Hagia Sophia Tickets and Tours

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Hagia Sophia Tour from Outside

Uncover the secrets of Hagia Sophia on an insightful guided tour from the outside. Allow expert guidance to shed light on architectural wonders and share captivating tales of its past. Afterwards, benefit from the option to buy your Hagia Sophia entry ticket directly from your guide, avoiding the long ticket lines.

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$16.28
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  • Duration: Flexible
  • Live Guide
  • Free Cancellation

Hagia Sophia History & Experience Museum

Just 200 meters from the Hagia Sophia, in a beautiful brick building, a very special experience awaits you.

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$27.13
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  • Duration: Flexible
  • Audio Guide
  • Free Cancellation

Hagia Sophia Skip the Line Tickets

Explore the Hagia Sophia Mosque easily with skip-the-line tickets and an audio guide app on your smartphone. Visit during the opening hours; the ticket is valid all day on the booked date.

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$33.65
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Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia Tour

Explore the most famous monuments in Istabnul, the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia. After extensive renovations, you can now tour the Blue Mosque inside and Hagia Sophia from outside with a passionate local guide.

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$39.07
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  • Duration: Flexible
  • Live Guide
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Hagia Sophia Skip the Line Ticket + 1H Guided Tour + Audio Guide

Explore the Hagia Sophia with a local expert on a guided tour, then skip the lines to explore its breathtaking upper gallery interior with an audio guide.

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$41.24
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  • Audio Guide
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Hagia Sophia & Experience Museum Combo Ticket

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$53.18
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  • Duration: Flexible
  • Audio Guide
  • Skip The Ticket Line
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Topkapi Palace Skip the Line Entry and Hagia Sophia Tour

Discover 2 of Istanbul’s top attractions with skip the line tickets for the Topkapi Palace, and the Hagia Sophia tour from outside with and optional fast track entry ticket.

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$60.78
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  • Duration: Flexible
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  • Skip The Ticket Line
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Combo: Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace & Basilica Cistern Tickets & Tours

Maximize savings with this 4-in-1 combo tickets & tours valid for 3 days. Explore Istanbul's iconic Hagia Sophia, Basilica Cistern, Topkapi Palace and Blue Mosque with an expert guide!

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$149.78
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  • 4.9 / 5 (900 reviews)
  • Validity Days: 3
  • Live Guide
  • Audio Guide
  • Free Cancellation

Saver Combo

Best Museums & Bosphorus Cruise. No need of public transportation? Then this saver combo is the right one for you. Explore the Hagia Sophia, Basilica Cistern, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace and enjoy a Bosphorus cruise.

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$161.72
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  • 4.7 / 5 (115 reviews)
  • Validity Days: 3
  • Live Guide
  • Audio Guide
  • Free Cancellation

Hagia Sophia Opening Hours

Hagia Sophia Opening Hours: Hagia Sophia opens its doors to visitors in the morning and remains open until the late afternoon or early evening.

Hagia Sophia is open all year

round.

How to Get to Hagia Sophia

Hagia Sophia is situated on the Historical Peninsula within the Sultanahmet neighborhood of Fatih district, ensuring easy accessibility.

By Tram:

The closest tram stations are Sultanahmet and Gülhane, both

within a 7-minute walking distance.

From Taksim:

The most convenient route from Taksim Square to Hagia Sophia

involves taking the F1 funicular to Kabataş. At Kabataş Station, transfer to

tram T1 and travel 7 stops to Sultanahmet Station. A short walk from there will

lead you to Hagia Sophia.

By Bus:

The closest bus stop to the Hagia Sophia is located at

Sarayburnu Station, which is an 20-minute walk away.

By Metro (from Taksim):

Take Metro M2 for 3 stops to Vezneciler Station. Transfer to the

T1 tram at Laleli-Üniversite station, and travel 3 more stops to Sultanahmet

Station. A 7-minute walk from there will bring you to Hagia Sophia.By Car:Navigate via Adnan Menderes

Boulevard, onto Turgut Özal Millet Cd, and continue onto Alemdar Cd to easily

reach Hagia Sophia.

 

Accessibility

Wheelchair Accessibility: Hagia Sophia offers access for visitors with limited mobility. To avail wheelchair access, purchase tickets at the west corner of the building, where Alemdar and Ayasofya Square intersect. This entrance features ramps. Note that while the ground floors are accessible, the upper floor requires stair use, posing limitations.

What's Inside

Hagia Sophia's interior is a captivating blend of history and artistry. Within its walls, you'll discover:

Stunning Architecture: The fusion of Byzantine and Ottoman architectural styles creates

a breathtaking setting.

Dome: Gaze upon the massive dome that has captivated visitors for

centuries with its grandeur.

Mosaics: Marvel at intricate mosaics showcasing religious scenes,

including depictions of Christ, the Virgin Mary, and various saints.

Calligraphy: Observe beautiful Arabic calligraphy adorning the walls,

bearing verses from the Quran and inscriptions glorifying Allah and the Prophet

Muhammad.

Serpentine Column: Witness the ancient Serpentine Column, a relic from the Temple

of Apollo at Delphi.

