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Entry Tickets to Galata Tower

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  • Get a magnificent bird’s eye view of Istanbul from the top of the Galata Tower and enjoy a hassle-free experience with an express elevator to the lookout platform.
  • Catch sight of landmarks like the Hagia Sophia Museum, Suleymaniye Mosque, or the Topkapi Palace.
  • Be a local in Istanbul as you take to its ancient and vibrant streets between Taksim and Karaköy.
  • Ride one of the oldest subways in the world before you explore Istiklal Street.
  • Enjoy access to the Galata Tower with an audio guide app that narrates fun facts about the tower to enlighten you.
  • Get a magnificent bird’s eye view of Istanbul from the top of the Galata Tower and enjoy a hassle-free experience with an express elevator to the lookout platform.
  • Catch sight of landmarks like the Hagia Sophia Museum, Suleymaniye Mosque, or the Topkapi Palace.
  • Be a local in Istanbul as you take to its ancient and vibrant streets between Taksim and Karaköy.
  • Ride one of the oldest subways in the world before you explore Istiklal Street.
  • Enjoy access to the Galata Tower with an audio guide app that narrates fun facts about the tower to enlighten you.

Inclusions

  • Entry to Galata Tower
  • Express elevator to the lookout platform of the Galata Tower

Exclusions

  • Meals
  • Hotel transfers
  • Transport
  • Tip: Bring a wide-angle lens or a camera with panoramic capabilities to capture the expansive views of Istanbul from the top of the tower.
  • Please note that there is mostly no internet or very little signal in the museum. Please download the Audio Guide App on your own smartphone before your visit.
  • Remember to bring your earphones.
  • Please check your voucher for the audio guide instructions.
  • Note: As of Nov 1, 2023, the Observation Terrace on the 8th floor will be closed due to restoration. Other floors can still be visited.
  • These tickets can't be cancelled or rescheduled.
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Combo (Save 19%): Bosphorus Sightseeing Cruise + Galata Tower Tickets

€50
€40.50

19% off

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Audio Guide
  • Ready for an Istanbul adventure? This budget-friendly combo lets you conquer the city's must-sees and marvel at its skyline from land and sea.
  • Once a watchtower guarding Constantinople, the Galata Tower now boasts spectacular views of old and new Istanbul, including the Hagia Sophia.
  • Learn the rich history of the Galata Tower, spanning the Byzantine and Ottoman eras to modern Turkey, through a downloadable audio guide.
  • Board a Bosphorus cruise that takes you past ancient giants like Dolmabahce Palace and Rumeli Fortress, sharing the Bosphorus with the Istanbul Sapphire.
  • Don't just see the sights, hear their stories! This 90-minute cruise with an audio guide brings history to life as you sail by.
  • Ready for an Istanbul adventure? This budget-friendly combo lets you conquer the city's must-sees and marvel at its skyline from land and sea.
  • Once a watchtower guarding Constantinople, the Galata Tower now boasts spectacular views of old and new Istanbul, including the Hagia Sophia.
  • Learn the rich history of the Galata Tower, spanning the Byzantine and Ottoman eras to modern Turkey, through a downloadable audio guide.
  • Board a Bosphorus cruise that takes you past ancient giants like Dolmabahce Palace and Rumeli Fortress, sharing the Bosphorus with the Istanbul Sapphire.
  • Don't just see the sights, hear their stories! This 90-minute cruise with an audio guide brings history to life as you sail by.

Inclusions

Galata Tower

  • Entry to Galata Tower
  • Downloadable audio guide
  • Express elevator to the lookout platform

Bosphorus cruise

  • 90-minute Bosphorus cruise
  • Audio guide in English, French, German, Italian, Polish, Russian, Spanish, Turkish, Arabic, and Chinese

Exclusions

Bosphorus cruise

  • Headphones

Bosphorus cruise

  • Galata Tower
  • Dolmabahce Palace
  • Ciragan Palace
  • Ortaköy Mosque
  • Bosphorus Bridge
  • Beylerbeyi Palace
  • Üsküdar
  • Maiden Tower
  • Topkapi Palace
  • Hagia Sophia
  • Seaside Villas

Galata Tower

  • Tip: Treat yourself to traditional Turkish delicacies at the Galata Restaurant at the top of the tower.
  • The Galata Tower's observation deck requires climbing over 200 stairs. This may not be suitable for individuals with mobility issues.

