Express trains connecting Tehran to Istanbul will be initiated on Tuesday in a bid to expand tourism ties between Iran and Turkey, Iranian Press TV reported on Monday.
The report said the express train will carry 200 passengers and will speed up trips between the two neighboring countries, according to an announcement by the Railway of the Islamic Republic of Iran.
Moving toward west from Tehran, the train passes the Iranian stations of Zanjan, Tabriz and Salmas. After passport and visa checking in Iran's Razi border with Turkey, passengers will be transferred to a ship at Van Harbor on the Van Lake in eastern Turkey.
The passenger trains' stopovers in Turkey will be the cities of Malatya, Sivas, Kayseri and Ankara before arriving at Istanbul's Haydar Paşa Station.
Passengers will be charged around 57 dollars for the 68-hour trip from Tehran to Istanbul.
The public can find further information about tickets and timetable of the trains on the official website of the Railway of the Islamic Republic of Iran at www.raja.ir.
Güncelleme Tarihi: 09 Haziran 2008, 15:04