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Airport of arrival: Van Ferit Melen Airport
Flight time from Istanbul to Van: 2 hours 5 minutes
Flight time from Adana to Van: 1 hours 20 minutes

Van, the largest lake in Anatolia, has been home to many ancient civilizations throughout its seven thousand years of history. These civilizations include ancient Macedonia, Persia, and Turkish empires. Van has a unique cat species with one eye blue and the other green. With its castles, cats, historical buildings and a big lake, Van is a city that fascinates its visitors. Throughout the year, it is very easy to find flights to Van at affordable prices.

Van is a famous tourist city in the world with its historical buildings and unusual city structure. There are many direct flights to Van departing from Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen Airport and Adana Airport which are connected through various domestic flights to different cities within Turkey and different cities all over the world. You can book your ticket in advance plan a holiday and find cheap flights from Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen Airport and Adana Airport to Van Ferit Melen Airport.

You can book your ticket in advance to benefit from seasonal promotions offered by Pegasus Airlines.

About the Airport

Van Ferit Melen Airport named after bureaucrats and politicians and the former the prime minister of Turkey, Ferit Melen. The airport is located 6.3 km south-west of the city center.

Van Ferit Melen Airport

Opened in 1943, Van Ferit Melen Airport is the only airport in Van. Ferit Melen Airport the most technologically advanced airport in the region, Turkey’s first satellite-based approach of airport landing system was established. The airport, which hosts approximately 1.6 million passengers every year, has facilities in one terminal to meet the needs of passengers.

Transport from Van Ferit Melen Airport to the City Center

From Van Ferit Melen Airport, you can go to the city center by bus, minibus, and taxi.

The most convenient way to get to the city center from the airport is to use the municipal bus number 351. The municipal bus departs from the parking lot at the exit of the terminal and leaves every half an hour. The ticket price for adults is 1.80TL (2019). The timetables of municipal buses that go to the city center in about 15 minutes may vary due to seasonal reasons.

You can walk to the airport junction on the main road passing through the city center and take the minibusses that pass there. It will take ten minutes to walk there and then you can get on the minibus. You will reach the city center in about 15 minutes.

You can find a taxi at the airport 24 hours a day. Taxis are waiting in front of the airport according to the flights to the airport. Taxi fares from the airport to the city center cost approximately 50 TL and the journey takes 10 minutes(2019).

If you would like to find a more comfortable and faster option, you can book a taxi or consider car rental services offered by Pegasus Airlines.

Public Transport

In Van, city transportation is provided by city buses, minibusses, and taxis. In recent years, with the developments in public transportation, it has become quite easy to go from place to place in Van.

There is a public transport card that you can use on municipal buses and minibusses. You can get these cards called Belvan Card from the municipality or authorized dealers.

You can easily go to many regions in Van by municipal buses. The bus fee for adults is 1.80TL. You can reach detailed information about bus routes and times from this link. Minibusses serve the city center and surrounding districts.

The fastest transportation in the city is provided by taxis. Taximeter opening price is 5 TL and the fee written per kilometer is 3.5 TL(2019).

Van is a highly developed city in terms of tourism and has affordable accommodation options. The hotels are located around Cumhuriyet Street and Maraş Street in the city center and the prices of double rooms vary between 100TL and 200TL per night. You can also choose the guesthouses where you can stay at very cheap prices. For those looking for a more comfortable and luxurious holiday, there are hotels with lake views from the big hotel chains. You can bring your accommodation price to discounted prices with your reservation months in advance.

With Pegasus Airlines you can browse the available accommodation options and book your hotel in Van at affordable prices months in advance.

Van cuisine is a blend of flavors from many cultures. Among the indispensable dishes of the Van cuisine, where meat and dairy products are mostly concentrated, are pearl mullet (tandır fish), sengeser, dried dumplings, liver patties, rice pilaf, and borani. Van breakfast is also very famous.

You can have a look at What to Eat in Van page for more suggestions about all the local delicacies.

We have compiled some information you need to know to make your trip to Van more enjoyable and comfortable:

About Visa

Turkey is a country that has visa agreements with many countries. Therefore, depending on your country of residence, the procedures and required documents in the visa application process may vary. The Republic of Turkey's electronic visa service offered will greatly simplify the visa application process. To benefit from e-Visa service and apply for the Turkish visa easily you can check this page to get detailed information about the visa.

Neighboring Cities

There are many beautiful places located within a short distance from Van.

  • Hakkari, Turkey (148 km)
  • Ercis, Turkey (155 km)
  • Tatvan, Turkey (177 km)
  • Dogubeyazit, Turkey (200 km)

 

Weather

Van has a continental climate and winter is very cold. Approximately 150 days of the year's average temperature is below zero, the last days of spring until the end of summer temperatures rise and the coolness of the lake gives spring air.

Essential Numbers

  • Country Code: +90
  • Van Area Code: 432
  • Airport Contact: +90 432 227 00 01
  • Emergency Line: 112
  • Police: 155
  • Airport Shuttle Service: +90 850 222 0487

There are many historical castles, churches, mosques, and bridges in Van. The capital of Urartian civilization is the fortresses that you will see most in this city. You can enjoy spectacular lake views from the castles around Van Lake. We recommend you to see Van Castle, Hoşap Castle, Ayanis Castle, and Cavustepe Castle. Devil's Bridge, Seven Churches, and Husrev Pasha Mosque are other historical buildings you can visit in Van.

Afterward, you should go to Akdamar Island with a boat tour in Lake Van and visit Akdamar Church. You will be amazed by the unique nature views of Lake Van and the surrounding area. Muradiye Waterfall and fairy chimneys are among other natural beauties.

Finally, don't forget to stop by the Van cat house and see Van's beautiful cats.

To learn more about Van, you can have a look at Van Travel Guide page that Pegasus Airlines prepared for you.

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