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İstanbul Welcome Card

4.1 / 5

96 reviews

Activity provider: Istanbul Welcome Card

İstanbul Welcome Card

Activity provider: Istanbul Welcome Card

From US$ 72.71 per person

Benefit from a flexible card including public transportation, entrances to top museums without waiting in line, guided tours at Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, Basilica Cistern, a Bosphorus Cruise and audio guides for the top museums.

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Valid 7 days
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Skip the ticket line


  • Skip the lines at the top attractions and museums (except Hagia Sophia)
  • Visit Hagia Sophia, Basilica Cistern and Topkapi Palace with a historian guide
  • Enjoy a cruise on the Bosphorus
  • Make use of 10 transportation tickets
  • Pay less at top sights, attractions and activities
Full description

When you arrive in Istanbul your welcome package will be waiting at Istanbul Airport. Inside the package, find your card loaded with 10 rides for public transportation and vouchers to join the Bosphorus Cruise, Hagia Sophia, Basilica Cistern, and Topkapi Palace tours. Skip the lines and explore the Hagia Sophia, Basilica Cistern, and the Topkapi Palace with a historian guide. Have fun on a 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 around the city with 10 transportation tickets including metro, tram, ferry, funicular, bus, and metrobus. Take advantage of numerous discounts at many top attractions across the city and discover museums with the included audio guides at your own pace.

  • 10 transportation tickets
  • Skip the ticket line entrances for several museums and attractions (except Hagia Sophia)
  • Guided tours of the Hagia Sophia, Basilica Cistern, and Topkapi Palace
  • Discounts at top sights, attractions, and activities
  • Bosphorus cruise
  • City map
  • Hotel delivery
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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Meeting point

Your card will be waiting for you at Istanbul Airport in the Havalines Ticket Office (-2nd Floor, Gate B).

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Important information

Know before you go

  • Your card will be valid for 7 days hours after first use
  • The lines at Hagia Sophia cannot be skipped
  • Hagia Sophia tour: Daily at 10:00 AM, 11:30 AM, 15:00 PM. Fridays only at 10:00 AM
  • Topkapi Palace tour: Daily except Tuesdays at 10:00 AM, 12:00 PM and 14:00 PM
  • Basilica Cistern tour: Daily except Sundays 12:30 PM, 1:30 PM and 15:15 pm
  • 90-minute Bosphorus Cruise: daily every hour between 10 AM and 5 PM
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.1 /5

based on 96 reviews

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The tickets were brought to the hotel despite a spontaneous order. But you have to be able to speak English well for the guided tours, otherwise you only understand half of it. Everyone was very nice. Skip the line was great but we had to wait for the tour to start. But if you're an early riser like us, you don't have to queue anyway.

June 13, 2022

the Istanbul Card is a great thing for the most important highlights, but we had imagined more under the tour in the Topkapi Palace, the guide told us quickly where what was, that was a shame, fortunately we had our own printouts and a bound travel guide included. Unfortunately, the app also explains very little, otherwise I can recommend the map.

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May 17, 2022

Everything super organized. The card was brought to my hotel. Description great, tours good, everything easy to find. Got a disposable headscarf for the Hagia Sophia Mosque, a coffee was included in the Top Kapi tour, and there was a fruit cup as a goodie on the boat tour, great service

May 12, 2022

Product ID: 165510