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Best Bosphorus Cruise in Istanbul

Istanbul Bosphorus Cruise with Audio Guide

Istanbul Bosphorus Cruise with Audio Guide

5 (2K)

"Very good boat trip at a very reasonable price. The process of booking online was very easy and (...) The boat was impressive and for the price the overall experience cannot be faulted." Karen, Apr. 2024, Usa [Source: Headout]

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€ 12


Bosphorus Luxury Yacht Daytime or Sunset Cruise

Bosphorus Luxury Yacht Daytime or Sunset Cruise

4.5 (3,9K)

"Beautiful ship, spacious, comfortable and impeccably clean. Helpful on and off board staff. Knowledgeable guide. Very good experience :)" Marie, Apr. 2024, Spain [Source: Headout]

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€ 35


2-Hour Bosphorus Luxury Private Yacht Rental in Istanbul

2-Hour Bosphorus Luxury Private Yacht Rental in Istanbul

4.2 (94)

"The guys who managed the private cruise were just awesome. They answered all the questions from the get go(...) Loved their warmth towards us. Highly recommended!" Raja, Nov. 2023, South Asia [Source: Headout]

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€ 380


Best Dinner Cruise Ticket Option

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Book Tickets for a Dinner Cruise along the Bosphorus 2024 Prices. Live Entertainment , Turkish Night Show , Private Yacht Tour, 3-course Turkish dinner

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€ 28

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Istanbul Top Museums 3-Day Pass: Guided Tour with Entry Tickets

Istanbul Top Museums 3-Day Pass: Guided Tour with Entry Tickets

4.5 (245)

"Everything was great, very well organized, the guides were fantastic... only one drawback, it's a pity that there are no guides who speak Spanish. 100% recommendable" Ignacio, Dec. 2023, Spain [Source: Headout]

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€ 149


Combo: Dolmabahce Palace Guided Tour + Bosphorus Cruise Tickets

Combo: Dolmabahce Palace + Bosphorus Cruise Tickets

4.5 (65)

"The punctuality and kindness of the guide, willing to answer all our questions. It was very easy to find the meeting points and the explanations were complete and correct." Maria, Sep. 2023, Ireland [Source: Headout]

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€ 57


Combo: Basilica Cistern Skip-the-Line Tickets with Audio Guide + Bosphorus Daytime or Sunset Cruise

Combo: Basilica Cistern Skip-the-Line Tickets with Audio Guide + Bosphorus Daytime or Sunset Cruise

5 (2,6K)

"Skipping the line saved us at least 90 minutes. Awesome and worth the little extra cost as opposed to paying on the day. The Cistern is incredible and definitely worth a visit (...)" George, Sep. 2023, England [Source: Headout]

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€ 41.50


What will you see during the Bosphorus Cruise?


Bosphorus Cruise Istanbul: Navigating Istanbul’s historic waterway

  • The Bosphorus Cruise in Istanbul offers a captivating journey along the winding waterway that connects the Black Sea to the Sea of Marmara, passing through the heart of Istanbul. This iconic strait not only divides the city between Europe and Asia but also serves as a vital maritime route that has shaped the history, culture, and identity of Istanbul for centuries.

    As travelers embark on a Bosphorus Cruise, they are treated to panoramic vistas of Istanbul's skyline adorned with majestic landmarks such as the historic Topkapi Palace, the grand Hagia Sophia, the magnificent Blue Mosque, and the imposing Dolmabahçe Palace.

    Throughout the cruise, knowledgeable guides offer fascinating insights into the history, architecture, and legends associated with the landmarks and sights along the Bosphorus. Visitors can learn about the strategic importance of the strait, the influence of various civilizations that have left their mark on Istanbul, and the rich maritime heritage that continues to thrive to this day.

    So if you're looking for a special evening in Istanbul that won’t break your budget, a Bosphorus Cruise is the perfect option! Of course, if you've never done a Bosphorus cruise before, you might be feeling a little bit overwhelmed about the different options, prices and everything else that's involved. Here you'll find all the information you need to pick the right Bosphorus cruise for you.
  • You can fully experience Istanbul and easily access all the information you need about the city in detail. To see all the information on a single page, visit Istanbul Tourist Information.
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Types of Best Bosphorus Cruise Istanbul

Sightseeing Cruise

Experience the enchanting beauty of Istanbul's skyline and historic landmarks with a sightseeing cruise along the Bosphorus. These journeys often provide commentary on iconic sights such as magnificent palaces, mosques, and castles lining the shores of the Bosphorus. It's an ideal way to immerse yourself in the city's history and views while relaxing on the water.

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Dinner Cruise

Indulge in a memorable dining experience aboard a Bosphorus dinner cruise, where you can savor delicious Turkish cuisine while cruising along the shimmering waters of the Bosphorus. In these journeys, gourmet meals, traditional music, and dance performances are often provided. It offers a unique experience for celebrating a special day or for a romantic evening.

