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Skip-the-Line Topkapi Palace Tickets with Audio Guide

€28
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  • The Topkapı Palace was the home of the Ottoman Sultan and his harem, as well as the center for administration.
  • It has survived four centuries and the rule of 25 sultans.
  • Enter the Palace led by a representative, and explore the opulent interiors by yourself at your own pace.
  • The First Courtyard consisted of a hospital, a bakery, an arsenal, the mint, storage places, and some dormitories.
  • Fun Fact: The Byzantine Church of Hagia Eirene was located in the first courtyard but was converted into an armory.
  • The Second Courtyard was the seat of the Divan, and also hosted the privy stables and the kitchens.
  • The kitchen has on display a collection of Chinese porcelain, which is said to be the third most valuable in the world.
  • Important: Please note that while you cannot enter the Topkapi Palace without a representative, this ticket is not for a guided tour. After your representative takes you to the entrance of the palace, you can visit the palace by yourself.
  • Keep in mind that entry to the Palace is only possible at the time slot selected during booking. Once inside, you can stay as long as you want until the closing time of 5pm.
  • Step 1: Go to Apple or Play Store and search for ''YourMobileGuide''.
  • Step 2: Download ''YourMobileGuide''.
  • Step 3: Open the App and select ''All Audio Tours''.
  • Step 4: Select Turkey and then Istanbul and search for "Topkapi Palace".
  • Step 5: You will receive your redeem code from the representative.

Note:

  • There is limited internet at the museum/pier so please download the app prior to your visit.
  • The app does not require internet once it has been downloaded (ensure you have activated GPS).
  • Do not forget to bring your headphones.
  • You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.

Topkapi Palace Tickets with Highlights Tour

€38
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30 min.
  • Discover one of Istanbul’s prized UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the Topkapi Palace.
  • Enjoy skip-the-line entry to the attraction with your exclusive VIP tickets.
  • The palace was built by Mehmet the Conquerer and was home to Sultans for almost 4 centuries since.
  • Explore the palace's opulent pavilions, courtyards, and many smaller buildings.
  • An expert local guide will be alongside you, giving you insight into the history of the monument.
  • Step 1: Go to Apple or Play Store and search for ''YourMobileGuide''.
  • Step 2: Download ''YourMobileGuide''.
  • Step 3: Open the App and select ''All Audio Tours''.
  • Step 4: Select Turkey and then Istanbul and search for "Topkapi Palace".
  • Step 5: You will receive your redeem code from the tour guide.

Note:

  • There is limited internet at the museum/pier so please download the app prior to the tour.
  • The app does not require internet once it has been downloaded (ensure you have activated GPS).
  • Do not forget to bring your headphones.
  • You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.

Skip the Line Guided Tour of Topkapi Palace

€38
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1 hr. 15 min.
  • Topkapı Palace was the primary residence of the Ottoman Sultans for nearly 400 years.
  • Enjoy the convenience of the skip-the-line entry (less queuing, more viewing!) as well as the company of an expert guide.
  • Your expert guide will narrate the fascinating history of the palace and all that you see around you.
  • Marvel at the weapons of the Ottoman Army, the beautiful fabrics, jewels, and art.
  • In the Palace kitchen, discover an astonishing collection of Chinese and Japanese porcelain too.
  • The Holy Relics Chamber contains items associated with legendary historical figures such as Prophet Muhammad, Moses, and David.
  • Note: If you would like to visit the Harem, you can purchase a separate ticket at the ticket booth outside the Harem, once your guided tour has finished.
  • Children aged 3-7yrs enjoy reduced ticket pricing (carry a valid photo ID).
  • You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.

