New Railway Baku-Tiblisi-Kars (Turkey)

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New Railway Baku-Tiblisi-Kars (Turkey)

Postby lissie45 » Mon Mar 20, 2017 3:08 am

OK so I'm a train nerd but this is interesting! Sounds like there is going to be a new railway connecting Georgia and Turkey - coming on stream middle of this year https://www.railwaynews.net/baku-tbilis ... -2017.html railway We plan on being in Georgia in October so if it's open by then will definitely be trying it out.

Kars already has a daily connection to Ankara and onto Istanbul
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Postby steven » Mon Mar 20, 2017 6:25 am

We will wait and see, this railway line has a storied history. First time they said it was going to be finished in the summer was in 2010

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baku%E2%8 ... rs_railway
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Postby lissie45 » Tue Mar 21, 2017 4:44 am

LOL - yeah but 7 years later that's gotta be a reasonable buffer surely?? It would be fun to do if it really does open
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Postby Uzh » Sat Jul 08, 2017 9:50 pm

And if they ever finished the line, that doesn't means there will be a passenger transport. This railway is primarly build for freight-trains.
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Postby lissie45 » Sun Jul 09, 2017 2:55 am

I definitely saw talk that it would include passengers - no evidence that its actually running though
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Postby Mike9999 » Fri Sep 29, 2017 2:16 am

I asked one of my Turkish friends if this has been open yet, was told no.

That being said, are there any direct bus lines to Georgia from Kars? I desperately want to see the ruins at Ani but don't want to budget days of my limited time to have to backtrack to move on to Georgia. There is quite a frustrating lack of information on transport from Kars.
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Postby steven » Sat Sep 30, 2017 3:28 am

No direct transport. It will take some time to get there, but I also cannot fill you in on the details sadly. If you go, let us know so we can fill in that black hole of information!
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Re: New Railway Baku-Tiblisi-Kars (Turkey)

Postby Chris » Wed Oct 04, 2017 5:19 am

Hi Mike,
I've been there in March of this year, arriving in Kars by the "Dogu Ekspresi" from Ankara. Although I hitchhiked onwards, I remember seeing a Marshrutka at the Vale border saying "Kars-Borjomi-Tbilisi". And I think I read/heard somewhere that it's a daily service...
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