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Yacht Tours

For a more luxurious and personalized experience, consider a private yacht tour of the Bosphorus. Chartering a yacht allows you to tailor your itinerary and explore the Bosphorus at your own pace, with the flexibility to visit exclusive coves, hidden beaches, and secluded bays along the coastline. So you can sunbathe, swim, or embark on an adventurous journey to the islands.

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2-Hour Bosphorus Luxury Private Yacht Rental in Istanbul

2-Hour Bosphorus Luxury Private Yacht Rental in Istanbul

Reasons to go on the Bosphorus Cruise Istanbul

  • Scenic Views: A Bosphorus Cruise treats you to unparalleled views of Istanbul's iconic landmarks against the backdrop of the sparkling Bosphorus waters. Marvel at the architectural wonders of the Hagia Sophia, the grandeur of Topkapi Palace, and the imposing silhouette of the Bosphorus Bridge as you glide along the strait.
  • Unique Experience: Embarking on a Bosphorus Cruise offers a unique opportunity to sail between two continents. As you traverse the Bosphorus Strait, you'll witness the seamless blend of European and Asian cultures, with each shore boasting its own distinct charm and character.
  • Historical Significance: Delve into Istanbul's rich history as you cruise past historical landmarks that bear witness to centuries of civilization. From ancient fortresses like Rumeli and Anadolu to opulent Ottoman-era palaces and waterfront mansions, the Bosphorus is a living testament to the city's illustrious past.
  • Sunset Cruises: Experience the enchanting beauty of Istanbul bathed in the warm hues of sunset on a Bosphorus sunset cruise. Watch in awe as the sky transforms into a canvas of vibrant colors, casting a magical glow over the city's skyline and shimmering waters.
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  • Historical Landmarks from the Water: Whether you're celebrating a special occasion or simply seeking a romantic escape, a Bosphorus Cruise sets the perfect stage for love and romance. Toast to your relationship against the backdrop of Istanbul's enchanting vistas, creating memories that will last a lifetime.

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Know Before You Go on a Bosphorus Cruise

Setting sail on a Bosphorus Cruise Istanbul ensures a memorable experience, but being prepared beforehand can enhance your journey.
Here's what you need to know before you embark:

  • Pre-Book Your Tickets: Book your tours in advance to guarantee the best experiences. Online booking can also get you some great discounts.
  • Booking Options: Bosphorus Cruises are available throughout the day, but sunset cruises are particularly popular for their stunning views. Consider booking your cruise during sunset for an unforgettable experience.
  • Budget Side: here’s a cruise for every budget. Daytime or sunset sightseeing cruises start from €12. Mid-range options such as the dinner cruises range between €22 and €45, and include gourmet dining and live entertainment. For a more exclusive experience, choose one of the luxury yacht cruises, which typically start at €50. A private yacht rental with luxury amenities costs around €300.
  • Photo ID: Please carry your valid photo ID for verification before entry. // All foreign citizens must present their passport and visa information upon arrival. (Source: Foreigners Information)
  • Don’t forget: Bring along your headphones to listen to the audio tour.
  • Weather Considerations: March to May will be cold, while September to November can be chilly, so pack in some layers and carry a warm jacket. Check the forecast for the day of your cruise and dress accordingly.
  • Comfortable Shoes: Wear comfortable shoes so you are safe and your feet are happy throughout your tour.
  • Time Preparation: Ensure you arrive 10-15 minutes beforehand to avoid delays.
  • Local Currency and Tipping: Have some local currency on hand for any additional expenses or tips. While tipping practices vary, it's customary to show appreciation for good service. You can check here for the local currency from official website.
  • Refreshments: If you buy "bosphorus cruise" ticket, you can buy food and beverages on the boat at your own expense.
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Practical Information about Bosphorus Cruises

Find some practical information about dinner cruises on the Bosphorus:

Departure Points:
Most Dinner cruises depart from the Kabataş pier, which is located in the heart of Istanbul.
Other popular departure points are located in the Karaköy and Besiktas neighborhoods. All three locations are easy accessible by public transportation.
Cruises typically return to the same location they departed from.

You can learn how to get to the specified transportation locations from your current location by visiting Istanbul's official transportation website.

See here the Google Map Links and a map of the Departure Points:

- Kabataş Pier
- Karaköy Pier
- Ortaköy Pier

Itinerary of a Bosphorus Cruise

A typical itinerary for a Bosphorus cruise might include the following:

Eminönü/Kabataş Departure:
The cruise usually starts from either Eminönü or Kabataş, two bustling districts on the European side of Istanbul. Passengers board the boat and get settled in for the journey.

