Istanbul! The city of history, the city of culture, the city of arts and architecture, unlike any other city in the world, split between two continents. And in addition to all of this, one of the best budget travel places ever.
In this blog we would share with you the ultimate guide of a budget travel to Istanbul based on travel experts’ recommendations verified by pure travelers’ reviews and ratings.
Budget Travel Guide:
Below is your budget travel benchmark in Istanbul as stated by Budgetyourtrip:
|Avg. Daily Cost||70|
|Hagia Sofia entrance||30|
Budget Travel Accommodation in Istanbul:
The biggest challenge for budget travelers is to have a cheap accommodation in a good place, therefore we are nominating the best budget travel hotels and hostels in Istanbul based on travel experts’ recommendations verified by travelers’ reviews.
Budget Travel Hostels in Istanbul:
1. Agora Guest House & Hostel:
The Guardian recommends Agora, furthermore it has Amazing (9.3) rating on Booking.com based on 200+ review and Excellent review on Trip Advisor based on 760+ review.
The hostel is situated in Sultanahmet, Istanbul’s Old Town; The Blue Mosque is only 302 m away. Facilities include a rooftop terrace.
2. Cheers Hostel:
Another budget travel hostel recommended by The Guardian that has Amazing (9.4) rating on Booking.com based on 300+ reviews and Excellent review on Trip Advisor based on 900+ reviews.
Cheers Hostel Istanbul is located in the heart of Sultanahmet, just minutes from Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque. In addition to terrace bar with views of the Old Istanbul.
3. Taksim Green House Hostel:
Istanbul.com recommends Taksim Green House, that has Excellent (8.8) rating on Booking.com based on 200+ reviews and Excellent review on Trip Advisor based on 240+ review.
Only 1 km from Taksim Square and Istiklal Avenue.
4. Sultan Hostel:
Sultan Hostel has Excellent (8.6) rating on Booking.com based on 300+ reviews and Excellent review on Trip Advisor based on 300+ review.
Only 250 m from Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia, Sultan Hostel&Guesthouse has a central location in the historical Sultanahmet district. It offers a 24-hour open front desk, free Wi-Fi and a terrace with sea views.
5. Hush Hostel Lounge:
Hush Hostel rated as Excellent (8.6) rating on Booking.com based on 600+ reviews and Excellent review on Trip Advisor based on 300+ review.
The Hostel lounge offer modern dorms and rooms on the Anatolian side of Istanbul. In addition to spacious garden and a rooftop terrace with views of the Bosphorus. And it is awarded as Excellent Choice for Solo Traveler in Booking.com
6. Nobel Hostel:
Another hostel with great review. Excellent (8.7) rating on Booking.com based on 590+ reviews and Excellent review on Trip Advisor based on 220+ reviews.
Nobel Hostel offers shared dormitories and private rooms with balconies in Istanbul’s Sultanahmet. In addition to a rooftop terrace with panoramic views of the Blue Mosque and Sea of Marmara. Furthermore it is recommended as Excellent Choice for Solo Traveler in Booking.com
Budget Hotels in Istanbul:
1. Hanedan Hotel:
The hotel is recommended by The Guardian and Istanbul.com, Also it has Excellent (8.7) rating on Booking.com based on 270+ reviews and Excellent review on Trip Advisor based on 480+ reviews.
The Hanedan Hotel is situated in Sultanahmet – the heart of historic Istanbul and the most convenient location for exploring all
that the city has to offer.
2. Angel’s Home Hotel:
Recommended by Istanbul.com and the Hotel has Excellent (8.7) rating on Booking.com based on 360+ reviews and Excellent review on Trip Advisor based on 800+ reviews.
It offers individually styled rooms in the heart of Istanbul’s historic Sultanahmet District. And it features a rooftop terrace with stunning views over Sultanahmet, Hagia Sophia and Bosphorus. The Angel’s Home is just steps away from the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Grand Bazaar, Topkapi Palace and Basilica Cistern.
3. Hotel Niles Istanbul:
The hotel is recommended by The Guardian and the Hotel has Amazing (9.2) rating on Booking.com based on 90+ reviews and Excellent review on Trip Advisor based on 800+ reviews and awarded by Travel Choice in 2017.
Hotel Niles Istanbul is a family-run hotel located on a quiet street only 300 m from Beyazit Tram Station and a 3-minute walk from Grand Bazaar. Finally it offers a cosy terrace with view of Marmara Sea.
