[[Image:Akdamar.jpg|thumb|350px|Armenian Cathedral on Akdamar Island]]
'''Van''' (pronounced ''vahn'', like the English word ''one'') is in [[Eastern Anatolia]], [[Turkey]]. It is located on the eastern shore of Lake Van (''Van Gölü''), a salt lake which is locally known as ''Van Denizi'' (“the sea of Van”). Lake Van is the largest lake in Turkey.
Remember that most departure times are from the Otogar, a few km's out of town. Free shuttle buses run from the main ticket offices in the town centre but remember to be there at least half an hour before the scheduled departure time. As always, check details when buying the ticket.
Minibuses to Dogubeyazit and Yuksekova for border crossings to Iran.
There are also two buses a day to and from [[Urmia]] in Iran costing only 15 Euros.
From [[Istanbul]]’s Haydarpaşa station (on the Asian side) there are trains direct to [[Tatvan]], a town on the west side of Lake Van, two times a week, on Mondays and Fridays. This train (''Vangölü Express'') departs from Haydarpaşa at 10:55PM and calls in a number of cities and towns across Anatolia, including [[Eskişehir]], [[Ankara]], [[Kayseri]], [[Sivas]], and [[Malatya]] among others. According to the timetable all the way between Istanbul and Tatvan takes almost 40 hours (arriving in Tatvan at 2:17PM on Wednesdays and Sundays), frequent and probably long delays discluded. This is the longest (both in terms of miles traveled and time spent inside the train) non-international train journey in Turkey and gives a through panorama of almost all regions of inland Turkey. [[Inter Rail]] pass is accepted in this train. Once arrived in Tatvan, you can take the ferry which crosses the lake to Van.
International train from [[Istanbul]] to [[Tehran]] (''Trans-Asia Express'') calls in Van once per week, see [http://www.tcdd.gov.tr/tcdding/ortadogu_ing.htm]
Apart from ''Trans-Asia'', there is also another international train service once a week (
one of the days which Trans-Asia doesn’t call) between Van station and [[Tabriz]] in NW Iran.
There is an airport ('''Van Airport''') located about 5-10 km away from the city. There are flights from [[Istanbul]], [[Izmir]], [[Ankara]] and [[Antalya]].
Outside the airport there are taxis to the city costing 20 YTL, but you can also walk
10 minutes for the main road where dolmuses stop and take you to the city only for 1 YTL. A new bus run by the municipality now serves the security entrance to the airport (past the taxis and towards the main road) .
There is a ferry line in the Lake Van, between [[Tatvan]] on the western shoreline and Van on the eastern shoreline. The ferry going to Tatvan
was only at 9 or so PM. Maybe more in the summer? It takes four hours to cross the lake.
*The '''castle''' and old city of '''Tuşpa''' a few kilometres west of the city.
*The ancient Armenian church ('''Ahtamar''' or '''Akdamar''') on a small island in Lake Van is beautiful, the church has recently been re-opened after an extensive restoration, making its impressive frescoes possible to see. The price of the boat ride varies (30 YTL in total if less than 12 people, 2. 5 YTL pp if more than 12 people). Buses and taxis are available to drop you at the boat dock which lies 50 km west of the city.
'''Hotel Aslan''' in the middle of the bazaar, is clean and has friendly staff. A double room with TV costs 14 YTL and a double with en - suite bathroom costs 30 YTL.
* '''Hotel Asur''' beside the tourist office, offers clean rooms with attached bathroom. Single 20-25 YTL including breakfast. The staff speak English and are very helpful.*<sleep name="Otel Bahar" alt="" address="Ordu Caddesi, Carsi Polis Karakolu Ustu" directions="east of Cumhuriyet, near the big green mosque" phone="0539 729 6838" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price=" 50 TL for double room ensuite" lat="" long=""> In a town with few budget options, this place delivers. Clean, spacious rooms, nice views of the green mosque on the upper floors, central location, and free wi-fi. </sleep>