Ankara, the capital of Turkey, has its own underground rapid transist system, the Ankara Metro (Ankara Metrosu in turkish). The system has two metro lines: the Ankara Metro and Ankaray with a total length of 23,4 kms. Ankara Metro is the north-south heavy rail while Ankaray is the west east light rail. Both lines are owned and operated by the Ankara Municipality
This system is also complemented by a suburban rail system called Ankara Banliyö Treni.
Ankara Metro and Ankaray are underground lines most parts of the system. They intersect at the Kizilay Station.
The Ankaray line runs between the Intercity Bus Terminal and Dikimevi. It is 8.7 kilometers long and has 11 stations: Dikimevi, Kurtuluş, Kolej, Kızılay, Demirtepe, Maltepe, Tandoğan, Beşevler, Bahçelievler, Emek, AŞTİ
The Ankara Metro line runs between the city center to Batikent which is located in the northwest. It is 14.7 kilometers long and has 12 stations: Kızılay, Sıhhiye, Ulus, Kültür Merkezi, Akköprü, İvedik, Yenimahalle, Demetevler, Hastane, Macunköy, Ostim, Batıkent
Three more metro lines are currently under construction. This lines are proposed to open in June of 2014.
Ulus-Kecioren line which will be 7.9 kilometers and have six stations
Batikent-Sincan line that is 18 kilometers in length and has 11 stations
Kizilay to Cayyolu line which is 18 kilometers long and consists of 16 new stations.
The TBMM-Dikmen line is also planned to serve south side of the city and will be 4.8 kilometers and consist of 5 stations.
When Ankara Metro is finnished will have a capacity of aprox. 60,000 passengers per hour per direction.
The working hours are from 6am to 12am. Timetables sometimes have to be updated by the Ankara metro because of delays. Sometimes trains have to wait at stations to return to schedule.
To get to the airport you can use two lines from the city center: Ulus and ASTI. However due to the subway construction on ASTI the Ulus line is preferable. A taxi costs about 15-20 Liras from there.
Electronic bus tickets are valid as well for Ankara Metro. Electronic cards (multi-use magnetic cards) and the route map can be obtained from any underground station.
The price of basic travel ticket is 2 dollars. 50 cents for seniors and people with disabilities.
Train tickets can be purchased with credit/debit card or currency at any Metro ticket vending machines (TVM).
Kissing is not allowed in Ankara Metro.
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