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Hagia Sophia Tickets

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The Hagia Sophia's reputation precedes it. The Hagia Sophia stands as a symbol of embodying the best principles of two faiths. Witness its awe-inspiring architecture and explore its mysticism-influenced interiors. Book Hagia Sophia tickets here to get guided tours and combo experiences with popular attractions in Istanbul.
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Duration
1 hr
1 hr - 2 hrs
Flexible
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1-hour English guided tour by a historian
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1 or 1.5-hour guided tour of Hagia Sophia

Expert English-speaking tour guide

Bottled water (with 1.5-Hour Tour)

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Skip-the-line entry to the Basilica Cistern

Highlights tour with English-speaking guide (optional)

Topkapi Palace skip-the-line tickets (optional)

Hagia Sophia historian guided tour (optional)

Audio App for all 3 attractions in 9 languages for IOS and Android (English, German, Russian, Italian, Spanish, Polish, Arabic, Chinese, Turkish)

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You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.
You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.
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Hagia Sophia Tickets Guide

Istanbul's 1,500-year-old wonder, Hagia Sophia, continues to be one of the world's most important cultural symbols. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Hagia Sophia is the country's most popular tourist destination, and a religious heartland of both Christian and Muslim empires. However, it can be said with absolute certainty that the visual grandeur of the structure is what draws millions of tourists each year. Know about all your Hagia Sophia ticket & tour options, along with other essential visitor information here.

All Your Hagia Sophia Tickets & Tour Options

The Hagia Sophia is a magnificent structure and worth a visit when in Istanbul. If you’re looking to visit, you can choose from a variety of Hagia Sophia tickets to cater to your personal preference. Guests can book guided tours that include the services of a professional guide, or combo passes that also include entry to other top attractions in the city.

Guided Tours

Combo Tours

Guided Hagia Sophia tours help you gain a deeper understanding of this structure’s historical and cultural significance. You’ll be accompanied by a professional tour guide during the visit who will regale you will interesting information about the Hagia Sophia. Moreover, guided tours also include priority access to the site, allowing you to save time. 

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Take a deep dive into Hagia Sophia’s history on this hour-long guided tour. With an expert local guide, learn all about its fascinating history, architecture, and cultural significance.
Combo tours are a cost-effective way of exploring Istanbul. With these passes, get direct entry into not just the Hagia Sophia, but multiple popular attractions in the city. You can enter historical sites like Hagia Sophia, Topkapı Palace, Basilica Cistern, Blue Mosque, explore the Turkish metropolis via luxury coaches, sail down the Bosphorus, take a Hop-On Hop-Off bus tour of Istanbul, and more. It just can’t get better than this.

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Explore the best of Istanbul with this combo ticket. Enjoy entry to three top attractions in the city: Hagia Sophia, Basilica Cistern, and Topkapi Palace.

Plan Your Visit to Hagia Sophia

Opening Hours

Getting There

Tips/Facilities

What are Hagia Sophia hours?

Hagia Sophia is open daily. From 1 October to 15 April, it is open between 09:00 AM to 05:00 PM (final admission at 04:00 PM) and 15 April to 1 October, it is open between 09:00 AM to 07:00 PM (final admission at 06:00 PM) from.

What is the best time to visit Hagia Sophia?

The best time to visit Hagia Sophia is on weekdays, during the mornings, to avoid large crowds. It is busiest on weekends, and particularly during the summers, between June to September.

How long should I spend at Hagia Sophia?

On average, it should take about 1.5 hours to tour all the important parts of the Hagia Sophia.

Getting There

Where is Hagia Sophia located?

Hagia Sophia is located at Sultanahmet, Ayasofya Meydanı No:1, 34122 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey.
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How do I get to Hagia Sophia?

You can get to Hagia Sophia by driving through Kennedy Cd. You can also take bus number 76D, 82, 89B, and 89K and the T1 tram route to Hagia Sophia.

Can I take the metro/tram to Hagia Sophia?

Yes, Hagia Sophia is served by the T1 route. You can get down at Sultanahmet metro stop and walk for 3-4 minutes to get to Hagia Sophia.

Can I take the bus to Hagia Sophia?

Yes, you can take a bus to Hagia Sophia. The closest bus stop is Akbıyık and is served by the BN1 bus route.

Tips/Facilities

Is storage facility available at Hagia Sophia?

No, storage facility is not available at Hagia Sophia. Please remember, large bags are not permitted inside the site.

Is there a dress code for visiting Hagia Sophia?

Yes. A strict dress code is in place for Hagia Sophia as it is a religious institution. Do not wear clothing that exposes your head, shoulders, or knees. Women should use headscarves (available free of charge at the entrance) to cover their heads.

Is Hagia Sophia wheelchair accessible?

