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Topkapi Palace Tickets

Visit Topkapi Palace, formerly the royal residence of the Ottoman Empire's sultans. Its magnificent architecture and interior sections such as the royal apartments, Library of Ahmed III, and The Harem make it one of the most-visited attractions in Istanbul. Book Topkapi Palace tickets here to get skip-the-line entry, guided tours, and combo experiences.
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Topkapi Palace Tickets Guide

Topkapi Palace is unquestionably one of Istanbul's most popular tourist destinations. It was the heart of the Ottoman Empire; it served as the residence of its sultans and the women of their harem for nearly three centuries until Sultan Abdülmecid decided to move the court to the Dolmabahçe Palace in 1853. A sight to behold, this iconic tourist destination is a must-visit when in Istanbul. Looking for Topkapi Palace tickets? We have put together the perfect guide to help you find the best tickets and make the most of your time there.

Post-COVID-19 Safety Measures at Topkapi Palace

  • It is mandatory to wear a face mask in all public places.
  • At the entrance, all visitors will undergo temperature checks.
  • Social distancing is mandatory in all spaces such as visitor pathways, waiting spaces, gardens, ticket offices and more. This has been indicated by markers.
  • Travelers who have been fully vaccinated or who have recovered from the infection within the last six months are free to visit Turkey. Please carry the necessary government documents.
  • Every day, all indoor and outdoor spaces are being disinfected.
  • Visitors will be handed audio guide devices in a disposable ziplock bag to prevent repeated touches.

All Your Topkapi Palace Tickets Options

Your choice of Topkapi Palace tickets depends on the sort of experience you’re looking for. If you don’t have a lot of time at hand, skip the line Topkapi Palace tickets are your best friend. You can also opt for guided tour tickets if you’re looking for a more relaxed and insightful experience. A handy Istanbul City Pass also grants you access to Topkapi Palace. Let’s look at the different ticket options available.

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Istanbul City Pass

Skip the queues and get acquainted with the fascinating history of Topkapi Palace, which dates back to the 15th century. Save valuable time by avoiding the long lines and spend it valuably as you discover the palace complex, precious jewels, luxurious living quarters, and stunning architecture. You can also visit the tranquil gardens, pavilions, hidden retreats, and kitchens.

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With these skip-the-line tickets, breeze past the serpentine queues at the entrance of the Topkapi Palace and explore one of Istanbul’s most iconic landmarks.
On a Topkapi Palace tour, gain in-depth insight about this historic monument like never before. Your knowledgeable tour guide will accompany you along the way and regale you with stories about the palace’s history, architecture, and marvelous treasures that lie within. An added benefit of opting for Topkapi Palace tickets is that you get priority entrance and skip-the-line access, allowing you to simply walk past the waiting lines.

Recommended experiences

Skip the lines and visit the magnificent Topkapi Palace, which was home to the Ottoman Sultans for nearly 400 years. Inside the museum, enjoy an enlightening guided tour and explore the stunning four courtyard museum.
Enjoy a fascinating guided tour of Istanbul's Topkapi Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You can enjoy a stress-free experience at one of Istanbul's best attractions with these fast-track tickets and a personal guide accompanying you.
A combo tour is perhaps the best way of experiencing the best of Istanbul. Visit multiple attractions in the city for a much lower price. The best benefit of going for a combo tour is that you would be accompanied by a knowledgeable tour guide. They’ll accompany you along the way and regale you with interesting trivia and stories of the landmarks’ history, architecture, and more. Depending on the ticket you opt for, you can visit Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, Grand Bazar, and many more.

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Hagia Sophia and the Topkapi Palace will add a cultural and historical highlight to your time in the city. With a local guide, explore the different attractions at these iconic monuments and skip-the-long waiting lines.
This day tour of Istanbul's best attractions is great for those who are short on time. Enjoy priority access to all of the old town's attractions, including Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, and the Blue Mosque. Take a quick lunch break and have a delicious meal at a nearby restaurant. Enjoy a sunset cruise on a luxury yacht to round out your trip in style.
Opting for a city pass is a great way to get an all-round tourist experience in Istanbul. Enjoy entry to popular attractions such as Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, and others. Depending on the pass you opt for, you will also enjoy the company of a local tour guide, along with other benefits such as public transport, skip-the-line entry and much more. These passes have flexible validity, allowing you to customize your trip based on your own schedule.

