Posted 05 March 2009 - 09:20 AM
Turkey started building high-speed rail lines in 2003. The project will eventually link Ankara and Istanbul. The first phase of the project was the line between Ankara and Eskisehir. High-speed trains will lower the 180-minute train travel from Ankara to Eskisehir to 70 minutes.
When the Ankara-Istanbul High Speed Train Project is completed, a double-line, electrified, and signalling for 250 km/h travel between two major cities will be constructed. The travel time between Ankara and Istanbul, which is currently 6 hours and 30 minutes, will be 2 hours and 30 minutes between Ankara and Gebze and 3 hours between Ankara and Istanbul.
The Turkish State Railways Administration (TCDD) purchased first high-speed train units from Spain's CAF company in 2007.
Posted 05 March 2009 - 01:42 PM
Seriously though, it will make a big difference to the service and a reasonable option to flying if you take into account the journey to and from the airports. I wonder how the price will compare.
Posted 12 August 2009 - 07:43 AM
Posted 12 August 2009 - 09:23 PM
When I was working in Ankara, he would travel by coach to see me. I seem to remember that taking about 11 hours (??).
Wow, 2 and a half hours.