Akhtamar is about 1500 km away from İstanbul. Train is a slow but entartaining option, especially if you’d like to discover both high speed and overnight trains of Turkey.
You have to take first high speed train to Ankara and overnight train to Tatvan which will last more than one day in total. Keep in mind that train to Tatvan runs twice a week.
Go to Pendik train station.
Take İstanbul Ankara YHT to Ankara.
Take Vangölü Ekspresi (Ankara Tatvan treni) to Tatvan.
The Akhtamar Island is 13 km from Gevas boat pier. Gevas is at south coast of Van Lake, in the middle of Tatvan (90 km) and Van (45 km). Take bus from Tatvan main bus station (next to train station) to Gevas or Van. Tell bus driver that you’d like to get off at Akhtamar Boat Pier, which is 9 km before Gevas. There are boat services to Akhtamar Island from pier (13 km).
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