Getting there & away
Consider renting a car to journey around Lake Van. Try Europcar (215 8990; Kazım Karabekir Caddesi) or Avis – Urartu Turizm (214 2020; Cumhuriyet Caddesi) next door to the Büyük Urartu Oteli.
The twice-weekly Vangölü Ekspresi from İstanbul and Ankara terminates at Tatvan; from Tatvan, the ferry will bring you to the dock at Van. The weekly Trans Asya Ekspresi connects İstanbul to Tehran and stops at Van. It leaves for Tehran (€17) at 6.49pm on Friday; for İstanbul (€30), it leaves at 4.53pm.
You can get to the station İstasyon by dolmuş from near Beş Yol (€0.40).
A ferry crosses Lake Van between Tatvan and Van on a twice-daily basis. There’s no fixed schedule. The trip costs €3 per passenger (€6 per car) and takes about four hours. ‘İskele’ dolmuşes ply İskele Caddesi to the harbour (€0.40).
A bus service leaves from outside the office of Kamran Turizm for the airport, 1½ hours before the departure (€2).
Kamran Turizm (216 7031; Cumhuriyet Caddesi; 8am-8pm) An agent for Atlasjet, Pegasus, Sun Express and Turkish Airlines.
Sun Express (www.sunexpress.com.tr) Has a twice weekly flight to/from İzmir (€55, two hours).