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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]

Direct trains (the Doğu Express) run daily from Ankara to Erzincan, departing at 6 pm and arriving 16 hours later around 10 am. This train continues to Erzurum, another 4 hours, then to Kars, a further 4 hours. The return train leaves Erzincan around 4 pm. There are couchettes, a sleeping car and a buffet. The main stops along the route are Kayseri and Sivas: for details see Turkish railways website at Ankara railway station is partially closed for rebuilding until 2018, with bus replacements to Irmak 60 km east of the city, and altered timings. A new high-speed line is also under construction from Ankara towards Erzincan and Kars; the first section as far as Sivas may open in 2018.

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.




Erzincan's telephone code is (+90) 446.

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
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