Turkish Airlines Will Let You Tour Istanbul For FREE On Stopover Flights

If you’ve booked long distance flights before you’ll be familiar with the least stops vs. cheapest flight conundrum. Do you spend more money on a ticket that delivers you door to door, or do you take the cheaper option which usually results in longer travel time? When the latter ends up with you spending more money getting acquainted with the shiny duty free goods and Starbucks of the region you’ll be kicking yourself for not going direct.

Now Turkish Airlines are giving passengers with wanderlust even more reason to take the route via with Touristanbul – the 100% free layover service for ALL international transit Turkish Airlines passengers.

All you have to do to take advantage of this unique perk is book flights with Turkish Airlines which include a stop in Istanbul. Turkish Airlines, which now flies from Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban to Istanbul, is a great option for going abroad; they connect to more countries around the world than any other airline and have been voted Europe’s best airline for the last 5 years!

Get ready to discover fascinating Istanbul with Turkish Airlines and Touristanbul. If ever there was a travel hack worth knowing about, this is it!

How it works

Step 1: Book a flight, Economy or Business, with Turkish Airlines.

Step 2: Ensure you’re travelling from one international location to another with a connection at Istanbul Atatürk Airport. Both legs of the flight must be operated by Turkish Airlines.

Step 3: Ensure your transit time in Istanbul does not exceed 24 hours.

Step 4: Land in Istanbul and go explore the city with Turkish Airlines.

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Visit the official site of Touristanbul for more information about tour times, where to meet, sights you will see and much more: istanbulinhours.com.

Our Readers Comments

  1. i am an Indian.. and i have Russian studying visa.. can i take advantage of Turkish airline layover tour program?

    • Hi there,

      Thanks for getting in touch. I’m sure Turkish Airlines allow nationalities tour Istanbul for free on one of their stopover flights.

      However we do recommend you contact Turkish Airlines direct for the most up to date information.

  2. I am travelling to Venice from Addis Ababa on 23rd with my son and As we have 11 hours transit I wish to book one tour but from the website link there is no possibility to do it. Who can help???

  3. Do I need to register for the free tour before I get there? or when we (husband and wife) arrive at the airport, we just go to the office to register on the spot? I am a Malaysian. we would like to join the half day tour. We arrive at 5.15am and depart to Rome at 5.15pm.

    • Hi there,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      You welcome to read our blog, here it gives all the relevant info you need to know 🙂

      However for the most up to date information please contact Turkish Airlines direct they will be able to assist in providing the most up to date info.

  4. is visa required to participate in this tour (Touristambul)? or the Turkish Airlines will take care of this?

    • Hi Srivasuki,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      Unfortunately we do not advise on Visas as this information is always changing, we suggest you contact Home Affairs direct to get the most up to date information.
      They will be able to answer any questions you have and they specialize in this. ~Stacey

  5. Free travel?! That is what every one wants. Being a tourist and experiencing life of the locals of another country is a memory that I could cherish for the rest of my life. Plus, seeing the kebabs really worked up my appetite.

  6. Great post with awesome video…

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