm. We boarded at 5 and settled into our 2 berth cabin. The cabin has a sink, hand towels, soap, a fridge and a roll out table....More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank trudi276
Reviewed June 3, 2018

Travelled in June, 2018~ Don’t freak out if you find yourself in a huge, newly built station (Ankara Kar) after getting off the speed train from Istanbul and could not find any information of the Dogu Express to Kars on the big screens. You will...More

Date of experience: June 2018
4  Thank Antonio T
Reviewed November 14, 2017

We took the train from Anakara to Kars on the weekend of the 10 Nov '17 It was great. I booked using the website and it was all very simple. 1st thing. TAKE FOOD! the dining cart is very limited. The Ankara train station has...More

Date of experience: November 2017
5  Thank nathaninistanbul
Reviewed February 17, 2017

It seems too long from Ankara to Kars but it will be the one of the unforgettable times of your life. Find a place in the bedded compartments and bring some food to enjoy. There are something to eat at the restaurant but very limited....More

Date of experience: February 2017
3  Thank worldofwonders-82
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sam m
April 28, 2019|
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Response from keegan_9 | Reviewed this property |
I can't remember exactly but we had a carriage to yourself. There were three of us and it fits. O Cost I think was about 14 euros for the carriage.
Rosemary D
March 16, 2019|
Response from Elke W | Reviewed this property |
It's practically impossible. It seems that travel agencies snap them up. They go on sale ever night at midnight, and you can only purchase 4 weeks in advance. In Istanbul (or Turkey generally) you can buy them from some PTT... More