+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 from [[Istanbul]]’s Asian station (Haydarpaşa) twice a week on Mondays and Fridays at 10:55PM arrives in Tatvan station after a 40-hr journey, on Wednesdays and Sundays at 2:17PM. 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 Turkish railway authority’s website [http://www.tcdd.org.tr] for detailed information.
Train station is in the upper part of the town (northwest of downtown), about 20 minutes walk away from the town centre .
Train ferries connect Tatvan with [[Van]], a rather large city located on the eastern shore of Lake Van. These ferries accept pedestrian passengers whether they have a connecting train ticket or not. It takes four hours to cross the lake.
Ferries crossing the lake depart from north of the town
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]], north of downtown, about half an hour's worth of walk from town centre, and not very far from the train station. ''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, which are far more convenient during the day hours, too.
* <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]]—which is possibly why you are in Tatvan in the first place anyway.
* [[Ahlat]] to north on the northwestern coast of Lake Van, about 45 minutes away from Tatvan by minibus, is, unlike Tatvan, a town of historical importance with some artifacts to see. Its main sight is a large Seljuk graveyard in the wide open steppe, though not as spooky as you might think, with elegant headstones with much stonework.