Topkapi Palace VIP Tickets with Audio Guide (Includes Harem Ticket & Intro Tour)

€59
Free Cancellation
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1 hr. 30 min.
  • Discover one of Istanbul’s prized UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the Topkapi Palace.
  • Enjoy skip-the-line entry to the attraction with your exclusive VIP tickets.
  • The Ottoman Sultans and their female entourage lived at the palace for almost 400 years.
  • Inside the harem, explore the passageways, the Queen Mother's Apartments, and the Courtyard of the Eunuchs.
  • An expert local historian guide will be alongside you, giving you insight into the history of the monument.
  • Additionally, you can enjoy engaging commentary from an audio guide as you explore the Palace.
  • Step 1: Go to Apple or Play Store and search for ''YourMobileGuide''.
  • Step 2: Download ''YourMobileGuide''.
  • Step 3: Open the App and select ''All Audio Tours''.
  • Step 4: Select Turkey and then Istanbul and search for "Topkapi Palace".
  • Step 5: You will receive your redeem code from the tour guide.

Note:

  • There is limited internet at the museum/pier so please download the app prior to the tour.
  • The app does not require internet once it has been downloaded (ensure you have activated GPS).
  • Do not forget to bring your headphones.
  • You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.

Istanbul Museum Pass: Guided Tour + Skip the Line

€99
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Guided Tour
  • Enjoy skip-the-line admission to top attractions like Hagia Sophia, Topkapı Palace, and more.
  • Uncover hidden gems and get insider knowledge with the help of an English-speaking guide.
  • Take the hassle out of travel by simply displaying your pass to the guide, and begin your tour.
  • With a 5-day validity, you will have enough time to explore and discover at your own pace.
  • Click here to view the list of included guided tours and departure points.
  • Note: The Basilica Cistern is currently closed.
  • As the Blue Mosque is still a working mosque, it is closed to tourists during prayer time. In general, the opening hours of the Blue Mosque are from 8:30 AM until one hour before dusk each day, excluding 90 minutes each prayer time, and 2 hours during Friday noon prayers.
  • Entrance fees
  • English-speaking guide
  • Skip-the-line access
  • Sights included in this pass: Basilica Cistern, Blue Mosque, Grand Bazaar, Turkish & Islamic Arts Museum, Hagia Sophia, Topkapı Palace, Hagia Irene, and Dolmabahce Palace
  • You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.

Istanbul Welcome Card

€74
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168 hr.
  • Take your time to explore the Turkish metropolis with a 7-day validity from first use.
  • Enjoy free rides on the public transportation system across Istanbul.
  • Float on the magnificent Bosphorous on a cruise and view Istanbul from a different perspective.
  • Enjoy English-guided/audio-guided tours of ancient sights like Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, and the Basilica Cistern, depending on the option chosen.
  • At the time of booking, add the date of arrival along with your accommodation details so that that pass can be delivered to you.
  • Simply display your card in order to use it and exercise hassle-free redemption.
  • The Museum Pass included with the card is valid for 5 days from first use. Only one-time entry is allowed at each museum.
  • Click here for information on the Istanbul Welcome Card.
  • Premium Welcome Card
  • Public transportation card with 5 credits (can be used for metro, tram, bus, ferry, funicular, and metrobus)
  • Fast-track entry to 12 museums
  • Bosphorous Cruise
  • English-speaking guide
  • Digital guide book and city map
  • You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.

Istanbul Tourist Pass: All Top Attractions & Services

€125
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Guided Tour
  • Visit top attractions like Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Basilica Cistern, and more.
  • Enjoy perks like skip-the-line access, guided tours, cruises, and a hop-on-hop-off bus tour.
  • Save up to 75% on attraction ticket prices.
  • Get a special discount on one-way private airport transfers.
  • Choose between 3, 5, or 7 days and explore over 75 sights and attractions.
  • Simply display the pass at the entrance and enjoy a hassle-free experience.
  • Your pass will expire in one year's time allowing flexibility in planning.
  • Find the list of attractions included in the pass here.
  • After booking your pass, please click here and here for more information about the guided tours timetable.
  • 3/5/7-Day Tourist Pass
  • Skip the line entry and guided tours
  • Unlimited Wi-Fi
  • Discounted one-way private airport transfer
  • Free pick-up and drop-off from selected areas for the dinner cruise
  • You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.

