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Galataport Istanbul Guide – Istanbul’s Cruise Port

Galataport Istanbul

This is our guide to Galatport, Istanbul's new mega cruise port, located in the heart of Istanbul at the waterfront neighborhood of Karaköy. 

However, Galataport is more than just a cruise port! The mega project brings together all fields of life, from tourism to culture, dining, shopping and entertainment.

In this article, you will find out what to expect when you visit and get helpful information on the terminal, lifestyle offerings, nearby attractions and how to get there.

Let’s dive right in!

What is Galataport Project?

Galataport

Galataport is a large-scale urban redevelopment project of a port complex, which is being built on an area of 400,000 square meters, equivalent to about 53 soccer fields. 

Galataport, which consists of a terminal, office space, cafes, restaurants, a port hotel and various brands, is expected to attract around 1.5 million cruise passengers and 25 million visitors per year. The aim of the project is for Galataportto become a world-class cruise port and one of the top cruise destinations in the industry.

On October 1, 2021, the first ship, Sea Dream from Bulgaria, anchored at the new port’s shores. The long awaited opening of Galataport took place on October 29, 2021.

What Can I Do at Galataport?

Galataport is not only home to a world-class terminal, but also offers numerous entertainment options, ranging from art and culture to gastronomy and shopping.

1. Galataport Terminal

The port's new terminal covers a space of 29,000 square meters and has a capacity to serve 15,000 passengers and 3 ships per day. You will find the entrance to the terminal in Block D.

A special feature of the cruise ship terminal is that it is the first in the world to be built underground. Furthermore, it uses a unique and innovative hatch system that creates a temporary security and customs area when no ship is in port. 

Check-in areas, customs, passenger waiting rooms, luggage and passport control services are also housed underground, as are road access with minibuses, taxis, and tour buses. 

2. Promenade

Galataport

For the first time in 200 years, the new port in the city center on the Bosphorus provides access to the 1500-meter-long Karaköy coastline. This is made possible by Galataport's underground terminal, which makes the promenade accessible to visitors. 

The breathtaking view of the surrounding scenery of the Bosphorus and the architectural splendor of Galataport itselfentice residents and visitors to take a stroll along one of Istanbul's most beautiful promenades.

3. Gastronomy

If you are a food lover, you should definitely visit Galataport’s collection of restaurants.

Nearly half of Galataport's leasable space has been reserved for dining establishments, indicating that dining experiences will play an important role in the complex, which is set to become “Istanbul’s new gastronomy neighborhood”.

You can choose from a range of national and international cafes and restaurants that offer the most exquisite tastes of world and Turkish cuisine, including The Populist, Mezzaluna and Cafer Erol. From Istanbul street food to international gourmet creations, you will find a wide selection that caters to all tastes and budgets. 

4. Shopping

Galataport Istanbul Guide

At Galataport, you can look forward to going on a shopping spree! The area is home to a number of stores and boutiques that range from affordable to upscale brands. Whether it’s clothing, jewelry, books or home décor you're looking for, you are sure to find something great in one of the stores.

Tip: If you are looking for a specific store or brand, you can use the Galataport Istanbul Mobile App. The free app has a navigation feature that allows you to instantly find a specific store or restaurant. It also offers exclusive deals and services such as free high-speed Wi-Fi and the "Find My Car" feature. More information here. galataport.com

5. Arts & Culture

Galataport Istanbul Guide

Galataport is set to become Istanbul's new hub for arts and culture. It hosts two top museums: Istanbul Museum of Modern Art and Istanbul Mimar Sinan University Museum of Painting and Sculpture

In addition, the renovated Tophane Square, with the Tophane Clock Tower commissioned by Sultan Abdulmejid in 1848, is the first museum square in Turkey, covering over 14,000 square meters.

On top of that, a variety of culture, arts and design events await you on the grounds of Galataport throughout the year.

Check here all upcoming events in Galataport!

Tickets & Tours for Galataport in Istanbul

Tours: Galata Tower Ticket & Tour: This tour includes entrance fee for Galata Tower and a 90-minutes walking tour of the cultural neighborhood of Galata. Visit sights such as the Galata Tower, the Dervish Lodge, Istiklal Street and Tunnel Square, while gaining insight into the city's cultural background. Book your Galata Tower Ticket & Tour here.

