Basra (Arabic: البصرة Al Baṣrah) is a port city in the Lower Mesopotamia region of southern Iraq, very close to the border with Kuwait. It is Iraq's third largest city with a population of 1,700,000 (2003).
An over-night train service from Baghdad departs daily at 6:30PM and is scheduled to arrive at 6:10AM the next morning, however delays are common. The train usually carries a restaurant car and sometimes "tourist"-class carriages.
Basra is close to Kuwait. The Safwan border crossing is a safe exit point into Kuwait from Iraq