Istanbul Layover Tours

“Creating The Best Experience for Long Layover in Istanbul”

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 specializes in offering city tours from both Istanbul Airport (IST) and Sabiha Gokcen Airport (SAW) for transit travelers. We believe that a layover in Istanbul is an excellent opportunity to make the most of your time rather than waiting at the airport. Istanbul, as one of the world’s most vibrant cities, offers a wealth of cultural and fun experiences during a brief stopover.

Whether you have a short layover of 7– 8 hours or an extended one of 10 – 12 hours, including overnight stays at Istanbul Airports, simply provide us with your flight details via our contact form. We’ll promptly return with the best layover tour ideas and options that fit your schedule. Alternatively, you can instantly book one of our popular private or shared layover tours and activities hassle-free.

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

Explore Istanbul privately from Istanbul Airports, anytime, with your personal guide. Istanbul Layover Tours offer full flexibility for you, your family, friends, or your group to choose top places to visit and things to do. Make the most of your Istanbul transit time.

ISTANBUL LAYOVER TOUR:
Private Tours

ISTANBUL LAYOVER TOUR:
Private Tours from Istanbul Airports & Hotels

%100 Personalized

Including Pick-up & Drop-Off

ISTANBUL LAYOVER TOUR REVIEWS

+750 5-star verified reviews on Airbnb, TripAdvisor, Google Business and Viator by happy travelers.

Latif was the perfect tour guide! He is extremely knowledgeable and enthusiastic about sharing the history of each site we visited. He has a winning personality and went out of his way to make last minute arrangements to pick me up and return me to the airport in time for my connecting flights. I took two five-hour stopover tours on two separate visits and each was efficient, informative, and enjoyable. Istanbul is a stunningly beautiful city full of ancient history, architecture, and culture. Istanbul Layover Tours made my visits effortless and stress free.

Latif was wonderful! He was so responsive to emails. I was able to do a tour leaving the airport at 8am and got back around 4:30pm and saw all the ‘bucket list’ items as well as extra specialties! Many many thanks!

Excellent experience! Latif, guide and owner of the company, arranged everything perfectly for my evening layover in Istanbul. It started with a luxurious black car ride from the airport to Old Town where he was waiting to greet me. From there we wandered into the Spice Market, onto the ferry to cross into the Asian side of the city then back to head toward Hagia Sophia and Blue Mosque. I had very little time to do everything but Latif made it extra special. We said our goodbyes as I jumped back into my black car and headed back to the airport (all included in the tour). He was amazing and I’d highly recommend him and Istanbul Layover Tours to everyone.

Istanbul Airport Layover Tour & Popular Activities

Morning Layover Tour 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 the 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 of history in a few hours. For sure, you will have a 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.

Turkish Tea

Afternoon Layover Tour 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.

 

layover in Istanbul

Evening Layover / Night Layover Tour in Istanbul

​If you have just arrived in Istanbul Airport late afternoon or evening and are thinking that the city has already started to pack up and there are not many things to do. That’s not correct. Istanbul is a 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. Finally, you will not miss the stunning view of Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia before concluding your stopover tour.

market tour

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 the Ministry of Tourism, our guides provide fast- track entry to museums.

OUR LICENSED LAYOVER TOUR GUIDES

OTHER SERVICES PROVIDED BY ILT

Small Group Layover Tours – Avoid Crowds, No Airline Qualifications Required

While Turkish Airlines offers free airport layover tours through their ‘touristanbul’ stopover package for passengers meeting specific requirements and having layovers of 6 – 24 hours in Istanbul, we provide small-group tours with a maximum limit of 4 people if you don’t qualify for the airline’s free tours or prefer smaller, less crowded groups.

Explore Multi-Day Turkey Layover Tours with ILT – The Most Popular Turkey Tours

Experience Turkey’s best destinations with comfortable accommodations and transportation choices in our 2-3-4 day Layover Tour Package

SERVICES PROVIDED BY ILT

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

Explore Istanbul privately from Istanbul Airports, anytime, with your personal guide. Istanbul Layover Tours offer full flexibility for you, your family, friends, or your group to choose top places to visit and things to do. Make the most of your Istanbul transit time.