Budget Travel Tips:
1. Get Istanbul Museum Pass:
With this card, you will be able to visit the historical and cultural treasures of İstanbul for 5 days costs 85 TL entrance to Hagia Sophia Museum, Topkapı Palace Museum and Harem Apartments, İstanbul Archaeological Museums, İstanbul Mosaic Museum, Museum of Turkish and İslamic Arts, Museum for the History of Science and Technology in Islam, Chora Museum, Galata Mevlevi House Museum, Yıldız Palace, Rumeli Hisar Museum and Fethiye Museum.
2. Taxis in Istanbul
Taxis are cheap, so if you’re heading to the airport or somewhere further than walking distance, take a cab especially if you are four travelers. Just make sure you ask for the meter before you go anywhere.
3. Getting around in Istanbul
If you are looking for a cheaper accommodation and a walking distance from Istanbul main touristic attractions than staying in Sultanahmet will be your bit. And in-order to go to Taksim and the Bosphorus, it will take a tram or a taxi. A tram ticket is € 1 (3 Lira), if you need to change, you must repay another tram ticket.
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4. Get Istanbul Transportation card
Get the rechargeable Istanbul Card (10 TL value costs 4 TL). Each ride will cost 1.95 TL and there will be discounts for transfers. The Istanbul Card can be used for the metro, trams, buses, ferries and funiculars.
Free Things to Do in Istanbul
1. Istanbul Modern
According to Theculturetrip.com Istanbul Modern Museum is one of Istanbul’s most important museums for contemporary art from both local and international artists. Furthermore it’s admission is free every Thursday, so you can spend a whole day gazing at beautiful art without paying a penny.
2. The Museum of Painting and Sculpture
Another great place to visit as recommended by Theculturetrip.com as it is stunning both for its architecture as well as its library and exhibition spaces, Salt Galata is a cultural institution located in a former Ottoman bank. And inside you’ll find a free beautiful research library, bookstore, art gallery and the Ottoman Bank Museum.
3. Art Galleries on İstiklal Street
As advised by Theculturetrip.com in Istanbul you’ll find a lot of the city’s best art galleries right on İstiklal street, including the famous Mısır Apartmanı, a beautiful art-nouveau apartment building that has a different art gallery on every floor, And including Galeri Zilberman, Galerist, and Galeri Nev. They are all for free
4. A Tour of Balat
Balat is highly recommended by Theculturetrip.com as its one of Istanbul’s most colorful and historic neighborhoods, as you can spend a whole day wandering around Balat without spending any money.
5. Have a picnic at Yıldız Park
Yıldız park is located in the heart of Istanbul. As described by likealocalguide.com it has old Ottoman houses, scenic paths, flowers, duck ponds and tree-covered hills, it’s a picturesque place for a relaxing picnic.
6. Explore the exquisite SALT Galata exhibition space
This place is in Ottoman Bank building in Karaköy, as described it offers top-notch art exhibitions and superb views. And there is a very good chance that it will turn out to be your favorite spot in the city!
7. Visit Grand Bazar
As described it’s still an enjoyable place to explore for its unique atmosphere. Most noteworthy it is built in the 15th century, the building spans almost 55,000 square meters and houses over 3000 shops and stalls mainly selling jewelry, leather goods, souvenirs and scarves.
8. Take Long Walks by the Bosphorus
Istanbul is almost surrounded by sea. And there are many districts where you can enjoy the salty breeze of Bosphorus with amazing views; Lay on comfortable shoes and have a relaxing day without spending a single penny!
9. Crossing the Galata Bridge on foot
As described fishermen line the railings above, while dinner (or tea, or backgammon) is served below as the majestic and inspiring silhouettes of the Süleymaniye, Rüstem Pasa, and Yeni Camii loom in the distance. And if you wait until after sunset, you get to see the sea gulls circling the minarets.
Cheap Eat Guides to Istanbul
1. Tarihi Eminonu Balik Ekmek
Cuisine: Turkish seafood
Rating: Very Good (100+ reviews)
Address: Atakoy 2-5-6. Mahallesi
Average price per meal: $3
2. Street Food in Taksim Square
Through Taksim Square you’ll notice about 8 busy dürüm shops with freshly sliced chicken or a beef and lamb combination with tomato, pickle, onion and fries inside a wrap.
Average price per meal: $4 – $6
3. Falafel House
Cuisine: Lebanese Fast Food
Rating: Excellent (130+ reviews)
Address: Sehit Muhtar Cad. No:19 taksim
4. Melekler Dürüm Evi
Cuisine: Cosy kebap house
Rating: Excellent (20+ reviews)
Address: Alemdar Mah. Alaykosku Cad. No:21
5. Siirt Şeref Büryan Kebap Salonu
Cuisine: Turkish Local Food
Rating: Excellent (180+ reviews)
Address: Itfaiye Caddesi 4 | Fatih
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