Tourism in Turkey is catching up fast with standards in western worlds. Gone are the days of rusty old buses and sub-standard hotels. The industry now provides tourists with every amenity they want and one concept to hit the market is the Istanbul Tourist Pass. It is the brainchild of the team behind the popular Istanbul.com brand.
Delivered to your hotel reception on the day you arrive, the aim of the tourist pass is to help you with three aspects of traveling in the city.
- Save time by beating queues to major attractions
- Save money on entrance tickets and also public transport.
- Connect the customer with a local guide who they can speak to via WhatsApp, for help, advice, hints and tips
About the Istanbul Tourist Pass
There are three passes available
To date, the pass has received raving reviews from customers but let’s delve into the finer details to find out exactly what you are getting for your money.
Included in the Istanbul tourist Pass
One to one guiding advice via Whatsapp
As long as you have Internet connection, you can contact your personal online local guide anytime between 10.00am to 18.30 to ask for help, directions or recommendations of places to eat or visit.
This is a handy service especially if it is your first time in the city or you encounter some problems. Big kudos for this because hiring a private guide can cost anything from 20 euros an hour or more! This is definitely my favourite part of the service.
Public Transportation Discount Card
At the same time the Istanbul Tourist Pass is delivered to your hotel, you will also receive a public transport card (The Istanbul Kart: Normal price is 10 Turkish liras). Once you top it up, you have access to discounted prices on the tram and buses, just the same as locals pay.
The potential for saving money is unlimited but if you use public transport every day, you could be saving 5 to 10 euros depending on your group size.
Unlimited Internet Access
For a small extra cost, a 3G mobile Internet device is included with the pass. This allows you to hook up to 10 devices to the Internet, 24 hours a day, no matter where you are. This is definitely value for money if you are traveling as a large group or family.
What Attractions are Included in the Essential Pass?
- Topkapi Palace, the first home of the Ottoman Sultans
- Hagia Sophia, the former church and mosque that is now an official museums
Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing Bus Tour
Hop-on Hop-off Boat Tour
About The Special Istanbul Pass
This ticket is for people who want experiences rather than to visit landmarks. Included in the price is the chance to indulge in a traditional Turkish bath, see the memorizing whirling dervishes of the famous Hodjapasha centre or enjoy dinner and entertainment while on a cruise of the Bosphorus.
The Flexible Istanbul Pass
This pass delivers bumper savings of up to 50% and is aimed at visitors who are spending 3 days or more in the city and they want see and do as much as possible.
- Topkapi Palace
- Hagia Sophia
- Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing Bus Tour
- Hop-on Hop-off Boat Tour
Bosphorus Dinner Cruise
Whirling Dervishes Show
Sea Life Aquarium
Istrapped Room Escape Game
Nostalgic Ottoman Photoshoot