Istanbul, Turkey Travel Guide

Last Updated: Dec 2023

The classic east-meets-west destination, Istanbul is absolutely one of the world’s most interesting and most historic cities. Famous divided by the Bosphorous Straight, Istanbul has a huge section in Asia and a smaller and more important section in Europe.

Why Visit Istanbul

Istanbul Facts

Population 12,800,000
Area 12,800,000
Timezone UTC+2
Currency Turkish lira

Things To Do In Istanbul

Istanbul Hotel Prices

Rating Price(USD)
starstarstarstarstar33.70 - 45.65
starstarstarstarstar56.52 - 146.74
starstarstarstarstar76.09 - 367.39
starstarstarstarstar130.43 - 420.65
starstarstarstarstar208.70 - 706.52

Istanbul Hostels Prices

Type Price(USD)
Hostel Bed25.00 - 38.04

Where to eat and drink in Istanbul

Budget breakfastYour hotel will likely include breakfast, but if it doesn't you'll have many options of local favorites nearby.$3.82 - $7.65
Budget lunchSandwiches and other Mediterranean dishes are usually good bargains in local shops.$5.10 - $9.56
Budget dinnerAvoiding the most touristy places should find you with high quality at reasonable prices.$6.69 - $11.15
Beer (pint)Restaurants and local pubs will be cheaper than night clubs for beer in Istanbul.$5.10 - $7.33
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Best tours in Istanbul

When to visit Istanbul

Temperature and rainfall

Month High F Low F Precip (inches)
January48373.4
February48372.8
March52392.5
April62461.8
May71541.3
June79611.0
July83650.9
August83660.9
September77601.7
October68542.8
November60473.3
December52424.2

Istanbul Weather advice

Sunrise and sunset

21 Mar6:06am6:17pm
21 Jun5:32am8:40pm
21 Sep6:50am7:04pm
21 Dec7:26am4:39pm

Where to stay in Istanbul

Istanbul Hotel Seasons

Istanbul Hotel Prices

Rating Price(USD)
starstarstarstarstar33.70 - 45.65
starstarstarstarstar56.52 - 146.74
starstarstarstarstar76.09 - 367.39
starstarstarstarstar130.43 - 420.65
starstarstarstarstar208.70 - 706.52
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Istanbul Hostel Prices

Type Price(USD)
Hostel Bed25.00 - 38.04

Getting to Istanbul

Getting around Istanbul

Istanbul Transport prices

Type Price(USD)
Taxi from airport to city center6.21 - 7.33
Express bus from airport to city center2.23 - 3.25
3km taxi ride in Istanbul1.12 - 1.75
Metro ride in Istanbul0.48
Tram ride in Istanbul0.48
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Where to go before and after