Visiting Topkapi Palace on a Monday morning is a good idea as there aren't many people around during the early morning hours. Wednesdays and Fridays are usually extremely crowded. Over the weekends and holidays, the palace usually has long queues with an average wait time of 40 minutes.
The best months to visit Topkapi Palace are from March to the beginning of May and from September to November. These are shoulder-season months when the weather is relatively pleasant, there are lesser numbers of tourists, and the accommodation is also affordable. From late May to June, the weather is extremely hot and room rates in Istanbul also tend to be expensive.
If you decide to visit Topkapi Palace by car or taxi, it will take you about an hour to cover the distance from Istanbul Airport to the palace.
If you’re driving your own vehicle, you can park it in a nearby paid parking spot. The nearest parking facilities are:
Wheelchair Accessibility: The palace is not fully accessible to wheelchairs or strollers. Certain areas are inaccessible due to high elevated pebbles and stairs. However, some areas are still wheelchair accessible.
Pets: Pets are not allowed within the premises of Topkapi Palace, including service animals.
Audio Guides: Audio Guides are available for you in various languages; English, Arabic, Chinese, German, Italian, Polish, Russian, Spanish, and Turkish.
Professional Guides: There are also professional guides available for hire in the palace.
Photography: Photography is forbidden inside the museum. Casual photography is allowed in the other areas of Topkapi Palace.
It's a good idea to stay at a nearby hotel to reach Topkapi Palace before time. Some great hotels near the palace offer top-class hospitality and comfort.
Budget-friendly: Şehir Apart Hotel, The Constantine Hotel, Gülhane Corner Hotel
Mid-Range: Royal Bosphorus Hotel, Hotel Ibrahim Pasha, Armada Hotel, Istanbul
Luxury: AJWA Sultanahmet, Byzantium Comfort Hotel, Ottoman Hotel Park
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Blue Mosque: The Blue Mosque is a beautiful monument in the center of the city that shines like a blue diamond at night as the six elegant minarets reflect night light.
Galata Tower: The Galata Tower is one of the oldest and highest towers in Istanbul. This former surveillance tower of the Genoese people gives the visitors a birds’ eye view of the city.
A. Topkapi Palace is located at Cankurtaran, 34122 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey. Find on Maps
A. The Topkapi Palace opening hours are 9 AM to 6 PM during the summer and 9 AM to 4:45 PM in the winter. The palace is open from Monday to Wednesday and closed on Tuesdays.
A. We recommend that you visit early in the mornings during weekdays to avoid large crowds. The weather in Istanbul is also quite pleasant between March and May and September and November.
A. We recommend that you set aside at least 2 hours to explore Topkapi Palace.
A. The best way to get to Topkapi Palace would be by Tram. It stops the closest to the palace (10-minute walk). Otherwise, we suggest that you take a bus or even a taxi to get to the palace.
A. Yes, visitors will need to wear clothes that cover their shoulders and knees during their visit to Topkapi Palace.
A. Topkapi Palace is partly wheelchair accessible. However, you will not be able to avail any wheelchairs at the palace. You will have to bring your own.
A. Photography is prohibited in the Topkapi Palace Museum. However, casual or amateur photography is allowed in the other areas of Topkapi Palace.
A. Yes, audio guides are available in different languages at Topkapi Palace.
A. No, strollers are not permitted inside the palace.