Bosphorus Sunset Cruise on Luxury Yacht

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See Istanbul and the Bosphorus by dusk and enjoy the stunning Istanbul landmarks as the sun sets and the city lights come to life.

Istanbul Sunset Cruise on the Bosphorus

Witness the enchantment of Istanbul with a 2.5-Hour evening cruise along the beautiful Bosphorus!

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Bosphorus Sunset Cruise on Luxury Yacht See Istanbul and the Bosphorus by dusk and enjoy the stunning Istanbul landmarks as the sun sets and the city lights come to life.

Istanbul bosphorus dinner cruise and turkish night show 35 €, istanbul sunset cruise.

Come aboard an elegant luxury yacht for a beautiful cruise along the Bosphorus Strait where you can enjoy sightseeing at the most beautiful time of day-sunset in Istanbul. Coast along as you spot out Ortakoy, Bebek, Rumeli Fortress, Maiden's Tower and Bosphorus Bridges, all with a drink of choice in your hand with bosphorus cruise .

Istanbul Bosphorus Dinner Cruise and Turkish Night Shows

Bosphorus night cruise with dinner, drinks and great Turkish night shows...

Cruise Hours: 20:30 to 23:45

2.5-Hours Bosphorus Cruise on a Luxury Yacht: From 10.30 am to 13.00

Morning bosphorus cruise with stopover on the asian side, luxury yacht cruise.

Experience some luxury on this 2.5-hour yacht cruise down the Bosphorus. It's a small group tour that is designed to help travelers spend some time away from the hustle and bustle of the big cities. Istanbul is a beautiful city with its peculiarities. This Bosphorus cruise exposes you to a different perspective on Istanbul. You get to observe the beautiful city by a luxury yacht on this popular cruise.

Istanbul's Multicultural Heritage Tour with Sunset Cruise

Istanbul's Multicultural Heritage Tour with Sunset Cruise

Istanbul's multicultural heritage tour with sunset cruise itinerary that covers the city's less known, less visited iconic and historically significant attractions such as galata tower, city walls, yedikule dungeons, pierre loti hill, fener and balat districts..

Tour Starting Time: 09.00 am Tour Ending Time: 19.00

Istanbul is a vibrant city with a rich cultural heritage spanning centuries, and this tour aims to showcase its treasures and religious heritage.

Turkish Night Shows

Bosphorus night cruise with dinner, drinks and great Turkish night shows. Spend a memorable evening cruising along the Bosphorus Strait. Enjoy spectacular views of Istanbul at night and the sights along the waterway, a delicious 3-course dinner, free local drinks, and a diverse program of traditional entertainment on board.

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Cruise Hours: Departure 12:00 Duration: 5 hrs

Extended Bosphorus Cruise up to the Black Sea, 5-Hour Bosphorus and the Black Sea Cruise with lunch

Step aboard a cruise in Istanbul for a few hours to see the sights along the coast of the Bosphorus, all the way to the Black Sea. As you travel, sit down for a 2-course lunch accompanied by soft drinks and coffee or tea. You'll get great photo ops of the sights from the water, and stop in the fishing village of Anadolu Kavagi to visit the ancient fortress there.

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Bosphorus night cruise with dinner, drinks and great Turkish night shows.

During your 2 hours and 30 min Bosphorus sightseeing cruise, you'll be free to wander between decks to capture the best shots of Istanbul's attractions. Our experienced guide will illustrate the history of what you see during the cruise; Bosphorus has a storied past, and our guides know the fun facts you can't find in a tourist handbook. See why this is one of the best Istanbul city sightseeing cruises. Book now and enjoy your adventure with us!

Istanbul Lunch Cruise, Bosphorus and Black Sea Cruise with Lunch

Bosphorus and Black Sea Cruise with Lunch 65 €

Cruise Hours: Departure 12:30 / Duration 4.5 hrs

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Cruise Hours: 11:30 to 14:00


The Bosphorus Strait divides Europe from Asia, and a Bosphorus cruise is a signature Istanbul experience. This round-trip yacht cruise, with live commentary and fun facts from an experienced guide, covers all the classic waterfront sights-bridges, palaces, the Maiden's Tower, the Rumeli Fortress, and more. But it also includes a stop for coffee and snacks in the characterful Kanlica neighborhood and onboard Wi-Fi so you can share as you go.

2.5-Hours Bosphorus Cruise on a Luxury Yacht: From 13.15 to 15.45

Guided Dolmabahce Palace Museum Tour with Bosphorus Sunset Cruise on Luxury Yacht

Guided Dolmabahce Palace Museum Tour with Bosphorus Sunset Cruise on Luxury Yacht

Dolmabahce palace, bezmi alem mosque tour and bosphorus sunset cruise on luxurious yacht.

Explore Istanbul's Dolmabahce Palace on a guided tour with skip-the-line entry and access its Harem section. Sail away on a magical sunset cruise on the Bosphorus and you will have a lifetime experience on our luxurious Sunset Bosphorus Yacht.

Dolmabahce Palace Tour and Bosphorus Yacht Cruise

Dolmabahce Palace Tour and Bosphorus Yacht Cruise

Dolmabahce palace, bezmi alem mosque tour and bosphorus yacht cruise with asian side stopover.

Tour Starting Time: 09.00 am Tour Ending Time: 13.00

Exploring Dolmabahce Palace , Visiting Bezmi Alem Mosque , Taking a 2.5-Hours Luxury Yacht Cruise on the Bosphorus, Stop Over in Kanlica , a lovely village in the Asian Side

Learn about Istanbul's history as you explore the opulent Dolmabahce Palace with an expert guide. Enjoy Istanbul with a relaxing Bosphorus Yacht Cruise, see the higlights of city from the water and stop for a short visit in Kanlica Village.

Istanbul Tour with Bosphorus Cruise and Dolmabahce Palace

Marvels of Istanbul Tour with Bosphorus and the Black Sea Cruise 80 €

Tour Hours: 09:00 am to 18:00

Combine visits to some of Istanbul's top sights such as Galata Tower, Pierre Loti Hill, Cable Car, Ancient City Walls, Dolmabahce Palace, and a delicious lunch cruise on the Bosphorus that goes all the way up to the Black Sea on a single day tour.

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Cruise Hours: 09:00 am to 18:00

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Tour Hours: 09:00 am to 17:00

See the sights of Istanbul on an 8-hour tour with inclusive lunch. Admire the former church and mosque of the Hagia Sophia, see the site of Bzyantine sports at the Roman Hippodrome, explore the alleys of the Grand Bazzar, and much more.

Full Day Istanbul Old City Tour

Ottoman and Byzantine traces during this full-day guided Istanbul city tour in the Sultanahmet district.

Cruise Hours: 09:00 am to 16:00

Istanbul Tour with Bosphorus Cruise and Dolmabahce Palace

Istanbul: Dolmabahce Palace Tour and Bosphorus Cruise 80 €

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Full Day Istanbul Princes' Islands Cruise Tour with Lunch

Cruise Hours: 09:00 am to 17:00

Full Day Istanbul Old City Tour

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If you have limited time in Istanbul and you want to make the most of it, we have planned a perfect day for you in which you can see the most important sights in the old town and finish with a relaxing sunset cruise on The Bosporus.



Combine a trip to both Istanbul's greatest sites including the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, Grand Bazaar and a luxury yacht cruise on the Bosphorus in one day. Take advantage of special no-wait entry at the Topkapi Palace and skip-the-line access to the great Ottoman Palace during this full-day tour.

Witness the classic sites of heritage and history that abound in Istanbul on your full-day tour. Visit architectural masterpieces, marvel at awe-inspiring, Byzantine-era tileworks, and see the imperial treasures of Ottoman sultans. Along the way, experience the customs of at a bustling bazaar.

When you finish exploring the old city of Istanbul, the next thing is to take a magical journey on the Bosphorus. Sail down the Bosphorus passing Dolmabahce Palace, impressive Bosphorus Bridges, and beautifully designed seaside villas along both sides of the Bosphorus, before rounding the spectacular tip of old city and ultimately cruising only a few feet away from the magnificent Maiden's Tower.


When you finish exploring the old city of Istanbul, the next thing is to take a magical journey on the Bosphorus. Sail down the Bosphorus cruise passing Dolmabahce Palace, impressive Bosphorus Bridges, and beautifully designed seaside villas along both sides of the Bosphorus, before rounding the spectacular tip of old city and ultimately cruising only a few feet away from the magnificent Maiden's Tower.

Full Day Guided Tour to Old City Highlights Cultural Walking Tour of Istanbul

Istanbul Tour: Full Day Guided Tour to Old City Highlights Cultural Walking Tour of Istanbul

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I went from being simply curious to developing a genuine admiration and appreciation for Istanbul and its history. Yunis was an excellent and extremely knowledgable guide who took care of us until the very end. He even helped us get on the ferry to avoid traffic in order to get us back to our hotel on the Asian side.

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Embark on an evening of a lifetime with a 4-Hours sunset cruise around the Bosphorus.

4 Hours Sunset and Dinner Cruise

from Hours: 17:15 to 20:45

Combined Bosphorus Sightseeing Sunset Cruise with Dinner

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Perfect Views of Istanbul

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Pass by Dolmabahce Palace, Maiden's Tower and Golden Horn while enjoying a freshly prepared dinner, perfect views of Istanbul at sunset with a live tour commentary and DJ performance.

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We'll bring the adventure, you bring the romance on our Bosphorus Sunset Dinner Cruise.

Bosphorus Sunset Cruise Tours

Bosphorus Sunset Cruise 'bosphorus cruise' is perfect to bring along the whole family, friends, and visiting guests, to enjoy breathtaking views of Istanbul and its stunning strait that divides the city into two continents like Europe and Asia, which is the only city standing on two continents in the world!


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Bosphorus Sunset Cruise is perfect to bring along the whole family, friends, and visiting guests, to enjoy breathtaking views of Istanbul.

Istanbul Sunrise Cruise on the Bosphorus

Istanbul Sunrise Cruise on the Bosphorus

Watch Istanbul wake up from the comfort on a luxury yacht during a 2.5-hour sunrise cruise. In the glow of the early morning light, snap photos of iconic places including Bosphorus Bridges, Dolmabahce Palace, Rumeli Fortress, Maiden's Tower and the city skyline as the city revs up for the day. Your cruise includes a light breakfast served with hot tea and coffee, the perfect way to start your day!

Watch Istanbul wake up from the comfort on a luxury yacht during a 2.5-hour sunrise cruise. In the glow of the early morning light, snap photos of iconic places including Bosphorus Bridges,

Dolmabahce Palace, Rumeli Fortress, Maiden's Tower and the city skyline as the city revs up for the day.

Your cruise includes a light breakfast served with hot tea and coffee, the perfect way to start your day!


Admire city sights, sip bubbly, and savor delicious breakfast on a Bosphorus Breakfast Cruise along the shores of Europe and Asia! » TOUR DETAIL «


Friendly crew , professional. There was only few people on the cruise, u can feel free and safe.