The ground floor is wheelchair-accessible, but not the first floor due to steps and cobblestone pathways.

Is photography allowed at Hagia Sophia?

Yes, photography is allowed at Hagia Sophia provided you do not photograph worshippers or interrupt the prayers. Tripods are also not permitted inside the premises.

What to Expect at Hagia Sophia

Hagia Sophia is a premier tourist destination in the world. Its silhouette against the Istanbul sky stands as a representative of the entire nation of Turkey. Its fame is derived from its ever-changing history and long-standing architecture.

Hagia Sophia History

The Hagia Sophia has been a revered church since its construction during the Byzantine era. The Ottoman invasion of Constantinople in 1453 resulted in the city's collapse. For the first time under Ottoman rule, the church was transformed into a mosque. The Hagia Sophia Mosque retained its religious designation for the next 482 years. Mustafa Kemal Atatürk declared in 1935 that the legendary Hagia Sophia Mosque would be designated as a museum. The climactic chapter of its illustrious history was rewritten in July 2020, when the museum was officially reverted to a mosque.

Hagia Sophia Architecture

One of the best exponents of Byzantine architecture, the Hagia Sophia is often regarded as a foremost scientific achievement of humanity. Hagia Sophia was the world's largest church for nearly a millennium. The structure is rectangular, with a central dome topped by a 31-meter-long square nave supported by four pendentives. The dome remains unbroken thanks to 40 arched windows that enable light to enter the arcade. Its design has been heavily influenced by a melting pot of regimes and cultures, visible today in the sharp traces of Byzantine & Ottoman architecture.

What to See Around Hagia Sophia

The city of Istanbul is home to a myriad of iconic structures and institutions, including the Hagia Sophia. If you’re looking to explore more, here are the other top attractions in the city that should definitely be in your visit list.

Blue Mosque

The Sultan Ahmed Mosque, also known as the Blue Mosque, was built during the Ottoman rule in Turkey. It is a working mosque that also draws a significant number of tourists owing to its grand structure and stunning architecture. It was built between 1609 and 1616, under the reign of Ahmed I. Explore its beauty on a Blue Mosque tour.

Topkapi Palace

The Topkapi Palace can narrate more colorful tales than a majority of the world's museums combined. Between the 15th and 19th centuries, when it was the Ottoman empire's court, royal characters akin to the ones in fictional stories lived and worked here. The opulent pavilions and expansive Harem of the palace provide a fascinating look into their lives. You can book Topkapi Palace tickets independently, or visit it while on a combo tour.

Bosphorus Cruise

Relax after a long day of sightseeing and watch the sunset on a Bosphorus cruise. The Dolmabahçe, Raan, Beylerbeyi palaces, the Amica, Ortaköy mosques, the Maiden's Tower, and the Bosphorus bridges will all be before your eyes as you take it all in while snacking on baklava and seasonal fruits.

Grand Bazaar

The Grand Bazaar is one of the world's biggest and oldest covered bazaars, spread over 30,700 sq. m. with more than 60 streets and 4,000 stores. Mehmet the Conqueror completed the original historical core of the bazaar, Iç Bedesten, in 1461. Enter the Grand Bazaar through one of its 22 entrances and discover a world of wholesale spices, textiles, merchandise, lamps, jewelry and Turkish tea.

Hagia Sophia Tickets FAQs

Is Hagia Sophia open now?

Yes. Hagia Sophia is now open and is welcoming visitors with strict safety measures in place.

Are Hagia Sophia tickets available online now?

Yes, Hagia Sophia tickets can be bought online. Guests can choose their preferred date and time slot for a visit.

What are the different types of Hagia Sophia tickets?

Guests can choose to book Hagia Sophia guided tours or combo passes.

Are guided tours of Hagia Sophia available?

Yes. Guests can book guided tours of the Hagia Sophia. Their experience would include the services of a professional local guide to the attraction.

Can I visit Hagia Sophia and Blue Mosque with my tickets?

Yes, if you book any of our combo passes, you get access to both the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia, along with several other attractions in the city.

What are Hagia Sophia hours?

From 1 October to 15 April, it is open between 09:00 AM to 05:00 PM (final admission at 04:00 PM) and 15 April to 1 October, it is open between 09:00 AM to 07:00 PM (final admission at 06:00 PM) from.

How do I get to Hagia Sophia?

You can get to Hagia Sophia by driving through Kennedy Cd. You can also take bus number 76D, 82, 89B, and 89K and the T1 tram route to Hagia Sophia.

Is there a dress code to visit Hagia Sophia?

Yes. A strict dress code is in place for Hagia Sophia as it is a religious institution. Do not wear clothing that exposes your head, shoulders, or knees. Women should use headscarves (available free of charge at the entrance) to cover their heads.
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