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  • Van Castle
  • Old Armenian church




Avg Max1.6 °C2.3 °C6.1 °C12.6 °C18.4 °C23.7 °C28.1 °C28.3 °C24.2 °C17.2 °C10.1 °C4.1 °C
Avg Min-7.9 °C-7.6 °C-3.3 °C2.4 °C6.8 °C10.5 °C14.4 °C14.4 °C10.5 °C5.5 °C0.2 °C-4.8 °C
Rainfall34.8 mm32.6 mm46 mm55.4 mm46 mm18.2 mm5.4 mm3.5 mm13 mm44.6 mm47.9 mm37.8 mm
Rain Days10.610.412.312.711.25.321.



Getting There

By Plane

Pegasus Airlines flies to and from Van, among other airlines.

By Train

The Trans-Asia Express travels on a weekly schedule between the gateway to Asia, Istanbul, and the capital of Iran, Tehran. Trains leave Istanbul on Wednesday at around 11pm and arrives in Tehran about 70 hours later. In the opposite direction, trains leave Tehran on Thursday at around 6.30pm and take about the same time. The train ride is divided into two parts, one from Istanbul to Lake Van and one from Lake Van to Tehran and only one carriage actually is moved over the lake to make the entire journey.

By Bus

VanGolu bus Company has buses to other Turkish cities.




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Keep Connected


Internet cafes can be found everywhere except small rural villages. The cost of an hour use of internet ranges from 1 YTL to 1.5 YTL. Wireless internet is becoming popular in some cafes in big cities such as Istanbul, Ankara, and Izmir, and at airpots. But in many other places it's still not available, or sometimes at a very high cost.


See also: International Telephone Calls

Turkey's international country code is 90. Dial 112 for an ambulance anywhere, from any telephone, without a charge. In case of a fire, dial 110; for police, call 155. However, in rural areas there is not a police coverage, so dial 156 for gendarme, a military unit for rural security. All these numbers are free of charge and can be called from a telephone booth without inserting a calling card, or any phone including cell phones.

There are telephone booths owned by Turk Telekom in major parts of cities. public phones now operate with chip telekom cards which are available in 30, 60 or 120 units and can be obtained at post offices, newspaper and tobacco kiosks.
It is estimated that approximately 98% of the population of Turkey lives within the coverage areas of Turkey’s three cell phone line providers. Line providers from most countries have roaming agreements with one or more of these companies. Pre-paid mobile phone SIM cards can be purchased for approximately TRY20-50. These can be purchased at the airport on arrival or from the many outlets in Istanbul and other large cities. Providers include Vodaphone.


PTT is the national post service in Turkey. Services are generally moderately fast but quite reliable. There is an extended price list on the PTT website, where you can see the costs of sending items within Turkey, countries in Europe and further afield. For sending packages one might also use international companies such as DHL and UPS and local companies such as Yurtici Kargo. Post offices bear the distinctive yellow PTT sign and are generally open between 9:00am to 12:00 noon and 1:30pm to 5:00pm from Monday to Friday. Some might keep longer hours or be open during the weekend as well, but this mainly applies to the larger ones or those in central places and tourist areas.

Quick Facts


  • Latitude: 38.494167
  • Longitude: 43.380000

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