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Skip-the-Line Tickets to Hagia Sophia Museum

Rated 3.3 out of 5.0 from 10 reviews.
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Uncover the long-held secrets of the iconic Hagia Sophia on a skip-the-line guided tour of the Hagia Sophia Museum.


  • Leave the long waiting queues behind and gain fast entry into the newly-opened Hagia Sophia Museum with skip-the-line access tickets.

  • During this 30-minute 3D tour, wander through various rooms, each one representing a different era, along with a display of various invaluable artifacts.

  • Learn more about the history of the Ottomans on oversized screens with sound effects for an immersive experience and view never-before-seen Byzantine artworks housed in the museum.

  • Upgrade your tickets to enjoy a guided tour of both the Hagia Sophia Museum and Hagia Sophia Mosque with an expert English-speaking guide.

  • Did you know? The UNESCO-listed Hagia Sophia Mosque functioned as a museum from 1935 until 2020, after which it was turned into a mosque.


  • Skip-the-line entry to the Hagia Sophia Museum

  • Unlimited stay inside the museum

  • Headset

  • Guided tour of Hagia Sophia Museum (30 minutes) (optional)

  • Guided tour of Hagia Sophia Mosque (60 minutes) (optional)

  • Expert English-speaking guide (optional)

cancellation policy

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

Discover the History Behind Hagia Sophia

The Hagia Sophia Museum, located in the historic Defter-i Hakani building at Sultanahmet Square, is quickly becoming one of Istanbul's top tourist attractions. With your skip-the-line tickets, make your way past the huge waiting crowds and head straight inside the highly-anticipated museum without any delays. An English-speaking guide will accompany you as you take a stroll inside the newly-opened museum and help you uncover its closely-guarded secrets on a 30-min tour.

The museum holds artifacts that connect to the Hagia Sophia's origin as a Christian Church in the 6th century. Also, you will find out how it turned into a shining example of architectural brilliance during the reign of the Ottomans through the various exhibits shown by your guide. Explore some of the most exquisite paintings, mosaics, and other items belonging to the Byzantine period. Some of these prized possessions have never been open to the public before.

Optional Guided Tour of Hagia Sophia Museum & Hagia Sophia Mosque

Benefit from a ticket upgrade option that allows you to get a deeper insight into the exhibits at the museum from an expert English-speaking guide. Your guide will also explain the mystery of the magnificent Hagia Sophia, a great architectural beauty and an important monument both for the Byzantine and the Ottoman Empires. The interiors boast a massive dome, marble pillars, and stunning mosaics.

Important Information

  • Please note that the Hagia Sophia Mosque and the Hagia Sophia Museum are two completely separate attractions. While the former is a sacred place of worship for Muslims, the latter is a museum housing valuable artifacts, mosaics, and other items related to the Hagia Sophia's history as a church and mosque.

  • The following is allowed on this tour: photography in the museum.


  • No children below 8 are allowed in the Museum.
  • Your voucher will be emailed to you instantly.

  • Display the voucher on your mobile phone with a valid photo ID at the meeting point.

  • Please arrive at the meeting point 15 minutes before the scheduled time of your tour to avoid any delays.

Meeting Point

  • Meet your guide at Yeşil Ev (Green House).

  • Address: Cankurtaran, Kabasakal Cd. D:5, 34122 Fatih/İstanbul, Türkiye.

  • Landmark: Located on a side street in Sultanahmet Square, close to Derviş Cafe between the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia.

Get Directions to the Meeting Point

Getting There

By Bus

  • The closest bus stop is Sultanahmet. It is a quick 3-minute walk to the meeting point.

  • Board bus #121CS to get you there.

By Tram

  • The closest tram stop is Sultanahmet. It is a quick 6-minute walk to the meeting point.

  • Board tram #T1 to get you there.

ratings & reviews

10 Ratings
Darren Roberts


Sep, 2023
A full interactive history of Hagia Sophia with great visuals and fantastic narration. The queue jump ticket resulted in me basically having the place and guide to myself, making it almost a private visit!!! To be honest, the term "museum" may be considered a little misleading, and, while there is an awesome collection of artifacts at the end of the interactive element, these are pretty much an added bonus after the main event. I highly recommend visiting, and would do so BEFORE going to Hagia Sophia as a lot of the components of the building make more sense.
Ornella abbou


Aug, 2023
Expérience incroyable en immersion totale dans l'histoire de la mosquée ! Le personnel est top ! Très bonne expérience ! Je le recommande vivement !
Micheal Ayad


Aug, 2023
The actual museum was fantastic. Staff very friendly. The historic perspective of as phenomenal with very entertaining narration and videos. The booking process itself through head out was a bit confusing and disorganized. The email I received stated to meet a guide at the museum entry. Nobody showed up. I had to communicate with the booking team to sort it out. Lastly, I booked for 2 adults and 2 children (age 4 and 2) and it turned out the museum is not for children under 8 years old. The museum staff was accommodating and allowed us in after they explained the presence of load noise and visual imagery that might be too much for children and we were ok with it. Overall good experience with some parts better than other.
Sally Ormshaw


Aug, 2023
The museum was excellent
Fran O'Meara


Sep, 2023
You advertised as "skip the line" and this did not happen. We stood "inline" for over 30 minutes in the heat waiting with everybody else to get in to the museum. I am 70 years old and the weather was extremely hot and humid. I needed to frequently drink water as I felt very faint. I did not get what I paid for and was told that this was a "skip the line tour", which started at 3.15pm. I would never have booked this tour without "skip the line".
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