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Istanbul overview

Visitors speak favorably about all that Istanbul has to offer, including its museums, historical sites, and castle. You'll enjoy the area's cathedrals, seaside, and architecture. Travelers seeking the perfect souvenir may want to head to Grand Bazaar and Mall of Istanbul while in Istanbul. While here, you may want to make time for other popular sights such as Suleymaniye Mosque and Hippodrome.

Where to stay in Istanbul

With a wide assortment of hotels to choose from, Istanbul has options to suit your style. There are 1985 hotels in Istanbul and you can shop as many as 9587 deals for rooms on Hotels.com, some with discounts of up to 40%. We have room prices as low as 5 USD per night and here you'll find a breakdown of hotels by star rating in Istanbul as well as in the surrounding area:
  • • 146 5-star hotels from 55 USD per night
  • • 330 4-star hotels from 40 USD per night
  • • 206 3-star hotels from 26 USD per night
  • • 44 2-star hotels from 11 USD per night

How to get to Istanbul

Fly into Istanbul (IST-Ataturk Intl.), 7.9 mi (12.7 km) from the heart of Istanbul. Istanbul (SAW-Sabiha Gokcen Intl.) is the next closest major airport, 19.6 mi (31.5 km) away.

Train stations include:
  • • Istanbul Kumkapi Station (0.7 mi/1.2 km from the city center)
  • • Istanbul Yenikapi Station (0.8 mi/1.3 km from the city center)
  • • YeniKapi Station (0.8 mi/1.3 km from the city center)
Metro stations include:
  • • Laleli-University Station (0.3 mi/0.5 km from the city center)
  • • Beyazit Station (0.4 mi/0.6 km from the city center)
  • • Cemberlitas Station (0.5 mi/0.9 km from the city center)

What to see around Istanbul

Here are some local attractions:
  • • TurkuaZoo
  • • Kilic Ali Pasha Hamam
  • • Watergarden
  • • Istanbul Aquarium
  • • Aqua Marine
The area's cultural scene stands out, and these are some places to visit:
  • • Hagia Sophia
  • • Istanbul Archaeology Museum
  • • Dot
  • • Museum of Turkish Calligraphic Art
  • • Turkish and Islamic Art Museum
Memorable landmarks include:
  • • Suleymaniye Mosque
  • • Hippodrome
  • • Basilica Cistern
  • • Blue Mosque
  • • Topkapi Palace
The area is recognized for its natural setting, offering these places to visit:
  • • Gulhane Park
  • • Taksim Gezi Park
  • • Macka Park
  • • Turkbalon
  • • Yildiz Park
Here are some favorite shopping areas to find that perfect souvenir:
  • • Grand Bazaar
  • • Mall of Istanbul
  • • Spice Bazaar
  • • Istanbul Cevahir Shopping and Entertainment Centre
  • • Kumkapi Fish Market
Popular places to visit include:
  • • Cemberlitas Bath
  • • Cagaloglu Hamami
  • • Galata Tower
  • • Chora Church
  • • Taksim Square

When to visit Istanbul

Wondering what time of year to travel or what clothes to pack? Here are some typical temperatures to help you with your planning:

Seasonal temperature averages
  • • January-March: 56°F day, 36°F night
  • • April-June: 78°F day, 42°F night
  • • July-September: 81°F day, 57°F night
  • • October-December: 70°F day, 38°F night
Seasonal rainfall averages
  • • January-March: 10.91 inches
  • • April-June: 4.53 inches
  • • July-September: 4.84 inches
  • • October-December: 11.97 inches

Istanbul travel guides

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