Save your energy, time & frustration. Get online e-tickets for Topkapi Palace & Hagia Sophia here. Avoid the madding crowd at Hagia Sophia and the slightly busy Topkapi Palace ticket office. With your e-tickets, just proceed to the entrance turnstile to scan your e-tickets and enter right away.
If you are unlucky to be visiting these attractions during peak season, believe me, you would not want to stand in line for tickets to Hagia Sophia. The crowd outside will also give an indication how’s it’s going to be inside.
Steps to purchase your online tickets are detailed below. It’s a pity this site do not sell online tickets for Basilica Cistern, an attraction just across the street from Hagia Sophia, all within walking distance of each other located around Sultanahmet area.
1. Click the arrow key for the drop-down option box and select which attraction (only one) you wish to visit.
2. Select quantity of tickets required.
3. Click the ‘Add To Cart’ button.
If you require tickets for other attractions, repeat steps 1 – 3.
4. Click ‘Next’.
On the 2nd page, you are required to fill the shipping address. DON’T WORRY, nothing is sent to that address. Your e-tickets will be e-mailed to you. Leave blank for ‘Your Citizenship No’. You can use your hotel’s address for the address box. Once everything is filled up, click “Save & Next’.
Page 3 will display summary of your e-ticket order. If every thing is in order, click ‘Go To Purchase’.
The 4th page will request for your credit card information. Once duly filled, click ‘Purchase’.
Upon successful payment, you’ll receive an e-mail of your transaction detail with an attachment for you to print your e-ticket. Cut out your ticket and bring it along during your visit to the said attraction. Although nowhere on the website nor on the ticket mentioned of expiry date, we were made to understand it is valid for 1 year from the date of issuance.
All tickets are issued under one name. Back in 2014 (tripadvisor) there were fury as only the named person with corresponding ID were allowed to enter but on the ticket officer’s discretion, the others were later allowed to enter as well. For my instance in October 2017, no ID checks were made. Me & wife simply scanned the QR code at the turnstile and went in. No hassle.
If you want peace of mind, you could purchase the e-tickets under different names. This would involve multiple purchase transactions.