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 the airport for long hours. 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 tour from Istanbul Airports. Layover Tours are operated from both Istanbul Airports (IST) Istanbul Airport & (SAW) Sabiha Gokcen Airport. Whether you have a short layover for 7 – 8 hours or long layover for 10 – 12 hours 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; Or just book instantly one of the most popular private or shared layover tours & activities with no effort.


Istanbul Airport Layover

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 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 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.

Evening Layover / Night Layover Tour 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. Finally, you will not miss the stunning view of Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia before concluding your stopover tour.


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

Explore Istanbul in a layover tour from Istanbul Airports with your private guide, not only day time but any time of day with us. ISTANBUL LAYOVER TOURS offer full flexibility on choosing top places to visit and things to do. Make the most of istanbul transit time. 

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. 

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.   

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 next day afternoon? Then, let us treat 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 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.   


 +150 TripAdvisor & Google 5 Star Verified Reviews 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.


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 will have a valid visa obtained.

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

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 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 safe side, you may consider a tour when you will have plus 8 hour layover in Istanbul.

How early should we back at the airport?

For international flights, if the luggage 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. In case you want to bring it to the tour, please ask confirmation from tour operator prior to the tour date.