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Combo (Save 9%): Basilica Cistern Skip-the-Line Tickets + Busforus 1-Day Hop-On Hop-Off Tour of Istanbul

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Opt for this cost-saving combo to experience the ancient wonder of the Basilica Cistern & take advantage of a 1-day hop-on hop-off tour in Istanbul.


  • Explore Istanbul's renowned Basilica Cistern, built by Byzantine Emperor Justinian I in the 6th century AD, with an audio guide in 8 languages.

  • See the famous Medusa Heads – two Medusa heads used as column bases. One is upside down, and the other is on its side.

  • Explore Istanbul with a 1-day hop-on-hop-off pass, discovering iconic spots like Galata Bridge, Eminönü, and Dolmabahçe Palace at your own pace.

  • With over 11 stops, covering the city's iconic sites, enjoy an audio guide in 8 languages, WiFi, and charging stations on the bus.

  • Fun Fact: Basilica Cistern boasts 336 recycled marble columns in 12 rows, creating an eclectic appearance with elements repurposed from earlier structures.


Basilica Cistern

  • Skip-the-line entry to the Basilica Cistern

  • Multilingual audio guide in English, German, Russian, French, Spanish, Iranian, Arabic, and Turkish

Hop-On Hop-Off

  • 1-day unlimited hop-on hop-off pass

  • Audio guide in English, German, Russian, French, Spanish, Iranian, Arabic, and Turkish

  • Onboard Wi-Fi & charging points


Hop-On Hop-Off

  • Entry tickets to attractions

  • Guided visits inside attractions

  • Headset for smartphone

Cancellation policy

These tickets can't be cancelled or rescheduled.

Ratings & Reviews

3.7K Ratings
Taleesha Reddy



May, 2024

Incredible historical attraction.. one of my favourite. Really good having staff at start of the line to direct people into appropriate lines. Well organised
Silvia j munoz



May, 2024

The 3€ added to the 25€ entrace price was worth every penny to me. I actually bought the ticket from their website while standing on the long queue to enter the site. I got instant confirmation of my purchase via email, and walked straight to the entrance. TIP: buy the ticket when you have WiFi and can download the app as well -- while I was able to buy and get email confirmation of the purchase without it, the link from the email to get the QR code doesn't work without it, however the attendants at the entrance were extremely helpful and got this straightened out for me.
Maren Duhm



May, 2024

Bus ran approx. every 45 minutes, very good and detailed description of the attractions (however, you could not hear the information about the station where you wanted to get off, otherwise you would have missed the exit), possibility to charge your cell phone on the way.
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Yih Mee Fong



May, 2024

Buying the online skip the line tickets is great as no time is wasted queuing to buy tickets. There is another separate line for this ticket to get into the basilica..
Mrs B Phipps



May, 2024

Ticketing experience with Headhout went very smoothly. Walked straight into the venue definitely skipping the queues. The venue itself is awesome and is a MUST visit in Istanbul.

Basilica Cistern

From Dan Brown's popular book "Inferno" to the 1963 James Bond movie "From Russia With Love," the Basilica Cistern is a part of popular culture. Built during Justinian I's reign, it's a 6th-century marvel of Byzantine architecture. Upon stepping into this vast underground marvel, a soft golden glow will welcome you, shimmering on the water's surface. As you stroll on elevated wooden platforms amid 336 grand columns supporting the structure, brace yourself for the enchanting melody of water droplets falling from the vaulted ceiling and the elusive silhouettes of carp gliding through the water. Enhance your experience with the multilingual audio guide, available in 8 languages, to uncover interesting anecdotes of this iconic site.

Hop-On Hop-Off

Disembark at any of the 11 stops along this bus route! Immerse yourself in the history and culture of Istanbul through audio commentary, available in 8 languages.


  • First Bus: 10am from stop #1 (Sultanahmet Square)

  • Last Bus: 5pm from stop #1 (Sultanahmet Square)

  • Frequency: Approx. every 60 mins

  • Popular stops: Taksim Square, Beylerbeyi Palace, Spice Bazaar & Dolmabahce Palace

  • Click here for the detailed route map and boarding points.

Basilica Cistern

Monday9:00 AM - 10:00 PMlast entry 6:30 PM
Tuesday9:00 AM - 10:00 PMlast entry 6:30 PM
Wednesday9:00 AM - 10:00 PMlast entry 6:30 PM
Thursday9:00 AM - 10:00 PMlast entry 6:30 PM
Friday9:00 AM - 10:00 PMlast entry 6:30 PM
Saturday9:00 AM - 10:00 PMlast entry 6:30 PM
Sunday9:00 AM - 10:00 PMlast entry 6:30 PM

What to bring

Basilica Cistern

  • It's recommended to wear comfortable shoes.


Hop-On Hop-Off

  • Facilities: Free Wi-Fi, Charging station, Recorded commentary.

Additional note

Hop-On Hop-Off

  • The departure times and timetables might change due to traffic, road work, or weather conditions.
  • Your voucher will be emailed to you shortly.

  • Please display the same at each ticket redemption point along with a valid photo ID.

Ticket Redemption Points

Busforus 1-Day Hop-On Hop-Off Tour of Istanbul

  • Please check your final voucher for the meeting point details and specific instructions.

Skip-the-Line Tickets to Basilica Cistern

  • Meet your Istanbul Welcome Card tour guide that has red flag in front of the Exit Gate of the Basilica Cistern.

  • Address: Alemdar, Yerebatan Cd. 1/3, 34110 Fatih/İstanbul.

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