Istanbul Day Tour: Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, Grand Bazaar, Cruise & More

€130
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10 hr.
  • For first-timers in Istanbul on a time crunch, this full-day guided tour is ideal.
  • Enjoy fast-track entry into all the old town’s sights, including Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, and the Blue Mosque.
  • Listen intently to your tour guide who will fill you in on details about the visited attractions
  • Take a short lunch break at a lovely local restaurant .
  • End your trip on a high note by hopping aboard a luxury yacht for a sunset cruise.
  • Channel through the waters and notice the Dolmabahçe palace, the Çamlıca Mosque, and Maiden's Tower pass along the route.
  • Savor snacks like baklava and fresh seasonal fruits along with soft drinks on the yacht.
  • You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.

Visiting Topkapi Palace

Being one of the biggest palaces in the world, Topkapi Palace attracts 3 million visitors every year. It is spread over 700,000 square meters and adorns some of the most beautiful architectural elements from the Ottoman era.

Why Visit the Topkapi Palace?

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Skip the Line Tickets

Topkapi Palace attracts millions of visitors every year, owing to long waiting lines at the entrance to buy tickets. The Topkapi Palace Skip-the-Line tickets allow you to save the time you’d rather spend in the lines. You can simply display your mobile voucher and gain entry access, giving you a lot more time to spend exploring the palace. 

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Skip the Line Guided Tour of Topkapi Palace

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Guided Tour Tickets

Topkapi Palace is a massive attraction that has many stories and secrets to uncover. With a guided tour ticket, you can ensure that you discover the rich history and culture of the palace. Also, you will only be allowed access into the Imperial Harem when accompanied by an expert guide. You will also get access to free audio-guides available in multiple languages. 

Topkapi Palace Tickets with Highlights Tour

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VIP Tickets

With a VIP ticket, not only will you be able to skip waiting lines but also get priority access to Topkapi Palace. This will include a 90-minute tour along with access to the Imperial Harem. An expert English-speaking guide will give you a low down on the role Topkapi Palace played in Istanbul’s history. There is also an immersive audio-guide available on a free mobile app. 

Topkapi Palace VIP Tickets with Audio Guide

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Istanbul Passes

Discover Istanbul’s top attractions like the Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Hagia Irene, and many other incredible monuments of Istanbul along with Topkapi Palace. With this pass, you can enjoy skip-the-line access to every attraction and also explore the places with an expert English-speaking guide. With a 5-day validity, explore the city of Istanbul at your own pace. 

Istanbul Museum Pass: Guided Tour + Skip the Line

Istanbul Welcome Card

Istanbul Tourist Pass: All Top Attractions & Services

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Istanbul Day Tour

Make the best of your trip to Istanbul with a full- day tour of the city’s biggest attractions like the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace. This ticket includes fast-tracked access to every attraction along with an expert guide to tell you the story of Istanbul. Take a short lunch break and then sail on a lovely cruise along the Bosphorus strait as well!

Istanbul Day Tour: Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, Grand Bazaar, Cruise & More

Cancellation Policy

Cancel any of these tickets up to 24 hours before the scheduled time and get a full refund.

What is the Best Way to Book Topkapi Palace Tickets? Book Online Tickets!

Buying your Topkapi Palace online tickets is your best option. Not only do you get amazing deals, you can also skip long lines, make advanced bookings and experience hassle-free cancellation.

Convenience: You can skip long waiting lines for the ticket and head straight to the security check into the palace. You also don’t have to carry a physical ticket, just show it on your phone!

Advanced Reservation: You can plan your trip ahead of time to ensure that you explore everything and make the most of your trip.

Discounts: You can avail discounted rates and book combo tours that allow you to visit other historical monuments along with the Topkapi Palace. 

Flexible Cancelation: If you change your mind, you can even cancel your ticket and get a full refund.

