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Historian Guided Tour of Hagia Sophia

Free Cancellation
Instant Confirmation
Mobile Ticket
1 hr.
Guided Tour
  • Pick up interesting facts about this revered landmark, as you witness the gigantic dome, mosaics, and the wishing column.
  • Built over 1400 years ago, this monument is the epitome of Byzantine architecture.
  • Learn about the Byzantine and Ottoman artwork, and test the fascinating Wishing Column, which is said to possess healing powers.
  • Once your guide is done walking you through key areas, you can roam through the magnificent monument on your own.
  • Note: With this ticket, you are paying for a guided tour. Entry into the attraction is free.
  • This tour is not suitable for wheelchair users.
  • This tour is available in English only.
  • You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.

Combo: Hagia Sophia + Topkapi Palace or Basilica Cistern Tickets

Free Cancellation
Instant Confirmation
Mobile Ticket
Flexible Duration
Audio Guide
  • Save with this VIP Combo Ticket time and money, and enjoy hassle-free access to the Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, and the Basilica Cistern.
  • Skip the lines at Topkapi Palace and Basilica Cistern (Hagia Sophia does not have fast-track entry tickets) and enter all the 3 museums to start your guided tour.
  • Get the most important information and orientation tips from an official tour guide and benefit from an audio guide app available for Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace in 9 languages.
  • Combo Ticket Istanbul is valid for 3 Days: Your name will be on our list for 3 days. You may come at the available times, to the meeting points and visit these with your Istanbul Welcome Card guide. You can visit all 3 museums in 1 day or on different days.
  • The guided tour in each of the museums lasts for 30-45 minutes.
  • Following this, feel free to explore the museums at your own pace and listen to the interesting commentary on your audio guides.

This ticket has the following options you can choose from:

  • Entry to Hagia Sophia & Topkapi Palace Only
  • Entry to Hagia Sophia & Basilica Cistern Only
  • Entry to Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace & Basilica Cistern
  • Free entrance tickets to Hagia Sophia
  • Skip the line entry tickets to Topkapi Palace (optional)
  • Skip the line entry to Basilica Cistern (optional)
  • Guided tour
  • Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace audio guide (English, German, Russian, Italian, Spanish, Polish, Arabic, Chinese, Turkish)
  • Please download the audioguide app in your smartphone prior to your tour.
  • The audio guide is available for Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace in the following languages: English, German, Russian, Italian, Spanish, Polish, Arabic, Chinese, and Turkish.
  • The tickets to Hagia Sophia do not provide skip-the-line access.
  • You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.

Combo: Historian Guided Tour of Hagia Sophia + Bosphorus Cruise Tickets

Free Cancellation
Instant Confirmation
Mobile Ticket
2 hr. 30 min.
Audio Guide
  • Get to experience the best of Istanbul with this combo ticket that offers a partly-guided tour of Hagia Sofia plus a Bosphorus Cruise.
  • Learn about Byzantine and Ottoman art pieces with your expert English-speaking guide.
  • After the 1-hour guided tour, feel free to explore the museum on your own and discover the beauty of Byzantine architecture.
  • Enjoy sailing on the waters of the Bosphorus strait on a 1.5-hour cruise as a part of this combo ticket.
  • Watch some of the famous attractions of Istanbul pass you by such as the domes of Hagia Sophia, the soaring towers of Galata, and the Bosphorus Bridge.
  • Do not forget to capture Instagram-worthy pictures of the beautiful scenery and the memory of feeling culturally closer to Istanbul more than ever.

Historian Guided Hagia Sophia

  • 1-hour English guided tour by a historian

    Bosphorus Cruise
  • 1.5-hour cruise
  • Audio guide in 9 languages
  • Duration: 1.5 hour
  • Start Point & End Point: Kabatas Pier
  • What will you see: Galata Tower | Dolmabahce Palace | Ciragan Palace| Ortaköy Mosque | Bosphorus Bridge | Beylerbeyi Palace | Üsküdar | Maiden Tower | Topkapi Palace | Hagia Sophia | Seaside Villas
  • There will be a mandatory security check before entering the attraction and guests should expect a considerable wait time.
  • Please carry your own earphones for the best audio experience.
  • You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.

