Grand Bazaar Guided Tour

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Grand Bazaar Guided Tour: The World's Largest and Oldest Covered Market

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Are you ready to visit the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul?

With over four thousand shops and its incredible history, The Grand Bazaar is a must-see location in Istanbul. The Grand Bazaar, which was built by Sultan Mehmed between the years of 1455 and 1560, is Istanbul’s oldest covered market and it has been fully operational ever since the great Sultan built it.

As a visitor to Istanbul, the Grand Bazaar should be your go-to address to buy authentic handmade accessories, handmade carpets and organic Turkish spices. With Istanbul Tourist Pass as your guide, a visit to the Grand Bazaar is just a step away!

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About The Grand Bazaar Guided Tour

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Duration - 30 Minutes  Check Time table to see starting times

Instant confirmation - No reservation is required.

Guide - English



Discover this multicultural and historical bazaar.

Enjoy the Grand Bazaar, one of the oldest shopping and commercial centers.

After completing your tour, you can enjoy Turkish cuisine at one of the numerous Turkish restaurants in the vicinity.



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English Speaking Tour Guide

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 the order of Sultan Mehmet between 1455 and 1560 to stimulate the city's economy, the Grand Bazaar has been fully operational ever since. It was highly prosperous during the Ottoman Empire and had no equal in all of Europe regarding the quality and variety of the goods that one could find there.

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Hours & Meeting

For the meeting point and hours of this tour, please visit our Guided Tour Timetable

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How To Get There?

To get to Sultanahmet Square, take the T1 Bağcılar - Kabataş tram and get off at Sultanahmet station.

Our guides carry a white flag with Istanbul Tourist Pass logo.

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Important Information

The guided tours are performed in English.

The tour doesn't require a reservation in advance.

The Grand Bazaar is closed all-day long on Sundays and during the holidays of the Ramadan and Sacrifice Festivals.

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All About Grand Bazaar Guided Tour

The Grand Bazaar

Built after the Ottoman conquest of Istanbul in the 15th century, the Grand Bazaar is one of the oldest closed shopping malls in history. Originally a trade hub for textiles and other trade goods in Ottoman times, the Grand Bazaar now stands out as the number one place to shop for memorable goods of all kinds and price points with over 4000 shops. Grand Bazaar showcases the most intricate artisanal works of Turkish culture, from hand-woven, high-quality Turkish rugs to fine jewelry made of gold, silver, and precious stones, fine, handmade copperware, leather goods, and traditional artistry of all kinds. The Grand Bazaar is a must-see for travelers that are looking for a one-of-a-kind, authentic shopping experience, elevated by the historical atmosphere that the Bazaar possesses. To have the most authentic experience of the Bazaar, we recommend that you take an exclusive trip through its 60 streets and have a journey through Turkish culture and history that you will remember for years to come. With our Grand Bazaar Tour, you are guaranteed to get the most authentic shopping experience. Our local guide will take you through the most prestigious shops of the bazaar to find the best quality Turkish rugs, fine jewelry, leather goods, and the most beautiful artisanal works of all kinds to purchase. You will learn how to bargain like locals with the shop owners and discover all the unique items, antiques, and one-of-a-kind pieces that are available. connects the most reputable tour hosts and provides customers with the best tours that will help them explore Istanbul and discover all the quirks and beauties the city has to offer. With over 20 years of experience, is dedicated to ensuring that you have a memorable visit, enriched by unique experiences and rich history. Book your tours and tickets today with our secure payment methods, including credit card options.’s customer service team is always ready to take your questions via their live chat service, whenever and wherever you are in Istanbul.

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 on the T1 tram line, the Grand Bazaar is a few minutes away from the station. Before your trip, please do not forget to check what time Grand Bazaar opens 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 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 is 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 if Grand Bazaar is 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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Grand Bazaar Guided Tour Frequently Asked Questions

Why Should I Visit the Grand Bazaar?

This is different than a typical bazaar that you can see in the neighborhood every day. Containing a lot of history and multi-cultural background, it is worth seeing it all with your own eyes.

Do I Need to Make a Reservation to Visit the Grand Bazaar with the Guided Tour?

The guided tour doesn't require a reservation, You can find tour hours at Hours & Meeting section. Please meet your guide at the meeting point 10 minutes before the tour start time.

Can I Visit the Grand Bazaar Without a Guide?

Yes, you can get in without a guide, but we recommend to join Guided tour for learn more about the history.

Where Can I Meet with the Guide?

You can find meeting location at Hours & Meeting section, our guides carry a white flag with the logo of Istanbul Tourist Pass®

When Can I Visit the Grand Bazaar?

The Grand Bazaar is open everyday except sundays and the religious holidays of Ramadan and Sacrifice Festivals.

What makes Grand Bazaar special?

It’s hundreds of years old and was used in Ottoman times. It is still in use. That’s why it is special.

How much does it cost to visit the Grand Bazaar?

Visiting the Grand Bazaar does not cost anything. However, hiring a guide will cost around 5 Euros. Istanbul Tourist Pass offers a free guided tour of Grand Bazaar.

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