Making its debut on Friday 25th July, the new Ankara - İstanbul high speed train line will slash by half the seven-hour journey time between the two cities.
The 533 kilometer long Ankara-İstanbul line will transport passengers in just three-and-a-half hours and will make nine stops en route.
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan travelled aboard the first train in the service from Ankara.
Erdogan has pledged to overhaul Turkey's transport network. "We made a promise. We worked hard. We crossed the mountains, and passed over rivers," stated Erdogan.
The high-speed rail service will begin in Pendik, İstanbul, and the line will eventually connect to the Söğütlüçeşme station in Kadıköy. (Asian side of İstanbul) The line is also expected to connect to the undersea Marmaray rail line and extend to the European-side of Halkalı in western İstanbul.
The travel time between the Pendik station in the Gebze district of Kocaeli province and Ankara will be two-and-a-half hours, and once the connection with the Marmaray is completed, passengers will be able to travel directly from the European side to Ankara.
Six trains will depart İstanbul for Ankara daily and six more will leave from the other direction.
Ticket prices will start at 70 TL for an economy seat, which is cheaper than a one-way planet ticket but slightly more expensive than a bus ticket.
The government hopes that rail transportation will serve 75-80 percent of the total transit between Ankara and İstanbul, according to Transportation, Maritime Affairs and Communications Minister Lütfi Elvan, who spoke with journalists before the ceremony on Friday in Eskişehir.
Stations, the train will stop at 9 stations :-
Gebze, izmit, Sapanca, Pamukova, Bilcekik, Bozüyük, Eskisehir, Polatlı and Ankara.
Timetable (12 Journeys a day)
Depart Ankara:- 06:00, 08:50, 11:45, 14:40, 17:40, 19:00
Depart Istanbul (Pendik) :- 06:15, 07:40, 10:40, 13:30, 16:10, 19:10
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