Dolmabahçe Palace & Harem Fast Track Admission & Audio Guide

Fast Track entrance to Dolmabahce Palace Museum, its Harem section and Paintings Collection in Istanbul for discovering the house of royalty on the beautiful shores of Bosphorus in Istanbul! Its architecture, decoration and legacy will stun you and make your Istanbul trip more memorable.


Welcome to Dolmabahçe Palace!

This is Best Way to See the House of Sultans on the Bosphorus Istanbul!

Discover the house of royal glory on the beautiful shores of Bosphorus in Istanbul! Its architecture, decoration and legacy will stun you and make your Istanbul trip more memorable.

This booking option provides you a complete-flexible option to see the glorious Dolmabahce Palace in Istanbul in comfort. Once you arrive, your ticket will be ready to use by your official guide of the palace, who will inform you about the place, its history and how to discover best its various sections all around Dolmabahce Palace.

Do not forget, this ticket covers the palace, sultans' sections and harem of the royals with multiple entrances! Morevoer, you can join any of the hourly services that start at 10:00, 11:00, 12:00 and 13:00. The Audio Guides are available in English, German, French, Russian, Arabic, Italian, Spanish, Greek, Korean, Chinese, Japanese, Persian, Urdu, Bosnian. 

The Dolmabahçe Palace represent the modern and western era of the Ottoman Empire. Therefore, a walk through its hallways and rooms will reveal a face of Istanbul vary from the classical age of sultans in turbans. The construction of the palace corresponds to the decades when the European influence was peaking on the world of artistic and architectural spheres in Istanbul.  

When you book here, your ticket covers all of the significant places; namely all the Gardens, Reception, Imperial Hall, Sultans' Salon, Bathrooms and Harem Section. At the far end of the palace complex, the paintings collection is also avalable in the building that had once been for the crowned heirs at the Dolmabahce Palace. 

Ticket Prices at Dolmabahce Palace in 2024

As of January 1st of 2024, the entrance fee at the windows of ticket booths in front of the Dolmabahce Palace is 1050 TL. There is also another option via a Fast Track ticket window that charges 1500 TL per person for the Dolmabahce Palace.

What to see at the Dolmabahçe Palace in Istanbul?

Dolmabahçe Palace starts to impress its visitors right before the entrance.

  • It stands at the nicest corner of Bosphorus to enjoy the best view over Istanbul landscape.
  • Its grandiose portal gates will fascinate you and reset your expectations.
  • Its lavish gardens offer a pleasant walk between a perfect Bosphorus panorama and aesthetic architecture. So, you may feel a touch of the royal taste even before going in.

The halls, rooms and corridors inside the Dolmabahçe Palace will exhibit the environment, styles and even lives of the sultans, queens, palace officials, state bureaucrats and many more.

  • The Imperial Hall will make you dizzy with its size, volume and decorative details.
  • The sultans flashy reception hall, modest study room or the traditional bath rooms will reals the royal life of its time.
  • If you opt for the Harem Section, you will see the residential part for the royal family too.

How does this Guided Fast Track Admission work?

We will be waiting for you in front of the gate of the palace on clearly visible spot that is marked on your ticket. So, all you should do is to meet our team there. And then an official guide of the museum will take yu to the priority line via the Audio Guide cabin saving your time skipping the waiting lines. 

Following the entrance into the famoous gardens of the Dolmabahce Palace, your guide will provide an orientation about the history of the place and give you tips to visit to explore. When you enter reception part, you will be going on with your audio guides through the palace and its harem section. 

Once you will be taken inside without waiting, your ticket will have all the access inside at different secitons of the palace.

How to collect the Audio Guide in the Dolmabahçe Palace?

Official museum guides as your hosts  will company you to take the audio guides in correct language among the options: 🇬🇧🇪🇸🇵🇸🇬🇷🇮🇹🇷🇺🇧🇦🇩🇪🇫🇷🇮🇳🇨🇳🇰🇷🇯🇵🇵🇰

As a deposit, everybody must leave an ID (like a citizen ID, driver license) as a deposit to take back when you return while leaving. If you do not have any ID on you, €100 or $100 could be left with a receipt to take back again when leaving. The windows to return are just at the only exit gate of the Dolmabahce Palace complex. 

What is included with this ticket inside the Dolmabahçe Palace?

Basically, with this ticket, you may visit the reception areas, sultans' offices and meeting halls, highly decorated rooms and salons and finally the famous imperial ball room that defines the meaning of grandiose in royal ways.

How much Dolmabahce Palace Museum ticket cost at the ticket windows?