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The entrance costs, an English-speaking guide, and simple skip-the-line access are all included in this Istanbul City Pass. The Topkapi Palace, Basilica Cistern, Turkish & Islamic Arts Museum, Blue Mosque, Hagia Irene, Grand Bazaar, Hagia Sophia, and Dolmabahce Palace are the attractions you get access to with this package.
The Istanbul Welcome Card is a terrific way to make the most of your trip thanks to great discounts and perks available to every first-time traveler. Three distinct types of cards offer a variety of benefits, including discounted public transit and priority entrance to important museums, as well as cruises on the majestic Bosphorus and guided tours of Istanbul’s popular attractions.
This tourist pass offers free guided tours of Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Basilica Cistern, and other sites. From skip the line access and guided tours to cruises and HOHO bus tours, there's something for everyone. Tickets to attractions can be purchased at up to 75% off. Get a one-way private airport transfer for a greatly reduced price.

Plan Your Visit to Topkapi Palace Istanbul

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What are Topkapi Palace hours?
Topkapi Palace is open through the year from Wednesday to Monday between 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM, with final entry at 5:00 PM.
When is Topkapi Palace closed?
Topkapi Palace is closed for visitors every Tuesday and public holidays.
What is the best time to visit Topkapi Palace?
Monday morning is the best time to visit Topkapi Palace. Wednesdays and Fridays are very crowded, with an average wait time of 40 minutes on weekends and holidays. Its best to visit on weekdays during early morning hours to avoid large crowds.
The best time of year is between October to April, to avoid the summer heat.
How long should I spend at Topkapi Palace?
To get the most out of the museum, plan on spending at least 2 hours there.
Where is Topkapi Palace located?
The Seraglio Point, which spans the Golden Horn in Istanbul, Turkey, is home to the Topkapi Palace.
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Can I take the metro/train to Topkapi Palace?
Yes, use Istanbul's M2 rapid transit line from one of two terminals: Yenikapi Transfer Center or Haciosman. Walk to Gülhane, which is 734 meters from the palace.
Can I take the bus to Topkapi Palace?
You can use buses 47E, 66, 99A, BN1, and EM1 because their bus stops are close to the Topkapi Palace.
How far is Hagia Sophia from Topkapi Palace?
Hagia Sophia is just 3.7 km away from Topkapi Palace?
Is the Topkapi Palace wheelchair accessible?
The palace is wheelchair-accessible in parts. Wheelchairs, however, are not available on site.
Is photography permitted at Topkapi Palace?
No, photography is not allowed inside the museum.
Is there a dress code to enter Topkapi Palace?
Yes, there is a dress code that must be obeyed in order to enter the Palace. Make sure your knees and shoulders are covered.

What to See at Topkapi Palace?

A landmark as fascinating as Topkapi Palace is packed to the brim with unique sights and breathtaking architecture. Here’s a breakdown of all the places you should see at Topkapi Palace.

Gate of Felicity

The Felicity Gate was built in the 15th century and afterward adorned in the rococo style in 1774. The gold-leafed ceiling is partially painted and features decorative elements such as a golden ball suspended in the center. It is the entrance of the Third Courtyard, also known as the Inner Court, which houses the Topkapi Palace's private and residential areas.

The Harem

The sultan's entire family and servants all lived in the Imperial Harem. It comprises several buildings and structures that are linked by passageways and courtyards. Every group in the harem had their own dwelling spaces, which were centered around a courtyard. The exact number of rooms is unknown, however, it is likely to be in the hundreds.

Library of Ahmed III

The Neo-classical Enderûn Library, also known as the Library of Sultan Ahmed III, is located in the heart of the Third Court. It was built in 1719 on orders of Ahmed III by royal architect Mimar Beşir Aa for usage by royal household staff. This previous kiosk's colonnade is now most likely in front of the current treasury.

The Queen Mother’s Apartments

These were built after the Queen Mother came into the  palace during the late 16th century. These apartments are decorated with floral-patterned blue-and-white or yellow-and-green tiles and 17th-century Iznik porcelain. Osman znikli Mehmetolu signed the panel depicting Mecca or Medina, which has a new Iznik tile style. The paintwork in the upper rooms with panoramic views is in the Western European style.

The Circumcision Room

The Circumcision Room, a summer kiosk dedicated to the circumcision of young princes, was added in 1640 by Sultan Ibrahim I. It has a varied collection of rarely recycled tiles on the inside and exterior, including blue tiles with flower themes on the façade. The most noteworthy of these is the 1529 blue and white tile panels on the chamber facade, which are influenced by far-eastern pottery.

