Just right outside the main bus terminal in Dogubeyazit there is an old dolmush that will take you to Ishak Pasha Palace at only TL2. So pay no attention to people at the terminal who will convince you to take their tour and that no public bus will take you up the hill to the palace because there is.
It's an old yellow-ish or off-white old minibus/dolmush, although it's slow and the engine is noisy like a tractor but it will definitely arrive there safely.
There are indeed direct buses from Urfa going to Dogubeyazit. I think there are 3 of them mostly leaving in late afternoon and evening.
We took the Has Diyarbakir bus line at 4:00pm arriving Dogubeyazit very early in the morning. But since the bus is slower than normal, took us I think 14 hours.
Bus fare is TL45, which I think is very reasonable already considering that it's a direct trip - minus the hassle of changing buses.
Just go to Urfa's bus terminal, they have representatives there.
I like this bus, I consider it as one of the best service among buses in Turkey albeit slow due to some problem with the bus (as the driver said). The steward is so attentive, he serves drinks hot and cold after every bus stops and there are about 5 or 6 and everytime he has to roll his cart to and fro serving everyone with drinks and something to nibble plus the usual hand cologne.
The easier way to go to the palace is taking a taxi wherever you are in the city.. actually i ask for the fee to get there, stop a while during the visit and come back to the town again.. but its just 7 km going up and 7 more coming back.. so i did it for myself saving money and spending my time relaxed and hiking to other places once on the top ..
so its your election.. the treeking all by road and relaxed took me one hour to get there and less to go back .. if you have time do it !
The easiest way to move around is by vans... i took one to move myself from Van city to Dogubayazit... its a little bit cahotic when u hop off because there isnt names in the streets and you must need a good orientation sense or ask to somebody if you speak kurdish.. To move away from this city to Trabzon or Erzurum or other cities isvery usefull the coach service lovated in one end of the city (otogar)
Ask the day before to know the schedule but its 10 minutes walking where the hotels are... mostly are so confortable as in other places in the country !
Like every where else in the East of Turkey it is really easy to get around using the local bus and dolmus services, just ask the locals and they will help you.
We got from Kars to Dogubayazit easily by local bus service and dolmus, and hen on to Van by Dolmus
I bought a ticket to Igdir at the minibus terminal on Kücük Kazim Bey Caddesi the day before departure. I was told to come half an hour before departure. After waiting for a long time, more than half an hour, a local bus came and took all waiting persons to the main bus station. From there a small bus left for Igdir. The journey took 2,5 hours and cost 10 000 000 TL. In Igdir the bus from Kars does not stop where the minibus for Dogubayazit leave, but you have to walk a few hundred metres. The minibus takes about 45 minutes to go between Igdir and Dogubayazit and it cost 3 000 000 TL.
In Dogubayazit the minibus stops in the centre of town, where Agri Caddesi meets Dr Ismail Besikci Caddesi.
From Dogubayazit to Van there are some minibuses leaving every day from the corner Dr Ismail Besikci Caddesi/Agri Caddesi. It costs 8 000 000 TL and takes about 2 - 2,5 hours. When I went to Van we stopped by a petrol station/cafe where the driver had a sandwich to eat. He also bought me a tea.
I travelled the same way in 2004. The price was the same,
8 000 000 TL. There was one road control, like the year before, but this time the soldier seemed to be more interesting in practicing his English with me than to look at everybody’s identification card.
In Van the bus stops at a side-street of Iskele Caddesi (about two blocks from Bes Yol).
I took a taxi from the hotel to the otogar in Erzurum and for that I paid 4 000 000 TL. There is also a bus, number 2, going to the otogar. But the first time in Erzurum I could not see the bus stop.
The journey from Erzurum to Dogubayazit took about 5 hours and it cost 15 000 000 TL. Along the way there was one road control where the military wanted to see everybody’s identity card, and my passport. Arriving to Dogubayazit the bus stopped at the otogar (bus station), which is in the end of the main street, Dr Ismail Besikci Caddesi, where the road continues to Isak Pasha Palace. The town is small and it is not far to walk from the otogar to any of the hotels.
On the picture laguage is being packed on to the minibuses at Gürbulak, at the Iranian border.
From Dogubayazit minibuses are leaving for Gürbulak several times a day. They are leaving from Agri Caddesi/Rifki Baskaya Caddesi.
At the border at G?rbulak the line with lorrys waiting to go to Iran is long. And the waitingtime can also be long. Someone told me that sometimes drivers have to wait up to a week before they can cross the border.
When you click on my picture, you will see, that Dogubayazit is in the very east of Turkey, just 3 Km off the border to Iran.
You will need a private car or take the public bus in order to get there.
The next train-station is HORASAN ( in a distance of 180 km), halfway between Erzurum and Kars.
There is a direct bus that will take you to Trabzon from Dogubeyazit, for details please check my Trabzon page.