As off 1st of July 2023, the official ticket price at the Dolmabahce Palace Museum windows is 650 Turkish Lira. The average waiting time changes between 30 to 60 minutes in front of the lines. 

Dolmabahce Palace Museum History

Dolmabahce Palace represents a hallmark among the fundamental changes of 19th century in Istanbul and Ottoman Empire. Amdulmecid I, the 31st sultan of the Ottoman Dynasty who ruled between 1839 and 1861, had left the former royal residence Topkapi Palace after almost 4 centuries. The constuction of Dolmabahce Palace took 15 years where the Ottoman family enjoyed a modern houshold with a clear architectural plan and infrastructure comparing to the late-medieval Topkapi. Moreover, the furnitures and various decorative elements at Dolmabahce Palace could be seen as a new way of living in a much more European fashion. 

The successing sultansi Abdulaziz, Murad V, Abdulhamid II, Mehmed Reshad and Vahdeddin lived at Dolmabahce Palace too. Important to note, Abdulhamid II had mostly resided at and ruled from the Yildiz Palace which is in the parks of Yildiz over the hillside behind the Dolmabahce Palace. The final member of the royal family living at the Domabahce Palace was Abdulmecid II, who shortly held the title Califate before the abolishment of the caliphal position by the republican regime to the parliament.   

The architects of the Dolmabahce Palace are known as the Balyans(namely Garabet and Nikoğos, father and son), then a well-established Armenian family in Istanbul. Speaking of the Balyans, the clock tower was constructed by a future sultan Abdulhamid II after 35 years and the architect was Sarkis Balyan from the same family. The mosque at the tower side is called BezmiAlem Valide Sultan, the mother of Abdulmecid I. 

The majority of the walls of the Dolmabahce Palace were formed out of limestone in order to build the complex as light as possible. Because, the ground is a reclaimed area on former marsh at the bay. Only the portal gates and some prestigious corners are built of marble blocks. 

Dolmabahçe is the largest palace in Turkey even today with an area of 45,000 m2 (11.1 acres), and contains almost 300  rooms, 45 halls, 6 hamams (Turkish Bath). 



How can we go to Dolmabahçe Palace?

Dolmbaahçe Palace is right on the shore of the Bosphorus. From the Old Town Istanbul, Dolmabahce Palace entrance is very near by Tram (T1) Kabataş Station that is the terminal station for this popular line, so it is quite easy to go by tram. If you are coming from Taksim area, the Funicular from Taksim Square to Kabataş makes it also very easy to reach. From the Asian side of Istanbul, you can find the Ferries from Kadıköy and Uskudat coming to Kabataş as well. Kabataş Ferry station is also in 7-8 minutes of walking distance. 

Does this ticket include the Harem Section of the Dolmabahçe Palace?

Yes. This is full package combining the access into the Gardens, Palace, Harem and Paintings Section. So, once you are delivered your ticket by your guide, you should keep it until the end of your visit. 

What is Dolmabahçe Palace is famous for?

The shortest answer is its location, architectural elements and style. Dolmabahçe Palace is well-known to merge eastern and western elements on its decorative elements and furnitures. It is a unique product of European influence during the 19th century. 

Is there a dres code for the Dolmabahce Palace visit?

No, there is no restriction for the clothes antwhere in the Dolmabahce Palace Museum.




Ana Macieira (Portugal) - 11 Aug 2022

O Palácio é LINDO!!! 🥰 Recomendo a visita a todos os signos 😃 especialmente aos Leoninos pela magestosidade do complexo 👑 Só para que saibas Sagitário, o estilo é Ocidental misturada com Oriental (o que pareceu estranho para esta cidade) mas o nosso guia explicou que o Sultão que mandou construir tinha em mente criar diplomáticas ligações com o Ocidente, e com o palácio causava boa impressão 😃 Vale a pena tirar 3h para ver tudo com calma, ok Carneiros (Áries)?👌 Por isso vai cedo. Pode-se beber um sumo de laranja ou milkshaque com um pãozinho tradicional mesmo na entrada do palácio, ok Taurinos? Não dá para tirar fotos dentro do palácio e o livro que vendem na gift shop é muito fraquinho por isso, se quiseres ficar com recordações, compra um livro mais completo noutro sítio se não vais chorar o dinheiro gasto, ta Capricórnio? 🤑 Se fores visitar em época alta (especialmente em Agosto) é mais fácil comprares o bilhete na Toursandtickets para não precisar de esperar na fila 😉 É um pouquinho mais caro, mas compensa porque inclui uma explicação inicial dada pelo guia e áudio-guia para todo o complexo. Recomendo vivamente! Ana Macieira, Intérprete do Universo ⭐️ anamacieira com

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