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Got a minimum 6-hour layover in Istanbul? Leave the airport in a private vehicle, immerse yourself in this dynamic city and spend the day at your leisure, before enjoying a stress-free return in time to catch your onward flight. Enjoy two holidays in one with a private Istanbul Layover Tour .

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We offer a variety of dining cruises that combine delicious food with a scenic tour of Bosphorus and Istanbul, as well as fun, social cocktail events. Our menus include freshly caught seafood, locally grown vegetables, premium cocktails, beer from local breweries, and irresistible desserts, all prepared onboard by our award-winning staff.

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Bosphorus Sunset Cruise with live guide on luxury yach.

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Capture the moment of the beautiful sunsets of Istanbul with a cruise of the Bosphorus that includes hotel pick - up, snacks, baklava, fresh season fruits and soft drinks, as well as live guide commentary in English and Spanish languages. It's the perfect start to a night that could be continued on with a trip down to the Bosphorus or a celebratory gathering, and a wonderful bonding time for family groups and individuals who want to wind down after a day in Istanbul. As the sunset begins, race to the expansive open decks or the 360-degree to get unmatched views of the Dolmabahce Palace, Rumeli Fortress and the Bosphorus Bridges as you cruise the strait right in between two continents of Europea and Asia. It's a perfect chance to photograph the city, the sunset, and the skyline. At the end of the cruise, our yacht SUNSET BOSPHORUS will cruise along the Golden Horn foreshore and here you might like to disembark for a nightcap at one of the many nightclubs in Taksim area.

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The Bosphorus cruise is a popular activity in Istanbul, where you can sail along the Bosphorus Strait, which separates the European and Asian sides of the city. Cruising along the Bosphorus offers stunning views of the city's iconic landmarks, palaces, and beautiful waterfront mansions.


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Daytime or Sunset Bosphorus Sightseeing Cruise in Istanbul

  • Escape the city traffic and set sail on this 2-hour boat ride that shows you the best sights along the Bosphorus Strait.
  • At the pier, a Marine Officer will meet and greet you and give you an overview of the things you will be seeing.
  • You will also be given a handy map of the Bosphorus to help you identify the best spots along the way and an informative audio guide that is available in 10 languages.
  • Glance over at Istanbul’s most beautiful attractions including Topkapi Palace, Golden Horn, Ortaköy Mosque.
  • Take photographs as you pass under the legendary Bosphorus Bridge that connects Europe and Asia.
  • 2-hour Bosphorus cruise
  • Audio guide available in 10 languages
  • Duration : 2 hour
  • Start Point & End Point : Kabatas Pier
  • What you'll see : Galata Tower | Dolmabahce Palace | Ciragan Palace| Ortaköy Mosque | Bosphorus Bridge | Beylerbeyi Palace | Üsküdar | Maiden Tower | Topkapi Palace | Hagia Sophia | Seaside Villas
  • Board your cruise at Kabataş (Ş.Hatları) .
  • Address: Kabataş (Ş.Hatları), Türkiye.
  • Get Directions to the Boarding Point
  • Don’t forget to bring along your headphones to listen to the audio tour.
  • The audio guide is available in English, French, German, Italian, Polish, Russian, Spanish, Turkish, Arabic, and Chinese.
  • Please note: There is limited internet at the pier so please download the app before the tour.
  • The app does not require internet once it has been downloaded but ensure you have activated GPS.
  • You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.
  • These tickets are valid for 3 days from the date of purchase.

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Istanbul: Bosphorus Dinner Cruise with Private Table & Live Entertainment

  • Admire the beauty of Istanbul on this 3-hour cruise along the Bosphorus with live music, entertainment, and dinner.
  • Spot iconic Byzantine & Ottoman Empire attractions such as the medieval Topkapi Palace, Dolmabahçe Palace, Galata Tower, and Bosphorus Bridge.
  • Indulge in a 3-course Turkish meal and sip on unlimited soft drinks as you gaze out at the picturesque city.
  • Dance to the tunes of an onboard DJ and watch belly dancing, dervish dance, and folkloric shows.
  • Enjoy pick-up and drop-off in an AC coach and/or unlimited alcoholic beverages by upgrading your ticket.
  • 3-hour Bosphorus cruise
  • 3-course Turkish dinner
  • Live entertainment and DJ
  • Unlimited soft drinks
  • Free Wi-Fi on board
  • Unlimited alcoholic beverages (optional)
  • Round-trip hotel transfers from centrally located hotels (optional)
  • Transport by air-conditioned coach (optional)
  • Imported drinks
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Start Point & End Point: Kabatas Pier
  • What will you see: Galata Tower | Dolmabahce Palace | Ciragan Palace| Ortaköy Mosque | Bosphorus Bridge | Beylerbeyi Palace | Üsküdar | Maiden Tower | Topkapi Palace | Hagia Sophia | Seaside Villas
  • Board your cruise at Boss4.net Kabataş Bosphorus Tour Point
  • Address: Ömer Avni, Meclis-i Mebusan Cd. 36/A, 34440 Beyoğlu/İstanbul, Türkiye.
  • Tip: The best time to go on a Bosphorus Cruise is between April and September. During this period, the weather is pleasant and the humidity is bearable.
  • This experience is weather-dependent. An alternative date or a full refund is provided if the activity is canceled due to inclement weather.
  • Facilities: Wheelchair Accessibility, Pram/Stroller Accessibility
  • Dietary needs such as vegetarian, pescetarian, and halal can be accommodated.
  • Languages spoken on board are English, Spanish, French, Italian, German, Dutch, and Russian.

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Bosphorus Luxury Yacht Cruise with Asian Side Stopover (Morning or Afternoon)

  • Sail the Bosphorus in style on a 2.5-hour luxury yacht cruise, exploring Istanbul's stunning sights.
  • Enjoy a small-group experience with a professional tour guide, ensuring a personalized and informative journey.
  • Experience a stopover in Kanlica on the Asian side, and treat yourself to its famous local yogurt.
  • Indulge in tasty snacks, fruits, Turkish coffee, and more as you admire iconic landmarks like Topkapi Palace, Blue Mosque, and Leander Tower from aboard.
  • 2.5-hour cruise on a luxury yacht
  • Professional tour guide
  • Savory pastry
  • Turkish coffee served with Turkish delight
  • Turkish tea
  • Tip: Opt for the morning cruise to start your day with stunning views and avoid the afternoon heat.
  • This experience is not wheelchair accessible.

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Bosphorus Sunset Cruise on a Luxury Yacht

  • Sail about the waters of the Bosphorus Strait and brace yourself for some sights you’ll savor.
  • Take in waterfront palaces, mansions, and mosques, other than Istanbul’s stunning skyline.
  • An expert tour guide will offer live commentary along the way.
  • Nibble on snacks, cookies, baklava, and fresh seasonal fruits, and sip on a beverage of your choice.
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  • 2.5-hour sunset cruise
  • Live commentary
  • Snacks, cookies, baklava & fresh season fruits
  • Soft drinks, bottled water, tea & coffee
  • Bosphorus Sunset Cruise on Luxury Yacht in Istanbul
  • Attraction tickets

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2-Hour Bosphorus Luxury Private Yacht Rental in Istanbul

  • Experience luxury with a 2-hour private yacht rental and cruise along the Bosphorus strait in Istanbul.
  • Enhance your experience by adding round-trip hotel transfers in a Mercedes Vito or a delectable onboard meal.
  • Enjoy complimentary soft drinks and snacks as you sail past the picturesque Ortakoy Mosque and the cross-continental Bosphorus Bridge. Upgrade to include alcoholic drinks.
  • Sit back and relax in the seating lounge or put on your sunscreen for some sunbathing on the open deck.
  • Come across the stunning architecture of Dolmabahce Palace, reflecting the opulence of the Ottoman Empire and the 15th-century Rumeli Fortress featuring imposing stone walls, towers, and battlements.
  • 2-hour luxury private yacht rental on the Bosphorus
  • Round-trip hotel transfers in a luxury vehicle (optional)
  • Complimentary drinks & snacks
  • Breakfast, lunch, or dinner (optional)
  • Alcoholic beverages (optional)
  • Tip: Time your cruise to coincide with the sunset to watch the sun dip below the horizon, casting warm hues across the Bosphorus.
  • Complimentary drinks & snacks include soft drinks, tea, coffee, cookies, chips, nuts, and fruits.
  • Facilities: Wi-Fi, Pram/stroller Accessibility.
  • Pets and guide dogs are allowed on board.
  • Bring along your sunscreen, sunglasses, and hat.
  • If the main yacht is busy, you will be offered another yacht of the same quality.

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Fast Track Princes Island Round Trip Ferry Tickets with Audio Guide

  • Your boarding point is at Kabatas Pier. There will be a Marine Officer there who will welcome you, give you the cruise plan, and brief you on your journey.
  • Make your way to Büyükada, or 'Big Island,' an island that has no vehicles other than emergency transportation, bicycles, or carriages.
  • Explore the ruins of Trotsky’s house, St. George’s Church, and a 19th-century pharmacy.
  • Listen to the Bosphorus audio guide on your own smartphone, available in 10 languages.
  • Round-trip ticket to the Princes' Island
  • Fast-track entry on the boat from the online ticket window
  • Bosphorus audio guide app for IOS and Android in 10 languages
  • Tip: The Princes' Islands offer breathtaking views of the sea and surrounding landscape, so be sure to take your time and enjoy the scenery!
  • The audio guide is available in the following languages: English, French, German, Italian, Polish, Russian, Spanish, Turkish, Arabic, and Chinese.

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Combo: Historian Guided Tour of Hagia Sophia + Bosphorus Cruise Tickets

  • Get to experience the best of Istanbul with this combo ticket that offers a partly-guided tour of Hagia Sofia plus a Bosphorus Cruise.
  • Learn about Byzantine and Ottoman art pieces with your expert English-speaking guide.
  • After the 1-hour guided tour, feel free to explore the museum on your own and discover the beauty of Byzantine architecture.
  • Enjoy sailing on the waters of the Bosphorus strait on a 1.5-hour cruise as a part of this combo ticket.
  • Watch some of the famous attractions of Istanbul pass you by such as the domes of Hagia Sophia, the soaring towers of Galata, and the Bosphorus Bridge.
  • Do not forget to capture Instagram-worthy pictures of the beautiful scenery and the memory of feeling culturally closer to Istanbul more than ever.

** Historian Guided Hagia Sophia**

  • 1-hour English guided tour by a historian

Bosphorus Cruise

  • 1.5-hour cruise
  • Audio guide in 9 languages
  • Duration : 1.5 hour
  • What will you see : Galata Tower | Dolmabahce Palace | Ciragan Palace| Ortaköy Mosque | Bosphorus Bridge | Beylerbeyi Palace | Üsküdar | Maiden Tower | Topkapi Palace | Hagia Sophia | Seaside Villas
  • There will be a mandatory security check before entering the attraction and guests should expect a considerable wait time.
  • Please carry your own earphones for the best audio experience.