Bosphorus cruise

  • Tip: After the cruise, savor fresh seafood delicacies at Anadolu Kavigi, a fishing village that used to be a checkpoint since Byzantine times.
  • These tickets can't be cancelled or rescheduled.
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Combo (Save 8%): Galata Tower Tickets + Basilica Cistern Skip-the-Line Tickets

€59
€54.15

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Audio Guide
  • Gain entry to Galata Tower and fast-track access to Basilica Cistern, all in one cost-saving combo.
  • Ride the elevator up Galata Tower, an ancient watchtower, for panoramic views of Istanbul, including Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, and Suleymaniye Mosque.
  • Capture stunning Istanbul views at your own pace, with unlimited time for photography, and enjoy the audio guide for enhanced insights.
  • Jump ahead in line with skip-the-line tickets and be amazed by this sunken palace, which has a huge artificial lake as big as two football fields.
  • Learn about the Basilica Cistern's rich history and Byzantine engineering mastery with an audio guide available in eight languages.
  • Gain entry to Galata Tower and fast-track access to Basilica Cistern, all in one cost-saving combo.
  • Ride the elevator up Galata Tower, an ancient watchtower, for panoramic views of Istanbul, including Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, and Suleymaniye Mosque.
  • Capture stunning Istanbul views at your own pace, with unlimited time for photography, and enjoy the audio guide for enhanced insights.
  • Jump ahead in line with skip-the-line tickets and be amazed by this sunken palace, which has a huge artificial lake as big as two football fields.
  • Learn about the Basilica Cistern's rich history and Byzantine engineering mastery with an audio guide available in eight languages.

Inclusions

Galata Tower

  • Entry to Galata Tower
  • Downloadable audio guide
  • Express elevator to the lookout platform of the Galata Tower

Basilica Cistern

  • Skip-the-line entry to the Basilica Cistern
  • Instant mobile ticket

Galata Tower

  • Tip: Don't forget your camera or smartphone to capture the panoramic views from the top of the tower.
  • Remember to bring your earphones.

Basilica Cistern

  • Tip: The ground inside the cistern can be uneven and slippery in some areas, so wear appropriate footwear with good traction.
  • It's recommended to wear comfortable shoes.
  • These tickets can't be cancelled or rescheduled.
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Combo (Save 3%): Hagia Sophia Skip-the-Line Guided Tour + Galata Tower Tickets

€71
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Audio Guide
Guided Tour
  • Combine breathtaking views from Galata Tower with an in-depth guided tour of Hagia Sophia, including skip-the-line entry, with this cost-saving combo.
  • Skip the lines to check out the mosaics on the dome of the Hagia Sophia depicting the Virgin Mary, angels, and saints, a testament to Byzantine artistry.
  • Learn about the massive wooden doors adorned with signature Ottoman geometric patterns and the Sultan's Loge from your guide.
  • Ascend 167 feet above Istanbul's bustling streets to the summit of the Galata Tower with an audio guide to learn about the tower's 675-year history.
  • Spot cultural touchstones like Dolmabahce Palace, Hagia Sophia, and Suleymaniye Mosque from the tower's observation deck.
  • Combine breathtaking views from Galata Tower with an in-depth guided tour of Hagia Sophia, including skip-the-line entry, with this cost-saving combo.
  • Skip the lines to check out the mosaics on the dome of the Hagia Sophia depicting the Virgin Mary, angels, and saints, a testament to Byzantine artistry.
  • Learn about the massive wooden doors adorned with signature Ottoman geometric patterns and the Sultan's Loge from your guide.
  • Ascend 167 feet above Istanbul's bustling streets to the summit of the Galata Tower with an audio guide to learn about the tower's 675-year history.
  • Spot cultural touchstones like Dolmabahce Palace, Hagia Sophia, and Suleymaniye Mosque from the tower's observation deck.

