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Erzincan is a city in Eastern Anatolia. After suffering from powerful earthquakes (in 1939 which leveled the whole city and most recently in 1992), it has undergone a process of renewal and has become a modern city—Erzincan is one of the most orderly cities in Turkey. The population is approximately 300,000. Many stores and shopping malls can be found in Erzincan.

Get in[edit]

By train[edit]

The Doğu Express departs Ankara daily at 18:00, reaching Erzincan 16 hours later around 10:00. This train continues to Erzurum, another 4 hours, then to Kars, a further 4 hours. The return train leaves Erzincan around 16:00. There are couchettes and a buffet. The main stops along the route are Kayseri and Sivas: for details and tickets see Turkish Railways website.

There's also a "tourist" version of this train, running daily year-round. The eastbound train makes long stops for sightseeing at İliç, Erzincan and Erzurum, while the westbound train calls briefly at Erzincan around 06:30 then makes long stops at Divriği and Bostankaya.

A regional train runs twice a day from Divriği, leaving at 05:00 and 16:00 and taking three hours. The eastbound train leaves Erzincan at 14:30 and 05:30.

A high-speed line is under construction from Ankara towards Erzincan and Kars. The first section may open in 2020, but meanwhile there is disruption to rail travel around Sivas.

1 Erzincan railway station is 500 m south of city centre.

Get around[edit]


  • Girlevik Waterfalls. One of Turkey's most beautiful.
  • Ekşisu Piknik Tesisleri. Natural mineral water source, and a picnic area.
  • Dörtyol. Downtown Erzincan.
  • Esentepe. A higher hill from which you can view all of the city.
  • And many other picnic areas.


Peevish rivers around Erzincan offers rafting opportunities full of adrenaline.


  • Copper objects.


Perhaps the most special and unique culinary offering of Erzincan is Erzincan döneri, served as a sandwich or together with rice and fried potatoes. Check out Kebabistan, Döneristan or any other kebab shop around Dörtyol area; a portion (100 g) should cost no more than 9 TL.




As of Dec 2020, there is 4G in Erzincan from all Turkish carriers. There's a mobile signal along the main east-west highway through the district but lots of dead spots. 5G has not yet reached this area.

Go next[edit]

  • Kemaliye — locally known as Eğin, Kemaliye is a beautiful old town on the Karasu River, a major tributary of the Euphrates, about 3 hours by buses to the southwest. The nearby Karanlık Kanyon ("Dark Canyon") is a major hotspot of adventure sports.
Routes through Erzincan
Amasya ← Junction D850-TR.svg (S) ←  W E80-TR.svg E  ErzurumDoğubayazıt
AnkaraSivas  W E88-TR.svg E  Ends at E80-TR.svg
AnkaraDivriği  W Doğu Ekspresi (the Eastern Express) E  ErzurumKars

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