ISTANBUL LAYOVER TOURS  (ILT) offer you to take the opportunity of making the best of your time during a layover in Istanbul.

Istanbul Layover Tours is a travel agency specialized entirely on city tours from Istanbul Airports and Hotels for transit travelers. We believe that Istanbul layover tour is great way to spend your valuable time, rather than sitting in airport during Istanbul Layover. As one of the most vibrant cities in the world, Istanbul has a lot to offer to turn painfully boring layover into a cultural & fun experience in a few hours layover tour from Istanbul Airports. Layover Tours are operated from both Istanbul Airports (IST) Istanbul Airport & (SAW) Sabiha Gokcen Airport. Whether you will have a short layover or long layover with extended overnight in Istanbul Airports, let us know your flight details as filling out contact form. We will return to you with the best layover tour ideas and multiple options fitting in your flight schedule. Book one of the most popular layover tours and layover activities with us instantly without hassle.



Morning Layover in Istanbul

If your flight lands at Istanbul Airport while the city is still sleeping and historical attractions are not open to visit yet, we have a better plan for you rather than sitting in airport. Turn your early arrival time into a chance to try a delicious traditional Turkish Breakfast and Turkish Tea before heading to top sites of Istanbul. Cover thousands of years history in a few hours.  For sure, you will have chance of getting some bargains in famous historical Bazaars offering traditional handcrafts, ranging from expensive jewelry, Turkish carpet, leather tiles or small souvenirs.

Byzantine Hippodrome, Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Topkapı Palace, Grand Bazaar.

Afternoon Layover in Istanbul

The city is awake now and still you have an opportunity to hit one or two museums and attractions, Dolmabahce Palace, Suleymaniye Mosque. Thereafter it is time to explore neighborhoods and historical markets like Spice Market and enjoy a ferry ride in Picturesque Bosphorus.

Evening Layover / Night Layover in Istanbul

If you have just arrived in Istanbul Airport late afternoon or evening and thinking that city has already started to packing up and there are not many things to do. That’s not correct. Istanbul is 24/7 living city; You will be surprised how late shops and markets stay open. Turn your layover in Istanbul into a culinary experience during your Istanbul layover. you would love to try the freshest Turkish Food in Kadıkoy Food Market, where locals shop or to stroll down buzzy Istiklal Street from Taksim Square.


Private Istanbul Layover Tour 24/7 –  Private Istanbul City Tours from Istanbul Airports

Explore Istanbul in a layover tour from Istanbul Airports, not only day time but any time of day with us. ISTANBUL LAYOVER TOURS offer full flexibility on tour itinerary and choosing top places to visit and what to do’s.

Small Group Layover Tours; Not a big fan of crowded group tours or Not qualified for Turkish Airlines Free Layover Tours ?

Free airport layover tours are provided by Turkish Airlines and it is a great service for Turkish Airlines passengers, meeting certain requirements. However, if you are not qualified for Turkish Airlines free tour or not liking big crowded tour groups, you can check our small – group tours with limit of 4 people max.

Airport Transfer with Experienced Drivers and Meet & Greet by Welcome Hosts

Book hassel-free and reliable arrival – departure transfer with Meet & Greet

Looking For Layover Accommodation? Where to stay during Istanbul Layover ?

Find the best match layover accomadation depending your arrival / departure airport.

English Speaking -Local Guides with Degree in History & Tourism

All layover tours are led by a team of licensed tour guides and they are not only expert and a good historian but also a good travel companion. Learn about culture, politics and religion through personal stories and anecdotes Being accredited from Ministry of Tourism, our guides provides fast- track entry to museums.


Can I leave Istanbul airport during layover?
Yes, you are allowed to leave airport during layover as long as you will have a valid visa obtained.
Can I get visa online ?
It is very simple process for certain country passport holders including US and Canada to get their e-visa in few clicks online; In order to see requirements and get it online, you can visit official website of Turkish Republic
What is the minimum layover duration to leave airport for the tour ?
Recommended minimum layover duration is 7 hours layover for international connected flight and 6 hours layover for domestic flights from Istanbul International Airport. We can accommodate business travelers with shorter layover duration.
How early should we back at the airport?
For international flights, if the luggages are checked through to final destination, and already have your boarding pass, you will be dropped off 2 hours prior to departing flight. For domestic flights, 1 hours is suffice.
Where should I keep my cabin luggage ?
You can use attended baggage storage or baggage storage lockers that are available 24 hours a day in Istanbul Airport.


 +150 TripAdvisor & Google 5 Star Reviews Verified Reviews by Happy Travelers.

Nine Hour Layover in Istanbul

My wife and I had a nine hour layover in Istanbul. Since neither of us had ever been to the city we really wanted to use the time to see at least some of the sites. I found Istanbul Layover Tours by searching for one of the highest recommended layover tour provider and could not have been happier with our decision...

Informative and fun layover tour of Istanbul

We had a 7 hour lay over in Istanbul and contacted Istanbul Lay over Tours. They arranged everything for us for a visit to the Asia part of Istanbul (with a wonderful dinner of local food), hippodrome, the Blue Mosque and the Hagia Sofia. Unfortunately the limited time did not allow us the luxury of a Turkish bath. Israfil was a pleasant guide...

Amazing customized layover tour

I had a perfect time in Istanbul! I had a 14 hour layover, and so Latif made a customized tour that fit my schedule and interests, and was both informative and fun the whole way through! I learned a ton about the culture and history of Istanbul, and was able to see all the major historical and tourist sties, sample Turkish food, go shopping in the Grand Bazaar, take a river cruise...

