Best Free Things to Do in Istanbul

THE 10 BEST Free Things to Do in Istanbul

Best Free Things to Do in Istanbul

Traveler rating
Neighborhoods
Good for
331 places sorted by traveler favorites
  • Things to do ranked using Tripadvisor data including reviews, ratings, photos, and popularity.
Showing results 1-30 of 331

What travelers are saying

  • Jolie J
    Gatineau, Canada308 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Extremely beautiful inside, on par with Hagia Sophia (but very different). Free to enter. Strict dress code - I was fully covered with a hoodie - and they asked me to wear a scarf around my waist because I was wearing pants (they want women in long skirts).
    Written April 17, 2024
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
  • Sally M
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Loved so many amazing sites. Enjoyed the opportunity to see the Hagia Sophia and Blue Mosque was incredible. My son wants to move to the city. Want to return very soon.People were so kind.
    Written April 17, 2024
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
  • Ooly Schacht
    St.Nicephore26 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing place, many historical sites close by. Too many stores selling the same products, very aggressive store clerks, if not buying refuse to enter the store. The sites are amazing, all very close by.
    Written April 15, 2024
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
  • Walker Q
    New York City, NY5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Exploring the historic areas of Istanbul is like stepping into a living history book. From the Grand Bazaar's vibrant tapestry to the ancient allure of Sultanahmet, each corner resonates with tales of the past. A captivating journey through time, offering a profound connection to Istanbul's rich heritage.
    Written January 6, 2024
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
  • stmichel25
    Bengaluru, India80 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Go in April if you like tulips. We went in the first week of April so tulips were in bloom at that time and it was beautiful. They had different rows of them in different colours and such lovely huge tulips too.
    Written April 8, 2024
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
  • Sercan Kamil Nergizci
    Istanbul, Türkiye13 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I visited this historical mosque on morning prayer time. There is Ayyub’s tomb who is the one of prophet Muhammad’s (peace be upon him) companions. It was fabulous, it has certainly own spiritual environment. The first opening date is 1458 and the restoration is 1800. Besides, this area is holy for Ottoman sultans during to the reign ceremonies.
    Written March 24, 2024
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
  • Jolie J
    Gatineau, Canada308 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice area to walk around. The BBQ corn on the cob is delicious, make sure to have cash on you. Lots of lovely dogs around. Picturesque with the fountain and the mosques.
    Written April 16, 2024
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
  • Matt L
    London, UK4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Spectacular views of the Bosphorous stretching over to the Asian side of Istanbul, with the stunnungly ornate Ortakoy Mosque in the foreground. This is a fashionable, pretty district of Istanbul where you can relax and tuck into the local speciality: baked potatoes served with a multitude of toppings. You can also take a one-hour cruise of the Bosphorous. Especially buzzing on a summer night but a lovely spot any time of the year.
    Written March 28, 2024
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
  • IlyaNJ
    Marlboro, NJ1,010 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Perpetually busy and traversed by the ever-popular historic tram line, this wide mostly pedestrian promenade is one of the commercial hubs of Istanbul, while offering multiple dining options nearby as well as some cultural diversions.
    Written November 6, 2023
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
  • 1957
    Ottawa, Canada777 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Istanbul Grand Bazzar is one of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world. It has a labyrinth of 61 streets ( alleys) connecting over 4,000 shops of all kinds of products. It can be accessed by 4 gates and there is a security guard checking you out before you enter. Inside it’s busy , you can easily get lost. But what a thrilling experience to see it all…it appears that electronics, household goods, jewelry, lamps, purses, hats, shoes, spices, food etc are all kept together.
    Written April 8, 2024
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
  • starlightShanghai
    Victoria, Canada3,696 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Rüstem Pasha Mosque is probably not on the itinerary of the typical tourist visiting Istanbul. In fact, many tourists probably haven’t even heard of this mosque. That’s good for me, as I had the entire mosque to myself; it’s bad for others as they are missing something truly unique!

    This little mosque, another of Mimar Sinan’s architectural wonders, dates back to about 1563. It differs from other mosques designed by Sinan in that there’s a definite emphasis on internal decoration rather than on just structure. It features about 2,300 dazzling blue Iznik tiles.

    Very easy to find, as it’s only about a 5-minute walk from the Spice Bazaar. In fact, its minaret can be seen from the square just in front of the Spice Bazaar.

    Just a reminder: best to check the Internet for prayer times before visiting any mosque in Istanbul.
    Written March 18, 2024
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
  • Daria Ukrainskaia
    Moscow, Russia3 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    It’s beautiful, tulips are blooming, there is a pond with turtles and fish and ducks. The only thing is that we drove into this park from afar, but didn’t find anything particularly unique. if the park is far from your location, the trip may not be worth it, but this is our subjective opinion, it will be beautiful in any case
    Written April 5, 2024
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
  • 2058-KW
    St. Albans, UK27 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Another must see mosque in Istanbul. This is older than the Hagia Sofia and like that building has been converted to a mosque from a church. As you look around you can see evidence of its former use. It’s very beautiful inside and not far from Hagia Sofia.
    Written February 12, 2024
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
  • Personal Highla... E
    7 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing piece of structural engineering. Fascinating to leave one continent and join another within minutes. Went underneath it on a Bosphorus boat trip, and also over it on the metro bus. Visible from many parts of Istanbul.
    Written March 23, 2024
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
  • Peter
    Northampton, UK28 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Spent a lovely non Christmas few days away and was great to see so many places and people working and glad to see the tourists.
    Found some really helpful and pleasant local eateries.
    Visited some sites, but I am more of an explorer and the area caters for all.
    One thing to note, if you decide to hire a car, beware the driving in turkey is manic and takes getting used to,..all the drivers seem to think car horn is a play thing, emergency vehicles drive with lights constantly flashing and are not let through but chased by other cars
    Written January 23, 2024
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
All Istanbul HotelsIstanbul Hotel DealsLast Minute Hotels in Istanbul
All things to do in Istanbul
Day Trips in Istanbul
RestaurantsFlightsVacation RentalsTravel StoriesCruisesRental Cars