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Ankara railway station, locally known as Ankara Garı, is the central railway station in Ankara, Turkey. It is the primary transportation system within the metro.

The station is at the eastern section of the Istanbul-Ankara railway edge, situated in the easternmost of Turkey, and has a high-speed railway transit.

Ankara station is also a junction for YHT high-speed trains, with its exclusive platforms and concourse. TCDD Tasimacilik also operates intercity train service to Kars, Tatvan, Kurtalan, and Baskentray commuter rail.

The station is located within the historic Ulus quarter, a city landmark. In 2016, a newly established building opened above the YHT platforms called Ankara Tren Gari (ATG).

The ATG building serves as the prior quarter for high-speed rail, with its concourse containing information and ticket booths, waiting rooms, and a VIP lounge. It is connected to the rest of the station via a sky bridge.

Ankara station has typically been the exchange point between the west and the east train services. However, trains to the far east of Turkey would originate from Istanbul until 2011. Except for commuter railway service, all trains originate or terminate at the station, continuing Ankara's role as a rail hub in Turkey.

TCDD Tasimacilik (TCDDT) operates mainline intercity trains, primarily overnight service, going west to Istanbul and Izmir and traversing east to Kars, Tatvan, and Kurtalanalong, with regional service to Polatli.

Ankara station has six platforms with thirteen tracks divided into three areas. Each with a different train service, the platform is connected via a sky bridge.

  • Tracks 1 to 3 are utilized for intercity and regional services. Intercity trains to Istanbul, Izmir, Kars, Tatvan, and Kurtalan, along with regional railway transit to Polatli, cater to arriving and departing train passengers. An island and side platform allow access to the railways.
  • Tracks 4 to 5 are used for freight trains passing through Ankara, along with the occasional equipment move from Marsandiz Yard. Freight trains run primarily at night or late evening, with some mid-day service. This is to minimize interference with passenger rail transit.
  • Tracks 6 to 7 are for Baskentray commuter service to Sincan and Kayas. An island platform services both ways; however, access to this platform requires the payment of a fare using the AnkaraKart.
  • Tracks 8 to 13 are exclusively for high-speed train service. These tracks are also indoors as they sit underneath the Ankara Tren Garı building. Platforms here connect directly to the high-speed rail concourse. However, the rest of Ankara station can be accessed via the sky bridge.

Since Turkey's first high-speed railway opened in 2009, Ankara has become the country's central hub for high-speed trains. High-speed Yuksek Hizli Tren (YHT) service frequently operates to Istanbul via Eskişehir and Konya.

However, the YHT railway to Sivas and Karaman is expected to increase service by the end of 2021. Meanwhile, its future service to Afyonkarahisar and İzmir is scheduled to begin in 2023.

The railway station has been a significant economic contribution to the city as it also gives accessibility to travelers going to and from Ankara Esenboga Airport.

Though rail track is unavailable within the airport premises, the railway station still serves its purpose in terms of transportation services.

The Ankara Railway Station is about 29 km or 30 to 35 minutes from the airport property.

Train tickets are available at the ticketing office inside the railway station.

Ticket prices vary depending on the passenger's location.