Grand Bazaar (Guided Tour)
#14 in Istanbul
Shop up a storm at the Grand Bazaar!
With over 4000 shops, the Grand Bazaar is the oldest covered market (or bazaar) in Istanbul and one of the largest in the world.
Built by order of Sultan Mehmet between 1455 and 1560 in order to stimulate the economy of the city, the Grand Bazaar has been fully operational ever since. It was highly prosperous during the the Ottoman Empire and had no equal in all of Europe in terms of the quality and variety of the goods that could be found there.
An amazing guided tour to the Grand Bazaar is included with the Istanbul Tourist Pass.
Hours & Schedule
- From 1 JAN - 31 MAY
- Mondays at 16:00 PM
- Tuesdays at 13:00 PM
- From 1 JUN - 31 DEC
- Monday to Saturday: 16:45
The approximate duration is 30 minutes
The Grand Bazaar is closed on Sundays
Please meet your guide at the meeting point 10 minutes before the tour start time.
How To Get There?
Where to meet
TheGrand Bazaar Guided Tour starts at the main bus stop for the Big Bus Tour Company at Sultanahmet Square. Look out for the dark red double-decker buses. It's about 20 metres (65 ft) in front of the Hagia Sophia Museum.
To get to Sultanahmet Square, take the T1 Bağılar - Kabataş tram and get off at Sultanahmet station. Walk towards Hagia Sophia and keep an eye out for the Big Bus stop.
- The guided tours are performed in English.
- The tour starts at the stop of the Big Bus in Sultanahmet. Click on Get Directions above to find the location.
- The tour doesn't require a reservation in advance.
- The Grand Bazaar is closed all-day long during the holidays of the Ramadan and Sacrifice Festivals.
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Where is Grand Bazaar in Istanbul?
The Grand Bazaar is in the Beyazıt area of the Fatih district, one of the oldest settlements in Istanbul. The Grand Bazaar is easily accessible via public transportation. After leaving the Beyazıt station of the T1 tram line, the Grand Bazaar is a few minutes walking distance from the station. Before your trip, please do not forget to check what time does Grand Bazaar open and what time Grand Bazaar close. The shopping mall opens at 08:30 am and closes at 07:00 pm, so definitely make sure you have enough time to discover this magnificent place extensively and to shop! And no need to worry about any Grand Bazaar Istanbul entrance fee! The historical shopping mall is free to enter and to walk through. The Grand Bazaar is also the perfect location for a long day of exploring the city. With the T1 tram line, you can easily go from the Grand Bazaar to Spice Market Istanbul, near the Eminönü station, and discover the unique atmosphere of Eminönü and the Spice Market, get fresh air near the seashore and take in the area’s beauty. If you are wondering how far Grand Bazaar from Blue Mosque, they are also close in proximity. Blue Mosque is easily accessible through the T1 tram line at the Sultanahmet station. If you would like to have a full day trip, discovering the various iconic landmarks of the city, consider our Blue Mosque tour for a guided trip through places such as the Grand Bazaar and the Blue Mosque. This day-long trip takes you on a journey through time amongst the most well known Ottoman and Byzantine relics and informs you about the centuries-old history of Istanbul.
Grand Bazaar Istanbul Tips
One of the oldest shopping malls and trade centers, you wonder when was the Grand Bazaar built and how old is Grand Bazaar. The Grand bazaar was built shortly after the Ottoman conquest of Istanbul in the 15th century. The building itself was damaged by earthquakes and fires over time, but since then it has been renovated and stands as strong as ever. With over 500 years of history, the Grand Bazaar is definitely the most unique shopping mall in the world! A lot of travelers wonder is Grand Bazaar covered or is it an open mall. The Grand Bazaar is one of the oldest covered shopping malls in the world, so no need to worry about the weather! The Grand Bazaar is great for both summer and winter visits! If you do not know where to shop in Grand Bazaar, worry not! Your guided experience takes you through the most reputable shops in the mall, so you can get an idea of what to buy Grand Bazaar Istanbul and our guide teaches you how to bargain in Grand Bazaar so you can shop smart. Also, you’ll get the unique experience of visiting workshops and seeing master artisans and how their works come into being. Our most important Grand Bazaar Istanbul tips are: do not get overwhelmed by the countless shops and definitely do not get lost in the mall! Our Grand Bazaar shopping tips are: to bargain relentlessly and take your time when examining intricate works such as Turkish rugs, copperware and other decor and jewelry items to fully appreciate the work that goes into making them. After a fun bargaining and shopping spree, you might want to know where to eat near Grand Bazaar Istanbul for the most delicious Turkish food. You are in luck! The Grand Bazaar is surrounded by all kinds of food options, from quick and easy Turkish fast foods like döner and kokoreç to the most delicious and hearty kebabs and home-style meals. You can also walk around and see other important buildings like Hagia Irene and Topkapi Palace. You can take the tour of the Hagia Irene Museum or Topkapi Palace. Maybe you will want to see a lot of things in Istanbul and choose the Istanbul In 1 Day tour.
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