Hagia Sophia Tickets

Back in the 6th Century, under Roman Emperor Constantine, the Byzantine Empire constructed a cathedral that would serve as the primary place of worship for the eastern Roman Empire -- and the Hagia Sophia was born. It served as a cathedral under the Byzantine Empire and was converted to a mosque -- colloquially changed to Aya Sophia -- under the Ottoman Empire for 500 years. This crucial piece of history marks the Hagia Sophia as what is it today: an iconic landmark soaked in rich history as a melting pot of a myriad of cultures.

Arguably the most popular monument the defines the city of Istanbul, a visit to this magnificent structure is one for the memories. Book Hagia Sophia tickets and explore the soul of Istanbul’s history.

Hagia Sophia Tickets Explained

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Guided Tour

The Hagia Sophia’s significance on culture, design and religion is quite prominent. If you’re looking for a quick, easy way to learn about its history and path since its inception, opt for a Hagia Sophia tour. You’ll be accompanied by a professional, multi-lingual tour guide who will enlighten you with interesting trivia through our visit.

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Combo Tour

The best way to cover most of the popular attractions in Istanbul is by purchasing a tourist pass. You can choose to book the Istanbul Welcome card, Istanbul Tourist Pass, or Istanbul Guided Museum Tours Pass. With these, you may enjoy benefits such as priority access and guided tours to various attractions such as the Blue Mosque and Topkapi Palace among many others.

Hagia Sophia discount tickets

Children up to the age of 2 years get free entry into the Hagia Sophia, while those between ages 3-7 enjoy discounted rates on display of valid ID proof.

Hagia Sophia audio guide

Depending on your ticket, you can choose to tour Hagia Sophia with an audio guide. Guests can simply download the Hagia Sophia app and use the free audio guide that is available in several languages like English, German, Spanish, French, Chinese, Arabic and more.

A Look at the Hagia Sophia

The Hagia Sophia has withstood the test of time -- living on after the downfall of powerful civilizations and disasters like fires and earthquakes -- and lives today to narrate many fascinating stories. It started out as the Hagia Sophia Church and was then converted to the Hagia Sophia Mosque. Following a stint as a museum, it has now been converted back to a mosque. Here’s a brief look at what defines this famed landmark.

Plan Your Visit

Here's everything to know before you plan a visit to the Hagia Sophia.

Opening Hours
Getting There
Guidelines and Facilities
What are Hagia Sophia hours?

Hagia Sophia is open between 09:00 AM to 05:00 PM (final admission at 04:00 PM) from 1 October to 15 April and between 09:00 AM to 07:00 PM (final admission at 06:00 PM) from 15 April to 1 October.

When is Hagia Sophia closed?

Hagia Sophia closed days include Mondays, along with the first day of the Islamic month of Ramadan and on Eid-al-Adha festival.

What is the best time to visit Hagia Sophia?

The best time to visit Hagia Sophia is during the morning hours after 09:00 AM to experience smaller crowds; avoid weekends and Friday afternoons due to prayers. The best time of year to visit Hagia Sophia is during the winter months so as to experience pleasant weather and avoid the summer’s large tourist crowds.

Where is Hagia Sophia’s location?

Hagia Sophia is located at Sultan Ahmet, Ayasofya Meydanı No:1, 34122 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey.
Google Map directions.

How do I get to Hagia Sophia?

Istanbul is well-connected as a city. You can drive down or take a taxi to Hagia Sophia, or simply use the metro.

Can I take the metro to Hagia Sophia?

If you plan to use public transport, alight at Sultanahmet, the primary Hagia Sophia metro stop and simply walk for 3-4 minutes to get to your destination.

Is the Hagia Sophia wheelchair-accessible?

The ground floor is wheelchair-accessible. However, the upper floor is not due to all the steps and cobblestone pathway.

Is photography allowed at Hagia Sophia?

Yes, photography is permitted. However, tripods are not permitted inside.

Is there a dress code at Hagia Sophia?