Top Attractions in Istanbul

Hagia Sophia

The Hagia Sophia Grand Mosque, which has been fighting time for centuries with its creative construction, rich history, religious significance, and distinctive qualities, was Istanbul's largest Eastern Roman Church. It is considered an architectural wonder due its stunning domes, colossal marble columns, and unmatched mosaics. Book Hagia Sophia tickets.

Galata Tower

Since 1348, the Galata Tower has dominated Beyolu's skyline and continues to provide outstanding panoramic views of the city. The 66.9-meter (220-foot)-high Tower of Christ was once the highest point within the city walls of the Genoese colony of Galata. The vast majority of the walls have vanished, but the great tower, with its 3.75-meter-thick walls, has survived. Book Galata Tower tickets.

Basilica Cistern

The Basilica Cistern is the largest and most peculiar tourist attraction in Istanbul. On a hot summer day, you can take a stroll through the forest of hundreds of marble columns and enjoy the subterranean chill. The Basilica Cistern is 143 meters long and 65 meters wide, and it takes its name from the Ileus Basilica. Book Basilica Cistern tickets.

Dolmabahce Palace

One of the most opulent mansions in the world, the palace was constructed in the 19th century. It served as the administrative capital of the late Ottoman Empire and was home to the last of the Sultans. National, historical, and language congresses, as well as international conferences, were once held at Dolmabahce Palace. Book Dolmabahce Palace tickets.

Blue Mosque

The Sultanahmet Mosque was constructed between 1609 and 1617 and is also known as the Blue Mosque because of the blue tiles that adorn its inner walls. Sultan Ahmet I ordered the building to be built. The vast courtyard is the largest of all Ottoman mosques, with plenty of graceful curves thanks to a rising system of domes and semi-domes. Book Blue Mosque tickets.

Bosphorus Cruises

The Bosphorus Strait is located in northern Turkey, about 8 kilometers from Istanbul, where the Bosphorus Bridge is located. A cruise down the Bosphorus is a fantastic way to see Turkey from a fresh perspective. The gleaming sapphire strait serves as your front-row seat for seeing Turkey's stunning countryside unfold. Book Bosphorus cruises.

Topkapi Palace Tickets FAQs

Are Topkapi Palace tickets available online now?

Yes, you can buy Topkapi Palace tickets online. Guests are advised to prebook their tickets online so as to get their preferred date and time of visit.

What safety measures are in place at Topkapi Palace?

Topkapi Palace tickets can now be booked online. Guests are required to wear a mask and maintain social distance. There’s a temperature check at the entrance and indoor and outdoor spaces are disinfected daily.

What are the different types of Topkapi Palace tickets?

You can choose from many different types of Topkapi Palace tickets including skip the line tickets that allow you to bypass the long waiting lines, guided tours that include the services of a local guide, and combo tickets that offer entry intoc multiple attractions in the city.

Is skip-the-line entry included in Topkapi Palace tickets?

Yes, all Topkapi Palace tickets include skip-the-line entry allowing you to save time and escape he long waiting lines. Guided tours also include skip-the-line entry.

Are guided Topkapi Palace tours available?

Yes, most Topkapi Palace tours include the services of a tour guide. They will guide you past the waiting lines and regale you with stories about the palace.

Are audio guides included in Topkapi Palace tours?

It depends on which tour you choose. Some Topkapi Palace tours may include an audioguide in multiple languages for a self-guided, detailed tour.

What are Topkapi Palace hours?

Topkapi Palace is open between Wednesday to Monday from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

How do I get to Topkapi Palace?

By train: Use Istanbul's M2 rapid transit line from one of two terminals: Yenikapi Transfer Center or Haciosman. Walk to Gülhane, which is 734 meters from the palace.
By bus: Take 47E, 66, 99A, BN1, or EM1 to get to Topkapi Palace.

What is the best time to visit Topkapi Palace?

Weekdays, particularly Mondays, between September and November or March and May, are the best times to visit the palace. Try and visit during the early hours of weekdays to get the shortest queues.

Is Topkapi Palace wheelchair accessible?

No, just a portion of the palace is wheelchair and stroller accessible. Certain zones are inaccessible due to high elevated pebbles and stairs.
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