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Çerkezköy today is a rapidly growing city of drab apartment blocks, surrounded by a diverse range of industries. You will have a hard time for finding a reason to spend time more than absolutely necessary in this place.
 
Çerkezköy today is a rapidly growing city of drab apartment blocks, surrounded by a diverse range of industries. You will have a hard time for finding a reason to spend time more than absolutely necessary in this place.
 
In local slang, Çerkezköy is simply known as ''Çerkez'', though without giving much thought to its original meaning.
 
  
 
==Get in==
 
==Get in==
 
===By train===
 
===By train===
Çerkezköy's railway station, which lies around two kilometers east of city centre, welcomes three trains from [[Istanbul]]'s Sirkeci station daily: A morning train departing 8:30AM which continues to [[Uzunköprü]] on the Greek border, another one leaving Sirkeci at 3:50PM and continuing to [[Kapıkule]] on the Bulgarian border via [[Corlu|Çorlu]] and [[Edirne]] while the third train has its terminus in Çerkezköy and departs 6PM. A train trip from Istanbul takes a little more than two hours.
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Çerkezköy's station, which lies around 2 km east of city centre, welcomes trains from [[Istanbul]] twice daily [http://www.tcdd.gov.tr/Upload/Files/ContentFiles/2010/bolgesel/trakya.htm], both departing from Sirkeci station at 3:50PM (which heads all the way to Kapıkule on [[Bulgaria]]n border via [[Corlu|Çorlu]] and [[Edirne]]) and at 6PM, which has its terminus at Çerkezköy. There is also normally a morning train departing at 8:30AM and heading for [[Uzunköprü]] on the [[Greece|Greek]] border, but as of September 2010, it is suspended due to track renovations along the way.
 
 
From Europe, the daily ''Bosphorus Express'' overnight service departs [[Bucharest]]'s Gara de Nord station at 12:13PM. It also calls in [[Sofia]] at 6:55PM where a carriage from [[Belgrade]] (departure time 7:50AM in the morning the same day) is attached. The train arrives in Çerkezköy during the early morning hours the next day on its way to Istanbul.
 
  
Also, a once-weekly motorail train by '''EuroTurk Express''' [http://www.euroturk-express.com] now connects [[Bonn]] in Germany with Çerkezköy. It's a convenient way of bypassning the narrow highways in the [[Balkans]]. The train departs from Bonn-Beuel station every Saturday at noon, arriving two nights later during the afternoon. Fares start at €139 for passangers, cars at €279.
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You can also take the above trains on their way back to Istanbul, to get to Çerkezköy from destinations west (i.e. [[Edirne]], [[Corlu|Çorlu]] and others on the way).
  
 
===By bus and minibus===
 
===By bus and minibus===
Çerkezköy is connected to [[Istanbul]] by hourly buses, which takes around an hour.
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Çerkezköy is connected to [[Istanbul]] by hourly buses.
  
An extensive network of minibuses and ''dolmuş minibüs''es connect Çerkezköy with surrounding towns and cities of [[Tekirdağ]] (1h 25min, 9 TL) and [[Corlu|Çorlu]] to south, and [[Saray]] and [[Vize]] to north.
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An extensive network of minibuses and ''dolmuş minibüs''es connect Çerkezköy with surrounding towns and cities of [[Tekirdağ]] and [[Corlu|Çorlu]] to south, and [[Saray]] and [[Vize]] to north.
  
 
===By car===
 
===By car===

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