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5 Reasons to go on a Bosphorus Cruise

  • Breathtaking Scenery: Witness the stunning beauty of Istanbul’s skyline and horizon on both European and Asian sides on the Bosphorus Cruise.
  • Immersive Cultural Experience: Sail along Bosphorus Strait, immerse in Istanbul’s rich history and culture, and enjoy traditional Turkish music and dance.
  • A Journey Through History: Bosphorus Strait shaped Istanbul’s history as a vital waterway for centuries. Cruise offers a unique perspective on historical landmarks.
  • A Romantic Setting: Serene atmosphere and beautiful scenery of the Bosphorus Strait create a romantic ambiance for a memorable date or occasion.
  • Delicious Local Food: Savor Istanbul’s finest seafood and local delicacies while your eyes feast on the stunning views of the Bosphorus.

Which Bosphorus Cruise ticket is best for you?

Bosphorus cruises

If you are on a budget

Go for: Sightseeing cruises, fast-track, or combo tickets Duration: Flexible Guide: Bosphorus audio guide app or an expert English-speaking tour guide, depending on the ticket option

  • Sail along the Bosphorus Strait with these sightseeing cruise tickets. Spot iconic landmarks and listen to an audio guide, available in over 10 languages. 
  • Explore the Prince’s Islands on a round-trip ferry ride across the Bosphorus River. You can also book a combo ticket and visit the Hagia Sophia. 

Recommended tours:

  • Daytime or sunset Bosphorus sightseeing cruise in Istanbul
  • Fast-track Princess Island round-trip ferry tickets with an audio guide
  • Combo: Historian-guided tour of Hagia Sophia + Bosphorus cruise tickets

Bosphorus Cruises

If you want privacy

Go for: Dinner cruises with live entertainment Duration: Flexible Guide: Bosphorus audio guide app or an expert English-speaking tour guide, depending on the ticket option

  • Enjoy a 3-course Turkish dinner on a private table with unlimited soft drinks and a live DJ on board. You can also go on a 2-hour luxury cruise on a private rental boat along the Bosphorus Strait. 
  • If you upgrade your ticket, you can also enjoy pick-up and drop-off services in an AC coach. 
  • Istanbul: Bosphorus dinner cruise with private table and live entertainment
  • 2-hour Bosphorus luxury private yacht rental in Istanbul

Bosphorus Cruises

If you want a luxury experience

Go for: Luxury yacht cruises Duration: Flexible Guide: Bosphorus audio guide app or an expert English-speaking tour guide, depending on the ticket option

  • Depending on the cruise you book, you can stop on the Asian side of the Bosphorus River and enjoy their local yogurt. 
  • The Bosphorus luxury cruises offer a 2.5-hour ride along the Bosphorus River, live commentary, snacks, cookies, baklava, seasonal fruits, soft drinks, bottled water, and other beverages. 
  • You can also choose to cruise along the Bosphorus River for 2 hours on a private rental luxury boat.
  • Bosphorus luxury yacht cruise with Asian side stopover (Monday or afternoon)
  • Bosphorus sunset cruise on a luxury yacht

Bosphorus Cruises

If you want a sightseeing cruise

Go for: Fast-track or combo tickets Duration: Flexible Guide: Bosphorus audio guide app or an expert English-speaking tour guide, depending on the ticket option

  • Enjoy fast-track access to a round-trip ferry ride to and from the Prince’s Islands along the Bosphorus River. 
  • Save time and money with a one-time purchase of the combo tickets, which include a historian-guided tour of the Hagia Sophia along with a 1.5-hour Bosphorus Cruise. 

Know before you go on a Bosphorus Cruise

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Looking for a Quick Cruise?

Sightseeing Cruises are so versatile, which means, they are most appropriate for a quick dip into the alluring country of Istanbul! Enjoy a choice between Yacht , Boat , and Ferry to immerse yourself!

Duration- 1 Hour 30 Minutes - 2 Hours 30 Minutes

Bosphorus Cruises

Food and Drinks on the Bosphorus Strait?

Care for a delectable, traditional, and authentic meal along with a window into the cultural and entertainment prowess of Istanbul? The Bosphorus Lunch & Dinner Cruises are for you!

Duration: 3 - 4 Hours 30 Minutes

Bosphorus Cruises

Best of Both Worlds!

Would you like to make the most of a Bosphorus Cruise? A combo ticket is perfect for you. Expand your experience, following your cruise, with a visit to a famous tourist attraction like the Hagia Sofia or the Topkapi Palace.

Duration: 2 Hours 30 Minutes

Bosphorus Cruises

Istanbul Welcome Card

The Istanbul Welcome Card opens the whole of Istanbul for you to explore. Apart from being able to take guided tours of many monuments, this card has a week-long validity and gives you a 90-minute Bosphorus Cruise without any prior reservation.

Know More About the Bosphorus Strait

Bosphorus Cruises

Turkey is at a crossroads where East meets West. The Bosphorus Strait connects the Black Sea and the Sea of Marmara in northern Turkey. The name is said to have originated from the Greek myth of Zeus and his mortal lover Io. To protect Io from the wrath of Hera, he transformed her into a white heifer (cow). But the vengeance of Hera baited Zeus's surrender of the heifer. Despite Hermes aiding Zeus, Hera leaves Io tormented and wandering, and eventually, she swims across the strait. Hence its name- The Bosporus, which means Ox’s Ford or Ox’s Passage.

Sights You Will See: Galata Tower | Dolmabahce Palace | Topkapi Palace | Hagia Sophia | Blue Mosque | Ciragan Palace | Ortaköy Mosque | Bosphorus Bridge | Beylerbeyi Palace | Üsküdar | Maiden Tower | Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge | Kiz Kulesi Tower | Küçüksu Palace | Rumeli Fortress | Anatolian Fortress

14 Top Attractions Covered on a Bosphorus Cruise

Hagia Sophia

Hagia Sophia

Topkapi Palace

Plan Your Visit

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The timings are generally based on the ticket chosen. The all-day tour starts by 9 AM, the morning sightseeing cruises typically start by 10 AM, the afternoon sightseeing cruises start by 12 PM, and the evening sightseeing cruises begin by 6 PM.

Bosphorus Lunch Cruises are available on all days of the week between 12.30 PM and 5 PM.

Bosphorus Dinner Cruises are available throughout the year, and depending on your ticket, the departure is between 8:30 PM and 9 PM.

The best times to visit Istanbul are from March to May and between September and November. That’s when crowds at the city’s attractions are manageable, room rates are average and daytime temperatures generally sit between 15.5°C and 21.1°C.

Bosphorus cruises AUDIO GUIDE

This depends on the ticket, but some Bosphorus cruise tickets come with a complimentary audio guide.

Again, this depends on the ticket, but some cruises do allow patrons to explore the city on foot as well as via the cruise.

Bosphorus Cruise Istanbul Tickets

Your cruise includes a 2-course meal, Turkish tea, complimentary drinks, a bilingual guide, and hotel transfers if you are in central Istanbul.

Yes, you will be accompanied by a bilingual guide.

Bosphorus Dinner Cruise Istanbul

Your cruise includes a 3-course meal, complimentary drinks (you can pick between alcoholic and non-alcoholic drink packages), live entertainment, and hotel transfers if you are in central Istanbul.

You will get to enjoy a show that features belly dancing, traditional folk music, and even a live DJ.

Bosphorus Cruises

Most Bosphorus Cruises begin and end at Kabatas Pier.

Address:  Ömer Avni, İskele Yolu, 34427 Beyoğlu/İstanbul, Türkiye

Please refer to your tickets for more information.

Bosphorus Cruises

  • Hagia Sophia :  A world-famous former Byzantine church and Ottoman mosque, now a museum, known for its impressive architecture and historical significance.
  • Grand Bazaar :  One of the world's oldest and largest covered markets, featuring over 4,000 shops selling traditional goods such as jewelry, carpets, spices, and textiles.
  • Topkapi Palace :  It is a vast palace complex that served as the primary residence of Ottoman sultans for over 400 years, featuring ornate courtyards, gardens, and galleries.
  • Dolmabahçe Palace :  It is a lavish 19th-century palace that served as the administrative center of the Ottoman Empire and later the Republic of Turkey.
  • Blue Mosque :  A stunning mosque with six minarets, a grand dome, and intricate blue tiles, located in the heart of Istanbul's historic Sultanahmet district.
  • Galata Tower :  A medieval tower that offers panoramic views of Istanbul's skyline and the Bosphorus Strait, with a restaurant and observation deck at the top.

Top 4 Bosphorus Cruise Tips

  • Arrive Early & Carry ID:  Arrive 15-30 minutes before departure and carry a valid ID for a quick check-in.
  • Comfortable Shoes:  Wear comfortable shoes so you are safe; your feet are happy throughout your tour.
  • Photography:  Make sure to carry your camera to capture the stunning vistas of Istanbul.
  • Check Ticket Info:  Different cruises have different timings and pick-up locations. Do check the information thoroughly before booking your tickets.

Frequently Asked Questions about Brosphorus Cruises

You can purchase your Bosphorus Cruise tickets online .

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  • Dining cruises
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This depends on the type of cruise chosen. A sightseeing cruise can take between 1 to 10 hours, while a lunch or dinner cruise takes about 3-4.5 hours.

Only the Bosphorus Cruise with Audio Guide and the Combo Tour offer audio guides. The Princes Islands Ferry Tickets offer an audio guide app for IOS and Android in 10 languages.

Most Bosphorus Cruises begin and end at Kabatas Pier but not all. Please refer to your ticket for more information.

The Combo Tour of Bosphorus River Cruise with Historian-Guided Tour of Hagia Sophia or Topkapi Palace is perfect for families as it covers the best of the city from both land and water and is cost-effective as well.

The Bosphorus Dinner Cruises are perfect for couples as it is a very romantic experience. You can enjoy delicious traditional food, accompanied by live entertainment as you see the city come to life around you.

Depending on your tickets for the cruise, you might be able to cancel 24 hours in advance or not at all. It is highly advised you check the cancellation policy when booking.

No, the meal-based cruises do not offer vegetarian options.

The best time to go on a Bosphorus Cruise is between April and September.

This depends solely on the cruise chosen. However, typically, children aged under 4 can go for free, while those aged 4-15 can avail discounts on Bosphorus Cruise tickets, provided they have a valid ID.

Bosphorus Cruises are available throughout the year. The timing depends on the cruise chosen, but it is typically between 10 AM - 12 PM. Dinner cruises usually begin around 8 PM.

Your cruise tickets are valid for the day and time chosen during checkout.