Inclusions

Hagia Sophia

  • 1-hour guided tour of Hagia Sophia
  • English-speaking tour guide
  • Skip-the-line entry to Hagia Sophia
  • Self-paced exploration after guided tour
  • Audio guide app in 23 languages

Galata Tower

  • Entry to Galata Tower
  • Downloadable audio guide
  • Express elevator to the lookout platform

Exclusions

Hagia Sophia and Galata Tower

  • Headphones

Hagia Sophia

  • Tip: Look for the intricate Ottoman calligraphy inscriptions throughout the Hagia Sophia, especially the large medallions with verses from the Quran.
  • During high season, the security check waiting time for Hagia Sophia is around 1 hour.
  • Hagia Sophia may be closed during prayer times as it is a place of religious worship.
  • Strict dress code: Guests must dress modestly and cover their knees and shoulders. Women should also partially cover their hair with a scarf.
  • Hagia Sophia features ramps and elevators for wheelchair accessibility.

Galata Tower

  • Tip: After soaking in the breathtaking views from the Galata Tower, head down to Karaköy for a refreshing Turkish coffee at the Spice Bazaar.
  • The Galata Tower's observation deck requires climbing over 200 stairs. This may not be suitable for guests with mobility issues.
  • These tickets can't be cancelled or rescheduled.

Visiting the Galata Tower | Panoramic views of Istanbul's skyline

Galata Tower is an iconic Turkish monument, which is known as one of the oldest and tallest towers in Istanbul. This centuries-old observatory tower was erected in the 14th century as a part of the defense wall surrounding the district, directly opposite ancient Constantinople. Later, the tower was also used as a dungeon, until after 1960, when it was restored by the Istanbul Municipality, and was opened to the public.

The Galata Tower Museum displays artifacts and structures from the yesteryears. You can trace the contributions of the empires and dynasties who have left their imprints on the Galata Tower. Learn all about getting your Galata Tower tickets and what you can expect from a visit to the venue.

Which Galata Tower ticket is best for you?

Galata Tower tickets

If you are short on time

Go for: Entry tickets
Duration:
Flexible
Guide:
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  • With these entry tickets, you can avoid long lines, enter the Galata Tower, and take the express elevator to the lookout platform.
  • Get a magnificent view of the cityscape and observe iconic landmarks like the Hagia Sophia and the Topkapi Palace from up the Galata Tower. 

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Galata Tower tickets

If you are on a budget

Go for: Entry tickets and combo tours
Duration:
Flexible
Guide:
Audio guide available in 10 languages 

  • With a one-time purchase of a combo ticket, you can enjoy access to the Galata Tower express elevator, a 90-minute Bosphorus Cruise, and a multilingual audio guide in over 10 languages.
  • If you do not have much time, you can book entry tickets to the Galata Tower and look at the city’s iconic landmarks. 

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Galata Tower Tickets

If you are a history buff

Go for: Combo tours
Duration:
Flexible
Guide:
Audio guide or an English-speaking tour guide, depending on the ticket you choose

  • If you want to dive deeper into the city’s history, consider spending a full day touring the Basilica Cistern, the Hagia Sophia, and the Galata Tower. These are significant landmarks around Sultanahmet Square and reflect the rich cultural heritage of Istanbul. 
  • You can enjoy priority access and downloadable audio guides with these skip-the-line tickets. 

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Galata Tower tickets

If you want to explore beyond

Go for: Combo tours
Duration:
Flexible
Guide:
Downloadable audio guide in over 10 languages or an English-speaking tour guide, depending on the ticket you choose

  • If you have a full day to spend in the city, consider booking Galata Tower combo tickets, which include skip-the-line access to the Basilica Cistern or the Hagia Sophia. 
  • The Hagia Sophia guided tour includes an English-speaking tour guide, who will acquaint you with the historical legends and anecdotes associated with the Mosque. 

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Galata Tower is located at Bereketzade, Galata Kulesi, 34421 Beyoğlu/İstanbul, Turkey. Google Map Directions

Galata Tower can be reached by Bus, Tram, and even the Underground Metro. 

  • By tram: Take the T1 metro to Karaköy station, which is the closest station to Galata Tower. 
  • By metro: Take the M2 metro to Sishane. It is a 4 min walk from there to Galata Tower. 
  • By bus: Buses 28, 30D, 38B, 66, 78, 93, and 99A go to Galata Tower. 
Galata Tower facilities
  • Accessibility: The Galata Tower offers an express elevator, which can take visitors to the top of the tower in just a few minutes. Visitors with limited mobility can easily navigate their way inside, get on the wide elevators, and reach the top.
  • Wi-Fi: There is free Wi-Fi in and around the Galata Tower premises. While we recommend you download your audio guide before arriving at the tower, you can also download it inside.
  • Toilets: There are accessible restrooms on the 7th floor near the elevators for your convenience.
  • Shop: You can collect mementos or keepsakes from a shop at the bottom of the Galata Tower. They have postcards, stationery, and mini ornaments.
  • Photography: You can bring cameras and click pictures on the top of the Galata Tower. Plan a visit during sunset hours for golden photo opportunities.