Topkapi Palace Highlights

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Ottoman Imperial Palace

Shortly after his conquest of Constantinople (the olden name of Istanbul) in 1453, Mehmed the Conqueror started building the first level of the palace. He also lived here until his death in 1481. Sultans stayed at the Topkapi Palace in Istanbul until the nineteenth century. After a huge fire that devastated the royal kitchens in 1574, Sultan Selim II entrusted Mimar Sinan with restoring the damaged section of the palace. The Topkapi Palace remained an Ottoman stronghold throughout this period.

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First Court

The first courtyard, also known as the First Court, is the palace’s largest and sole public space. Throughout the reign of the Ottoman Empire, the Imperial gates were opened to anyone unarmed. The wide expanse of the courtyard was perfect for celebrations and parades, and it was probably the busiest of the palace's squares.

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Second Court

The Salutation Gate opens up to the Second Court of Topkapi Palace. Known as the Divan Square, the Second Court used to be the administrative center. This area would only be opened to the members of the court and other formal visitors. In the Domed Chamber, also known as Council Hall, members of the Council met many times a week to deliberate imperial concerns.

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Harem

The harem was really the sultan’s family’s dwelling quarters, and it was rigorously partitioned by gender. In the 16th Century, Murat III got apartments built here, which eventually became the sultan’s palace as well. The harem, like the remainder of the palace, was constantly refurbished and expanded to meet growing demands. The outcome today is a complex plan with a variety of architectural influences.

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Third Court

The Felicity Gate, with its canopied entrance, opens to the Third Court, or innermost square, which accommodated the Sultan’s private home and the internal imperial school. The sultan, his family, his staff, and the infrequent authorized guest were the only ones who could enter. Visitors to the Sultan were limited to the Audience Chamber and were required to conform to a strict protocol.

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Imperial Treasury

Situated at the eastern end of the court, the Topkapi Treasury includes priceless riches like silver, gold, emeralds, jades, rubies, pearls and diamond-encrusted artifacts. The Treasury was built in 1460 while Mehmed the Conqueror reigned and was originally used as a reception hall. The jewel-encrusted Sword of Süleyman the Magnificent and the remarkable Throne of Ahmed I, studded with mother-of-pearl and fashioned by Sedefkar Mehmed Agha, builder of the Blue Mosque, are also worth seeing.

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Fourth Court

The third courtyard connects to the Fourth Court, which features tiered lawns and pavilions. It is home to the Baghdad Pavilion, Circumcision Chamber, and Yerevan Pavilion, all of which are ornamented lavishly. The charming gilt-bronze Iftar Pergola, where sultans often broke their fasts if Ramadan occurred in the summertime, is one of the most distinctive features in the fourth courtyard.

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European Porcelains

The palace cooks and confectionaries, which currently house the imperial porcelain exhibit, as well as the External Treasury, were all located in the second courtyard. The porcelain collection demonstrates the empire’s global reach, with items acquired from Europe, as well as China and Japan. Celadon from China was treasured as dinnerware because it was thought that if the food served in it was poisoned, it would change color.

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Arms and Weapons

The Royal Arms were also kept in the External Treasury. The artifacts in the collections, like other objects at the Topkapi Palace Museum, were either made by workshops on the Sultan’s orders, acquired at markets, received as presents from visiting diplomats, or accumulated from conquered people.

Plan Your Visit to Topkapi Palace

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  • All the visitors and staff members are expected to wear masks at all times.
  • Deep-cleaning is undertaken on a regular basis throughout the Topkapi Palace, in accordance with international hygiene standards.
  • When touring Topkapi Palace, visitors are advised to wash their hands frequently.
  • The museum's capacity has been lowered.
  • All visitors to the Topkapi Palace in Istanbul are advised to follow social distancing rules.
  • Upon entering the Topkapi Palace, all visitors and employees are subjected to a thermal scan.
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Wheelchair Accessibility: Topkapi Palace is mostly accessible by wheelchairs. The main entrance has ramps for easy access. Most of the doors have ramps to get over the marble door frames. All four courtyards can be accessed by differently-abled individuals by the use of wheelchairs. There are also wheelchair accessible toilets in the palace. You can also rent a wheelchair from the entrance. 

