ISTANBUL LAYOVER TOURS (ILT) offers you to take the opportunity of making the best of your time during a layover in Istanbul.

As one of the most vibrant cities in the world, Istanbul has a lot to offer to turn a painful layover into a cultural & fun experience in a few hours layover tour from Istanbul Airports. Layover Tours are operated from both airports, (IST) Istanbul Airport & (SAW) Sabiha Gokcen Airport. If you will have a long layover hours in one of these airports in Istanbul, let us know your flight details as filling out contact form; we will get back to you with the best layover tour ideas and options fitting in your flight schedule or book one of the most popular layover tours and activities instantly.

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24/7 Private Istanbul City Tours from Istanbul Airports

Explore Istanbul in a layover tour from Istanbul Airports, not only day time but any time of day with us. ISTANBUL LAYOVER TOURS offer full flexibility on tour itinirary and choosing top places to visit and what to do’s.

Not a fan of big crowded group tours or Not qualified for Turkish Airlines Free Layover Tours ?

Free airport layover tours are provided by Turkish Airlines and it is a great service for Turkish Airlines passengers, meeting certain requirements. However, if you are not qualified for Turkish Airlines free tour or not liking big crowded tour groups, you can check our small – group tours with limit of 6 people max.

Airport Transfer with experienced Driver and Welcome Hosts

Book hassel free and realible arrival – departure transfer with Meet & Greet

Layover Accomadation ?

Find the best match layover accomadation depending your arrival / departure airport.

English Speaking -Local Guides with Degree in History & Tourism

All layover tours are led by a team of licensed tour guides and they are not only expert and a good historian but also a good travel companion. Learn about culture, politics & religion through personal stories and anecdotes Being accredited from Ministry of Tourism, our guides provides fast- track entry to museums.

Private or Small Group Layover Tours

See Iconic Highlights with Local Guides

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 LOCAL EXPERIENCES & ACTIVITIES

Morning Layover in Istanbul

If your flight lands at Istanbul Airport while the city is still sleeping and historical attractions are not open to visit yet, we have a better plan for you rather than sitting in airport. Turn your early arrival time into a chance to try a delicious traditional Turkish Breakfast and Turkish Tea before heading to top sites of Istanbul. Cover thousands of years history in a few hours.  For sure, you will have chance of getting some bargains in famous historical Bazaars offering traditional handcrafts, ranging from expensive jewelry, Turkish carpet, leather tiles or small souvenirs.

Byzantine Hippodrome, Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Topkapı Palace, Grand Bazaar.

Afternoon Layover in Istanbul

The city is awake now and still you have an opportunity to hit one or two museums and attractions, Dolmabahce Palace, Suleymaniye Mosque. Thereafter it is time to explore neighborhoods and historical markets like Spice Market and enjoy a ferry ride in Picturesque Bosphorus.

Evening / Night Layover in Istanbul

If you have just arrived in Istanbul Airport late afternoon or evening and thinking that city has already started to packing up and there are not many things to do. That’s not correct. Istanbul is 24/7 living city; You will be surprised how late shops and markets stay open. Turn your layover in Istanbul into a culinary experience during your Istanbul layover. We are sure that you would love to see Kadıkoy Food Market and try to freshest Turkish Food where locals shop or strolling down famous Istiklal Street from Taksim Square.

Local Experiences & Activities

Find the most popular local experiences here; Turkish Food, Turkish Coffee, Turkish Bath, Ferry Ride

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FAQ

Can I leave Istanbul airport during layover?
Yes, you are allowed to leave airport during layover as long as you will have a valid visa obtained.
Can I get visa online ?
It is very simple process for certain country passport holders including US and Canada to get their e-visa in few clicks online; In order to see requirements and get it online, you can visit official website of Turkish Republic https://www.evisa.gov.tr/en/
What is the minimum layover duration to leave airport for the tour ?
Recommended minimum layover duration is 7 hours layover for international connected flight and 6 hours layover for domestic flights from Istanbul International Airport. We can accommodate business travelers with shorter layover duration.
How early should we back at the airport?
For international flights, if the luggages are checked through to final destination, and already have your boarding pass, you will be dropped off 2 hours prior to departing flight. For domestic flights, 1 hours is suffice.
Where should I keep my cabin luggage ?
You can use attended baggage storage or baggage storage lockers that are available 24 hours a day in Istanbul Airport.