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If the world was a book…Istanbul would be on the cover page…

We are Bosphorus Cruise, member of   Turkey Travel Group , a well established reservation company located in Istanbul. The Group was established with great care in 2006 and since then it is constantly evolving by offering its customers, specialization in all kinds of Cruise Tours, Hotel Accommodation and City Transfer Services . Bosphorus Cruise team is always driven by professionalism and commitment for best service! We treat our guests like family…

Bosphorus Cruise page, enables you to explore all the options that we offer you in order to join tours to different destinations. We are able to satisfy all kinds of travellers, offering each one of you our organized services. Developing a big repertoire of unique experiences we always try to fulfill your wishes in the best possible way. Because when you seek help…you want to find a true specialist!

We are experts in cruises to the amazing Bosphorus providing unforgettable tours with Boats and Luxury Yachts to couples, families, business groups, group of friends and moreover for special occasions, such as Gala dinners, Weddings, Birthdays and all kind of Parties! Taking part in our Bosphorus Tours, you will live experiences that will be forever engraved in your heart. Explore the magnificent Bosphorus and all the sights along its length, discover the marvelous Princes Islands and get amazed by the Old city and all its significant monuments! Istanbul is waiting for you…

Don’t miss the opportunity of travelling to other cities in Turkey! Visit Pamukkale, Troy, Gallipoli, Cappadocia and Ephesus, accompanied by our experienced English speaking staff who will do anything they can for you in order for you to spend pleasurable moments!

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Regular bosphorus tours.

Bosphorus Cruise Tour Half Day Morning

Bosphorus Cruise Tour Half Day Morning

Bosphorus Cruise Tour with Asian Side & Dolmabahce Palace

Bosphorus Cruise Tour with Asian Side & Dolmabahce Palace

Princes Islands Tour

Princes Islands Tour

Private bosphorus tours.

Daily Islands Tour with private boat

Daily Islands Tour with private boat

Daily Luxury Yacht Rental to Princes Islands

Daily Luxury Yacht Rental to Princes Islands

Breakfast on Bosphorus on a Luxury Yacht

Breakfast on Bosphorus on a Luxury Yacht

Regular city tours.

Ottoman Relics Tour by Walk Half Day Afternoon

Ottoman Relics Tour by Walk Half Day Afternoon

Istanbul Classics & Ottoman Relics Tour by Walk

Istanbul Classics & Ottoman Relics Tour by Walk

Istanbul Classics Tour by Walk Half Day Morning

Istanbul Classics Tour by Walk Half Day Morning

Private city tours.

Istanbul Guided Tour (Bosphorus Shores)

Istanbul Guided Tour (Bosphorus Shores)

Private Istanbul Tour with Guide and Driver (Self Schedule)

Private Istanbul Tour with Guide and Driver (Self Schedule)

Transit in Istanbul Private Tour

Transit in Istanbul Private Tour

Night tours.

Turkish Night Cruise on Bosphorus with dinner

Turkish Night Cruise on Bosphorus with dinner

New Year on Bosphorus on a cruise party in Istanbul

New Year on Bosphorus on a cruise party in Istanbul

New Year's Gala in Istanbul at a Restaurant

New Year's Gala in Istanbul at a Restaurant

Turkey package tours.

Daily Troy Tour by Bus

Daily Troy Tour by Bus

Private Hot Air Balloon Ride

Private Hot Air Balloon Ride

2 Days Ephesus and Pamukkale Tour

2 Days Ephesus and Pamukkale Tour

Blue cruise tours.

Self Scheduled Blue Cruise

Self Scheduled Blue Cruise

Blue Cruise Destinations in Turkey

Blue Cruise Destinations in Turkey

Istanbul to Fethiye Tour 10 days

Istanbul to Fethiye Tour 10 days

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Full Day Cruise Tour in Istanbul

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Bosphorus Cruise Tour in İstanbul for €70 p.p

Full Day Bosphorus Cruise in İstanbul

1. Day: Full Day Bosphorus Cruise in İstanbul

Istanbul Bosphorus Cruise Itinerary

08:45 Pickup from hotel and start of the tour

17:00 End of the tour, drive back to hotel

Please inform your tour guide if you prefer to return by yourself or to spend more time wherever you like.

On this tour you will visit:

Dolmabahce Palace – Dolmabahçe Sarayı

(Closed on Mondays - Thursdays & replaced with Chora Museum)

Being royal residence of Ottoman dynasty after 1856, this spectacular palace is a combination of Art Nouveau and Baroque style. The palace has cost 5 million Ottoman gold coins which are equal to 40 tons of gold today. 14 tons of gold in the form of gold leaf were used to gild the ceilings of the palace which cover 45,000 square meters mono block. Last Sultan left the palace in 1923 when The Republic of Turkey was founded. Mustafa Kemal Ataturk also breathed his last over there. Today, Dolmabahce Palace serves as a museum. (Harem Section is not included in the itinerary because it needs additional time and fee so please check with your tour guide if you would like to spend time over there on your own.)

Bosphorus Bridge – Boğaziçi Köprüsü

The first bridge of Istanbul which was built in 1973 connects the two continents.

Camlica Hill – Çamlıca Tepesi

The highest point of Istanbul which offers extensive panoramic view of the city including Bosphorus.

Golden Horn - Haliç (by bus)

Golden Horn is an inlet of the Bosphorus dividing the city of Istanbul. It is called as Golden Horn because of its shape. During Ottoman Empire, lots of non-muslims lived in that area so you can see lots of churches and synagogues over there today. You will visit this district by bus after Camlica Hill.

Fener Greek Patriarchate (Fener Rum Patrikhanesi)

Its role as the Mother Church among the most modern Orthodox churches makes it very important place to visit. Since 1586, the Orthodox Patriarchate has had its headquarters in the relatively modest Church of St. George in Fener district of Istanbul.

Lunch will be provided in a cozy local restaurant!

Bosphorus Cruise

You will have chance to see the gorgeous Bosphorus during your boat journey. The Bosphorus is the unique strategic waterway which connects the two continents -Europe and Asia- so it is a bridge between European and Asian Sides that makes Istanbul unique as well.

Leather Fashion Show

Turkey has many options for shopping from ancients markets to big shopping malls but the only steady thing is the popularity of the leather and fur. Turkey is one of the few productive countries in this market. All samples are collected in Istanbul and demonstrated in the shops by the experts. These shops use the best models in their shows.

Spice Market – Mısır Çarşısı

Being within the complex of Yeni Camii, Spice Market hosts 88 shops which are all under the same dome. You will feel that Istanbul is a vibrant city while smelling the scents of spices and herbs, trying different tastes like Turkish delight, seeing the lights and hearing the sounds of the crowd. We suggest you to indulge yourself with halvah and baklava while drinking your Turkish coffee.

  • Pick up & drop off from/to your hotel (only from Sultanahmet and Taksim Hotels)
  • Professional guidance (in English only, please ask for other languages available at the time)
  • Lunch in local restaurant (veggie options on the menu, drinks not included)
  • Entrance fees
  • Personal expenses
  • customary tip to driver and tour guide
  • Anything unless specified being included

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Istanbul travel guide and advice by locals.

What Bosphorus Cruise Tour to Take in Istanbul?

Last updated: September 22, 2023

A cruise on the Bosphorus is probably the most overlooked Istanbul tourist attraction. Understandable, with such an abundance of historical sightseeing spots in Istanbul and too little time to squeeze them all into your short holiday. But take my advice and set a few hours aside to take an unforgettable Bosphorus tour. Certainly if you’re in town between May and September. You won’t regret it — at least if you follow these simple guidelines.

Image of a ferry cruising on a Bosphorus tour in Istanbul, Turkey.

1. Private Bosphorus Tours

Private Bosphorus cruises  are great value for your money if you do them with reputable and trustworthy companies such as Zoe Yacht. Check out my review of a private Bosphorus cruise I took.

Unfortunately, there are also a lot of less trustworthy options. I see these scenes unfold almost every day: poorly informed tourists willing to take a Bosphorus tour, walking on the docks of Eminönü in search of a Bosphorus cruise. Such companies can spot this kind of behavior from a mile away and offer them a seat on their Bosphorus cruise boat. But please, don’t get tempted by the offer these ‘hustlers’ make. Their tours are overpriced (double and more), shorter, and often on boats that can barely be called seaworthy. Moreover, there is nothing private about a boat you share with 50 to 100 or more strangers.

2. Şehir Hatları Offers the No-Nonsense Bosphorus Tours

Şehir Hatları is Istanbul’s official ferry company. It offers three great Bosphorus tours: Short Circle Bosphorus Cruise, Full Bosphorus Cruise, and the Full Bosphorus Cruise by Night. Unfortunately, the availability of these tours changes according to the season. So do keep on reading and check out the respective links for the most up-to-date departure times. Insider tip: sit outside on the left-hand side of the ship for the best views.

The Şehir Hatları Bosphorus lines sales offices are located on the left docks of Eminönü when coming off the Galata Bridge.

Scenic River Cruise Tours on the Bosphorus

2.1 short circle bosphorus cruise ( kısa boğaz turu ).

First up is the non-stop Short Circle Bosphorus tour. This one is great for people who are pressed for time but don’t want to miss a genuine Bosphorus experience. This tour is available twice a day in summer (April 1 st until October 31 st ), and once a day during the low season. The cruise takes you from Eminönü to Istinye (well past the second bridge that is), and back.

The ferry leaves the Eminönü docks at 14:40 and 15:50, arrives at Ortaköy around 15:10 and 16:20 to pick up more people, and then continues its two-hour non-stop tour. The price per person is 65 TL, 32 TL for children under 12. For the latest updates, check the official timetable .

2.2 Full Bosphorus Cruise ( Uzun Boğaz Turu )

Picture of the Egyptian Consulate by the Bosphorus in Bebek, Istanbul.

The Full Bosphorus Tour offers a great Bosphorus experience and will take several hours in total. For a mere 120 TL, this cruise will take you from Eminönü all the way to the Black Sea, and back. Each way takes about two hours since the ferry also makes 5 short stops to let people on and off. You must get off the ferry at around 12:30 in Anadolu Kavağı , the last harbor before the Black Sea. This two-hour break gives you the opportunity to grab a (late) lunch in one of the town’s fish restaurants located on the shore and/or visit the fortress.

The ferry does one complete tour a day in summer (April 1 st until October 31 st ). You can board the ferry in Eminönü (10:35) or Beşiktaş (10:50) on the European side, and Üsküdar (11:05) on the Asian side. Do check the official schedule with the latest timetables .

On board, you can use digital guides explaining over 70 points of interest along the way, in 10 different languages (Turkish, English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Russian, Persian, and Arabic). The price for a round trip is 65 TL, 32,5 TL for children under the age of 12.

2.3 Full Bosphorus Cruise by Night ( Mehtap Gezi )

It offers the exact same tour as the regular Full Bosphorus Tour, but you get to see Istanbul at night! The ferry leaves before dusk providing great Istanbul sunset views. It again stops in Anadolu Kavağı for a bit over two hours so people can enjoy dinner in the fish restaurants at the shore. Around 22:30 the ferry departs again for a moonlight cruise on the Bosphorus — a unique experience!

