Things to do in

Istanbul

East meets West, Byzantine meets Ottoman, bustling meets leafy — Istanbul is full of eclectic surprises.

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  • Istanbul Tourist Pass for 40 + Top Attractions/Services

    1. Istanbul Tourist Pass for 40 + Top Attractions/Services

    Save time and money with a convenient 2, 3, 5 or 7-day passport to Istanbul. The Istanbul Tourist Pass is an online city Pass that provides access to some of the city’s top sights, during the days you choose. It is the only city pass available that allows you to enjoy Istanbul in a simple, convenient, and fun way. All the passes include a chat service during available hours with professional guides over WhatsApp. By presenting your GetYourGuide voucher at the entrance, gain access to: • Hagia Sophia Guided Tour in English (check meeting point and tour schedule) • Topkapi Palace Museum Guided Tour in English (check meeting point and tour schedule) • Basilica Cistern Guided Tour in English (check meeting point and tour schedule) • Dolmabahçe Palace Guided Tour in English (check meeting point and tour schedule) • Blue Mosque Guided Tour (check meeting point and tour schedule) • Grand Baz...

    По-изгодно е отколкото закупуване на отделни билети. Удачен вариант е за престой поне 3-4 дни. Не ми харесва, че входовете са безплатни само с екскурзовод. Часовете за влизане са два или три за целия ден, а някъде дори само един. Трябва да избираш кой обект да разгледаш, защото трудно се комбинират часовете за вход.

  • İstanbul Welcome Card

    2. İstanbul Welcome Card

    When you arrive in Istanbul your welcome package will be waiting at your hotel. Inside the package, find your card loaded with 10 tickets for public transportation, a pass card for 12 museums, vouchers to join the Bosphorus Cruise, Hagia Sophia, and Topkapi Palace Tours. Skip the ticket line at the Hagia Sophia Museum, Topkapi Palace and Harem, Chora Museum, Fethiye Museum, Galata Mevlevi House, Hagia Irene, Istanbul Archaeological Museums, Istanbul Mosaic Museum, Museum for the History of Science and Technology in Islam, Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts, and the Rumeli Hisar Museum. Enjoy the Hagia Sophia and the Topkapi Palace with a professional guide. Have fun at the cruise along the Bosphorus and witness breathtaking views over the shimmering waters of Istanbul's magnificent river. See bridges, palaces, fortresses, seaside residences and, many other historical places. Travel ar...

    Our guide Haluk was excellent - with a great knowledge of history, a sense of humor and psychology of tourists. I will recommend him to friends who are going to Istanbul.

  • Istanbul: City Transport Card for Bus, Metro, Tram & Ferries

    3. Istanbul: City Transport Card for Bus, Metro, Tram & Ferries

    Experience Istanbul stress-free with a pre-charged travel card for public transport networks throughout the city. Travel on the metro, trams, buses, and ferries to experience the city like a local. Using your ticket is easy: simply swipe it at the entrance machines at each station of tram, metro, or public ferry boat. Your ticket will be validated upon each use and can be used for 5 or 10 rides depending on the option you book. Your card will be delivered before your arrival at your hotel located in the Sultanahmet or Taksim areas. After booking, the local partner will send you a separate email with a city map and an e-booklet with discounts for attractions and activities in Istanbul.

  • Istanbul: 11-Museum Admission Pass

    4. Istanbul: 11-Museum Admission Pass

    Skip the ticket lines to 11 museums with a flexible Istanbul museum pass. Compared to regular museum passes, this the "plus version" is including an audio guide app in 9 languages and orientation tips by an official tour guide at the Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace. You can pick up your pass right at the Hagia Sophia without waiting in line at the local representative. The audio guides are apps which are able to be downloaded on your smartphone, and you can get brief information about the most important historical facts from authorized museum guides. These guides will help you discover these museums afterwards at your own pace.

  • Istanbul: Museum Pass and Bosphorus Boat Tour

    5. Istanbul: Museum Pass and Bosphorus Boat Tour

    You can visit up to 10 of Istanbul's museum. You do not need to wait in long queues to get admission tickets so you will save time and save money. The museums included are the Hagia Sophia Museum, Topkapı Palace Museum and Harem, Chora Church Museum, Hagia Irene Church Museum, İstanbul Archaeological Museums, İstanbul Mosaic Museum,  Museum for the History of Science and Technology in Islam, Fethiye Church Museum, Galata Mevlevi House Museum, and Rumeli Hisar Museum.  The 1.5-hour Bosphorus boat tour is a guided cruise and departs at 10:00 AM or 2:00 PM.  The Bosphorus Strait connects the Black Sea with the Sea of Marmara and splits the European and Asian sides of Turkey. This romantic cruise along the Bosphorus will allow you to admire the Dolmabahçe Palace, the Beylerbeyi Palace, and the Ciragan Palace. See ancient wooden villas and bridges and all the wonderful unique maritime landsc...

Frequently asked questions about Istanbul

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Planning Your Visit

  • How many days?

    Istanbul is a cartographical labyrinth with sights and experiences awaiting you round every corner. How long to stay depends on how immersed you want to get, but a week should be enough to cover the most famous attractions.

  • How to get from the airport to the city?

    Havataş Shuttle Buses are available from outside the terminal and leave every half an hour for Taksim between 4:00AM and 1:00AM. Taking a taxi is, however, the most convenient way, and shouldn't be more expensive than the shuttle service between a group of four. Be sure to ignore the hustlers inside the airport and take an official vehicle from the taxi rank at the terminal exit.

  • Where to stay?

    The key touristic areas are Fatih and Taksim, and which to stay in depends on the nature of your stay. Fatih is the old town and home to many of Istanbul's historic landmarks. Taksim, on the other hand, is modern and appeals more to those visiting the city to shop, dine, and party. Traveling between the two is simple, so don't worry if you fancy hitting the dancefloors after the Hagia Sophia!

Good to know

  • Language
    Turkish
  • Currency
    Turkish Lira (₺)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+02:00)
  • Country Code
    +90
  • Best time to visit
    The weather is good at all times of the year, but it may be a good idea to avoid the summer if you do not like extreme heat.

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What people are saying about Istanbul

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 12,519 reviews

Funds had everything arranged perfectly. The guide was great and very knowledgeable. I learned a lot from him. It was fun to have someone there to have Troy-educated discussions with. As always, GetYourGuide did a great job of making a lifelong desire to see Troy better than I imagined! Thank you to all!

Wonderfully organized walk with amazing views !!! I recommend this particular variant of a trip to the Bosphorus to everyone!

It was really amazing night,, the food was great, and service too.. shows entertained us and was well organized, thanks.

The greatest trip that you can buy! Our guide Haluk was a very nice and funny guy! I recommend this to everyone!

Excelente experiencia!!!! Muy divrrtida. La cena riquisima! La recomiendo