Iran, Turkey to resume train services late June

Financial Tribune – Iran and Turkey plan to resume two train services later this month.

“Services will resume between Tehran and Turkey’s eastern city of Van on June 25 and between Tehran and Ankara on June 27,” Mir-Hassan Mousavi, the deputy head of Islamic Republic of Iran Railways, said.

Train services between the two neighboring countries were suspended in 2015 due to security concerns over terrorist attacks on the route.

“The trains will feature compartments with couchettes for four people and are scheduled, for the time being, to run once a week,” Mehr News Agency quoted Mousavi as saying.

Noting that the train journey from Tehran to Van will take 20-22 hours, the official said, “Given the customs and passport controls on the borders of the two countries and a 3-3.5-hour ferry boat ride from Lake Van to Tatvan, it will take about 60 hours to travel between the capital cities of Iran and Turkey by train.”

Tehran-Ankara and Tehran-Van journeys have been priced at €43 and €20 respectively.