Although the Museum Pass Istanbul includes access to 12 museums for a relatively good price, most tourists who buy the card visit only Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia and Hagia Irene museums. If you are sure that you will visit
more than 5 museums included in the pass, it makes sense to buy the Museum Pass Istanbul.
If you are only interested in the most important museums and want to learn more about the history, it makes more sense to consider buying the Guided Museums Pass.
Museum Pass Istanbul
Guided Museum Tour
Skip the line • Live Guide • 1 museum
Pick one museum amongst Top 5 and enjoy Skip the Line Admission + Live Guide Commentary in English. This option is great if you have a limited amount of time in Istanbul.
€ 15 /adult
Inclusions (Pick One)
- Hagia Sophia - €15
- Topkapi Palace - €15
- Basilica Cistern - €8.5
- Dolmabahçe Palace - €16
- Turkish & Islamic Arts - €11
- Hagia Irene - €10
- Pick one of the above
Guided Museums Pass
Skip the line • Live Guide • 8 museums
Enjoy Skip the Line Admission + Live Guide Commentary in English at All Top 8 Museums of Istanbul, including Basilica Cistern. This pass has a 5 day validity.
€ 50 /adult
Inclusions (Get All)
- Topkapi Palace Museum
- Hagia Sophia Museum
- Dolmabahçe Palace Museum
- Basilica Cistern
- Blue Mosque
- Grand Bazaar
- Hagia Irene Museum
- Turkish & Islamic Arts Museum
Hire Private Guide
Live Guide • Language options
Prefer to discover the marvels of Istanbul at your own pace? Hire a private professional guide per day and enjoy of a personalized experience during your trip.
€ 150 /day
- Only the price of the private guide is included
- No attractions are included so you can personalize your trip as you prefer
- Many languages available
- Guide hours: 9:00 AM until 05:30 PM
Which Istanbul Museum Pass should I buy?
Guided Museums Pass
Guided Museums Pass is an option, built by the Istanbul Tourist Pass team, as a response to huge demand for a product that includes Skip the Line Admission, only to Top Museums with the comfort of a Live Guide in English. Guided Museums Pass, unlike others, also includes admission to the Basilica Cistern and the Dolmabahçe Palace Museum!
Tours are available on a daily basis. Simply join one that best fits your schedule, within 5 calendar days after the first guided tour you participate. No bookings required. To view the Guided Tours timetable click here.
Museum Pass Istanbul
The Istanbul Museum Pass is a card provided by the government for tourists who want to visit some of the state museums. The Museum Pass is valid for 120 hours (5 days), which start counting after you use it for the first time. With the card you can access each museum only once. 1 card is valid for 1 person only.
The Istanbul Museum Pass is valid for 5 days after you first use it at a museum for admission.
Is it worth buying the Istanbul Museum Pass?
Although the Museum Pass Istanbul includes access to 12 museums for a relatively good price, most tourists who buy the card visit only Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia and Hagia Irene museums. If you are sure that you will visit more than 5 museums included in the pass, it makes sense to buy the Museum Pass Istanbul.
Is it worth buying the Guided Museums Pass?
No other option in Istanbul gives you access to Hagia Sophia, the Topkapı Palace, the Dolmabahçe Palace, the Basilica Cistern and more in a single package.
If you are planning to visit at least 4 museums that are included in the Guided Museums Pass, yes it is; however if you are planning to visit less museums, you can consider booking Single Museum Tours as it will come out cheaper. The Guided Museums Pass includes all the TOP 8 museums in Istanbul so if you have time, it is recommended that you buy this pass. You can use the inclusions over a 5 day period, starting on the day of the first tour you attend.
If you would like to do much more than just museums, you can consider buying the Istanbul Tourist Pass which includes everything that's in the Guided Museums Pass as well as access to many other attractions, not only museums, and provides essential tourist services.
What other options do I have?
If you're not satisfied with the inclusions of the Guided Museums Pass or the Museum Pass Istanbul, you can consider one of the following:
- Consider buying Single Museum Guided Tour. These tour are priced between €8-16 per adult and include Live Guide + Skip the Line Admission. Buy a single museum tour now
- If what you're looking for is more than just museums, we highly recommend that you buy the Istanbul Tourist Pass. This pass includes everything that's in the Guided Museums Pass + so many more attractions and services. Discover the Istanbul Tourist Pass
Where can I buy the Istanbul Museum Pass?
Unfortunately, due to constant stock issues of the Museum Pass Istanbul and inconveniences that come with it, we temporarily stopped sourcing them. You can get your self a Museum Pass Istanbul by choosing one of the following options.
- 1. You can buy it online but you need to get it delivered to a location in Turkey and it will take more than 1 week to get delivered.
- 2. At the ticketing counters located in the entrance of all of the museums included in the card. Beware of long waiting lines.
Where can I buy the Guided Museums Pass?
Simple, you can buy it online, right now! Scroll up and order online now. You won't receive, nor need a physical card. You will receive an online confirmation e-mail which will serve as your pass. Details on how you can use your pass will also be available on said e-mail.
How long are the waiting lines at the museums?
The length of the lines depend on the season of course; but you need to know that there are usually 2 lines. One to buy tickets/museum passes and the other is the entrance + security line. The line to buy the tickets is usually the longest one and you may have to wait around 30 minutes to buy your tickets/card under the unforgiving sun during summer, or the cold winter. Buying a classic Istanbul Museum Pass will require you to wait in line to buy one and it will require you to wait in the security line to enter all museums.
If you decide to get the Guided Museum Pass or book a single museum guided tour, you will get your pass via e-mail instantly, therefore you will skip the ticketing line as you will enter accompanied by a professional tour guide. You will only have to wait at the security line.
Compare Museum Pass Options
View and compare inclusions of both the Guided Museums Pass and the classic Museum Pass Istanbul.