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Audio Guides: You can avail audio guides at the palace to explore the palace by yourself as well. You may be charged extra for it if it isn’t already included in your ticket. 

Toilets: There are toilets available throughout the palace.

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Topkapi Palace Museum Shop

On the right side of the Topkapi Palace entrance, you will find the Museum Shop which sells merchandise and memorabilia. You can buy postcards, replica attire, and the likes of these from the museum shop.

Address: Museum Shop, Cankurtaran, 34122 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey

Find on Maps

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While there are no restaurants or eateries within the palace, there are places nearby where you can enjoy a delectable meal. 

Roof Mezze 360: This rooftop restaurant offers traditional Turkish food with a global twist.

Turgut Kebab Restaurant: This dine-in and takeaway restaurant is the best place to go if you are craving kebabs.

Fish Home Ahhir Kapi Restaurant: If you love seafood, this is the restaurant that you must head to after your visit.

Şiva barbecue: This is the best place to go for all the barbecue fans visiting the Topkapi Palace.

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Budget: Star Holiday Hotel, Sultanahmet Hotel Han, Meddusa Hotel

Mid-range: Zeynep Sultan Hotel, The Million Stone Hotel, Bon Design & Suite

Luxury: White House Hotel Istanbul, Agora Life Hotel, Vogue Hotel Supreme Istanbul

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Hagia Sophia: A Byzantine cathedral turned mosque, the Hagia Sophia is an iconic landmark soaked in rich history as a melting pot of a myriad of cultures.

Blue Mosque: Located right opposite Hagia Sophia and built to outrival the Sophia, the Blue Mosque is famously known for its blue tiles. 

Madame Tussauds Istanbul: Meet some of your favorite stars and icons at the life-like wax museum at Madame Tussauds Istanbul. 

Bosphorus Cruises: Nestled right in the middle of Asia and Europe, the Bosphorus strait allows you to discover the beauty of Turkey from a completely different perspective. 

Visitor Tips & Guidelines

  • Secure your Topkapi Palace tickets well in advance if possible as this will make the entry procedure shorter.
  • Arrive at the Topkapi Palace at least 10 minutes in advance to avoid delays.
  • Don't forget to bring your and your child’s ID proof, especially if you have bought discounted tickets or are to get free entry.
  • Topkapi Palace Harem tickets are available separately. Make sure to book them as well if you need to explore the Harem. 
  • Although there is no dress code as such, ensure that you wear clothing that cover your knees and shoulders.
  • Topkapi Palace is a massive monument. Carry a copy of the map to make sure you don't lose your way.

Frequently Asked Questions About Topkapi Palace Tickets

Q. Are there tickets available for Topkapi Palace?

A. Yes, there are tickets available for Topkapi Palace, and they can be booked online as well. Book your tickets online

Q. Where can I get tickets to Topkapi Palace?

A. You can buy your Topkapi Palace tickets online here.

Q. Are there any discounts available on Topkapi Palace tickets?

A. Yes, there are great deals and discounts available on Topkapi Palace tickets here

Q. Is Topkapi Palace open for visits?

A. Yes, Topkapi Palace is now open for visits. 

Q. Is it safe to visit Topkapi Palace?

A. Yes, it is safe to visit Topkapi Palace. It has many regulations in place to prevent the spread of Covid-19, like sanitisers in most places, social distancing norms, temperature checks, etc. 

Q. Are there guided tours available to Topkapi Palace?

A. Yes, there are many guided tours available for Topkapi Palace. Check them out here

Q. Is Topkapi Palace wheelchair accessible?

A. Topkapi Palace is mostly wheelchair accessible with ramps available at most locations. There are also wheelchair accessible toilets available at the venue.