Take in dramatic panoramic views of the city and traditional Turkish fare atop Galata Tower. A recognizable symbol of the city's skyline, the tower stands 66.9 m (219.5 ft) high. Often referred to as the "Tower of Christ," it was the tallest and most important building during the time it was being built. Have a meal or enjoy a drink at the restaurant and cafe located at the top. After hours the upper portion turns into a lively nightclub. For travelers who use our world travel planner, Istanbul holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Galata Tower and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
Tours to Galata Tower
Big Bus Istanbul Hop-On Hop-Off BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $51
Duration: 60 to 120 minutes
Galata Tower Reviews
Superbe vue ! mais mieux vaut y aller le matin à l'ouverture 9 h il y a moins de monde 5 à 10 mn de queue et en plus pour les photos, je pense c'est mieux le matin. Le soir à éviter la queue est monst... more »Great view! but better to go in the morning to open 9 pm there is less world 5 to 10 minutes queue and more for photos, I think it's better in the morning. In the evening to avoid the tail is monstrous Entry
2基しかないエレベーターを待つこと、約40分。塔の上の通路外側、柵の下あたりの通路は、結構足下が 悪いので気をつけてください。曇空でしたので、眺望に関しての評価は差し控えます。 ガラタ塔へ登る通路は、何本かあるのですが、途中、可愛い猫が何匹も・・・。周囲には小さな土産物屋さんがいくつかあります。寒い季節、塔の上はかなり気温が低いので防寒対策をわすれずに行って下さい。 夜はライトアップされて綺麗です... more »It takes about 40 minutes to wait for the elevator with only two. Outside the passage way above the tower, the passage around the bottom of the fence, please be careful because the foot is quite bad. Because it was cloudy sky, I refrain from evaluating the view. There are several passageways to climb to Galata Tower, but there are many cute cats on the way. There are several small souvenir shops around. In the cold season, the temperature on the tower is quite low, so please do not forget to take measures against the cold. It is lit up at night and is beautiful. However, depending on the season, people who want to see the night view of Istanbul must be prepared for a considerable waiting time.
Really good view of Istanbul that allows you to take some incredible photos/time lapses/panoramic photos of Istanbul. The tower cost 35 lira per person to enter. But I would recommend paying for the simulator for an extra 15 lira as it allows you to get a 4D experience of the whole of Istanbul as well as giving you a sort of rollercoaster feeling. The top of the tower has a cafe & the floor below has a restaurant, both of which don’t seem too pricey. We went to the cafe and had 2 teas and coke and it was 17 Lira which isn’t bad at all. As for why I am giving this 5 stars, check the photos 🤓
I went to Galata Tower twice during my trip to Istanbul and it’s a wonderful place to be at. Specially at sunset time. The ticket price is TL 25 and up to 6 are free. There is an elevator inside so one don’t need to climb the stairs. There is a fine dine restaurant at the top with great views. The area around Galata is really nice with a lot of restaurants and small shops for souvenirs and many other things. It’s a must visit if you are in Istanbul.
Places to stay near Galata Tower
Plan your trip to Istanbul
Get a personalized planA complete day-by-day itinerary
based on your preferences
Customize itRefine your plan. We'll find the
best routes and schedules
Book itChoose from the best hotels
and activities. Up to 50% off
Manage itEverything in one place.
Everyone on the same page.
View all >
View all >
View all >
View all >
Hidden gems in Istanbul
Nearby attractions in Istanbul
Plans to Galata Tower by other users
60 days in Europe BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES March, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: March ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 6 days in Istanbul BY A USER FROM UNITED ARAB EMIRATES November, popular sights PREFERENCES: November ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 3 days in Istanbul BY A USER FROM SAUDI ARABIA February, popular sights PREFERENCES: February ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 13 days in Turkey & Greece BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, culture, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, shopping, popular sights PREFERENCES: July, culture, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 23 days in Europe BY A USER FROM INDIA May, popular sights PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 12 days in Turkey BY A USER FROM SOUTH AFRICA June, culture, beaches, historic sites, shopping, popular sights PREFERENCES: June, culture, beaches, historic sites, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium