Eurail benefits in Turkey

View on lake Van, Turkey

With a Eurail pass valid in Turkey, you can get free ferry crossings, as well as other great offers.

Show your Eurail pass to receive your discount or special offer or contact the specific company in advance. The benefits apply during the validity of your pass, whereas free and discounted travel on trains, buses or ferries is only valid on travel days.


Ferry Lake Van
Ferry Lake Van

Cross the biggest lake of Turkey with TCDD ferries

Eurail pass holders with a pass valid in Turkey get a free ferry crossing on the route:


  • Tatvan – Van (on Tuesdays and Fridays, when international trains are passing)

Booking information

Just show your Eurail pass when you arrive at the dock.


Additional information

  • There is a direct train connection from Istanbul to Tatvan, which takes almost 42 hours. Passenger trains operate from each terminus to the ferry ports. The ferry from Tatvan to Van takes about 4 hours. The train continues from Van.

  • In Van you can take the Trans-Asia Express train to Tehran (capital of Iran). There is also an international train in the other direction to Damascus (capital of Syria). Your Eurail pass is not valid in Iran or Syria.

  • Visit the TCDD website for the timetables.





Visit the Orient Express Railway Museum

Eurail pass holders have free entrance to the TCDD Railway museum at Istanbul Sirkeci station (closed on Sundays and Mondays).


For more information visit the Railway museum website.

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