Walking Tour at Galata & Taksim: This 2-hour walking tour will take you through Istanbul's European heritage. Discover Takism and Galata and see attractions like Galata Tower, Tunnel Square and a Dervish Lodge. Book your tour here.

Tickets for nearby attractions: We recommend first time visitors to Istanbul the Istanbul VIP Combo Ticket with hassle-free access to Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace and Cisterna Basilica, as well as Highlight Tours by an official tour guide and an audio guide app in 9 languages. 

Tip: With the Istanbul Welcome Card, you can save time and money at numerous top sights in Istanbul. Along with fast entry, discounts and guided tours, the package also includes a Bosphorus tour, an audio guide app in 9 languages and a ticket for public transportation.

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How to Get to Galataport Istanbul?

Galataport is located right across and within close proximity of the Historical Peninsula on the shore along Istanbul's Karaköy district. 

By foot: You can reach it after a 15-20 minute walk from many key locations, such as Taksim Square or Galata Tower. 

By public transport: Galataport is very well connected to public transport with metro, tram, bus and Marmara stops nearby. The easiest way to get from Sultanahmet to Galataport is by taking the Kabataş-Bağcılar Tram line T1 until Tophane station. 

Port Transfers: How to get to the Airport?

Istanbul Airport is 40 kilometers and Sabiha Gökcen Airport is 41 kilometers from Galataport.

Public transportation is not recommended, as you have to change modes several times to get from Galataport to either of the two airports.

The easiest way to get from Galataport to one of the airports and vice versa is by taxi or Istanbul cruise port transfer service. Since a taxi ride will be more expensive, a private transfer to Istanbul or Sabiha Gökcen Airport is the best option. The transfer service is available 7/24 and allows you to have a pleasant and hassle-free trip. You can book your private transfer to Istanbul Airport or your private transfer to Sabiha Gökcen Aiport in Istanbul Welcome Card Shop.


Cruises to Istanbul

With the opening of Galataport, it can be expected that a great number of cruise ships will come to Istanbul in the future and that the Bosporus metropolis will become a popular cruise ship destination.

In 2021, during the coronavirus pandemic, 200 cruise ships carrying 350,000 passengers made reservations to dock at Galataport. This interest is expected to increase fivefold in the coming years.

Nearby Tourist Attractions

If you visit Istanbul by cruise ship, you'll likely have between 4 to 8 hours to get a glimpse of this magical city on two continents. 

You will find many of Istanbul’s must-see tourist attractions, such as Hagia SophiaBlue Mosque, Topkapi Palace and Basilica Cistern, in the Historical Peninsula, just a short tram ride (tram line T1 until Sultanahmet station) from Galataport away. 

Grand Bazaar and Spice Bazaar can also be reached with the T1 tram line. For Grand Bazaar you drive until Beyazıt – Kapalıçarşı station, for Spice Bazaar and Galata Bridge you go until Eminönü station.

One of Istanbul's most famous landmarks, the Galata Tower, is just a 16-minute walk away, as is the vibrant Taksim Square, famous for its nightlife, restaurants and shops.

Since Galataport is located in Galata, one of Istanbul's oldest neighborhoods, you can stroll through the narrow streets or visit its trendy cafés and boutiques. Another great thing to do is to take a guided tour of the historic district. Get info and book a tour here

Tip: If you have want to make the most of your limited time and you want to get to know the city by yourself, then Best of Istanbul Tour by Yourmobileguide.com might be perfect for you.

The Istanbul Tourist Information office is also within walking distance to Galataport. Feel free to visit us at our office, we are happy to help.

  • Map: Google Map
  • Address: Mollafenari, Aydiner Hanı Pasajı, Çarşıkapı Cd No:4 D:213, 34120 Fatih/İstanbul

5-Star Port Hotels in Istanbul

Find below our recommandation of the top 4 hotels to choose from if you want to stay need Galataport. These hotels are 5-Star hotels with the most high-end service available in the city. If you plan to stay in one of them, please reach us through this contact form and make a reservation at the best price thanks to our special connections make through 25 years of experience.

