10 of the best ways to enjoy Istanbul on a budget

September 3, 2015

The Hagia Sophia, Galatasary FC, Bosphorus views … there are so many ways of exploring Istanbul’s riches while keeping your lira on a leash

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Planning some serious sightseeing? The Istanbul Museum Pass allows free entrance to a dozen of the city’s top sites, including the Topkapı Palace and the Hagia Sophia, plus discounts on a selection of other museums, shops, restaurants and activities. It costs a wallet-friendly 85 lira (£20 at current, favourable, rates) for three days or 115 lire (£27) for five days. Even better, passholders can jump the queues, too. Insider tip: although you can purchase your Müzekart from any of the participating museums, save yourself precious time by doing so at one of the quieter venues, such as the Istanbul Archaeological Museums.

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