Exquisite layover tour

We had a 10 hour layover tour in Istanbul, arriving at 15:45. Our wonderful guide Latif met us in the arrivals hall at 16:30, and took us on a magical tour of Istanbul. We visited the Grand Bazaar and the Spice Market, which included tasting of tea and sweets. Then we were off on the ferry to cross to the Asian part of the city...

7 hour layover quick stop in istanbul

I had a great experience with Istanbul Layover tours! I had a 7 hour layover which I found was plenty of time to see the important sites in the old city. Everything ran smoothly from scheduling over email, picking up and the trip back in time for my connecting flight. Latif was very friendly and easy-going, as well as informative and well organized. He tailored the tour to the time I had available, and kept us moving ...

Believe the Hype! Eight hour layover in Istanbul

It would be an understatement to say that Latif is great tour guide. He is—without a doubt—easily the best tour guide in Istanbul and probably one of the best in the world. I've traveled to nearly 40 countries and have gone on tours whilst visiting nearly all of them and Latif's experience, expertise, knowledge, attention to detail, and...

10 hour layover in Istanbul

Had a 10 hour layover in Istanbul and was referred to Istanbul Layover Tours by another tour service who was already booked. I was promptly met at he airport by my guide, Latif Eseler, as promised and begin the tour via the local metro. Based on local traffic, this was the best way to go. He planned the tour based on the amount of time...

8 hours layover – Istanbul tour from Airport

First, he picked me up from the airport at 7:30 am on time. We were off to the old city in a private car. We visited the hippodrome, blue mosque, Hagai Sophia, and Topkapi Palace. Latif was so knowledgeable about all the sites and he communicates in a very enjoyable fashion. Along the way we sampled traditional foods like baklava

14 Hour Layover

My brother and I had a 14-hour-long layover in Istanbul. After I searched for a private guide online, I found Istanbul layover tours which specializes in tours from the airport. The cost of a private guide was almost half the price of other companies. Our guide, Latif Eseler, was flexible and adjusted the schedule just as we asked. Thank you Latif for the best layover ever.

Long Layover in Istanbul

I was flying to India by Turkish Airways, and had almost 14 hours of layover in Istanbul. I thought of making the best use of this time by taking a tour of the historical city. I started looking for a guide who could make the tour worthwhile and came across Latif Eseler of Istanbul Layover Tour. As the company name suggests, it specializes in layover tours...

Seven hour layover in Istanbul

At first, seven-hour layover in Istanbul seemed like vacation ruined before it even began but Latif from Istanbul Layover Tours turned it into memorable addition to our main trip. We were treated like very special guests from the pick up at the airport till the drop off for the connecting flight. Latif’s hospitality, enthusiasm, positive energy, humor...

13 hour layover in istanbul

13 hour layover turned into amazing time in Istanbul thanks to Latif 🙂 Latif is very friendly, professional and pleasant person. He even helped me with issuing visa for my visit. Immediately I fell in love with Istanbul Latif's knowledge and way of speaking about his town is amazing. He knows many things from history but also from present. We visited Grand Bazaar, Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque...

15 hour layover with Turkish Airlines

I had a 15 hour layover with Turkish Airlines (Free Hotel stay if your layover meets certain requirements!!) I contacted Istanbul Layover Tours to see if a night tour was something that can be done since I arrived at 6:00PM and Latif was very helpful and informative right from the start. 5-6 hour tour was perfect...

10 hour layover in Istanbul from Canada to Nepal

I had a 10 hour layover in istanbul on my way from Canada to Nepal. I saw good reviews of Latif and his company so contacted him to see what could be arranged. I had some specific requests in mind (eg I wanted to visit a Hamam) and given the timing of my layover and the fact it was already winter season hours many of the sights I wanted...

Long stopover in Istanbul

We had a long stopover in Istanbul so we contacted Latif for a quick tour after reading his positive reviews. Actually it was a last minute decision so I didn't provide him with many details, and only after meeting with him I told him what we preferred to do. He was able to reschedule all the tour and in just a few hours we toured the city center...

Night layover in Istanbul

I was traveling alone to Egypt and had a seven hour nighttime layover in Istanbul. Latif met me in the airport and had his driver promptly pick us up. We took a wonderful odyssey through Sultanahmet and Taksim before going to a 500-year old hammam where I had a wonderful body scrub and steam...

7 Hours in Istanbul

We had 7 hours in Istanbul and I contacted Latif after I read about his tours here at Trip Advisor. I was worried, because of State Department warning about Turkey and because i did not know Latif before. But we had four excellent hours tour in Istanbul for very reasonable price with Latif. He is very knowledgeable, carrying person...

“awesome tour & best tour guide ever! :)”

Had the most awesome day seeing the highlights of the gorgeous city of Istanbul with the best tour guide. My tour was from 8am to 5pm because my layover was a pretty long one (4am-8pm). In that time I was able to see the main sights and even squeeze in a Turkish bath. Latif was a big part of the reason my time in Istanbul was great. He was...

“Highy recommend tour with them”

My wife, 16-year old son and I had a short layover in Istanbul during the daytime on our return flight home to Canada. Friends had done the layover tour with Latif on their way to Turkey the previous week and raved about how good it was. The had a long layover and were able to do the full tour, including the ferry ride...