1. JW Marriott Istanbul Bosphorus

Set along the banks of the famous Bosphorus, this 5 star luxury hotel is 800 meters from Galataport. It has luxuriously furnished rooms, a full service spa and numerous restaurants, including a seafood rooftop restaurant, a wine cellar and a poolside rooftop bar with panoramic views of the Bosphorus. AddressKemankeş Karamustafa Paşa, Kemankeş Cd. No:26, 34425 Beyoğlu/İstanbul

2. Novotel Istanbul Bosphorus

Just an 8-minute walk from Galataport, Novotel Bosphorus offers numerous on-site amenities, including a restaurant, an indoor pool and a wellness center with sauna, hammam and massage service. Guests also appreciate the breathtaking Istanbul and Bosphorus views as well as the comfortable and spacious guest rooms. AddressKemankeş Karamustafa Paşa, Kemankeş Cd. No:57-59, 34425 Beyoğlu/İstanbul

3. The Peninsula Istanbul Hotel

If you are looking for a hotel right on the grounds of Galataport, this is it. The ultra-luxury waterfront hotel overlooking the Bosphorus is located across from the Historical Peninsula in the restored Merkez Han, Karaköy Passenger Terminal and Çinili Han buildings. It features 177 opulent rooms and suites, a spa and a ground-floor retail arcade. The Peninsula is expected to open in late 2022. Address: Kemankeş Karamustafa Paşa, Mahallesi, 34425 Beyoğlu/İstanbul

4. 10 Karakoy Hotel Istanbul

Housed in a neoclassical building in the heart of Karaköy, this stylish hotel is 900 meters from Galataport and 450 meters from iconic Galata Tower. It boosts a luxurious ambiance, cotemporary-style rooms decorated with artworks, and a rooftop restaurant & bar with Golden Horn and Old City views. Address: Müeyyedzade, Kemeraltı Cd. No 10, 34425 Beyoğlu/İstanbul

Galataport Istanbul FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

What is Galataport Project?

Galataport is a large-scale urban redevelopment project of a port complex, which is being built on an area of 400,000 square meters, equivalent to about 53 soccer fields. 

Galataport, which consists of a terminal, office space, cafes, restaurants, a port hotel and various brands, is expected to attract around 1.5 million cruise passengers and 25 million visitors per year. The aim of the project is for Galataportto become a world-class cruise port and one of the top cruise destinations in the industry.

Where is Galataport Istanbul?

Galataport is set on the banks of the Galata, Karakoy and Tophane neighborhoods, at the entrance to the Bosphorus. The address is: Galata Port Istanbul, Kılıçali Paşa Mah. Meclis-i Mebusan Cad. No: 8 İç Kapı No: 102, 34433 Beyoğlu/İstanbul

How do I get to Galataport?

Galataport is located right across and within close proximity of the Historical Peninsula on the shore along Istanbul's Karaköy district. Therefore, you can reach it after a 15-20 minute walk from many key locations, such as Taksim Square or Galata Tower. 

It is also very well connected to public transport with metro, tram, bus and Marmara stops nearby. The easiest way to get from Sultanahmet to Galataport is by taking the Kabataş-Bağcılar Tram line T1 until Tophane station. 

What are the opening hours of Galataport?

Galataport is open daily from 10:00 to 22:00. The opening hours of stores, restaurants and cafes may vary.

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The History of Galataport

Construction work on the Galataport project began in 2015 by Turkey's Doğuş Group and Bilgili Holding. The 1.5-billion-euro project that transformed the historical Karaköy harbor into a world-class cruise port is considered one of the largest coastal projects in the world.

Galataport's modern architectural design is inspired by the city's ancient cisterns, which is reflected in the structural shape of the terminal's interior and its rounded columns.

Due to the COVID- 19 pandemic, the opening of Galataport, which was scheduled for mid-2020, was postponed to October 2021. Thanks to the underground terminal, the coastline of Karaköy, which was closed to the public for about 200 years, is now open to the public again.

Info & Map of Galataport

  • Address: Galata Port Istanbul, Kılıçali Paşa Mah. Meclis-i Mebusan Cad. No: 8 İç Kapı No: 102, 34433 Beyoğlu/İstanbul
  • Opening Hours: 10:00 to 22:00
  • Public Transport:  From Sultanahmet: T1 tram line until Tophane station
  • Official Web: galataport.com

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