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ISTANBUL - IZMIR | train / ferry

ISTANBUL - IZMIR | train / ferry

Postby Peter » 30 Dec 2009 - 10:27

ISTANBUL - IZMIR | day / night train and ferry



You have two options - the first one completely by train (the longer one by using a night train) and the second one by ferry plus train.



Option 1 | by train and ferry

ISTANBUL - IZMIR
Istanbul (Ferry terminal: Yenikapi) Dep: 0700 | by http://www.ido.com.tr - IDO ferries (you have to pay for this journey: ~ EUR 7 | no reduction)
Bandirma Arr: 0900
[Only some steps to the railway station]
Bandirma Dep: 0945 | by 6 Eylül Express train (free of supplements)
Izmir (Basmane station) Arr: 1550

IZMIR - ISTANBUL
Izmir (Basmane station) Dep: 0930
Bandirma Arr: 1450| by 6 Eylül Express train (free of supplements)
[Only some steps to the ferry terminal]
Bandirma Dep: 1530 | by ferry: ~ EUR 7
Istanbul (Ferry terminal: Yenikapi) Arr: 1730



Option 2 | only by train

ISTANBUL - ESKIŞEHIR - IZMIR
Istanbul (Haydarpasa station) Dep: 1330 | by free Bogazici Express
Eskişehir Arr: 1845
Eskişehir Dep: 2120 | by night train Mavi Tren ( http://www.tcdd.gov.tr/mnbt/traingoster ... gory=31127 - coming from Ankara) | supplements (single bed compartment: ~ 23 EUR, double bed compartment: ~ 12 EUR) - buy your reservation already in Istanbul | there are also two night trains a bit earlier and later with couchettes or seats (I recommend at least couchettes) - ask for them in Istanbul
Izmir (Basmane station) Arr: 0750

IZMIR - ESKIŞEHIR - ISTANBUL
Izmir (Basmane station) Dep: 1855 | by night train Mavi Tren ( http://www.tcdd.gov.tr/mnbt/traingoster ... gory=31127 - in direction of Ankara) | supplements (single bed compartment: ~ 23 EUR, double bed compartment: ~ 12 EUR) | there are also two night trains a bit earlier and later with couchettes or seats (I recommend at least couchettes)
Eskişehir Arr: 0644
Eskişehir Dep: 1140
Istanbul (Haydarpasa station) Arr: 1645



:!: Note: due to railway infrastructure works in the Istanbul area, there are no trains running between ESKIŞEHIR and ISTANBUL and reverse. Trains are replaced by buses.



Update: Jan 2012
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ISTANBUL - IZMIR | day / night train and ferry

Postby bitutia » 09 May 2010 - 13:31

so it means that going to Izmir from Istanbul using the second option counts as TWO days, right?
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ISTAMBUL - IZMIR | day / night train and ferry

Postby Peter » 09 May 2010 - 14:28

Hi.

Option (2) from Istanbul to Izmir: TWO travel days
Option (2) from Izmir to Istanbul: TWO travel days as the night train leaves before 1900h. But there is a later night trains as well, then it's only ONE travel day. If you don't want to loose one of your travel days, maybe just buy a normal train ticket - in Turkey they are extremely cheap.

Peter :)
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Postby bitutia » 17 May 2010 - 14:54

Thanks. I've also checked the later train from Izmir to Istanbul. It was stated that it's "1st class only". I'm actually new to this and I'm a bit confused. If you have 2nd class youth pass, can you still take the 1st class train? Or is this the case when you need to buy a supplement?

Thanks again :)
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Postby Peter » 17 May 2010 - 15:11

No. With a 2nd class ticket you can't use the 1st class train. You will have to pay the price difference. But I think it will be complicate, as they might not really understand what the InterRail pass is. Maybe the best option is even to buy a normal Turkish ticket for this train. It won't be too expensive.
Peter :)
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Postby bitutia » 17 May 2010 - 15:21

Ok, now everything's clear. I think I'll do what you're suggesting :) Cheers.
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Postby baobab » 26 Jul 2010 - 21:02

I think i will try this route soon.. so the city name is Istanbul 8) :|
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ISTANBUL - IZMIR | day / night train and ferry

Postby Peter » 26 Jul 2010 - 22:49

Oh. Sorry. My fingers was faster than my brain. Corrected it! ;)
And have fun on this route. :)
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ISTANBUL - IZMIR | train / ferry and bus

Postby fredweasley » 27 Aug 2012 - 11:04

Guys, i have an another ideas about İstanbul-İzmir route. In Turkey we are not usually use trains. We always use intercity buses. And İstanbul-İzmir route is frequently use. Because of this you can find Istanbul-İzmir bus ticket from every bus company except National Holiday times and Summer Season. You must calculate this un-ordinary situations. Sorry for my english:D
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