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Istanbul: Topkapi Palace Skip-the-Line Ticket & Audio Guide

Istanbul: Topkapi Palace Skip-the-Line Ticket & Audio Guide

From US$ 31.60 per person

Skip the ticket lines at Topkapi Palace and discover the museums at your own pace with an audio guide app.

About this activity

Free cancellation
Cancel up to 24 hours in advance to receive a full refund
Covid-19 precautions
Special health and safety measures apply. Learn more
Mobile ticketing
Use your phone or print your voucher
Duration 30 minutes - 2 hours
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Skip the ticket line
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
Audio guide included
Spanish, English, German, Italian, Chinese, Russian, Turkish


  • Skip the line and enter the glorious Topkapi Palace
  • Discover the Palace on your own pace with an audio guide app
  • See the best views over the Golden Horn and Bosphorus River
  • Enjoy a highlights tour with a local guide
Full description

Take the shortest way into the glorious Topkapi Palace of Istanbul. Choose the time that suits you best, meet your host in front of the museum, and go directly to the entrance. You can save up to 2 or 3 hours by not standing in the famous lines. Following security checks, receive a brief introduction as to what to see inside, including the council hall, arms and armory section, or holy relics. Afterward, enjoy the palace at your own pace. You can enjoy a long coffee break in-between looking over a spectacular view of the Bosphorus. It is possible to see all of the palace within one hour, or you can choose to stay inside for several hours at your leisure.

After your 30 minute-tour with your guide, you can stay inside the museum as long as you would like.

  • Skip-the-line ticket
  • Audio guide app in Spanish, Turkish, Chinese, English, German, Italian, Arabic, Polish and Russian
  • Short presentation in English
  • Gratuities
  • Entrance to Harem
  • Headphones, please bring your own
Covid-19 precautions

You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You must bring your own headphones
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Look for the guide dressed in red at the III Fountain of Sultan Ahmet, outside Topkapi Palace, next to the Carpet Museum.

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Important information

Know before you go

  • With your pre-booked ticket, you will skip ticket lines, but you cannot skip the security check
  • Download the audio guide app before your visit, as the Topkapi Palace does not have internet
  • To make the most of your experience at the Palace, download the audio guide that is available in Spanish, Turkish, Chinese, English, German, Italian, Arabic, Polish, and Russian
  • Audio guide download instructions are written in your confirmation
  • Once you download the audio guide app on your smartphone, an internet connection is no longer needed
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.2 /5

based on 108 reviews

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It was absolutely the best choice to have a ticket in order to skip the line and don’t waste any time!! We were running late and communicated via Watsapp in order to reschedule for the next available hour, they answered promptly and were very understanding!! We met a few minutes before we had to enter the Palace and we found our guide very easily!! The best part was our guide Ezgi she was so familiar with everything and told us amazing facts about the Topkapi Palace, the courtyards, the Harem and everything. She was friendly and answered all of our questions! We would highly recommend everyone to book a tour in the Topkapi as it is indeed huge and you will need someone to dhow you around and explain everything. You can also download the app for free ( when you have internet) in order to listen to it while you are there or even after. We loved our guide so we chose to let her take the lead and tell us a fee things. When returning we listened to the audio and it was very interesting!!!!!

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November 13, 2021

The assigned guide was friendly and knowledgeable. We wished the option of having the guide with us for a min of 1.5hrs was available at the time. She is a lovely, genuine guide who shared the right amount of historical knowledge with us. She managed to update us on Topkapı Palace, Harem and Hagia Irene in the allocated 30mins...this was amazing!!

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August 23, 2019

Perfectly on time, comprehensive of the tops attractions of the Palace

I did not want to book a tour over 2 hours as I like to get info about what I am visiting but at the same time I like to have time for me to explore what I liked most during the explanations. I would suggest to add two options, one excluding the Harem and one including it. I paid for it but of course it was already clear to me that it was not included in the tour. Guide started the tour perfectly on time, he was friendly and provided clear explanations. I think the tour is a good balance for those that want to get tips on the attractions but do not want to join an half day tour.

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April 23, 2019

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