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The TCDD - Türkiye Devlet Demir Yolları (Turkish State Railways) possess 10,984 km of 1,435 mm (4 ft 8+12 in) gauge, of which 2,336 km are electrified (2005)[1]. (Map)

In 2004, Marmaray project started on a rail tunnel under the Bosphorus straits.

Between Istanbul and Ankara, a high speed railroad line is being constructed now next to the normal speed railroad which is being renovated. When finished, travel time between the two major cities will reduce from 6,5 hours to 3 hours and 10 minutes, using trains ordered from Spain that can reach up to 250 km/h. Construction of a high speed railroad line between Ankara and Konya is also soon to begin in order to connect the two cities with a direct line and reduce travel time from several hours to approximately one hour. Several other high speed and normal railroad projects are currently in the planning stage.

Cities with underground railway systems are Ankara, Istanbul, İzmir, Bursa, and Adana (under construction).


Railway links with adjacent countries


Light Rail

After almost 30 years without any trams, Turkey is experiencing a revival in trams. Established in 1992, the tram system of Istanbul earned the best large-scale tram management award in 2005. Another award winning tram network belongs to Eskişehir, a city with a new tram system opened in 2004. Several other cities are planning or constructing tram lines, usually with modern low-floow trams.

One example of something in between Metro and trams is the "Ankaray" system in the city of Ankara, Turkey. Ankaray is called "light metro", but the vehicles are clearly heavier and longer than usual trams, and also mostly underground and grade-separated. It could be called a metro but isn't since there is a separate system called Ankara Metro.

Road Transport

Public road transport

There are numerous private bus companies providing connections between cities in Turkey.

For local trips to villages there are dolmuşes, small vans that seat about twenty passengers.


total: 426,906 km
paved: 177,550 km (includes 1,892 km of expressways)
unpaved: 249,356 km (2004) Road map of Turkey: [1] (12MB file).

Car ownership

In 2004, there were a total of 5,359,579 passenger cars in Turkey. (link). The provinces with the highest rates of car ownership were:-

Total number of passenger cars increased to 6,472,156 at the end of 2007. Total number of motor vehicles (excluding tractors and construction vehicles) was 11,695,611 at the end of 2007. (Links:[2][3]) [4]


about 1,200 km


gas 4,621 km; oil 3,543 km; Total: 8,164 km (2006)

Ports and harbors

Black Sea

Aegean Sea

Mediterranean Sea

Sea of Marmara

Merchant marine

total: 565 ships (1,000 gross register tons (GRT) or over) totaling 4,663,353 GRT/7,039,492 metric tons deadweight (DWT)
ships by type: by type: bulk carrier 96, cargo ship 262, chemical tanker 58, combination ore/oil 1, container ship 30, liquefied gas 7, passenger 4, passenger/cargo ship 48, petroleum tanker 32, refrigerated cargo ship 1, roll-on/roll-off 25, specialized tanker 1
foreign-owned: 8 (China 1, Cyprus 2, Germany 1, Italy 3, UAE 1)
registered in other countries: 470 (Albania 1, Antigua and Barbuda 7, Bahamas 5, Belize 11, Cambodia 20, Comoros 8, Cyprus 1, Dominica 9, Georgia 23, Isle of Man 2, Italy 1, Kiribati 1, North Korea 1, Liberia 7, Malta 143, Marshall Islands 41, Netherlands Antilles 12, Panama 53, Russia 70, Sierra Leone 7, Slovakia 11, St Kitts and Nevis 13, St Vincent and The Grenadines 20, Tuvalu 1, UK 2, unknown 3) (2007)(Link:[5])

Airports and airlines

Total number of Airports in Turkey: 117 (2007) See also: Airports in Turkey. See also: Turkish Airlines.

Airports - with paved runways

total: 90
over 3,047 m: 15
2,438 to 3,047 m: 33
1,524 to 2,437 m: 19
914 to 1,523 m: 19
under 914 m: 4 (2007) (Link:[6])

Airports - with unpaved runways

total: 27
Over 3,047 m: 1
1,524 to 2,437 m: 2
914 to 1,523 m: 7
under 914 m: 17 (2007) (Link:[7])


18 (2007)

See also

Cars, trains, and ferries are some more types of Turkish transportation.


  1. ^ TCDD Statistics - PDF file
  2. ^ Railway Gazette International - January 2008 p51


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