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Private Istanbul Shore Excursion: Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace, Blue Mosque, Hippodrome and Grand Bazaar

Private Istanbul Shore Excursion: Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace, Blue Mosque, Hippodrome and Grand Bazaar
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The tour will start with the visit of Byzantine Hippodrome. The next monument is the Mosque of Sultan Ahmed or “Blue Mosque”. The Church of the Holy Wisdom of God is next magnificent destination. Hagia Sophia is a symbol of the city and a very important monument that is a pole of attraction not only for those seeking religious tourism. Next visit the Topkapi Palace. Next and last visit is the exotic Grand Bazaar. Turkey's largest covered market with 4000 shops offering excellent shopping as beautiful tiles, copper and brassware, apparel made of leather, cotton and wool, meerschaum pipes and all sorts of other things.

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Your visits will be to the following sights with an experienced and licensed professional guide. Pick up at around 08:30 from either your Istanbul hotel or the Istanbul cruise port is included.

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Istanbul Ataturk Airport (IST) Taxi Service


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Official Istanbul Ataturk Airport Taxi Rates & Fares

Istanbul Ataturk Airport taxi rates given here are in the local currency (TRY or New Turkish Lira). Use our currency converter or the cheat sheet to the left if you would like to convert to your currency. Drivers may also accept EUR or USD.


  • For private Istanbul Airport taxi services, fares run:

    City centre TRY 20-30 ~ travel time around 30-50 minutes
    Bakirköy (for Crowne Plaza and Holiday Inn Hotels and the Ferry terminal) TRY 12-14 ~ travel time 10-15 minutes


    Taxis have a fixed rate; the night rate is 50% more expensive than during the daytime. The taxi from Istanbul Airport night rate starts at midnight and lasts until 06:00. If you are riding during the day, makes sure the fare begins at TRY 2.00, the day rate, and NOT TYL 2.90, the night one, as some cheating occurs with tourists. Taximeter will show GÜNDÜZ during the day and GECE during the night. Tip Look at the taximeter during the ride because some drivers try to change the rate.



 
Istanbul Taxi Payment: Cash only
Drivers may also accept EUR or USD.
Istanbul Taxi Tipping Recommendation: Tipping optional, Round up to next bill/large coin



Official Istanbul Ataturk Airport Taxi Details

Istanbul Ataturk Airport Taxi

Istanbul Ataturk Airport taxi photo

There are both shared and private Istanbul Airport taxi services available at the IST Istanbul Ataturk Airport.  A taxi from Istanbul Airport is a good option for those on a tight budget or those in need of a fast transfer to their hotel or Istanbul. Shared taxis are known as dolmus and run from outside the Arrivals area of the International Terminal at Istanbul Ataturk Airport. All Istanbul taxis are yellow, except the official Ataturk Airport taxis which are orange.





Arrive or depart stress-free at the Istanbul Ataturk Airport by pre-booking your private Istanbul Ataturk Airport transfer.
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 Istanbul Ataturk Airport Taxi Scams


The Long Route


The taxi takes a huge detour from the Istanbul Ataturk Airport to hotels in the city. Instead of going directly, they take the road by the sea and then through mazes to essentially double the fare. Questioning the driver of this route or having a GPS on will reduce this scam.

 

Yellow Taxis Only


Beware riding a taxi other than the "yellow-coloured" ones since the other-coloured taxis are registered under different cities and have a different rating system.

 

Currency Switch


Be careful on what notes you hand them for payment; some drivers have tried to pretend that the TRY 50 note that was handed handed was just a TRY 5 note.




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Last Updated: 4 Jan 2017