Tips to note when visiting the Galata Tower

  • Wear comfortable shoes: The express elevator takes you right to the top of the Galata Tower, however, if you want to explore the surrounding areas, you have to do so on foot.
  • Visit early in the day: If you want to avoid the crowd you should visit Galata Tower Istanbul during the opening time in the morning or near closing time in the near evening. 
  • Bring a camera: The views from the top of the Galata Tower are stunning, so make sure to carry a camera on your visit.
  • Pick out souvenirs: There are souvenir shops around the tower where you can purchase keepsakes to remember your visit. Bargaining is common in these shops, so feel free to negotiate prices.
  • Plan a day trip: Choose combo tours and explore the Hagia Sophia, and Basilica Cistern, or go on a Bosphorus sightseeing cruise after touring the Galata Tower to make the most of your visit to the city.

Beyond the Galata Tower

Hagia Sophia
Topkapi Palace
Basilica Cistern
Dolmabahce Palace

Frequently asked questions about Galata Tower tickets

How much is a ticket to the Galata Tower?

The entry tickets to the Galata Tower start from €7. You need around €40.50 to purchase the Galata Tower combo ticket, which includes a 90-minute Bosphorus cruise and an audio guide in over 10 languages. The Galata Tower combo ticket, including skip-the-line access to the Hagia Sophia or the Basilica Cistern, ranges from around €54.15 to €69.

How to book Galata Tower tickets?

We recommend you book entry tickets to the Galata Tower online to ensure a hassle-free experience. Online ticket bookings save time and money. By pre-booking tickets online, you can also bypass long lines and spend more time exploring the tower.

Why should I book Galata Tower tickets online?

The main advantage of booking Galata Tower tickets online is that you can bypass long lines and ensure guaranteed access to the tower no matter the crowd on the day of your visit. If you cannot make it to the tower, you cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund on your purchase.

What do Galata Tower tickets include?

The Galata Tower entry tickets include access to the express elevator and a downloadable audio guide, depending on the ticket option you choose. The Galata Tower combo tickets include skip-the-line access to the Hagia Sophia or the Basilica Cistern or a sightseeing cruise along the Bosphorus River. They also include multilingual audio guides or an English-speaking tour guide, depending on the kind of tour you choose.

What do Galata Tower combo tours include?

The Galata Tower combo tours include skip-the-line access to the Hagia Sophia, the Basilica Cistern, or a Bosphorus sightseeing cruise, depending on the type of tour you choose. The Galata Tower combo tour, which includes access to the Hagia Sophia also features an English-speaking tour guide.

How long does it take to complete a Galata Tower tour?

The Galata Tower express elevator takes you to the top of the tower in just a few minutes. You can spend around an hour soaking in the panoramic views, watching the iconic historical sites nearby, and taking pictures with your friends and family.

Is the restaurant in Galata Tower open?

The restaurant inside the Galata Tower has been shut down after the recent renovation. You can grab a snack from any of the several restaurants and quaint cafes outside the tower.

Is it worth visiting Galata tower Istanbul?

Galata Tower has the most beautiful view of Istanbul from its top-floor observatory which overlooks the entire city, including the Bosphorus, Hagia Sophia Museum, and the Topkapi Palace, and is a must-visit.

What is the best time to visit Galata Tower?

The best time to visit Galata tower is in the early morning and the late evening so you can enjoy smaller crowds.

Can you take pictures inside Galata Tower?

Yes, you can click pictures inside the Galata Tower. The tower is renowned for offering stunning views of the neighboring historic landmarks. Visit during the golden hours for the best photography opportunities.

Are there restaurants or cafes around Galata Tower?

The neighborhood around Galata Tower is famous for its quaint cafes and restaurants that are famous among tourists.

Is Galata Tower wheelchair-friendly?

Yes, Galata Tower Istanbul is accessible to visitors in wheelchairs or those with limited mobility as there is an express elevator that takes the viewers to the topmost floor. The doors of the elevator are wide and spacious. Visitors in wheelchairs can enter and navigate the space easily.