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Disruptions in Turkey


May 14, 2018


There are currently disruptions on the Turkish train networks as a result of construction work. If you plan to travel through Turkey, you should read the following with care. This information is especially important for people who plan on taking the Balkan Express or Bosphorus Express to Istanbul.


Current disruptions in Turkey

Due to the ongoing Marmaray Tunnel Project and Turkish high-speed rail project, several Istanbul stations, including the historic stations Istanbul Sirkeci and Istanbul Haydarpasa, are experiencing limited or suspended service.


Travelers arriving from Europe overnight on the Balkan Express (Sofia-Istanbul) or the Bosphorus Express (Bucharest-Istanbul) will arrive at Istanbul Halkali station, a suburban station about 25km from the center. Turkish Railways provides a free transfer bus to take passengers from Istanbul Halkali to Sirkeci station in the center of the city.


There are no trains currently running to or from Istanbul Haydarpasa. High-speed YHT trains to Eskisehir and Ankara currently depart from Pendik station, 25 km east of central Istanbul. Pendik station is accessible by Metro service.  


Turkey's first high-speed train line

The Turkish Railways (TCDD) are constructing the country's very first high-speed train line within Europe. The train line will connect the capital city, Ankara with the most populated city, Istanbul, through the new Bosphorus tunnel. The new transport line is expected to serve around 17 million people and cut travel times as well as pollution levels.