Illuminated Bosphorus Bridge at night in Istanbul, Turkey.

Unfortunately, the Full Bosphorus Tour by Night on the Ferry is only available on Saturdays in July and August. The good news is that it only costs 130 TL. Needless to say, you better buy your tickets in time.

3. Turyol and Dentur

Turyol and Dentur are two private companies that also offer a two-hour Bosphorus tour, similar to the one by Şehir Hatları. The good news is that they have several departures a day. The bad news is that they are more expensive and a bit shoter.

The Turyol Bosphorus tour sales booth is located on the righthand docks of Eminönü when coming off the Galata Bridge, past the fish & bread sellers. During the high season, ferries depart hourly starting 10:00. Last departure time is 20:00 on weekdays, and 21:00 during the weekend. The Bosphorus tour takes about 90 minutes, and costs 150 TL.

The Dentur Bosphorus tour dock and sales booth are located in Kabataş. The ferries depart every hour with the first departure at 12:45 and the last one at 17:45. The trip takes 1h45 and costs 150TL.

Always check the respective websites for the latest schedules and prices.

Disclosure: Please note that some of the links above may be affiliate links. If you make a purchase, at no additional cost to you, I earn a commission to keep the site ad-free . I only recommend products and companies I use or have used.

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  • Why and How Should You Visit the Princes’ Islands in Istanbul?
  • Is the Asian Side of Istanbul Worth Visiting
  • Bebek, Istanbul’s Trendy Village along the Bosphorus

November 1, 2023 at 1:16 pm

Very helpful information thank you. Are these tours guided, ie does a guide provide a narrative on route?

Erlend says

November 4, 2023 at 11:33 am

No, they are not.

October 31, 2023 at 11:08 pm

Thank you for this information. Extremely helpful. Do you know what time the short tour departs in the inter season? (2 November 2023). I have checked the schedule and cannot seem to work it out.

Thanks in advance.

November 1, 2023 at 12:32 am

They’re currently in winter mode, which means that the short tour departs daily from Eminönü at 14:40.

Waldemar Kowalski says

September 22, 2023 at 5:32 am

Thank you for the invaluable information and your detail in representing Turkey and Istanbul!

The current tariffs (according to https://www.sehirhatlari.istanbul/en/price-list/bosphorus-tours-78 ) are 120 TL round trip for the long tour, 65 for the short tour, and 130 for the moonlight tour.

We are looking forward to using a LOT of your information

September 22, 2023 at 11:30 am

Hi, thanks for sharing. I’ll adjust the price … a never-ending story I’m afraid with the current inflation.

September 16, 2023 at 12:23 am

do you know if there is a Boat tour leaving from Karaköy?

September 16, 2023 at 1:39 pm

No, no Bosphorus tours from Karaköy.

September 11, 2023 at 11:28 pm

Hi. Is their a sunset cruise ( preferably non/dinner)that leaves from and returns to Kadikoy

September 11, 2023 at 11:31 pm

When do you plan to go?

Brett Jones says

July 22, 2023 at 12:46 pm

Can you tell me which pier in Kadiköy the night cruise leaves from on Saturdays? The website says it’s the ‘old’ station – but not being from Istanbul I have no idea which one that is! Thanks!

July 22, 2023 at 6:56 pm

Hi Brett, just go to the Kadiköy piers and ask there where the mehtap Bogaz turu picks up passengers. They often change, so it’s hard to tell where it is now. Just make sure you’re 20 min earlier.

June 19, 2023 at 5:32 pm

Hello, We are in Istanbul right now. Just a quick update – the Turyol 90 min. tour is now 100 liras. Thanks for the suggestions. Hoping to catch a Sehir Hatlari full tour this week.

June 19, 2023 at 10:58 pm

Thanks, enjoy!

April 5, 2023 at 5:55 pm

Are all boats and crews the same? Do they have similar amounts of guests?

April 5, 2023 at 5:58 pm

Not sure that I understand your question. I review different companies and different lines on this page. Different companies of course have different boats and crews. And the crew for the short and long tour also differ.

carolyn haywood says

March 23, 2023 at 6:49 pm

Hi we dock in instanbul from 9 till 6 on a cruise and we want to do a trip on the Bosphorus, what would you recommend? We will be there june. Thanks

March 23, 2023 at 7:04 pm

I assume you’ll be there from 9 am till 6pm?

Jenny Jiang says

March 7, 2023 at 1:21 am

Hi, thanks for your article, very helpful. I’ve booked 4 days trip to Istanbul from March 8-12 (this week!), planning to do the Full Bosphorus Tour. What is the Şehir Hatları schedule in March? Can I still take the long Bosphorus tour from Eminönü at 10:35 and be back at Eminönü at around 16:40? Will it be okay to buy a ticket on the day before departure, at this time of the year? Many thanks. Jenny

March 7, 2023 at 11:04 am

The winter schedule is still in effect in March, so the timing is correct. In March, buying a ticket on the same dayshould be ok. Have fun.

November 20, 2022 at 2:39 pm

Your articles are very helpful and I am glad I came across it.

I am travelling to Istanbul with my parents next week and was planning to do the long bosphorus tour, we are staying in Cihangir. My question is – would you still advise the tour as it is November and the weather might be not the best. And do we buy the tickets from sehir hatlari the same morning?

Thank you for helping all the vacationers to plan their Istanbul holidays.

November 20, 2022 at 6:47 pm

Personally, I wouldn’t do the long cruise in winter. Part of the charm is sitting on deck, in the sun, which is obviously not possible in winter. Moreover, the main sightseeing spots (80%) are also covered by the short tour. Yes, buy tickets from their sales booth, the same day should be ok in winter.

October 29, 2022 at 7:55 am

Hi! Does the long cruise take place in November? Are there only outdoor locations on the ship? How to get to the ferry station from Pendik? Can I buy tickets online? If not, can I buy them immediately before the trip?

October 29, 2022 at 2:30 pm

Yes, there is one trip a day in winter, leaves at 10:35 and back around 16:40 with a long break at the furthest point. Seats indoor and outdoor. Tickets from the Şehir Hatları Bosphorus Tours booth at the Eminönü docks. It’s low season, so I would expect yes, but go in time.

Melanie Putra says

October 23, 2022 at 8:50 pm

I’m researching Sehir Hatlari’s short Bosphorus tour (2 hours) for my December trip. I know it departs Eminonu at 2:40pm. I am a bit confused though when I look at Hatlari’s schedule which shows: Departure from Eminonu: 2.40pm Departure from Üsküdar: 2.55pm Arrival at Ortakoy: 3.10pm This one way trip is only half hour. 1. Does this mean the ship continues on further after Ortakoy, perhaps half hour more, only then turns around to return to Eminonu? I’m just counting the timing… If it turns around at Ortakoy and heads back to Eminonu, the whole trip would only be 1 hour, not 2… 2. If this is the case, is the scenery further up after Ortakoy worth it? Or should I disembark at Ortakoy to check out Ortakoy then catch a bus to Taksim (I plan to visit Istiklal Caddesi after the cruise). Just wondering whether Ortakoy is a better option than continuing with the cruise? I heard the traffic between Ortakoy & Kabatas is horrible though.. Maybe still better to do the 2 hours cruise then catch T1 from Eminonu to Kabatas…?

October 24, 2022 at 8:09 am

The tour takes between 90 min and w hours, so don’t get off at Ortaköy and enjoy the ride until you’re back in Eminönü. From there, as you suggested, take the T1 to Kabatas followed by the F2 to Taksim.

February 6, 2023 at 11:56 am

How to buy the ticket? I’m in Turkey currently and planned to take the short tours

February 6, 2023 at 7:05 pm

As it says in the article, on the Eminönü docks, look for the Bosphorus Tour sales booth by Şehir Hatlari.

JOHN EV says

October 14, 2023 at 5:20 am

Our family will be in Istanbul on the 1st and 2nd January. Do the short 2 hour trips take place on these days? Many thanks. John EV

October 16, 2023 at 9:59 pm

Normally yes. In case not the 1st then certainly the second.

Sai Orias says

September 28, 2022 at 1:59 pm

Thank you for the wonderful article about the cruise.

I would like to try it once I arrive at Istanbul. I will be staying at the Asian Side. My question is, when I arrive at Uskudar dock what name should I look for to book this cruise at the same amount you posted? I wanted to try riding the full cruise, also is it okay to bring food and water during the cruise?

Looking forward for my stay in Istanbul. I will be going there alone and I am excited!

September 28, 2022 at 5:45 pm

Look for the name Şehir Hatları, and if there are multiple dock pavilions, look for Bosphorus lines. Sure you can bring food and (non-alcoholic) beverages along, but keep in mind that for the full cruise you’ll stop for quite a while at the farthest point.

Nishat says

September 23, 2022 at 9:20 pm

The nonstop short bosphorous tour – Will they halt at Ortakoy for an hour or so? Or we won’t have time to get down from the ferry? I really would explore Ortakoy a bit along with the bosphorous tour.

September 24, 2022 at 9:10 am

It will briefly stop there to let people board, but that won’t even be 5 minutes. So the answer is, no, it’s non-stop.

Mary M says

September 13, 2022 at 11:40 pm

We would like a round trip ferry ride from Emenonu to Anadolu Kavagi on Tuesday, September 20. Is this route served every day? What company do I use? Where can I purchase the tickets? Same day at the pier ticket? or advance ticket? Thanks, Mary

September 14, 2022 at 8:44 am

The current schedule runs until September 18. I’ll let you know as soon as the winter schedule is published.

Mary Warpeha says

September 19, 2022 at 3:22 am

Hi. We are in Istanbul and really want to cruise. Can you send an update on the schedule for Tuesday, September 20? Much appreciated.

September 19, 2022 at 9:45 am

The new Şehir Hatları schedule came out today, and you can still take the long Bosphorus tour from Eminönü at 10:35 and be back at Eminönü at around 16:40. You can also take the short tour starting at 14:40. You can find the sales booth and dock right from the Galata Bridge when facing the Galata Tower. It says Bosphorus Lines. Enjoy!

Haruethai says

September 2, 2022 at 5:27 pm

Hi, thanks for a wonderful Istanbul article Does the Sehir Hatlari has hourly short cruises like Turyol and Dentor. Are these 3 companies equally good and are the routes the same. I have very limited time in Istanbul, if not Sehir Hatlari which of this two would you suggest me to take. Because their frequencies are more and I can plan my day better. Thanks

September 2, 2022 at 6:24 pm

As I write in the post, Sehir Hatlari only has 2 short tours, while the others have multiple. I suggest going with Sehir Hatlari if their timetable suits you, if not, Turyol because you stay in Eminönü.

August 28, 2022 at 11:49 pm

Hello Erlend, We like to take the short Bosphorus Cruise on October. What is the name of the office at the Eminou dock? Can we buy tickets inside the office on the day of the cruise? We are just afraid of all these touts outside the office and all over the docks? Thanks so much.

