What is a layover tour?

A layover tour is a tour designed for travelers who have a layover in Istanbul and want to make the most of their time by exploring the city’s attractions before continuing their journe


Can I leave the airport during layover in Istanbul?

Yes, you are allowed to leave Istanbul Airport during a layover as long as you are exempt from visa requirements or have obtained a valid visa.


Do passport holders of the USA, Canada, and EU require a visa to join a layover tour?

US ordinary passport holders are NOT required a visa for stays under 90 days.


Can I get visa online for a layover tour in Istanbul, if not exempted from?

It is very simple process for certain country passport holders 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 https://www.evisa.gov.tr/en/


How do I book a layover tour with Istanbul Layover Tours?

You can book a layover tour with us by visiting our website and filling out the booking form. Alternatively, you can contact us directly via email or phone.


What is included in the layover tour?

Our layover tours include a private guide, transportation, and a customized itinerary based on your interests and the duration of your layover.


How long are the layover tours?

The duration of our layover tours can vary depending on your layover time and preferences. We offer tours starting 3 hours and longer.


Can I customize the itinerary of my layover tour?

Yes, you can! Our layover tours are fully customizable, and we can tailor the itinerary to suit your interests and preferences.


Is food included in the layover tour?

Food is not included in the standard layover tour package, but we can arrange for meals to be included at an additional cost.


Can I book a layover tour if I have a short layover of less than 7 hours?

Yes, you can still book a layover tour with us for a short layover depending on the week day or time of the day. We can tailor the tour to fit your available time.


Do you offer tours from both Istanbul Airport (IST) and Sabiha Gokcen Airport (SAW)?

Yes, we offer tours from both Istanbul Airport (IST) and Sabiha Gokcen Airport (SAW) to cater to travelers flying into either airport.



How long does it take to get through customs at istanbul airport?


Clearing customs at Istanbul Airport takes between 30 to 50 minutes. However, this duration may change based on the time of day and the number of passengers. For Turkish Airlines Bussiness Class passengers at Istanbul Airport may experience a more streamlined customs and immigration process, taking advantage of priority lanes and services.


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 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. In case you want to bring it to the tour, please ask confirmation from tour operator prior to the tour date.


Do you provide pick-up and drop-off from complimentary hotels offered by Turkish Airlines?

Yes, we provide pick-up and drop-off services from the complimentary hotels offered by Turkish Airlines.


I will stay overnight in Istanbul? Will you provide return transfer in same tour fee.

The tour prices advertised are inclusive of 2 ways airport/hotel transfer. We can provide departure transfer for next day. It doesn’t have to be on same of tour booking.


Do you have any tour longer than 10 hours? Do you return to hotel instead of Airport?

The longest guided tour is 8 hours in same day, with an additional 2 hours for airport transfers. However, if you would like to be dropped off at a specific time and hotel location instead of returning to the airport, we can arrange for a late drop-off.


Do you offer multiple stopover tours?

Yes, we offer multiple stopover tours in Istanbul. These tours are tailored to your layover duration and interests, allowing you to make the most of your time in the city.


What is the main difference between the free tour provided by Turkish Airlines and the private tour offered by Istanbul Layover Tours, aside from the dedicated guide and flexible airport pick-up & drop-off?

Free Turkish Airlines layover tour is limited to certain tour hours and itineraries, while you can go out of the planned itinerary / duration with a private tour with ILT Istanbul Layover Tours.


Do you track flights for delays?

Yes, we track flights and adjust pickup and tour schedules accordingly to accommodate delays.


What if my flight got canceled? Do you hold the tour fee?

No, we refund the paid amount without any issue.


What is your cancellation policy?

Our cancellation policy is quite relaxed, with a 24-hour window for cancellations.