Akhtamar is about 800 km away from Adana. One daily and one overnight train will take you there.
You have to take daily train to Elazığ and interchange for Tatvan. You have some time at Elazığ. Departure time of Tatvan train may be a little disturbing. Keep in mind that train to Tatvan runs twice a week.
Go to Adana train station.
Take Firat Express (Adana-Elazig) train to Elazığ. It’ll take about 11 hours (511 km).
Take Vangolu Express (Ankara-Tatvan) train to Tatvan. It’ll take about 12 hours .
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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