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Hagia Sophia Opening Hours | Best Time to Visit & More

Today

Open 9 AM - 7:30 PM

Hagia Sophia

Hagia Sophia is open every day throughout the year. It is partially closed during prayer hours. 

Jan 1 TO Dec 31 Timings

Days (Jan 1 TO Dec 31)

TIMINGS
Monday9:00 AM - 7:30 PM
Tuesday9:00 AM - 7:30 PM
Wednesday9:00 AM - 7:30 PM
Thursday9:00 AM - 7:30 PM
Friday9:00 AM - 7:30 PM
Saturday9:00 AM - 7:30 PM
Sunday (Today)9:00 AM - 7:30 PM
Hagia Sophia



How to Book Hagia Sophia tickets?

Hagia Sophia Admission Tickets
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Mobile Ticket
Flexible Duration
Audio Guide
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Hagia Sophia Guided Tour with Skip-the-Line Tickets
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1 hr.
Guided Tour
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Combo: Hagia Sophia Mosque & Blue Mosque Guided Tour with Tickets
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3 hr.
Guided Tour
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Combo: Hagia Sophia Guided Tour with Optional Topkapi Palace or Basilica Cistern Skip-the-Line Tickets
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Best time to visit the Hagia Sophia

Weekday vs Weekend

  • Weekdays generally have fewer crowds at Hagia Sophia compared to weekends, offering a quieter experience for exploration.
  • However, weekends may provide a livelier atmosphere with more activities and events happening around the area.
  • If you prefer a more peaceful visit, weekdays might be better, but if you enjoy a bustling atmosphere, weekends would be ideal.

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Pleasant
Crowded
Very Crowded

Peak season vs Low season

  • The best time to visit Hagia Sophia is typically during the spring or autumn months, particularly April, May, September, and October.
  • During these months, the weather is generally pleasant with milder temperatures, making it more comfortable to explore the site and enjoy outdoor activities in Istanbul.
  • Additionally, these months usually have fewer crowds compared to the peak summer season, allowing visitors to experience Hagia Sophia with less congestion.

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Off Season
Moderate Season
Peak Season

How long do you need to tour the Hagia Sophia?

  • You can complete touring the Hagia Sophia within 30 to 45 minutes. 
  • If you opt for a guided tour of the Hagia Sophia mosque, then it’ll take you around an hour.
  • You can spend time exploring the beautiful mosaics and minarets with Islamic inscriptions at the Hagia Sophia on your own. Just make sure that you plan your visit to Hagia Sophia during the non-worship hours since the mosque remains partially closed to non-worshippers during prayer times at the mosque. 

Fequently asked questions about Hagia Sophia opening hours

What are Hagia Sophia's opening hours?

The Hagia Sophia is open throughout the year. The mosque remains closed to non-worshippers during prayer times. 

Is the Hagia Sophia open every day?

Yes, Hagia Sophia is open every day, all year round. 

When is the Hagia Sophia closed?

Hagia Sophia is closed to non-worshippers during prayer hours and the noon prayers on Fridays. 

How long should I spend at the Hagia Sophia?

You can finish exploring the Hagia Sophia on your own within 30 to 45 minutes. However, if you want to delve deeper into history and examine Hagia Sophia’s architecture to the fullest, choose a guided tour that will take you around an hour. 

What is the best time to visit the Hagia Sophia?

Plan your visit to the Hagia Sophia during the winter months to enjoy the pleasant weather. Visit the mosque during the early hours of the morning on weekends and weekdays. Avoid visiting Hagia Sophia on Fridays. 

Do I need a tour guide to visit Hagia Sophia?

It is best to choose a Hagia Sophia guided tour to have a hassle-free and more informative experience at the mosque. You can also enjoy priority access with your Hagia Sophia guided tour tickets. However, you can also explore it on your own. 

Is the Hagia Sophia open on public holidays?

Hagia Sophia is open all year round. It is only closed during prayer times. 

Should I buy Hagia Sophia tickets in advance?

It is a good idea to buy your Hagia Sophia tickets in advance since this will help you plan your visit efficiently. You also do not have to worry about standing in long queues or missing your attraction. 

Can I visit the Hagia Sophia with a large group?

Yes, you can visit the Hagia Sophia with a large group. 

Can I cancel my Hagia Sophia guided tours?

You can cancel your Hagia Sophia guided tour tickets 24 hours before the experience begins to get a full refund on your purchase.