Turkey, high speed train

Trains and buses resume their services after the coronavirus

High-speed train services between Istanbul, Ankara, Eskişehir and Konya resume on May 28. Trains and buses will travel at 50% of their capacity, and controls will be carried out on passengers.

Transportation on trains and buses in Turkey is preparing to resume its services once the consequences of the coronavirus pandemic seem to subside and restrictions on travel in the country are eased, and besides it is already possible to buy tickets.

This is the case of tickets for high-speed trains, which went on sale on Monday in the face of the resumption of high-speed services between Ankara, Istanbul, Eskişehir and Konya on May 28, with a forecast of 16 daily services between those cities, as reported by the Turkish railway authorities. Tickets can be purchased through website, mobile application and authorised points of sale.

For their part, the four main bus companies operating in Turkey have also announced the resumption of their services starting next week, specifically on June 4. Buses, like trains, will travel at only 50% of their capacity so that passengers can maintain the safety distance, leaving a row of free seats next to each traveller.

In addition, to travel passengers must demonstrate that they are not sick or have symptoms of the coronavirus, something they can do using a special code provided by a mobile application launched by the Ministry of Health. Since those over 65 and under 20 continue to have restrictions on going outside, they must have a special permission from the authorities to travel on trains and buses.