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ISTANBUL - IZMIR | train / ferry

ISTANBUL - IZMIR | train / ferry

Postby Peter » 30 Dec 2009 - 11:27

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.



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ISTANBUL - IZMIR | day / night train and ferry

Postby bitutia » 09 May 2010 - 14:31

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 - 15:28

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.

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Postby bitutia » 17 May 2010 - 15:54

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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ISTANBUL - IZMIR | day / night train and ferry

Postby Peter » 17 May 2010 - 16:11

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.
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Postby bitutia » 17 May 2010 - 16:21

Ok, now everything's clear. I think I'll do what you're suggesting :) Cheers.
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ISTANBUL - IZMIR | day / night train and ferry

Postby baobab » 26 Jul 2010 - 22:02

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 - 23:49

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 - 12:04

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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ISTANBUL - IZMIR | train / ferry

Postby rubeva » 15 Aug 2014 - 19:49

We took this route, but unfortunately the information was not accurate. The train from Bandirma to Izmir we wanted to take at 0945 was not running. However there is a train, that leaves Bandirma in the afternoon. Sorry, I do not recall the exact time. Please verify the information and update it for fellow travelers.
Instead of waiting in Bandirma we took a bus instead for about 13€. The bus was really nice and much faster than the train.
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ISTANBUL - IZMIR | train / ferry

Postby Peter » 15 Aug 2014 - 21:46

Hi.
The information above is already older than two years. I'm sorry, but we can not update every old forum topic. Simply impossible as long as we do not get enough support from the users which use the whole Raildude project for free - by purchasing their rail passes / train tickets via the Raildude partner links.
As we also have to pay the servers, the programming, translations, research for content, the food we eat, ... :)
Peter :)
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Postby rubeva » 01 Sep 2014 - 22:51

Dear Peter,

I really appreciate your work and the information avaliable made our trip much easier. It was not my intention to sound too critical. All other information we used for this trip was accurate and the schedules are organized very well.
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