Small Group Layover Tours – Avoid Crowds, No Airline Qualifications Required

While Turkish Airlines offers free airport layover tours through their ‘touristanbul’ stopover package for passengers meeting specific requirements and having layovers of 6 – 24 hours in Istanbul, we provide small-group tours with a maximum limit of 4 people if you don’t qualify for the airline’s free tours or prefer smaller, less crowded groups

Looking For Multi Days Turkey Layover Tour? Check out the most popular Turkey Tours by ILT

Experience the best destinations in Turkey with a range of comfortable accommodation options and transportation choices available in our 2-3-4 day Turkey Tour Package during your extended layover.

Looking For Overnight Layover Hotel with a Stopover Tour ? Don’t know Where to stay during Istanbul Layover ?

Your flight is arriving late evening and leaving the next day afternoon? Then, let us offer you with our Istanbul Stopover Package including Stopover Hotel and Istanbul Stopover Tour to make the most of your time in Istanbul. Find the best match layover accommodation depending on your arrival / departure airport.

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

Book hassle-free and reliable arrival / departure airport transfers with Meet & Greet Service at Istanbul and Sabiha Gokcen Airports.   

F.A.Q.

What is Istanbul layover tour? 

Istanbul layover tour is a sightseeing & guided tour that takes place during a layover in Istanbul’s airport. It typically includes a visit to some of the city’s famous landmarks and attractions.

What services does ILT offer?

ILT provides transit travelers, who have a long layover in Istanbul, with a well-balanced experience that includes the local culture, food, and history. All tour services are given by licensed tour guides.

What are the best layover tours ?

1 Day Private Layover Tour

Istanbul Night Layover Tour

Half Day Private Tour from Istanbul Airport

Can I leave the airport during layover in Istanbul?

Yes, you are allowed to leave Istanbul airport during layover in Istanbul as long as you have a valid visa obtained.

Can I get a visa online for a layover tour in Istanbul?

It is very simple process for certain country passport holders to get their e-visa in few clicks online; In order to see requirements or get it online, you can visit official website of Turkish Republic https://www.evisa.gov.tr/en/

 

How can you calculate the time available for a layover tour in Istanbul Airport?

In total 3 Hours; Subtract one hour from the total layover time for airport procedures, such as customs and security, and add two hours to ensure enough time to go through security and reach your gate. The rest can be used for a fun trip from Istanbul Airport.

How early should we be back at the airport?

For international flights, if the luggage is checked through to the 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 sufficient.

What is the minimum layover duration to leave the airport for the tour ?

Recommended minimum layover duration is 7 hours for travelers whose flights are connected and have their boarding pass with them. We can accommodate business travelers with shorter layover duration. To be on the safe side, you may consider a tour when you will have plus 8 hour layover in Istanbul.

Is it possible to go on a tour during a 7 hour layover in Istanbul? 

Technically, it is possible to go on a tour during a 7-hour layover in Istanbul. However, flight delays or traffic congestion if any on that day can significantly reduce the available time and downgrade overall experience.

Is 8 layover in Istanbul long enough for a city tour from airport to the major sites?

8 hour layover in Istanbul is a good time to leave the airport and have a quick look what the city offer. Any longer layover than 8 hour, such as 10, 12 or 14 hour layover in Istanbul,  gives you a proper  chance to cover more ground and experience the city in depth.

I have a very long layover, 24 hour in Istanbul; Do you have any guided tour longer than 10 hours ? 

The longest guided tour is 8 hours within same tour + 2 hours airport and city transfers. We can offer additional activities for remaining free time and provide return transfer to layover hotel or airport at any time of day. Depending of arrival and departure time of flights, a suitable tour plan can be tailored based on traveler’s interests for 2 days.

I may get a free hotel by Turkish Airlines; Can you drop me off at layover hotel following the city tour?

We offer pick-up and drop-off at layover hotel given by Turkish airlines or any accommodation that you will book for overnight layover in city center or nearby airport.

Istanbul Layover Tips

What is e-Visa?
What is e-Visa?

Do Americans and Canadians need visa? US and passport holders are exempted from visa requirements Visa Requirement Update for Transit Travelers from 5 countries. The details of the application starting on April 15, which will require passengers transiting through Istanbul Airport to these countries to obtain an electronic airport transit visa, are as follows: Electronic…

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