If you have a connecting international flight in İstanbul, and a layover between six and 24 hours, you can take advantage of the complimentary Touristanbul service to discover İstanbul.

Touristanbul - Experience Istanbul with Turkish Airlines' Free Layover Tour

What is Touristanbul?

Touristanbul is a free layover service for all international transfer Turkish Airlines passengers. Anyone who flies through İstanbul and has a 6-24 hours layover time is welcome to Touristanbul.

You can select one of the eight tours offered by Touristanbul according to the time frame best suited to your flight arrival and departure schedule. During the tours, you can visit İstanbul’s most notable historical sites and enjoy authentic Turkish cuisine. In the city that never sleeps, Touristanbul offers an unforgettable experience.

After landing at İstanbul Airport, you will be picked up by a vehicle and driven back to the airport at the end of the tour.

You can find Hotel Desk after you pass your passport and custom control to apply to Touristanbul. You don’t need a listing or booking to join the free tour. For more information you can just get in touch with us by [email protected].

Who is eligible?

  • Passengers with an international connecting flight on Turkish Airlines, with a layover in Istanbul between 6 and 24 hours.
  • The program is valid for all ticket types, including award tickets issued through Turkish Miles & Smiles.

How to Apply?

After your Turkish Airlines connecting international flight lands in İstanbul, you can sign up for Touristanbul at the Hotel Desk in the International Arrivals Terminal of İstanbul Airport or from the Touristanbul Desk Office in the Transfer desk area. For more information you can just get in touch with them at [email protected].

Passengers can take advantage of a free tour using their ticket number only ıf issued by Turkish Airlines ticket number starting 235. Touristanbul is available for Turkish Airlines’ flights including codeshare flights.

Before visiting Türkiye, you can obtain an e-visa at website. However, some nationalities may not be eligible for e-visas.

If you require a physical visa (sticker visa) to enter Turkey, please refer to our Turkey Visa Process page for detailed information on the application process.

Touristanbul - Experience Istanbul with Turkish Airlines' Free Layover Tour

Tour includes

  • Transportation services by shuttle bus (from / to airport)
  • Guidance service by a professional tour guide in English
  • Meal servings (breakfast and / or lunch)
  • All the museum fees included
For tour schedule check the official page here

For more information visit Touristanbul FAQ section here 

Disclaimer: This information is for general guidance only and may not be exhaustive. Please refer to the official Turkish Airlines website or contact their customer service for the latest program details, terms, and conditions.

Additional Information

Turkish Airlines offers two exciting programs to help you make the most of your layover in Istanbul.

Here’s a quick guide to choosing the perfect program for your needs:


Stopover in Istanbul

This program is ideal for travelers with a longer layover, exceeding 20 hours. It allows you to enjoy a complimentary hotel stay in a partner hotel, giving you the chance to explore the city and recharge before your onward journey. Look for the “Stopover Istanbul” logo on the Turkish Airlines website during the booking process. Flights displaying this logo are eligible for the program. Click here to know more.


Perfect for those with a shorter layover between 6 and 24 hours, TourIstanbul offers a free city tour option. Choose from various tour itineraries to experience Istanbul’s historical and cultural highlights, even with limited time. Flights that qualify for the free city tour will be marked with the “TourIstanbul” logo when searching for flights on the Turkish Airlines website.