Dolmabahce Palace Ticket Price and Hours

Dolmabahçe Palace is located at one of the most beautiful spot of Istanbul’s Bosphorus. The Palace’s location is designed to enjoy the splendid view of Istanbul’s lovely Bosphorus shores. In this article, I will share information about Dolmabahce Palace ticket price and visiting hours. You can also find small notes about the history and architecture of the palace.

Why is Dolmabahce Palace Important?

Dolmabahce Palace is considered as one of the most elegant structure of Ottoman Empire‘s last century. The architecture of the building blends the Turkish architecture with European Neo-Classic and Baroque features.

Dolmabahce Palace Ticket Price
Dolmabahce Palace

History of The Dolmabahce Palace

The Palace is built by Balyan Family architects following the order of Sultan Abdulmecid. Balyan family members used to be the Chief Palace Architects throughout the 19th century.

The family members were educated in France and studied the features of European architecture. Therefore the Baroque & Neo-Classic influence can be seen on their works.

Yet, they did not forget to mix some Turkish traditional motives in their style. Thus they created numerous buildings along the Bosphorus shores with their unique eclectic style.

Members of Balyan family, adorned the Bosphorus shores with beautiful mosques, palaces and pavillions. Three great palaces of Bosphorus: Dolmabahçe, Beylerbeyi and Çırağan had built by them.

Among the mosques they built, Ortakoy Mosque stands out with its beautiful design. The visitors of Istanbul enjoy with the lovely appearance of this building while they are cruising through the Borphorus by boat.

Where is the Palace? How to Get There?

Dolmabahce Palace is located in the modern city center. It is accessible from the old city by tram. Tram T1 line of Istanbul works very well to reach out Dolmabahce Palace from the Sultanahmet (Old City).

You need to take the Tram T1 from Sultanahmet Old City in the direction of Kabatas (Kabataş). Kabatas is considered as the last stop of the tram. Journey from Sultanahmet to Kabatas would probably take 15 minutes. Once you arrive to the terminal stop, you need to walk to Dolmabahce Palace for just 5-10 additional minutes.

The Dolmabahce Palace is located between the Taksim and Besiktas districts. It’s very centrally located. You can easily recognise the location of the Palace by the Besiktas Soccer Team’s Vodafone Arena Stadium. They are located next to each other.

If you are staying in a hotel near to Taksim Square, you need to take the funicular to get to seaside. This is just one stop vehicle to reach from Taksim Square to Kabatas area. Once you get to Kabatas it’s pretty easy to find the palace.

Dolmabahce Palace Entry Ticket Price

Admission fee is 90 Turkish Lira for a regular visit to Dolmabahce Palace Offices & Reception Rooms. If you would like to visit the Harem (Privy Chambers) you need to buy an extra ticket for 60 TL. You will be able to visit the Clock Museum and Glass Pavillion with this extra ticket.

There is an additional section inside the complex which is called Museum of Palace Collections. You need to pay 30 Turkish Lira additional price to visit that section where the paintings are displayed.

If you buy tickets for all sections such as Offices & Reception Rooms, Harem and Museum of Palace Collections, you can benefit from combined ticket discount.

Skip The Line Dolmabahce Palace Tickets

There is an easy way to skip the long line in Dolmabahce Palace. You can consider buying skip the line tickets with guided tour. You can buy Fast Track Entry Ticket from here. The skip-the line tour is offered by GetYourGuide, which is an international company.

Easy cancellation with a FULL REFUND up to 24 hours in advance.

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Dolmabahce Palace Interior

List of Entry Fees for Dolmabahce Palace

Selamlık (Official Part)

90 TL

Harem – Glass Pavillion – Clocks Museum

60 TL

Combined Ticket For Selamlık And Harem

120 TL

Museum Of Palace Collections

30 TL

Is Istanbul Museum Pass Valid For the Palace?

No, Istanbul Museum Pass is not valid for Dolmabahce Palace. Istanbul Museum Card is valid for the museums which are connected to Tourism & Culture Ministry. Dolmabahce & Beylerbeyi Palaces, Basilica Cistern and Galata Tower run by different authorities. Therefore the card is not valid for these museums.

Dolmabahce Palace Opening Hours

Dolmabahçe Palace main building is open to visit between 09:00 and 16:00; whereas other parts (pavillions, museums) can be visited from 09:00 to 17:00.

Museum Of Palace Collections Visiting Hours

Museum of Palace Collections is open to visit from 09:00 to 17:00.

Dolmabahce Palace Working Days

Dolmabahce Palace is closed to visit for Monday and Thursday. This schedule does not change according to winter and summer season as the other Istanbul Museums. Dolmabahce Palace always closed on these days throughout the year.

Dolmabahce Palace Ticket Price by Serhat Engul

6 Comments Add yours

  1. Dr Touhid says:

    Dear MR Serhat,
    Can you please tell me is Dolmabache palace will be open on 22nd August? I and my wife booked a tour there on 22nd. What’s the closing day due to Eid ul Adha? Ok reply. Many thanks

    1. Dear Mr. Touhid, Dolmabahce Palace is usually closed on the 1st day of Eid ul Adha. That means it might be closed on 21st of August. Your tour seems to be on the 2nd day of Eid. There won’t be any problem visiting Dolmabahce Palace on that day.

  2. blank Emina says:

    Hello Mr Serhat,

    Thank you for the information on the new ticket prices (they are new for me at least, because the last time I visited Dolmabahçe the ticket was 45 lira for everything). Can you tell me if there is still a student discount and if there is, how much is the student ticket?

    Thank you in advance and I hope to be able to enjoy your tours soon,


    1. Hello Emina, I am not sure if they do discount for foreign students. I will find out and update it if they do! Discounted price is usually half of the quoted price which means 30 Turkish Lira.

  3. blank Lika says:

    Dear,Can you tell me if you have any discount for students? I am not turkish student. But on my Georgian ID there is indicated “Student”. Thank you!

    1. blank Serhat Engul says:

      Hi, I am not %100 sure. But I don’t think there is any discount. There is no discount for foreign students in any government museum in Istanbul.

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