What is the Museum Pass Istanbul?
The Museum Pass Istanbul is your access key to thousands of years of history without having to wait for years at the ticketing queues. It’s a card that also provides lots of discounts and the best thing is that it’s FREE with the Istanbul Tourist Pass. 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.
The Association of Turkish Travel Agencies (TÜRSAB) together with the Ministry of Culture and Tourism are in charge of the distribution of the Museum Pass Istanbul cards.
How Much Does the Museum Pass Istanbul Cost and Where Can You Buy it?
If you are not interested in the Istanbul Tourist Pass, the price of the Museum Pass is 85.00 Turkish Liras (25.00€ / USD $26.50). Children under the age of 12 don’t need to pay to enter the museums, so you don’t need to buy a card for them.
The price of the card is very good, considering that purchasing the entrance tickets for all the museums included will cost you 50.00€. Moreover, the price of the tickets for the Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace Museums together is 23€. Therefore, for an extra 2€, you get access to 10 additional museums.
You can purchase the card separately at any of the following locations:
- Purchase the Museum Pass Istanbul online.
- At the ticketing counters located in the entrance of all of the museums included in the card.
Take into account that when buying the card at the ticketing counter, you may have to wait in long queues like the one you see below, or even longer. Hence, If you mind waiting in the line under the unforgiving summer sun, the blistering winter cold, the rain, or before the counter is closed, just buy it online and present the card at the entrance without having to wait in the line.