Lately we have started to hear how delightful it is to travel with Doğu Express, or we see the photographs taken by those who go. Followed by Doğu Express now we have the Van Lake Express! Add delightful spectacular view on top of the joy of traveling with a train; and all of this is cheaper than many trips! The Van Lake Express promises its passengers exactly these and, of course, more. In this article we brought together all the information you need to know about the Van Lake Express. It would be useful to take a look at this information before it becomes impossible to get tickets!
What is Van Lake Express?
Van Lake Express leaves on Ankara Tuesdays and Sundays at 11.00 and after 25 hours of journey reaches Bitlis-Tatvan. As you would expect, you will witness amazing scenery on the way. There are four different wagon options you can choose from; Pullman, couchette coach, bedded with meals. Tickets can be purchased from TCDD's website or directly from the station. Ticket prices start at 47 TL and go up to 90 TL according to the wagon option.
Route of Van Lake Express
Beginning from Ankara A total of 60 station awaits you: Irmak, Yahşihan, Kırıkkale, Balışıh, Çerikli, Sekili, Yerköy, Caferli, Şefaatli, Sarıkent, Karasenir, Kanlıca, Yenifakılı, Himmetdede, Boğazköprü, Kayseri, Sarıoğlan, Karaözü, Yeniçubuk, İhsanlı, Şarkışla, Hanlı, Gözmen, Bedirli, Kalın, Yapı, Sivas, Taşlıdere, Bostankaya, Yenikangal, Çetinkaya, Demiriz, Akçamağara, Akgedik, Hekimhan, Malatya, Battalgazi, Fırat, Kuşsarayı, Pınarlı, Baskil, Şefkat, Yolçatı, Elazığ, Yurt, Çağlar, Muratbağı, Palu, Beyhan, Ekerek, Suveren, Genç, Turna, Nurik, Solhan, Kale, Muş, Sıcaksu, Rahova and Tatvan.
Van Lake Delight with a Ferry
There is a very important difference that separates Van Lake Express from other routes! After Tatvan, you can pass Van Lake by ferry; and witness the beauty of Van better! The last point you will arrive by train is Tatvan and the ferryboat which departs when full not according to certain hours, from Tatvan, promises you an incredible experience.
What is there to do in Van?
You will begin to experience the beauty of Van after the unique ferry journey on Lake Van. If you want to ride the train on the return journey, you have to board the Van Lake Express which departs from Tatvan at 07.00 in the morning. But if you want to see the beauties this particular city, you can complete the return part of your journey by bus or plane.
An absolute must: Van breakfast!
The first thing to do in Van is, of course, breakfast. Because one of the most famous features of this beautiful city is that it has a number of delicious breakfasts. For this reason, we recommend you to try Van breakfast.
Rafting, para gliding, diving, skiing...
What else could you ask for? Van gives you the chance to do all these activities with the natural beauty surrounding you. If you enjoy such adrenaline-filled activities, you can choose one of these depending on the season and make your holiday more meaningful.
Van Castle, Hoşap Castle and more!
There are many historical sites you can visit in Van. Two of these are Van and Hoşap Castles.
Muradiye Waterfall, Edremit and Gevaş shores...
After touring the historical sites of Van, of course, you have to see the natural beauties. You can be sure that Muradiye Waterfall, Edremit and Gevaş shores will offer you wonderful landscapes!
A bit of cultural activity: Van Museum
In order to witness Van’s unique history make sure you visit Van Museum.
And, of course shopping!
Van can buy you and your loved ones Van's famous rugs and silver embroideries during your trip and you can taste local delicacies such as herbed cheese.
Accommodation in this historical city
While you enjoy this pleasant sightseeing experience, Elite World Van Hotel will complete your vacation with neoclassic architecture and quality service.
For information and reservations, please call 0432 484 11 11 or visit the link below.