There are 8 ways to get from Istanbul to Lake Van by plane, bus, ferry or train

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

Recommended option

Fly Istanbul to Van, travel  •  4 h 23 min

  1. Fly from Istanbul (IST) to Van (VAN) IST - VAN
  2. Travel from Van to Lake Van

7 alternative options

Fly Sabiha Gokcen to Van, travel  •  5 h 42 min

  1. Fly from Sabiha Gokcen (SAW) to Van (VAN) SAW - VAN
  2. Travel from Van to Lake Van

Fly Istanbul to Mus, travel  •  5 h 51 min

  1. Fly from Istanbul (IST) to Mus (MSR) IST - MSR
  2. Travel from Mus to Lake Van

Fly Istanbul to Agri, travel  •  5 h 57 min

  1. Fly from Istanbul (IST) to Agri (AJI) IST - AJI
  2. Travel from Agri to Lake Van

Fly Sabiha Gokcen to Mus, travel  •  7 h 5 min

  1. Fly from Sabiha Gokcen (SAW) to Mus (MSR) SAW - MSR
  2. Travel from Mus to Lake Van

Bus MetroTurizm, travel  •  26 h 55 min

  1. Take the bus from Istanbul Otogari to Gevaş
  2. Travel from Gevaş to Lake Van

Bus Kamil Koc, travel  •  30 h 6 min

  1. Take the bus from Istanbul to Bursa
  2. Take the bus from Bursa to Gevaş
  3. Travel from Gevaş to Lake Van

Ferry, train, travel  •  33 h 28 min

  1. Take the ferry from Karaköy to Kadıköy
  2. Take the train from Pendik to Ankara Yht
  3. Take the train from Irmak to Tatvan
  4. Travel from Tatvan to Lake Van

What companies run services between Istanbul, Turkey and Lake Van, Bitlis, Turkey?

There is no direct connection from Istanbul to Lake Van. However, you can take the Metro to Ataturk Airport Havalimani, take the walk to Istanbul airport, fly to Van, then take the travel to Lake Van. Alternatively, you can take the Metro to Taksim, take the walk to Istanbul Taksim Square, take the shuttle to Sabiha Gokcen Airport, take the walk to Sabiha Gokcen airport, fly to Van, then take the travel to Lake Van.

Airlines
Turkish Airlines
Website
p.turkishairlines.com
Flights from Istanbul to Van
Ave. Duration
2 h 7 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $1,200
Flights from Istanbul to Van via Ankara
Ave. Duration
4 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $1,200
Flights from Sabiha Gokcen to Van
Ave. Duration
2 h 2 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $490
Flights from Sabiha Gokcen to Van via Ankara
Ave. Duration
3 h 55 min
When
Monday and Saturday
Estimated price
$80 - $490
Flights from Istanbul to Mus
Ave. Duration
2 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $370
Flights from Istanbul to Mus via Ankara
Ave. Duration
4 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $370
Flights from Istanbul to Agri
Ave. Duration
2 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $500
Flights from Istanbul to Agri via Ankara
Ave. Duration
4 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $500
Flights from Sabiha Gokcen to Mus via Ankara
Ave. Duration
4 h 17 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $410
Pegasus Airlines
Website
flypgs.com
Flights from Sabiha Gokcen to Van
Ave. Duration
2 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $290
Flights from Sabiha Gokcen to Van via Adana
Ave. Duration
3 h 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $290
Flights from Sabiha Gokcen to Van via Ankara
Ave. Duration
3 h 55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $290
Flights from Sabiha Gokcen to Mus
Ave. Duration
2 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $190
Train operators
Turkish Railways (TCDD)
Phone
+90 444 8 233
Website
tcddtasimacilik.gov.tr
Train from Pendik to Ankara
Ave. Duration
3 h 56 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$5 - $8
Website
tcdd.gov.tr
Train from Irmak to Tatvan
Ave. Duration
23 h 49 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$11 - $15
Website
tcdd.gov.tr
Bus operators
MetroTurizm
Website
metroturizm.com.tr
Bus from Istanbul Otogari to Gevaş
Ave. Duration
24 h 55 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$25 - $35
Schedules at
metroturizm.com.tr
Bus from Istanbul Otogari to Bursa Otogar
Ave. Duration
2 h 7 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$7 - $10
Schedules at
metroturizm.com.tr
Kamil Koc
Phone
+90 224 294 55 62
Website
kamilkoc.com.tr
Bus from Istanbul to Bursa
Ave. Duration
2 h 19 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$7 - $11
Schedules at
kamilkoc.com.tr
Bus from Bursa to Gevaş
Ave. Duration
25 h 16 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$24 - $35
Schedules at
kamilkoc.com.tr
Huntur Travel
Website
huntur.com.tr
Bus from Istanbul to Bursa
Ave. Duration
2 h 22 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$3 - $6
Schedules at
huntur.com.tr
Ferry operators
Şehir Hatları

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Questions & Answers

The distance between Istanbul and Lake Van is 1220 km.

It takes approximately 4 h 23 min to get from Istanbul to Lake Van, including transfers.