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Istanbul Cruise Port
Istanbul Cruise Port

Istanbul Cruise Port

Free admission
Rıhtım Cd 2 Kemankeş Karamustafa Paşa Mh., Istanbul, 34425

The Basics

There’s so much history crammed into Istanbul, historically known as Constantinople. Visit Byzantine churches turned Ottoman mosques, the most famous being Hagia Sophia, and tour the sultans’ exotic Topkapi Palace. Get ready to haggle at the Great Bazaar, or sail off for a car-free day on the idyllic Princes Islands.

For the best overview of this seductive city, an Istanbul in One Day sightseeing tour includes all the highlights, plus a visit to the tiled Blue Mosque. And if your visit extends into evening, dine on Turkish cuisine accompanied by the glitter and glamour of belly dancers with an Istanbul by Night dinner and show.

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Things to Know Before You Go

How to Get to Istanbul From the Istanbul Cruise Port

Cruise liners dock at the Yolcu Salonu passenger terminal on the Bosphorus waterfront at Karakoy. Trams run from Karakoy (a few blocks from the terminal) across the Galata Bridge to the Spice Bazaar, Sultanahmet, the Blue Mosque, and Topkapi. It’s a 10-minute walk to the Galata Bridge or you can catch a taxi to Taksim Square and pedestrianized Istiklal Caddesi.

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Port Information

Istanbul Cruise Port welcomes liners operated by Princess, Celebrity, Oceania, Costa, Cunard, Hapag-Lloyd, and MSC Italian. The currency is the Turkish Lira (best sourced from banks and ATMs), although some stores accept euros. Turkish is the official language, although Arabic and Kurdish are also spoken. Even so, English is widely understood at the major tourist sites, shops, and bazaars so you shouldn't encounter many problems when communicating with the locals.

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