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Looking for information on the bus from Van to Tabriz.

According to Seat61, the Trans-Asia Express from Turkey to Iran has been cancelled and need to take a bus from Van/Turkey to Tabriz/Iran.

The page mentioned ERDEM Turizm as a bus operator, and would like to know if this is the only operator or there are others. Also would like to know:

  • Bus timetable (Seat 61 says 9/10/11 am)
  • Prices
  • Location of the departure
  • Any means to book a ticket in advance

Any other information about Van, transportation to Tabriz, safety and annoyances, etc will be appreciated.

References

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    Please note this is an unusually great question: well researched and not something trivially Google-able. – chx Jan 19 '17 at 1:54
  • Rome2Rio is showing van to bus to train, with links to companies, online ticket purchase, and prices. – Giorgio Jan 19 '17 at 2:01
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Turkey's bus network is comprehensive, affordable, safe and comfortable.

From (dated) experience, I remember, however, that the further east you go, the harder it is to get reliable information on connections and time tables. Also, I can imagine that, with the current less-than-ideal situation in Turkey's southeast, scheduled busses, here, are less frequent than before.

Seat61's information on how to get to Tabriz from Tatvan seems reasonable. Alternatively, you could also travel through Dogubeyazit, for example from Erzerum or Trabzon. However, when I made the connection at Dogubeyazit, there was no cross-border public transport. I had to get a local dolmus to the border and another one on the other side.

I tried Rome2Rio, but they give a public transport connection that travels through Azerbaijan's Nakchivan province. Though Azerbaijan has made it much easier to get a visa, I am not yet convinced these new tourist visas include Nakchivan (which is a stretch of land on the other side of Armenia).

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    I strongly recommend not to rely on Rome2rio for anything that actually matters. Their information may be years out of date even in western countries with interconnected public transportation planners. – gerrit Jan 19 '17 at 11:57

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