Who says no to the opportunity to discover one of the most fascinating cities in the world for free? If you are the passenger of one of the many international Turkish Airlines flights with a stopover in Istanbul.

Touristanbul is a free service of Turkish Airlines for its passengers, whether they are flying in Business Class or Economy Class.

The only basic requirements that they have to meet is that their layover lasts between 6 and 24 hours and that their flights (arrival and departure) are international, not domestic in Turkey.

The Galata Bridge, the Golden Horn, the Blue Mosque, the Topkapi Palace or the Obelisk of Theodosius are several of the famous attractions in Istanbul that you can visit on one of the free tours of Touristanbul .

There are several tours throughout the day and every day of the week, with different starting times, routes and durations to accommodate practically all flights of this aviation colossus that is Turkish Airlines.

Frequently Asked Questions about Touristanbul

This is what you need to know to enjoy your stopover in Istanbul with Turkish Airlines free tours for its passengers:

– The transfer from the airport to the city and return by bus is free and is paid by Turkish Airlines.

– The point of departure and arrival is always the Ataturk airport (at least for the moment). Be careful with that detail because it means that if you fly to the other airport in Istanbul, Sabiha Gokcen, you have to move between airports and calculate well the time you need to arrive on time for your flight.– It is not necessary to reserve a place in advance. Neither online, nor notifying the stewardess of your flight nor upon arrival at the airport.

– To sign up for one of the free tours, you have to go to the Turkish Airlines “Hotel Desk”. This is located in the departures area, once past immigration and baggage claim. Go out to the common area, turn right and go in the direction of the Starbucks. You will find it next door.

– It seems like a truism but the tours of Istanbul are done by Istanbul. In other words, for all purposes you are entering Turkey, so it is necessary to check the requirements (passport, visa, etc.) that are required depending on the nationality of the passenger.

In the case of having a passport , a visa called “E-Visa” (“Elektronik Vizesi”) is necessary. Valid for 6 months for a multiple number of tickets, with a maximum duration of 90 days each, the cost of it is 20.55 USD. Although it can be requested at the airport itself, we recommend avoiding queues and possible setbacks since it can be requested from the Touristanbul page itself.

– The sign-up system is as simple as handing in your boarding pass (it is returned to you at the start of the tour) and indicating which tour you are interested in taking so that you can be placed on the corresponding list.

– According to Turkish Airlines, it is enough that there is only one person who wants to do the tour for the service to be offered.– It is necessary to be 30 minutes before the start of the tour at the “Hotel Desk”.

– If you have bulky or heavy luggage, or do not want to carry your hand luggage or backpack, next to the “Hotel Desk” there is a paid left-luggage service. You can also take it with you and, under your responsibility, leave it on the bus where the tour takes place.

– If you have chosen to fly in Business Class with Turkish Airlines, in front of the “Hotel Desk” there is a small VIP Lounge that you can access to wait until the start of the tour.

– Since there are several tours throughout the day, with different routes and schedules, you may find that on your outward flight stopover you can do one tour and a different one on your return flight stopover. Or that it coincides that only the same is available.The schedules for the tours of Touristanbul are the following:

08:30 – 11:00 (2.5 hours)

09:00 – 15:00 (6 hours)

09:00 – 18:00 (9 hours)

12:00 – 18:00 (6 hours)

14:00 – 20:00 (6 hours)

16:00 – 21:00 (5 hours)– Tickets to museums or attractions are included in the tour, unless expressly stated otherwise.

– Food (with vegetarian options) is included in the tour, whenever indicated.

– If you are traveling with a pet, the only tour in which you can take it is the basic one from 08:30 – 11:00 and as long as it is in an approved transport (with a maximum of 8kg and 23x40x55 cm). The other tours include entrance to museums and locations where there are no adequate facilities for these cases.

– At the moment the tours are not available for people who move in a wheelchair or have the need to go with a companion, in case they travel alone.

– Free tours of Touristambul are offered only in English.

– A passenger cannot join a tour that is already in progress. Regarding abandoning it, I suppose that if it is for an urgent reason and the passenger is responsible for their own transport to the airport, they will not prevent it either.

– All Touristanbul tours are guided by a professional.– Turkish Airlines’ priority is that passengers are back at the airport to board their next flight. For this reason, they may suggest a different tour than the one you planned to do if they consider that there will not be enough margin for the passenger to make it on time. Likewise, the duration of a tour can be shortened if, for example, traffic conditions so advise.

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