August 29, 2022 at 11:10 am

Assuming that you want to take the one by Şehir Hatları, it’s just called Eminönü 2 Iskelesi / Pier – Boğaz Hattı / Bosphorus Line by Şehir Hatları. Yes, you can buy the day itself. If you have the time, maybe stop by in the morning already.

July 14, 2022 at 6:07 pm

Hi Erland We have just moved to Istanbul and are living it! My daughter is visiting at the moment and we want to show her the most we can via a Bosphorous tour as she is 7 months pregnant and don’t want her trudging around for hours. Is it best to get the ferry from Eminönü?

Love your tips many thanks Colin

July 14, 2022 at 10:50 pm

Yes, unless you want a private (and rather expensive) Bosphorus tour, the Eminönü pier is your best bet. You can go with the Şehir Hatları (cheapest but only once a day) or with Turyol (every hour I guess). Enjoy.

Colin Weaver says

July 15, 2022 at 9:44 am

Many thanks, we are going to take the Eminönü ferry today.

July 26, 2022 at 9:42 pm

On Thursday we will make our way to Emenonu via the tram. Where in Emenonu is the piers/docs? Will we need to take a taxi or it’s a walking distance?

July 26, 2022 at 9:58 pm

You can’t miss. Literally, when you get off the tramway, you’ll see the docks.

July 13, 2022 at 7:13 am

Hello. We plan to travel in Europe in august 20, 2022 , and we have a 15 h layover in Instanbul.we will arrive sunday around 4pm , can we still get the Bosphorus free tour from the airport? is it still on for sundays this tour? I dont mind if its the short one or the long tour. Thank you!!

July 14, 2022 at 9:18 am

This service is called Touristanbul . Do you fly with Turkish Airlines? You can find out all the information whether you’r eligible for Touristanbul .

June 6, 2022 at 1:47 pm

Hey erlend.

It will be my birthday tomorrow and I wanted to do something special. I was at eminönu the last few days and the prices were about 60 tl but without food or anything. People outside are trying to sell the Bosporus tour with dinner for 35 Euro per person… I don’t get that sorry. Can you help me?

June 6, 2022 at 3:11 pm

Not sure what you’re not getting. Just a short tour (1,5 hours) without food on a big ferry is indeed about 60TL. If you want a longer cruise with food or a small more private vessel with less people snacks and drinks, of course you need to pay more.

Here are two popular activities you may have a look at: Bosphorus Sunset Cruise on a Luxurious Yacht and Istanbul: Bosphorus Music and Dinner Cruise w/ Private Table

May 10, 2022 at 5:15 pm

Hi Erlend, First of all – Thank you very much for these useful information! I will be in Istanbul – for the first time – for the last May weekend, arriving Wednesday afternoon and leaving Sunday noon. So, three full days and some few hours. I love boat tours and exploring places, I am thinking to take the “Full Bosphorus Cruise”. Of course I am debating if it is “worth” to spend one full day for it, out of just three days of my first time in Istanbul, or if I should just take one of the shorter cruises and have the other half day to visit other places in Istanbul. But that’s up to personal preferences, I know. Still your opinion is very welcome! 😀

But, what I am trying to figure out as well is – so, we arrive on Wednesday afternoon, I thought for Thursday we would stay and explore the city for “getting a first overview”, including Hagia Sophia, etc. and on Friday going on the Full Bosphorus Cruise. Or is there any advantage in doing the Bosphorus Cruise on Thursday? I mean, if there will be, out of your knowledge, much more people using the boat on Fridays and you would recommend the Boat cruise on Thursday? (We are staying in Sultanahmet)

Thank you very much & sunny regards, Marie

May 10, 2022 at 7:35 pm

If you’re only in Istanbul for 3 days and it’s your first visit, I would definitely go for the shorter cruise and have extra time to visit the top attractions. There is no real preference for a day, just see what day best fits in your plan and/or pick the sunniest day.

Have a nice time.

May 12, 2022 at 12:36 pm

Hi Erlend, Thank you very much! I might come back to you and ask another touristy question 😀 Oh, here comes the first one: As we arrive on a Wednesday around 3 PM (arrival at airport), what would you recommend for this evening – that doesn’t involve too much sightseeing & walking, as we will be tired probably. Drop our stuff in the hotel in Sultanahmet and make our way to the Galata Tower, to spend the evening there and for a nice view of the city for a “first impression”? Or maybe just stay in Sultanahmet. Don’t know, what makes “sense”. Thanks a million! Marie

May 12, 2022 at 6:35 pm

It will all depend a bit on traffic I guess. Let’s say out of the airport and on the road by 17:00, which is rush hour. Assume to be at hotel by 19:00. So yes, not a bad idea, and maybe have a bit nearby.

May 13, 2022 at 8:20 pm

Great, thank you so much Erlend! 🙂 All the best, Marie

Jose Monte says

April 25, 2022 at 2:22 pm

Can you please give me step by step instructions to go from our hotel at the Pullman Istanbul Hotel, Yenibosna Merkez, Mahallesi, 1. Asena Sk. No:15, 34295 Bahçelievler/İstanbul which is very neat Attaturk Airport but outside the city center to Sultanahmet or the Bosphorus Ferry tour terminal in Eminonu Pier. I would like to take public transport but I would not mind taking taxi to the nearest public transport terminal from our hotel. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

April 25, 2022 at 6:33 pm

It’s not an easy connection. If I were you I would take a taxi to the T1 tramway stop in Zeytinburnu in the direction of Eminönü or Kabatas. This tramway passes the Grand Bazaar, Sultanahmet and has a stop at the ferry docks in Eminönü.

April 26, 2022 at 8:34 am

Thank you Erlend. I googled Zeytinburnu and it looks easier and safer to catch a taxi back to our hotel at night. Does the Tram runs at midnight ?

April 27, 2022 at 6:35 pm

The operating hours were in the link I shared in the previous reply. But yes, outside operating hours, a taxi back is your best/only option. I would stay clear of buses, it’s not that comfortable and can be pretty confusing for tourists.

April 5, 2022 at 5:31 pm

Hi I’ll be going to Istanbul in June / early July hopefully, we want to go on the sunset cruise, on one of the days we’ll be visiting the Dolmabahce Palace and we were thinking off doing the sunset cruise the same day. Where is the best place to purchase the sunset cruise near Dolmabahce Palace or can we purchase before and get onto a boat near the Dolmabahce Palace?

Many thanks, Umar

April 5, 2022 at 11:00 pm

The season hasn’t started for the sunset cruise, so it’s hard to predict on what the schedule will be this year. Normally this trip is available during the months July and August. You can buy tickets upfront from the sales booth on the docks in Eminönü. Chances are you can board in Beşiktaş, but you won’t know for sure until the summer schedule is released. If not, no need to worry, only a 10 minute walk from Dolmabahçe you can take the T1 tram from Kabataş to the Eminönü .

April 8, 2022 at 1:10 am

Thank you so much for the reply so helpful. Do you know when the summer schedule is released? And where I can find it please?

April 9, 2022 at 3:58 pm

Hi Umar, I think around May. Here’s the link . Currently you see only two tours, as soon as the sunset tour is back available, it’ll appear there too.

April 11, 2022 at 1:33 pm

Thank you once again that’s very useful. Just a couple more questions before I stop bothering you lol:

1. You mentioned I can buy tickets upfront from the sales booth on the docks in Eminönü, can we buy tickets a few days before the cruise or do we have to purchase on the day? I’m just wondering if we’re passing by the docks in Eminönü then we may buy before if we can.

2. Which company do we need to book with? is it Sehir Haltari? Do they have ticket booths on the docks in Eminönü?

Thanks, Umar

April 11, 2022 at 3:45 pm

1. Yes, normally you can 2. Yes, Şehir Hatları

June 21, 2022 at 4:02 am

Is the sunset tour now available?

June 21, 2022 at 5:22 pm

Yes, it is. It leaves from Eminönü at 18:25 , but I suggest to be there earlier to make sure you have (a good) seat and buy your tickets in the morning if you can.

January 29, 2022 at 7:57 pm

Hey, thabk you so much for the article! I’ve read all the comments and have two questions left: for the long bosphorus tour you mentioned the audio guides, where can we get one? Is it on the boat itself? And secondly: you mentioned the ticket office, is it really an office or machines? Because we walked past the dock today and I could find a real office. Thank you so much

January 30, 2022 at 2:44 pm

In winter there are no long Bosphorus tours, only short ones. The audio guide you normally get on the vessel itself. It’s a real office. If you are on the docks, and look at The Galata Tower on the other side of the Golden Horn, it’s about 150 meters right from the bridge.

Have a nice stay.

Nadia Shehzad says

June 15, 2022 at 9:57 am

Is a night cruise available on June 25, 2022? If night cruise on 25 June is not available from you, which other affordable and reliable company is recommended? Please help me as there are so many scams. Just a decent evening/night cruise for a family in budget?

June 16, 2022 at 9:27 am

The one from Şehir Hatları will not be available. In order to recommmend you one, can you please specify the amount of people, private or not, vessel size, budget (in EUR or USD), and whether you want just the cruise or also want to eat something (and have a belly dance show)?

June 18, 2022 at 12:33 am

Hi Erlend We are 3 adults and 1 child (11 year) and 1 child (5 years old). We are fine with anything nice, private or not, food or without food, with or without night show. Budget would be 20-40 per head. We can do two separate types if they are within 25$/person, one day for sunset and another day for night/ music. Or a single one having sunset+a bit of night, max 40$/person.

Thank you very much

June 18, 2022 at 6:50 pm

Ok, when will you be in Istanbul? The reason I ask is because the state run ferry normally has a Bosphorus sunset cruise in summer, which may be announced soon?

June 21, 2022 at 5:29 pm

You can now take the Sehir Hatlari Sunset cruise for 52 TL per person. It leaves daily from the Eminönü pier at 18:25. Better buy your tickets upfront to make sure you have a seat.

Annisa Amelia says

August 4, 2021 at 2:07 pm

Hello hart! Thank you for the information, I wanted to ask you about the short trip of the bosphorus where can I buy the ticket ? In the locker in eminonu or I can use istanbulkart? Thanks a lot!

August 4, 2021 at 5:19 pm

It’s safer to go to the booth in Eminönü and buy the ticket upfront. It may not be too crowded this year, but better be safe than sorry.

Have a nice day.

May 18, 2021 at 11:11 pm

Hi – such a helpful blog! We are considering visiting Istanbul for New Years. Do you think any cruises will be running in the winter? Would it still be worth visiting one of the Princes’ Islands in the winter? I know winter means less crowds, but hoping things are still open, despite colder temperatures and COVID.