  1. Golden Horn: The cruise often begins with a sail along the Golden Horn, a historic inlet that separates the European side of Istanbul. Passengers can enjoy views of iconic landmarks such as the Galata Tower and the historic neighborhoods lining the shore.
  2. Bosphorus Strait: As the cruise continues along the Bosphorus Strait, passengers are treated to panoramic views of Istanbul's skyline, including magnificent palaces, mosques, and waterfront mansions known as yalıs. (Dolmabahce Palace, Ciragan Palace, Ortaköy Mosque, Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, Seaside Villas) 
  3. Rumeli Hisarı and Anadolu Hisarı: The boat may pass by the imposing fortresses of Rumeli Hisarı and Anadolu Hisarı, which once guarded the narrowest point of the Bosphorus. These medieval fortresses offer picturesque photo opportunities from the water.
  4. Bosphorus Bridges: The cruise often passes under the two suspension bridges that span the Bosphorus: the Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge and the Bosphorus Bridge. Passengers can marvel at the engineering feats of these modern landmarks.
  5. Çengelköy and Beylerbeyi: The boat may make stops at charming neighborhoods like Çengelköy and Beylerbeyi on the Asian side of Istanbul. Passengers can disembark to explore these historic districts or enjoy refreshments at waterfront cafes. 
  6. Maiden's Tower: The cruise may also sail past the iconic Maiden's Tower (Kız Kulesi), a historic lighthouse located on a small islet in the middle of the Bosphorus. Legend has it that a princess was imprisoned in the tower to protect her from a prophecy.

Return: The cruise typically return to the point of departure, where guests will disembark.

Audio Guide App Instructions:

  • The audio guide is available in English, French, German, Italian, Polish, Russian, Spanish, Turkish, Arabic, and Chinese.
  • Go to Apple or Play Store and search for 'YourMobileGuide'. Download the app.
  • Open the App and select 'All Audio Tours'. Select Turkey, then Istanbul, and search for 'Bosphorus Cruise
  • You'll receive your redemption code from the ticket window.
  • 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.

FAQ About Bosphorus Cruise in Istanbul

What is a Bosphorus cruise Istanbul?

The Bosphorus cruise tour luxurious and entertaining way to experience Istanbul's beauty and culture. It allows you to explore the dazzling beauty and landmarks of Istanbul from the sea.

How much is a Bosphorus cruise?

A classic Bosphorus cruise starts from 12 euros. Prices vary depending on dinner and sunset options. >> Check All Bosphorus Cruise Istanbul Prices Here

Where does the Bosphorus cruise leave from?

Most Bosphorus cruises depart from the Kabataş pier, which is located in the heart of Istanbul. Other popular departure points are located in the Karaköy and Besiktas neighborhoods. All three locations are easy accessible by public transportation. Cruises typically return to the same location they departed from.

How long is a Bosphorus cruise in Istanbul?

A classic Bosphorus cruise lasts for 1 hour and 30 minutes.

Why is Bosphorus cruise famous?

The Bosphorus cruise is famous for its breathtaking views of Istanbul's landmarks and scenic beauty from the water. It offers a unique perspective of the city's iconic sites, making it a must-do activity for visitors seeking an unforgettable experience in Istanbul.

What do you see on a Bosphorus cruise?

Many of Istanbul's iconic historical landmarks can be seen from the Bosphorus cruises, including the Dolmabahce Palace, Bosphorus Bridge, Maiden's Tower, Galata Tower, Ortakoy Mosque, Rumeli Fortress, and Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge.   >> More Information About Bosphorus Cruise Istanbul

Where do Bosphorus cruises start?

Boarding points of Bosphorus Cruise Istanbul: Bosphorus sightseeing cruises depart from various boarding points depending on the ticket chosen, including Kabataş Pier, Dentur Avrasya Kabataş, BUDO Eminonu Pier, and Bosphorus Pier outside Dolmabahce Palace. But you can check the ticket details which you buy.

What time does the Bosphorus cruise start?

Short Circle Bosphorus Cruises are available from 10.30 am to 16.00. 

How to see the Bosphorus in Istanbul?

The Bosphorus is set among the hills of Istanbul and has marvelous architecture and history surrounding it. The best way to see it is via boat ride.
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Is it better to cruise the Bosphorus at night or day?

The morning offers tranquility, a chance to savor the city awakening, and the soft beauty of dawn. On the other hand, the evening cruise provides a more dramatic and vibrant atmosphere, with the city aglow in the warm embrace of the setting sun.

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What participants say about the Bosphorus Cruise Istanbul:

Karen - England

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Very good boat trip at a very reasonable price. The process of booking online was very easy and the details given for finding the boarding location were excellent, even provided a photo of the office/location. The boat was impressive and for the price the overall experience cannot be faulted.

Jordan - USA

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Great way to view the city from the water. Really enjoyed it. Would definitely recommend. Great value food and drinks on board too.

Visitor numbers for the Bosphorus Cruise in Istanbul
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Every year, thousands of visitors choose the Bosphorus Cruise to explore the city's famous landmarks from the water!
This magnificent experience is a must for everyone visiting Istanbul, Turkey.