Yes, since it is a place of worship, all guests are expected to dress modestly. Avoid shorts and sleeveless tops. Women must wear a headscarf to enter; you can find one free-of-charge near the entrance. You must also leave your shoes outside before entering.

Beyond Hagia Sophia

While the Hagia Sophia is one of the most popular and culturally significant landmarks in Istanbul, there are several other experiences that shouldn’t be missed while in the city. Here are some essential ones.

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Blue Mosque

The Sultanahmet Mosque, widely known as the Blue Mosque, was built with the intention to outrival the Hagia Sophia. It is located right opposite the Hagia Sophia and is famously known for its bright blue tiles that can be easily identified from a distance. Influenced heavily by traditional Islamic architecture, its multiple domes and six minarets standout in the city. Within the interiors, keep an eye out for the spectacular handmade ceramic tiles.

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Topkapi Palace

The Topkapi Palace once served as administrative and residential center of the Ottoman Empire. In the 1920s it was converted into a museum that houses various prestigious collections of the former empire. The highlight of visiting the Topkapi Palace is without a doubt its library; a rare treasure, it is home to several hundred years worth of manuscripts and books that remembers the entirety of the Ottoman Empire. 

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Bosphorus Cruise

Unique in every way, the Bosphorus river, flowing right through northwestern Turkey, connects the boundary between Europe and Asia. A cruise on the Bosphorus, bridging the divide between old and new, offers arguably one of the best views of Istanbul. You can book hop-on hop-off or private cruises and soak in the spectacular view of colorful homes, majestic palaces and structures and a glimpse into the find blend that is European-Asian culture.

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Grand Bazaar

Considered to be one of the oldest, largest markets in the world, Istanbul’s Grand Bazar is home to over 4000 shops and stalls, covering a space of more than 60 streets. One can enter through any 22-odd entrances and get lost in a maze of wholesale spices, traditional jewelry, vintage antiques, carpets and textiles, and of course, classic Turkish tea. Take your time to chat with the locals about their experiences -- and don’t forget to bargain!

Hagia Sophia Tickets FAQs

What is included in my Hagia Sophia tickets?

Your Hagia Sophia tickets will include an audio guide and guided tours by multi-lingual local guides, depending on the type of ticket you have purchased.

Are Hagia Sophia audio guide tickets available?

Yes. You can purchase Hagia Sophia tickets that include an audio guide.

Do Hagia Sophia tickets include guided tours?

Yes, most Hagia Sophia tickets include guided tours with an expert local guide.

Can I visit Hagia Sophia and Blue Mosque with my tickets?

No. Your tickets specifically offer access only to the Hagia Sophia. To visit Blue Mosque, you would have purchase separate tickets, or opt for a museum pass that allows access to multiple cultural landmarks in the city.

Are discounts available on Hagia Sophia tickets?

Yes. Children up to the age of 2 get free entry, while those between ages 3-7 enjoy discount rates.

What is included in the Istanbul Welcome Card?

The Istanbul Welcome Card is a pass that provides its users with priority access to popular landmarks in the city, depending on the attractions and experiences selected, along with public transport passes and the chance to go for a Bosphorus cruise. Depending on your pass variant, pass holders will also have access to the services of a professional tour guide.

What is the cancelation policy for Hagia Sophia tickets?

You can cancel your tickets up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund.

What is the difference between the Istanbul Guided Museum Tours Pass, the Istanbul Welcome Card and the Istanbul Tourist Pass?

The Istanbul Museum Tours pass provides fast-track entry and a guided tour of attractions like Hagia Sophia, Basilica Cistern, Blue Mosque, Grand Bazaar, and the Turkish & Islamic Arts Museum over a 5-day validity. 
The Istanbul Welcome Card offers fast-track entry into 12 popular attractions in the city, with access to public transport and a Bosphorus Cruise, and allows users to choose between a Deluxe and Premium Pass.
The Istanbul Tourist Pass allows you to choose between a 3, 5, or 7-day pass and get fast-track access and guided tours to over 35 attractions like the Hagia Sophia. It also includes cruises, Hop-on Hop-off tours and more.