May 19, 2021 at 9:17 pm

Thanks a lot. As you mentioned, it all depends on the weather. For instance, last winter it was still 17 in the shade in December. On the flip side, it may freeze and even snow. Cruises still run in winter, but of course less frequently. Sitting outside because of the cold and/or precipitation may be less appealing. Visiting the islands is still a good idea, and something locals do on Sundays to escape the busy city life and get some fresh air. As for COVID, it’s hard to predict. I do know that the government just signed a deal for 90 million Pfizer vaccines, so let’s hope they can distribute them quickly.

February 22, 2020 at 11:48 pm

Hi there. I’m sure this must have been asked before. But please reply me. So the long tour starts at 10:35 and reaches ANADOLU at 12:25 And return from there to Eminonu is at 15:00 again. So between that time, are there places close by to have lunch ? Do they leave exactly at 15:00 or before time ?

February 23, 2020 at 2:33 pm

Yes, there will be restaurants at the port where you can eat, and the ferry doesn’t leave until 15:00. I suggest to play safe and be aboard minimum 10 minutes ahead of time though.

Sharwaaz Hassan says

January 28, 2020 at 12:13 am

Hope you’re well. I am so confused I really hope you can help me.

I’ll be visiting Istanbul in April Insha-Allah and I’d like to visit the Asian side as 1 activity on one day and I’d also like to take a Full Bosphorous Cruise by Night as a different activity…

Firstly, Where exactly do I get the ferry if I wanted to get from the European side to the Asian side for a day outing on the Asian side?

I’ve been told to walk down Istiklal Street and at the end of Istiklal Street I can get a ferry at Karakoy port on the European side, is this correct?

Is it also true that if i took the ferry from Karakoy on the European side, I will get off at Kadikoy port on the Asian side and this ferry ride should take about 15mins from Karakoy to Kadikoy…..

However, in saying this I’ve been told that coming back from the Asian side, I get on at Kadikoy port but it doesn’t drop you at Karakoy, if it doesn’t drop you at Karikoy on the European side then where does it drop you on the European side?

How much should a ferry ride cost on an IstanbulKart?

Secondly, I would also like to do a Full Bosphorous Cruise by Night. Where do I get the tickets for this cruise?

Do I have to book in advance or can I turn up on the day at Sehir Hatlati offices to book for that night?

Where are the Sehir Hatlati offices located?

How much will a Full Bosphorous Cruise by Night cost in Turkish Lira please and can I pay in Turkish Lira by cash?

How long does this cruise take?

Are there free transfers provided from hotel to boat and back to hotel after the Cruise?

I know that I’ve asked many questions, but I will great appreciate if you can be as detailed as possible in your reply please because I want to get this right. Feel free to explain it to me like you would explain it to a 5yr old 🤣🤣🤣

Thanking you in advance

January 28, 2020 at 9:38 am

To get to the Asian side, and assuming you’ll want to go to Kadıköy, you can take a ferry from Eminönü or Karaköy. Mind you that Karaköy is not located at the end of Istiklal Caddesi. You’ll still have to take Tünel (a funicular) to reach Karaköy. Alternatively, again from Taksim, you can take the other funicular to Kabataş and then take the tramway to Eminönü (which also passes Karaköy). Maybe have a look at this Istanbul Transportation map . The trip takes indeed about 15 min. If you take the Kadıköy-Karaköy ferry it will drop you off at Karaköy.

In April there is no full Bosphorus cruise by night organized by Şehir Hatları. But you can find many advertisements of such cruises organized by private companies on this site. Do read the details of such cruises to see if they match your expectations, and read the comments written by people who have take the cruise. It’s safe to book them online.

Hope this helps.

January 24, 2020 at 3:53 pm

Hello. Thanks for the article. Are there any multi-day cruises from Istanbul? We need a company that accepts children, in August.

January 25, 2020 at 12:31 pm

The Bosphorus Cruise as they call it is of course not a real cruise. For multi-day cruises you should contact established cruise companies. There is a nice cruise port in Istanbul. I read this year 65 cruise ships would enter Istanbul. Good luck.

January 20, 2020 at 5:07 pm

It’s a pleasure reading your article. Thank you so much for all the informations you have provided, we will be in istanbul in mid april for 4 days. We would like to take a Bosphorous cruise but we are more interested in taking a 2 to 3 hrs cruise, apart from 2.30 pm cruise is there any other cruise. We will be staying in Sultanhamet area and would prefer to start the cruise and ends at Eminomu. Are there any cruise that departs late in the evening without dinner provided that cruises for 2 to 3 hrs. We don’t prefer taking a private cruise. Thanks.

January 20, 2020 at 6:41 pm

The only non-private company providing Bosphorus tours is Şehir Hatları, with the tour you know. There are lots of different private tours (with and without) dinner. You can find them in the ads on the page. Make sure to read through the comments of others to make sure if it suits your needs. You may also want to check out Turyol , another private company.

Hop this helps.

Mohammad Iqbal says

January 17, 2020 at 5:12 am

Hi the schedule you shared for the full bhosphorus tour above in the article have one departure and one return cruise so it will start at 10:35 from first stop and reach the last stop at 12:25, then for the return, they will start at 15:00 which means we have to stay at the last stop for more then 2 hours? is there any option that we have continuous cruise like we reach at the last stop and after some time we start our journey back?

Is there only two long bhosphorous cruises for the day?

January 18, 2020 at 3:10 pm

Hi Mohammad,

Since it’s winter currently, they only operate one boat and only do one run. In summer the frequency is higher, so you can opt for an earlier return. If you want a continuous tour to the Black Sea and back, then I’m afraid that you’ll have to look for private companies and Bosphorus Tours. Keep in mind that they will be more expensive.

Milica says

December 30, 2019 at 4:16 pm

Are Şehir Hatları tours (either short or long) available during winter time? Their timetable looks the same way as this summer when I did a tour, but I was wondering if you have any closer information, as we would like to take the tour again these days.

Thank you 🙂

December 31, 2019 at 6:00 pm

It does look similar, but it has actually been updated. You’ll see that the long tour only has one trip up and down, where in summer there are a few more. So, to answer your question, yes the info is up to date.

November 28, 2019 at 11:19 am

Hi, my family and I will arrive Istanbul on the 2nd week of December, and from your post, the schedule changes seasonally. So I am worried about the schedule for Short Bosphorus Tour as we want to ride the cruise from Ortakoy. 1)Is the cruise still available during Winter season/ December? 2)How to find out their schedule for Short Bosphorus Cruise? Thank you

November 28, 2019 at 5:59 pm

Yes, the short Bosphorus tour continues during winter. Here you can find the schedule .

October 24, 2019 at 10:47 am

Hi there, great article! I have a couple of questions if you don’t mind:

What is the difference between the scenic River cruise for EUR20 and the full bosphorus for TL25? I ask this because of the substantial difference in price.

October 24, 2019 at 6:24 pm

The full Bosphorus cruise for 25 TL is a regular public transportation ferry taking you all the way to the last dock before the Black Sea, and back. It briefly stops at all the docks along the way to let people on and off. The 25 TL just lets you on the ship, no drink nor food included.

The Scenic River cruise, among many others on this page, are privately owned cruises that advertise here. Their offers MAY include equally long or shorter cruises, normally don’t have extra stops, can have daytime, sunset or night timeframes, food and drinks, entertainment on board, etc. each program is different, and so are their prices. I recommend you read the details and go over comments left by others.

Muhammad Siddiqui says

October 2, 2019 at 10:16 pm

Is this correct link for Bosphorus cruise? https://www.ido.com.tr/

do they pick up from Yotel at IST?

October 3, 2019 at 7:57 pm

Hi Muhammad,

No, that is the wrong link. Here are the links for the public Bosphorus tours and a private Bosphorus cruise which I took myself. Hotel pickup is only available on some tours, and certainly not for public tours.

September 21, 2019 at 6:50 am

HI, Thank you so much for all the help. It really helps us all. I have few questions:

1) I am coming there in first week of november. Is it usually busy during that time?

2) I will be there on Nov 1st (Friday Evening) to Nov 6th (Wednesday Morning). I know you mentioned the cruise doesn’t work on saturday! Would you recommend me taking the Sunday, Monday or Tuesday cruise?

3) I am planning on taking the full day cruise from Sehir Hatlari in Eminono, what is the small fish town called where the cruise stop for lunch? Any restaurants there you would recommend?

4) What time is the return cruise? What happens if we miss the last cruise?

5) Do you know where i should buy the tickets for princes island ferry? How much will it cost? I read online and people said the only place worth visiting on princes island is Buyukada. Or are there any other islands you recommend us going to. Any information about the princes ferry would be appreciated.

One day we are planning on doing bosporos tour, next day go to the princes island, third day visit mosque, museums and grand bazaar. We will still have one full day left, what do you recommend us to do. Something you would highly recommend someone doing when they visit istanbul. Doesn’t matter even if its 2-3hrs drive, i will rent a car and take my family.

Thank you so much for all the help with this forum.

September 23, 2019 at 8:54 am

1. It shouldn’t be too busy, it’s low season. 2. The cruises work every day, just the sunset cruise doesn’t. So you can take it any day you want. 3. It’s the very last stop, Anadolu Kavağı. Can’t really recommend one. Just don’t be overwhelmed by the waiters trying to lure you in, take your time to check them all out first, and then pick the one that pleases you most. 4. You can find the Şehir Hatları timetable for the full Bosporus cruise here . If you miss the only return ferry, the you’re left with a very expensive taxi ride back. 5. Just go to the Şehir Hatları offices on the docks of Eminönü and look for their Bosporus or Boğaz sales office. If you’re pressed for time, yes, focus on Büyükada . 6. Are Dolmabahçe Palace, Topkapi Palace and the Basilica Cistern on your list already?

September 9, 2019 at 8:27 pm

Is there any non stop cruise?

I am looking for something that takes 1 to 2 hours maximum? Could I buy the tickets at the boat port? How much it cost?

September 10, 2019 at 9:54 am

The short tour only stops twice to pick up passengers. If you really want non stop tours you’ll have to take a look at private Bosphorus tours . For the tours by Şehir Hatları you can buy tickets at the pier, for other tours you better buy online.

Peter P says

September 3, 2019 at 1:23 pm

Hello, thanks for your detailed article on the cruises and it helps a lot. My group are planning to do a short cruise, however we have a few questions:

1) We are a bit confused on the information from Sehir Hatlari’s website. Does the short cruises only depart once a day from Eminonu/ Uskudar/ Ortakoy? The Turkish version says it departs once a day, but the English website seems to be saying there would 2 departures per day.

2) We are planning to take on the short cruise from Ortakoy, would we be able to finish the cruise at Eminonu? Or we have to get off the ferry at Ortakoy if we were onboard there?

3) Would we miss anything good if we were onboard from Ortakoy for the short cruise?

Thanks so much and looking forward to hearing from you.

September 3, 2019 at 10:33 pm

1. There is only one tour a day. The top row are the departure times, the bottom row are the arrival times. 2. Yes, you can start in Ortaköy and get off at Eminönü. 3. You’ll only see the shore between those two points only once. If it fit your itinerary by boarding in Ortakoy, then I wouldn’t change it.

