The Turkish government continues to invest in high-speed railways. Currently, it takes from Istanbul to Ankara only 4 hours with the high-speed train. After the project has finished, it will take only 5 hours from Istanbul to Antalya.

High-Speed Train Connects Istanbul with Antalya

Another fast train project interfacing Eskişehir to Antalya will be acknowledged, Transport, Maritime Affairs, and Communication Minister Ahmet Arslan declared on Feb.19 2017.

Arslan said the line between the Central Anatolian area of Eskişehir and the Mediterranean region of Antalya would go through the Aegean region of Afyonkarahisar.

Talking after the visit of Eskişehir Governor Azmi Çelik, Arslan focused on that Eskişehir was a huge intersection point for transportation and adulated different prepare, interstate and aeronautics ventures completed under 14 years of Justice and Development Party (AKP) run the show.

"We see that a huge number of individuals are taking trips by fast trains these days. We have connected Eskişehir, Bilecik, Kocaeli and Istanbul with each other," he included.

Istanbul to Ankara: 4 Hours

Ankara, TurkeyTurkey's hotly-anticipated fast railroad line between the capital Ankara and the financial capital Istanbul was introduced on July 25, 2016.

The train is equipped for achieving the pace of up to 250 kilometers 60 minutes. The stops are in Ankara, Polatlı, Eskişehir, Bozüyük, Bilecik, Pamukova, Sapanca, Izmit, Gebze, and Pendik.

The venture, which is worth $4 billion, was finished in stages. The Ankara-Polatlı-Eskişehir stage opened in March 2009, trailed by Polatlı-Konya in August 2011. A through service from Konya to Eskişehir was presented in 2013.

Arslan said Turkey got to be distinctly 6th in Europe and 8th in utilization and generation of speed trains, commenting that the first Turkish vehicle was delivered in Eskişehir during his visit to the manufacturing plant of TÜLOMSAŞ, the main train producer.

"TÜLOMSAŞ turned into a train engine maker for the railroad segment today. They say today 'we will deliver the primary Turkish rapid train.' If specialists trust that, supporting them is our obligation," he said.

Istanbul – Sofia Express

Sofia City CenterArslan has reported that another train line amongst Istanbul and Bulgaria's capital Sofia has begun its journeys on Feb. 25, 2017.

Arslan said the development works of the railroad, which remains on 292 kilometers amongst Kapıkule and Istanbul, has been finished, including that there was no compelling reason to augment the rail line past these focuses.

"The choice to build up another railroad line was made with an understanding between Bulgarian Rail Lines and Turkey's State Railways [TCDD]. The Express will make travels amongst Sofia and Istanbul consistently. TCDD's moving stock will incorporate two wagons, two wagon-lits, and a couchette auto," he said.

Arslan expressed that new lines interfacing with Bucharest and Belgrade will be included in the late spring.

Halkalı is the First Stop

"The train will begin from the Halkalı region of Istanbul at 10:40 p.m. Another train will run its journey from Sofia at 9:00 p.m. The travel time will be roughly nine hours and 50 minutes," he included. Since Halkalı is the first stop, the real estate prices around Halkalı will go up. The purchasers who want to buy real estate in Turkey, Halkali are going to pay more than the other parts of Istanbul.

Arslan said train administrations to and from Sofia and Istanbul would be in both ways.