Imperial Door: Encounter the Imperial Door, a splendid work adorned with

intricate designs.

Wishing Column: Interact with the Wishing Column, where visitors traditionally

press their thumbs into a hole while making a wish.

Ottoman Additions: Explore the Ottoman additions like the minbar (pulpit) and

mihrab (prayer niche), showcasing Islamic influences.

Gallery Sections: Ascend to the galleries to gain elevated perspectives of the

interior.Hagia Sophia's interior is a testament to its rich history, featuring

an interplay of cultures and religions over the ages. It stands as a UNESCO

World Heritage Site and a symbol of Istanbul's diverse heritage.

Prayer Time of Hagia Sophia

Prayer times at Hagia Sophia are determined by the daily Islamic prayer schedule, which can vary. It's recommended to check the specific prayer times for the day of your visit, as they may coincide with the periods when the site is closed to non-worshippers.

Facilities

Audio Guide App: All tickets & tours booked with Istanbul Welcome Card comes with a free Audio Guide App from YourMobileGuide, just download at your smartphone and keep on exploring Hagia Sophia at your own pace.

Restrooms: Easily accessible restroom at garden of the Hagia Sophia.

Food

Certainly, here are some dining recommendations around Hagia Sophia, near Sultanahmet Square:Local Cuisine: Explore the Sultanahmet district for authentic Turkish restaurants serving dishes like kebabs, mezze, and pide.

Rooftop Dining: Indulge in stunning views of Hagia Sophia while savoring a mix

of Turkish and international flavors at rooftop restaurants.

Street Food Delights: Try quick and flavorful street foods such as simit

(sesame-coated bread), roasted chestnuts, and fresh fruits from local vendors.

Historic View Restaurants: Restaurants offering not only

delicious cuisine but also views of Hagia Sophia and the historic surroundings.

Turkish Sweets: Satisfy your sweet cravings by visiting Turkish delight shops

to enjoy and buy this beloved treat.

Bazaars' Flavors: Immerse yourself in the bustling atmosphere of the Grand Bazaar

or Spice Bazaar, where you can sample local delicacies amidst the shopping

experience.

Before dining, it's wise to read reviews, consider your dietary

preferences, and confirm opening hours to ensure a delightful culinary

experience around Hagia Sophia.

Nearby Attractions

Topkapi Palace: A sprawling complex of courtyards and structures, Topkapi Palace stands as a magnificent showcase of Islamic art and architecture. Within its walls, you'll encounter a remarkable assortment of manuscripts, ancient weaponry, and exquisite jewels. You can book your Topkapi Palace tour ticket from this link.

Basilica Cistern: Crafted in the 6th century, this subterranean cistern is a

captivating site. Just a brief stroll from Topkapi Palace, it offers an

intriguing glimpse into the past. You can book your Basilica Cistern ticket

from this link.

Grand Bazaar: Essential for any Istanbul traveler, the Grand Bazaar stands as

one of the globe's largest and oldest covered markets. A treasure trove of

souvenirs and gifts awaits within its bustling confines.

Blue Mosque: A stone's throw from Topkapi Palace, the Blue Mosque is an

emblematic Istanbul landmark. Admire its mesmerizing blue tiles and six elegant

minarets. You can book your Blue Mosque tour ticket from this link.

Bosphorus Cruise: Embarking on a Bosphorus cruise unveils Istanbul from a novel

vantage point. As you sail along this renowned waterway, the city's silhouette,

adorned by its iconic bridges, unfolds before you. You can book your Bosphorus

Cruise ticket from this link.

Need to Know/Tips for Hagia Sophia

Guided/Audio Tours: Exploring Hagia Sophia is enhanced with a guide who can provide insightful context. For independent exploration, consider a self-guided audio tour. Yet, for a richer experience, opt for a historian-led guided tour. You can book your Historian Guided Hagia Sophia tour by visiting this link.

Unofficial Guides: Be cautious of unofficial guides within the complex. Secure

guided tour tickets from official operators in advance. Official guides should

display a badge. We recommend booking the tour in advance.

Photography: Feel free to take photographs inside Hagia Sophia. Just

remember not to photograph people who are praying. Also, please refrain from

using flash photography while on the premises.

Dress Code: Please choose attire that covers your shoulders and knees. Avoid

shorts or sleeveless tops. Complimentary headscarves are provided at the

entrance, and it's necessary to wrap them around your head before entering the

revered monument.

Waiting Queue: Waiting times at Hagia Sophia can up to 1 hour.

Reviews

Carla from Portugal
My name is Carla and together with my family i did the morning tour to the mosques and cistern. We enjoyed a lot the tour and the guide Haluk. Very good information and client relation.
20 July 2023
Robbie Gershon America
Haluk was an awesome tour guide and we loved our ezperience at the hagia sophia! We recommend this tour
11 July 2023
Alok -USA / Fridtjof from Norway
Had a great and very informative visit to Hagia Sophia with Haluk.We learnt a lot about the history and symbolism of the site.He brought us into the Hagia Sophia and directed us skillfuly. Would highly recommend.
30 June 2023
Nicole - Berlin
03 May 2023
Alessio - Italy
21 February 2023
4.9
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