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Sirkeci Station Popular Places

Sirkeci Station is Istanbul's terminus for trains from Edirne and Europe. 

This is where the famed Orient Express ended its run from Paris, at the 19th-century Orientalist station near Seraglio Point beneath the walls of Topkapi Palace, right next to Eminönü, its ferry docks, and Galata Bridge. 

You can go by train between Sirkeci and Istanbul's Atatürk Airport. 

Whether you take a train or not, it's worth it just to stroll through the station and imagine the famous 19th-century luxury train pulling into Sirkeci with its eminent passengers being met by uniformed dragomans (guide-interpreters) from the great European embassies. 

You may even see Whirling Dervishes here! "Contemporary Lovers of Mevlana" organizes a Mevlevi sema (whirling ceremony) each Sunday, Wednesday and Friday evening at 19:30 (7:30 pm) for about US$15. (Call (212) 458 8834 for info.)

Buses and airplanes now carry more passengers between Istanbul and Europe than do trains. The conflict in Bosnia during the 1990s further reduced train traffic, as the trains couldn't run through the war zone of dismembered Yugoslavia. 

Several trains still run between Sirkeci and Edirne each day, and a few others head off to Central and Eastern Europe, but they are slow, somewhat scruffy, and sometimes even dangerous (thieves)--for adventurers only. As for Edirne, it's much faster to go there by bus from Istanbul's Otogar (bus terminal). 

If you ride trains in Turkey, they'll most likely depart from Haydarpasa Station on the Asian shore of the Bosphorus, reached by frequent ferries from Karaköy (Galata), at the northern end of Galata Bridge.

Address: Hobyar, Mimar Vedat Sk., 34112 Fatih/İstanbul


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