Chambers of the Boheme

Kucukparmakkapi Sokak No 23, Istanbul, 80200, Turkey
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Entrance Fees

by lonnie41

Will soon be in Istanbul for a few days and am wondering about budget! Can anyone give me up to date entrance fees for main attractions please.
Thanks in advance

Re: Entrance Fees

by leics

Admissions can, of course, change. As I recall from earlier this year:

Topkapi is 20YTL, plus 15YTL for the Harem.

Archaeology Museum is 10YTL.

Aghia Sofia 20YTL.

Other sites vary from free to around 10/15 YTL. Think the Basilica Cistern was 10YTL.

No fee as such for mosques, but you make a small donation (around 3/5YTL as I recall) as you exit....there are men with little stalls and official receipts.

Re: Entrance Fees

by leics


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Re: Entrance Fees

by muratkorman

Leics has pretty much given most of the entrance fees. There is no obligation for donations in the mosques. But, for example you can get some souvenirs like postcards at Rustempasa Mosque. You can check my Istanbul page for attractions and restaurants.

Re: Entrance Fees

by KakapoTheParrot

Just a quick suggestion and a bit of a plea. Try to visit the Archeology Museum. It's chronically under visited and under funded which is a real shame. In almost any other city of the world people would queue down the street waiting for opening time. It's collections are outstanding and are generally well displayed. If you get half a day of poor weather you've got no excuses ;-)

Re: Entrance Fees

by IndianPacific

Don't forget that in addition to that comes at least as much to be allowed to take pictures!

Re: Entrance Fees

by leics

That is not the case in my experience. I do not remember paying extra for photography permits in Istanbul, although I may have done in one or perhaps two places (simply can't remember). If I did they certainly cost nowhere near the entrance fee.

I took photos in all the places I mentioned in my first post, and in other places too. I do recall some restrictions on photography in certain parts of Topkapi (the more 'museum-y' buildings) but definitely not the Harem and not the main courtyard areas.

Re: Entrance Fees

by IndianPacific

It's twelwe years since I visited the museums etc. in Istanbul, but then the fee for taking photoes in the palace below the Taksim square, I can't recall what it was called, was at least as high as the entrance fee, but they may have changed their policy.

Re: Entrance Fees

by leics

I did not visit that palace so I cannot comment.

As I said, I do not recall paying for any photography permits.

Re: Entrance Fees

by farpost2

The first post is about right on entrance fees. Although Yerbatan Sarayi (Basicalica Cistern) is 15YTL I believe.

Also, I just returned from Turkey last week and there were no photography fees anywhere I went - Istanbul, Capaddocia, Ephesus. There were restrictions on flash in museums and tripods were not allowed some places.

Travel Tips for Istanbul


by draguza

ne of my favorite walking tours in Istanbul was from the Grand Bazaar downhill along Uzunçarsi Caddesi (Longmarket Street) through the Tahtakale district to the Golden Horn and the Egyptian (Spice) Bazaar (Misir Çarsisi).

Although the Grand Bazaar and Egyptian Bazaar are real live markets filled daily (except Sunday) with both Turks and tourists, the Tahtakale market district is 99% Turkish, and all the more interesting for those who want to get away from the tourist crowds.

This is a good walking tour for any day except Sunday, when the Grand Bazaar, the Egyptian Bazaar, and many of the shops along this walking tour will be closed.

Galata Tower

by JeremiahK

It's always a treat when a place has a historic vantage point from which to view the layout of the land from a 360-degree birds-eye perspective. Go up Galata Tower and see the Bosporus -- the worlds most crowded waterway -- sweep across a massive, bustling city.

Istanbul International Film Festival

by traveloturc

The Istanbul International Film Festival is the first and oldest international film festival in Turkiye, organised by the Istanbul Foundation of Culture and Arts (IKSV),which is a non-profit organisation. It is held every year in April in movie theaters in Istanbul, Turkey. As mentioned in its regulations, the festival aims to encourage the development of cinema in Turkey and to promote films of quality in the Turkish cinema market.

Sirkeci Station

by luiggi

This is where the famed Orient Express ended its run from Paris, at the 19th-century Orientalist station near Seraglio Point beneath the walls of Topkapi Palace, right next to Eminönü, its ferry docks, and Galata Bridge.

Monument and Park near Fatih Mosque

by balhannah

On the corner of Macar Kardesler caddesi and Ataturk Blvde, is Sarachane park. This is right next to the Aqueduct of Valens. Take a quick look at the monument here, its quite impressive. It is of Sultan Mehmet the Conqueror, who's Tomb is in the Fatih Mosque compound.

Be careful in this park, I did not feel real comfortable here, there were Vagrants sleeping on the ground and benches, and people eyed me up!
I was glad to move on, but glad that I had a look at the monument.


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