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Guide to Istanbul

Virtual Tour of Istanbul

Istanbul is a truly unique city, a bridge between continents and cultures. It is sophisticated in a European way, yet noisy and chaotic in an Asian way, and it leaves no traveller indifferent. Be sure to visit the two most famous mosques in the city - the Blue Mosque and the Suleymaniye Mosque - as well as the world-renowned Hagia Sophia, which has been both a Christian church and a mosque throughout its history. Also, make sure to visit the Topkapi Palace - the former residence of the sultan - where you can see how concubines lived in the Harem and enjoy the collection of imperial treasures in the Treasury.

Food lovers will definitely appreciate the local cuisine, rich in spices, the strongest Turkish coffee, and aromatic tea served in glass "tulip" cups. However, alcohol can mainly be purchased in bars and is quite expensive due to Turkey being a predominantly Muslim country. To get a closer look at Turkish culture, visit one of the numerous shows where performers dressed in colourful costumes perform traditional dances. Tourists are also interested in the whirling dervish shows, a dance with deep religious significance.

Tips for tourists

Buy a Museum Pass. This 85 TRY card is valid for five days and entitles you to visit the main museums, including the Ayia-Sofia and Topkapi Palace, without queuing.
Respect the religious practices of the Turks. You should not go to the mosque during prayers, before entering it is necessary to remove your shoes.
At the markets one can and should haggle. As a rule, there are no price tags, and sellers increase the price in anticipation of tourists.
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Tours to Istanbul

Despite the season and time of year, trips to Istanbul are always in high demand. This is often due to tourists from remote countries and cities who dream of seeing the eastern colour that this place is famous for.

By booking a last-minute tour to this Turkish metropolis, you can enjoy the mild Mediterranean climate, improve your health, and become the proud owner of an even bronze tan. For Europeans, a vacation in Istanbul can be quite affordable. Since tour packages are sold in bulk, tourists have a great opportunity not only to obtain a last-minute tour at a record-low price but also to pre-book a route that typically includes transfers, hotel accommodations, and meals.

Low-cost tours mainly attract young people who are drawn to new experiences and enjoy exploring new territories, but who may not have a large budget to travel to more distant destinations.

In Istanbul, people highly respect those who know how to bargain skillfully, so this information may come in handy for those who want to save on shopping.

On average, the cost of a full week's trip starts at around 350 USD. To ensure that only the best emotions and memories remain from such a trip, it's worth visiting not only the local bazaar but also the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia Cathedral, and the Galata Bridge.

Interesting places in Istanbul

It takes more than one day to see all the sights of Istanbul. It is possible to sign up for an organized tour with a guide or to make a route for a self-guided walk around the city. A popular pastime among tourists is also shopping in the numerous clothing, food and souvenir markets of Istanbul. The city is also alive at night, and there are plenty of interesting nightclubs and bars for party-goers.


Travel budget

Flight ticket prices

The cost of a flight to Istanbul depends primarily on the travel dates.

The best hotels in Istanbul

When choosing a hotel in the capital of Turkey, it is advisable to focus primarily on guest reviews rather than the number of stars. For travellers and businessmen accustomed to a high level of comfort, hotels of famous world chains such as Radisson Blu Hotel, Ramada Hotel, Hyatt, and others are available. A double room in a 4-star hotel with a good rating costs around 70 USD per night, while staying in a 5-star hotel will cost you around 150 USD per night.

The cost of vacation

The budget for a trip to Istanbul depends on many factors, but primarily on the dates of your vacation.

To reduce the costs of museum tickets, you can purchase a Museum Pass for 85 TRY. With this card, you can visit 12 museums, including Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace, without waiting in line for five days from the first visit.

The budget for a trip to Istanbul
Flight from 300 USD Accommodation from 30 TRY (approximately 10 USD) per night
Average bill in a restaurant 15 TRY (approximately 5 USD) Transportation fare from 2.3 TRY (approximately 0.8 USD)
Excursion from 3 TRY (approximately 1 USD)
Total: approximately 385 USD for four days, including two meals a day and visiting at least one museum per day

Istanbul: tips for tourists

All the essential information for tourists planning a visit to the capital of Turkey, from tripmydream. May your trip be easy and carefree!

Visa to Istanbul

Citizens of many European countries, such as Germany, France, Spain, Italy, and the UK, can stay in Turkey for up to 90 days within a 180-day period without a visa. However, it's always best to check with the Turkish embassy or consulate in your home country to ensure you have the most up-to-date information on visa requirements.


Istanbul has two international airports: Ataturk (near the center) and Sabiha Gokcen (in the Asian part). Ataturk Airport is the largest in Turkey and one of the largest in Europe in terms of the number of passengers (about 82 thousand people per day).

Airport transfer to Istanbul

It is easy to get to almost any part of the city from Ataturk Airport by metro (there is an entrance in the international terminal), Havatas bus, or taxi. Havatas buses also run from Sabiha Gokcen Airport to Kadikoy or Taksim stations.

Car rental in Istanbul

It makes sense to rent a car if you plan to visit the surroundings of Istanbul. In the city, it can become a burden due to traffic jams, a lack of parking spaces, and unfamiliarity with Turkish traffic rules. Car rental prices start from 100 TRY per day.

Public transportation in Istanbul

Tourists mainly use trams, metro, buses, and ferries for public transportation in Istanbul. To save money on fares, you can purchase an Istanbul Card Standard for 6 TRY. It can be topped up at machines located at stops. The cost of a single trip is 4 TRY, but with the card, it's reduced to 2.3 TRY.

Safety in Istanbul

It is advisable to avoid walking in non-touristic neighborhoods of the city, especially those where poor people live (such as Sefakoy and Zeytinburnu). In the city center, while visiting museums, it is important to remain vigilant and keep an eye on your belongings as there is a risk of becoming a victim of theft.

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