+12 C ( 53 F) is common at nights even in the hottest month of the year (August), so be sure to take at least a cardigan, if not something that would keep you warmer.
''Vangölü Ekspresi'' (
‘Lake Van Express’) departs [[Istanbul]]’s Asian station ( Haydarpasa) twice a week and arrives in Tatvan station after a 42-hr journey. This train also calls at a number of cities and towns across Asian Turkey, including [[Eskişehir]], [[Ankara]], [[Kayseri]], [[Sivas]], [[Malatya]], and [[Elazig]] among others. [[Inter Rail]] pass is accepted in this train. See [http://www.tcdd.org.tr Turkish railway authority’s website].
Train station is in the upper part of the town, about 20 minutes walk away from the town centre .
Train ferries connect Tatvan with [[Van]], a
quite big city located on the eastern shore of Lake Van. These ferries accept pessengers no matter whether they have a connecting train ticket or not .
A wide highway which is in a very good condition connects Tatvan with the city of [[Bitlis]] lying 20 or so km inland from the lake.
Town's small ''otogar'' (bus station) is located on the highway to [[Bitlis]], about half an hour's worth of walk from town centre. ''Dolmuş''es are also available to the centre. However, most inter-city bus companies have offices in town centre, too. In fact, most ''otogar'' offices are open only during day hours, with most companies prefering to use central offices during the night .
* <see name="Mount Nemrut" alt="Nemrut Dağı" address="" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">This is the mountain you'll immediately notice when you turn your eyes away from the lake, by virtue of being the highest in the area. A volcanic one, it has a number of lakes inside its caldera. Some hotels and bus companies in Tatvan
may provide tours to its summit and the lakes. Not to be confused with its much more popular [[Nemrut Dagi|namesake]] near [[Adiyaman]], lying several hundred kms to west.</see>
* <do name="Lake Van tours" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="4 TL/person">You can join boat tours on Lake Van departing daily from the waterfront.</do>
The telephone code of Tatvan is '''434''' (+90 434 when calling from out of Turkey).
is an '''internet cafe''' which costs 1.50 or 2 TL/hour , just upstairs from the ticket office of ''Van Gölü Seyahat'' bus company in the town centre.
[[Erzurum]] to the north; [[Malatya]] to the west; [[Diyarbakir]], [[Hasankeyf]], and [[Southeastern Anatolia]] to the southwest; [[Van]] to the east, across the lake. If you have your passport ready with a visa, why not try moving on further east to [[Iran]]
'''Trains''' — trains to [[Istanbul]] depart twice weekly - only on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7:10AM. If you happen to miss the train of the day, nearest station is in [[Batman]] - which has trains to Istanbul the following day (i.e. on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays). Trains also depart from Batman in the morning (around 9AM). ''Van Gölü Seyahat'' has a night bus (at midnight) from Tatvan to Batman which costs 15 TL/person/one-way, arriving at Batman's ''otogar'' around 4:30AM. Walking ''otogar'' to train station take about one to one-and-a-half hour in Batman. Alternatively, you can take buses to Istanbul directly from Tatvan, but they cost more than double (70 TL/person/one-way) of what the train costs (about 30 TL/person/one-way).