Plan Your Trip To Istanbul

On this page, read everything you need to know before travelling to the City that never sleeps: Istanbul.

This includes getting to Istanbul, central districts, places of interest, general travel tips and the most important questions. 

With over 20 million foreign visitors a year, Istanbul ranks consistently among the most popular destinations in the world. With its historical monuments, museums with ottoman history items, tasty Turkish cuisine and trendy neighborhoods, it's no wonder thousands of visitors fall in love with this magical city every day.

On top of that, there is the famous Istanbul lifestyle, unique experiences and fantastic shopping options, but also great opportunities for group travel and M.I.C.E. events. 

Let's start with how to get to Istanbul!

How to Visit Istanbul

August 27, 2012

There are two international airports in Istanbul, which are served by a wide range of airlines. Istanbul Airport is about 40 kilometers north of Taksim. It is the main airport and offers good transport connections to the city.  

Sabiha Gökçen is another main airport of Istanbul. 

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Things to do in Istanbul

From architectural masterpieces, outstanding museums to hidden gems, Istanbul boasts some of the most remarkable monuments and sites in the world.

The most famous tourist attractions are undoubtedly the city's iconic landmarks Ayasofya and the Blue Mosque. Visiting the stunning Ottoman palaces, most notably Topkapi or Dolmabahçe, and the places of worship that dominate the city skyline are among the most fascinating things to do in Istanbul.

No trip to Istanbul is complete without a Whirling Dervish Show and a Bosphorus Cruise, or even better, a dinner cruise. Experience Istanbul's nightlife and pamper yourself in one of Istanbul Hammams

There's not a corner in Istanbul where you won't find something worth visiting, so get ready for a mind-blowing Istanbul vacation...

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Attractions in Istanbul

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Food to try in Istanbul

Turkey has a very rich and diverse kitchen, known worldwide as one of the best cuisines.

You can treat your palate to the unique blend of Central Asian, European and Middle Eastern influences found in Turkish cuisine. There are so many must-try dishes, from soups and meze to kebabs, Ottoman Cuisine and Turkish delights. 

Istanbul is the ideal place to explore Turkish cuisine. From street food to traditional specialties to fine dining restaurants overlooking the Bosphorus Strait, Istanbul has plenty to tempt every palate.

The city is the culinary center of Turkey, so to speak, where all the local flavors of the country are represented. Therefore, on your trip to Istanbul, do not miss the opportunity to enjoy the distinctive flavors of Turkey!

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

When is the best time to visit Istanbul?

The best time to visit Istanbul is spring and fall. Both seasons are not too hot and not too cold to be able to visit town by walk or book a Bosphorus Cruise.

How many days do you need in Istanbul?

For the most of ottoman heritage, culture, experiences and sights of Istanbul, you should plan at least three days for your stay.

What should you not miss in Istanbul?

The most important sights of Istanbul are:

  1. Ayasofya
  2. Blue Mosque
  3. Bosphorus Cruise
  4. Topkapi Palace
  5. Dolmabahçe Palace

Find more in our guide Top 10 Things To Do in Istanbul.

What is Istanbul most famous for?

Istanbul is most famous for its attractions Topkapi, Blue Mosque, Ayasofya, Dolmabahçe Palace and the Bosphorus. Also celebrated are the Istanbul lifestyle, the city's top-notch restaurants, shopping, and must-do experiences like watching a Whirling Dervish Show in Istanbul.

Which Istanbul Airport is closest to the City?

The closest airport to Istanbul is Istanbul Airport, 40 km away from Taksim.

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