Sahana says

August 27, 2019 at 6:44 pm

Hi Erlend, Could you please share the google map location of the place where we can buy the tickets for Bosphorus tour. EMINONU area is pretty wide.

August 27, 2019 at 7:07 pm

Here you go: Şehir Hatları Bosphorus Cruises

Ahmad Mahairi says

August 25, 2019 at 10:23 pm

I am currently at Istanbul and I am planning to take the full cruze, I am also planning to visit Dolma bahçet saray and Rumli Hisarı at the same day. Would that be possible ? If so, shall I book the 1:30 trip or the 10:30 one? Is there a way to stop at a ferry station close to beşiktaş or Rumli Hisarı in the way back instead of waiting to get off at Eminonu?

August 26, 2019 at 8:29 am

I would first go to Dolmabahçe Palace and Rumeli Hisari, and take the cruise at 13:35 from Eminönü or at 13:50 from Beşiktaş. You’ll be at 15:25 at the last stop. Before you get off the ship, ask what time the last boat embarks so you don’t miss it. On the way back you can get off at Beşiktaş or Eminönü, that’s up to you.

Have a good time.

August 23, 2019 at 6:22 pm

I will be in Istanbul in September for 3 full days, sunday – Tuesday (flying out Wednesday morning). We really wanted to do a sunset cruise, what is the best company to use and how much are we expecting for two adults? I don’t even mind dinner with the sunset cruise.

And thank you so much for taking your time to do this, great work 🙂

August 25, 2019 at 3:09 pm

Best is obviously a private cruise , but if you’re only a party of two it might be a bit too expensive. Cheapest is the one offered by Şehir Hatları, but it only runs on Saturdays in high season. If neither are an option, I suggest you take a look at all the other Bosphorus tour suggestions , with or without dinner. Please do take the amount of stars and reviews into consideration to make a wise decision.

Mustafa says

August 13, 2019 at 12:59 am

Went on Saturday for a night cruise with Şehir Hatları but the office was closed and I was told that Şehir Hatları has only one cruise on Saturday but that’s in the morning (or maybe they said afternoon..can’t recall). So we took the BigBus tour (they share the same booth with Şehir Hatları. The cost originally was 400 TL for 4 adults but after some negotiations it went down to 350 TL. It was very good. Not crowded at all. It was close to the evening so we started with a day light and also managed to see the sunset and Istanbul in night lights. Tour was with commentary at points of interest. Food drinks onboard are expensive. Bring your own snacks.

August 13, 2019 at 8:25 am

Hi Mustafa,

It’s correct that Şehir Hatları only has the sunset cruise on a Saturday. Maybe you were too late to catch it (it’s at Eminönü at 18:25) or it already sold out earlier in the day. Glad to hear that the other cruise worked out for you.

Jaco Havenga says

August 7, 2019 at 5:06 pm

Hi, thanks for your very informative articles. Me and my wife are visiting Istanbul from Sept 8th to 13 Sept. Would you suggest booking any tours or we rather do our own thing. Its like all the operators use the reason for booking with them is to skip long queues. In terms of the Sehir Hatlari Bosphorus cruise (Full Cruise), when disembark at the last harbor for lunch is the ferry waiting or do you catch a different one back. And is this cruise cover all the important sites along the river or are there other cruises as well.

August 8, 2019 at 8:34 am

There are often long queues, but that’s most of the time to buy tickets. You can avoid that buy buying the museum pass or buy buying these skip the line guided tours. The latter also have the advantage that these are mostly guided tours. You can buy those online, you’ll find their ads on my site. And last but not least, you can buy a complete package with Istanbul Tourist Pass . I always used to go in with a book in hand, but I recently enjoyed the added value of a guide.

As for the cruise, it depends a bit on the day, but normally it’s the same ferry. Please safe, and take the 10:35 ferry to the last stop in the morning, and ask there when the return ferries depart. There is always a return ferry at 15:00, but the second one is either at 17:00 or 18:00, depending on the day.

John Fitzgerald says

July 30, 2019 at 11:01 pm

Is it reasonable to target the 1:30 departure from Eminonu with an arrival at Ataturk scheduled for 11:20? I don’t have any concept of the time needed to get through immigration and the taxi ride to the dock. Since we won’t buy the ticket until we are at the dock, the only question is whether it is reasonable to plan for that? Thanks.

July 31, 2019 at 8:42 am

First of all, you probably will not fly on Atatürk, because Atatürk Airport has been closed down a few months ago . You’ll now land at the new Istanbul Airport. Typically it takes just over one hour to get out of the airport, and depending on the means of transportation you choose and amount of traffic, it’ll take one to two hours to reach the city center. Assuming you’ll want to check in at your hotel first to at least drop your luggage, I think it’s very unlikely you’ll make it to the docks on time.

Hope this helps give you an idea.

July 14, 2019 at 10:12 pm

Hey, I went on a Bosphorus cruise tour from Ortaköy, Beşiktaş. The one that costed 25 TL and lasted around an hour. It said “ Bogaz turlari” where we took the boat from. Is there any way to find out who was working on the boat/ cruise that we were on? Meaning the ones selling snacks, tea and so on. Thank you

July 15, 2019 at 8:35 am

I’m afraid that would be very difficult.

Sorry I can’t help you for that.

July 14, 2019 at 5:30 pm

First of all your post helped alot to understand the Bosphrous Tour Thanks for that.

My question is what i am seeing in the schedule provided by Şehir Hatları that

Full Bosphorus Cruise is departing from EMINONU and we also have ticketing office located on the left docks of EMINONU. So its a win win you go to EMINONU get the ticket and enjoy the cruise. Ok.

Now the issue is for Full Bosphorus Cruise by Night we’ll take the tickets from docks of EMINONU but the cruise is departing from BOSTANCI according to ” http://en.sehirhatlari.istanbul/en/timetable/sunset-cruises-415.html ” this link. What is that??? Are you getting my point?

2) Second thing is you said ” For the tours organized by Şehir Hatları you can only buy tickets the same day. You can go in the morning to get tickets for the evening though ”

Then what if i wanna go in the morning as i am seeing the schedule for Full Bosphorus Cruise the morning cruise will depart from EMINONU at 10:35. Will i easily get the ticket if i reach at the ticket office at lets say 9:30 or 10:00 ? I mean is it really hard to get the ticket or you can easily get the ticket if you reach an hour before departing the Cruise?

July 15, 2019 at 8:33 am

The boat starts it’s trip in Bostancı, then sails to Kadiköy and picks up people there, then sails to Eminönü where you’ll get on the boat, etc.

Yes, you can buy your tickets in the morning to make sure the boat isn’t sold out by the evening.

Rumana says

June 16, 2019 at 6:16 am

Hi I am right now in Istanbul with my husband and two toddlers for a week. Can you please suggest me what we can do in Istanbul for around three days and for the remaining days we wish to explore places around Istanbul. Thank you

June 16, 2019 at 4:48 pm

Have you had a look at the articles 15 things to do in Istanbul and fun activities with kids ?

June 10, 2019 at 3:09 pm

Thank you so much, Erlend, for the details!

One more question – may I use Istanbulkart for the Long Bosphorus Cruise? Or the cost of the cruises are not included?

Thanks again!

June 11, 2019 at 1:09 pm

No, you can’t use your Istanbul Kart.

Camilo says

June 7, 2019 at 12:14 pm

I will arrive in Istanbul next Friday for in the afternoon at 6PM. I will be there until Saturday at 8 AM, as I checked, my only option to visit something typical in Istanbul is the Bosphorus Cruise by Night (Mehtap Gezi). Or do you suggest me another plan?

1. What time start the cruise at night? 2. How much is it? 3. Where I could buy the ticket? 4. How long is the cruise?

Thanks in advance for your help.

June 7, 2019 at 10:42 pm

If you land at 6 PM, I’m afraid you won’t make it in time. I suggest you have a nice dinner overlooking or by the Bosphorus.

June 6, 2019 at 6:30 pm

Hello! I have read your articles and they are very useful. tank uou for your effort and time to write them! I have a few questions on the cruises a tourist can take:

1. For long Bosphorus Cruise, I found on googlemaps more names for the docks, such as: Eminonu Pier / Eminönü İskelesi and Terminal Feribot Eminönü (Ş.Hatları; Üsküdar & Boğaz). Could you, please, help me with the correct one where I should go to buy tickets and embark?

2. I want to take a cruise on the Golden Horn, too. On Sehir Hatlari website I found a departure point from Karakoy (ferry coming from Uksudar and stopping to Eyup). On the other hand, I found info that there is a ferry going to Eyup from Eminonu Halic Iskelesi (this is the name I found on googlemaps). I don„t know if this is still available in 2019. Is it possible to help me with correct and updated info?

3. Istanbulkart. It is clear it can be used by up to 5 people. When they all use it first time, they will have a discount fare (around 2,60 TL instead of 5TL, as it is a standard ticket). At the first transfer, all of them get discounts?

Thank you in advance for your help, Dana

June 6, 2019 at 11:10 pm

1. The Şehir Hatları docks are on the right side of the Galata Bridge with your back to Eminönü and looking at the Galata Tower. It should write Boğaz Turları and the brand name, Şehir Hatları.

2. The one you found starting in Üsküdar and ending at Eyüp is the official Golden Horn line (Haliç Hattı). Keep in mind that Karaköy is only just across the bridge from Eminönü, a very enjoyable walk.

3. No, only the first one of all people on the same card will get the discount. Personally, I don’t recommend more than three people on one card.

Kedar Dixit says

June 3, 2019 at 11:39 am

Is it worth buying Istanbul tourist pass or venture on your own?

June 3, 2019 at 7:33 pm

Unless you plan to do all they offer in the time frame you picked, I think you’re better of on your own.

Helen Pourouna says

May 15, 2019 at 7:11 pm

Can you buy tickets for full boat cruise on the day of the cruise for the morning cruise. So in other words can you just turn up to ticket office and buy a ticket for the cruise

May 16, 2019 at 11:45 pm

Yes, you can.

vivien barton says

April 25, 2019 at 9:11 am

What is the exact location of your office/ticket office? I don’t want to go on a different company, how do I find your ticket counter?

April 25, 2019 at 10:33 pm

I’m not a travel agent, so I don’t have an office. I just share my Istanbul experiences and advice to help tourists make the most out of it.

April 24, 2019 at 10:08 am

How can i buy advance ticket for long bosphorus cruise or ensure that tickets are not totally sold for the day?

April 24, 2019 at 9:40 pm

For the tours organized by Şehir Hatları you can only buy tickets the same day. You can go in the morning to get tickets for the evening though.

April 21, 2019 at 3:39 pm

Hey, can you bring whatever you want to the cruise? (drinks, food, and the like) are the prices on board reasonable?

April 22, 2019 at 9:50 pm

On the public cruise boats you can bring your own drinks and some snacks. Keep in mind that alcoholic beverages may not be allowed.

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