📩 01/10/2023 10:30
Minister of Transport and Infrastructure Abdulkadir Uraloğlu stated that the Touristic Eastern Express, which is among the top four most beautiful train routes in the world, will operate three days a week starting from December and said, "With the Express this season, there will be 42 train routes, 42 in the Ankara-Kars direction and 84 in the Kars-Ankara direction." "The expedition will be carried out." said.
Uraloğlu made statements about the Touristic Eastern Express, which operates between Ankara and Kars.
Emphasizing that Turkey is in an advantageous position in terms of domestic and international train tours due to its geographical location, Uraloğlu reminded that regular train tours were held in this context from the 1990s to the mid-2000s.
Uraloğlu stated that the Touristic Eastern Express, which operates between Ankara and Kars, which is among the top four most beautiful train routes in the world, offers a high quality, different holiday option to passengers of all ages, especially young people, nature enthusiasts and groups who want to take photographs.
Stating that the Touristic Eastern Express has attracted great attention in recent years and is the center of attention of travel enthusiasts of all ages and nationalities, Uraloğlu said, “Touristic Eastern Express will operate three days a week starting from December. The express will operate from Ankara between 11 December 2023-8 March 2024 and from Kars between 13 December 2023-10 March 2024. It will depart from Ankara on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and from Kars on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. "Touristic Eastern Express will make a total of 42 trips this season, 42 in the Ankara-Kars direction and 84 in the Kars-Ankara direction." he said.
THE TRAIN WILL STOP TO VISIT TOURISTIC PLACES ON THE ROUTE
Uraloğlu stated that the train that will travel consists of 8 bed cars and 1 dining car and the capacity of the train is 160 people.
Uraloğlu stated that ticket sales for 8 of the 6 sleeping cars in the train organization will be made through travel agencies, and gave the following information:
“Two wagons will be sold to individual passengers by the Republic of Turkey State Railways. On the other hand, instead of a fixed price application for the Touristic Eastern Express this season, a variable price policy was adopted, taking into account economic conditions, operating costs and demand situation. "In order to visit the historical and touristic places on its route, the Ekspres will make approximately 2-hour stops in Erzincan and Erzurum in the Ankara-Kars direction, and in İliç, Divriği and Sivas in the Kars-Ankara direction."
Uraloğlu, in addition to the Touristic Eastern Express operated between Ankara-Kars-Ankara, provides opportunities for the demands that will arise as a result of their work with the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, the Association of Turkish Travel Agencies, non-governmental organizations, tourism agencies or relevant institutions regarding trains for tourism purposes that can be operated on new routes within the country. He added that support will be provided accordingly.