Istanbul - Train Tickets & City Guide

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Istanbul by train - City guide & train tickets

What is the name of the main station in Istanbul? 
The Istanbul Sirkeci train station is the station where traffic from and to Bulgaria and Greece goes. On the other side of the Bosporus lies the train station Pendik, where the Turkish Railways operate their high speed lines from.

Can you walk from the station to the (old) city centre? 
The Sirkeci train station is near the Topkapi Palace in that part of the city.

Which hotels do you recommend near the station?  
Check our list of recommend hotels near the station. 

Which trains run to Istanbul? 

  • Since there have been large-scale refurbishments on the tracks between Bulgaria and Istanbul, there is no longer any train traffic with foreign countries. Depending on the phase in which the project is located, a train replacement bus will be deployed on a small or large part of the route.
  • High speed trains run from the Asian side of the Bosporus to and from cities further in Turkey.

Are there direct trains to major cities nearby? 
Yes, to Konya and to Ankara.

Do you offer all train tickets to Istanbul? 
Yes, we offer all train tickets - always the best price, no booking fees and e-tickets! 

About Istanbul
Being a huge city, Istanbul has a variety of tourist attractions, restaurants, nightlife spread across multiple districts.

Istanbul Sirkeci - Info


  • Wifi: yes
  • Lockers/luggage depot: yes
  • Restaurants: yes
  • Parking: no

To the city centre

  • Walking: less than 5 minutes
  • Tram: yes
  • Bus: yes
  • Taxi: yes

Finding your platform:

  • On each platform and in the departure hall there are screens on which the departing trains are listed.

Finding your carriage:

  • If you have a reserved seat, you can find the right spot on the platform where the carriage stops, by looking at the board of train compositions that can be found on any platform.

Istanbul Sirkeci - Hotels near the station

Find cheap hotels with good ratings in Istanbul

• Walking distance from the train station • Rating: 8+
Hotel near the railway station of 

Holiday Inn Istanbul Old City****

Located in the Fatih District in Istanbul, Holiday Inn Istanbul - Old City is a 12-minute walk from the Grand Bazaar. It features contemporary rooms with free WiFi.

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Istanbul Sirkeci - Rental cars

Cheap rental cars near Istanbul train station

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Rental car companies, among others: Enterprise, Alamo, Avis, Euronet, Avec

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