Visit Istanbul for free during a long layover: Touristanbul!

Istanbul, a city of two continents, vibrant and buzzing, colorful and unique, modern and ancient, and a major transfer hub. Now, we all dislike long layovers, but when you have a stopover in Istanbul, why not take advantage of this opportunity to visit the city? Did you know that if you are flying with Turkish Airlines and your layover in Istanbul is between 6 and 24 hours, you can discover Istanbul for free with Touristanbul? Surely it beats killing time at the airport!

Istanbul Panorama

Istanbul Panorama

How does Touristanbul work?

Turkish Airlines offers a free guided tour in Istanbul to passenger with a connecting international flight in Istanbul and a layover between 6-24 hours. Their Touristanbul service from Istanbul Ataturk Airport requires that you have a visa for Turkey unless of course, you are exempt from a visa. If you meet the requirements, a tour guide will pick you up, taking you for a guided tour of Istanbul, including a delicious Turkish and traditional Ottoman meal.

Spice Bazaar

Spice Bazaar

How to apply for Touristanbul?

First, go through passport and customs controls. After that, proceed to the Hotel Desk in the International Arrivals Terminal to sign up for Touristanbul. Make sure you turn up at the Hotel Desk half an hour before your tour starts and get ready to be wowed by Istanbul.

Seagull In Istanbul

Seagull In Istanbul

What to expect from your Istanbul layover visit?

Each tour schedule is different, but in a city like Istanbul, you are surrounded by famous buildings. So regardless of the trajectory, your visit is bound to leave a profound impression. Trust us, Istanbul gets under your skin! In any case, this is the perfect way to get to know the city, and even if you have visited before, it is far more fascinating than a long layover wait at the airport. And the best thing is, you get to do it for free, without the risk of missing your connecting flight. If you want a teaser of what Istanbul has installed for you, have a look at these 44 fun things to do in Istanbul.

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