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Istanbul Airport (IST) first opened in 2018. It is one of the world’s busiest airports, serving as a major hub for Africa, Asia, and Europe. The airport is located north of Istanbul’s city center, on the European side of the city.
Istanbul is an intriguing city where eastern and western cultures merge. You’ll find incredible buildings, including palaces, mosques, and more, adorned with lavish details, from ceramics to sculptures. Visit historical sites, museums, and wander the city’s lively streets. Shop for locally crafted textiles and decor items to take home as souvenirs. Don’t forget to sample the delicious cuisine.
For travelers visiting Istanbul on a layover, the opportunity to venture into the city is alluring. Make sure you have a window of at least 8 hours, as traffic can be very congested between the city and the airport.
Since the streets and public transportation of Istanbul are crowded, it’s important to be vigilant about pickpockets. For your convenience, arrange for short-term luggage storage with a Bounce partner, so you only carry the essentials while you’re out and about.
Fun Fact: Istanbul is the only city in the world that sits on two continents at once (Asia and Europe).
With over 4000 years of compelling history, incredible scenery, and many fascinating neighborhoods, there won’t be a dull moment on your visit to Istanbul. Whether you’re a history fanatic keen to learn about the Byzantine and Ottoman empires, an architecture buff looking for intriguing buildings to photograph, or a foodie hoping to experience local flavors, you’ll find something alluring in the city. Here are a few items Bounce suggests including on your itinerary:
Stroll through Sultanahmet Square in Old Istanbul and snap photos of the beautiful historic buildings
Admire the incredible art and architecture of the Hagia Sophia museum located in Istanbul’s Old Town
Take in the detailed architecture and luxury of the beautiful Topkapi Palace, the one-time home of Ottoman sultans; wander through the gardens, palace rooms, and the harem complex
Learn about the different eras of Turkish history as you browse the collections within the Istanbul Archaeological Museum, which holds over a million items
Admire the incredible blue tiles within the famous Blue Mosque, an active mosque that was constructed in the 17th century
Wander the busy city streets and sample the local street food
Stroll through the Basilica Cistern, one of many ancient water reservoirs that lay beneath the city of Istanbul
Shop for souvenirs and textiles at the Heritage Nomadic Art Gallery, a shop selling an assortment of goods including Turkish rugs and decor items
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Istanbul is a large city with incredible architecture, a rich culture, and bustling streets. Whether you’re exploring on foot, taking advantage of public transportation, or a mix of both, you’ll have an easier time with a light load. Pickpocketing is common in Istanbul, and nothing will help you stand out as a visitor more than toting bulky luggage around with you. To protect your valuables and maintain your peace of mind, stash any non-essential items with local Bounce partner while you explore the city.
Sultanahmet Square: Surrounded by noteworthy Istanbul landmarks, this spacious square is the perfect place to take a leisurely wander, snap a few (hundred) photos, or just sit and people and watch. Drop your bags with a nearby Bounce partner so you can stroll unburdened.
Hagia Sophia Museum: Originally a cathedral during the Byzantine empire, this building was converted to a mosque during the Ottoman empire and is now a museum. Inside, you can visit Ottoman mausoleums, view 6th Century mosaics, and admire the impressive architecture. Locate a Bounce partner nearby for short-term luggage storage before your visit.
Topkapi Palace: Between the 15th and 19th centuries, this palace was the seat of the Ottoman empire. You are sure to be in awe of the breathtaking architecture, beautiful gardens, and lavish furnishings. Drop your luggage with a local Bounce partner beforehand, as you won’t be able to take it inside.
Istanbul Archaeological Museum: Located near the Topkapi Palace, this museum complex comprises three museums housing collections highlighting the many eras of Turkish history. The Tiled Kiosk features collections of Ottoman ceramics, and another building houses the Museum of Ancient Oriental Works. The Istanbul Archaeological museum focuses on artifacts from prehistoric times up to the Ottoman period. For your convenience, leave your extra bags with a Bounce partner before your visit.
The Blue Mosque: This is an active mosque, but visitors are permitted to enter outside of prayer times. The building, which was constructed in the 1600s, features a breathtaking blue tile interior. Be sure to stash your extra bags with a nearby Bounce partner before entering so you aren’t disruptive while inside.
Basilica Cistern: There are hundreds of cisterns underground in Instanbul that worked to filter the water to buildings within the city. This particular cistern is one of the largest and features hundreds of marble columns and low lighting. Visitors can wander through the cistern along raised walkways. Leave your bags with a nearby Bounce partner for safekeeping during your visit.
Foodie’s Tour of Istanbul: Part city tour, part feast, this culinary tour will help you discover the traditional flavors of Turkey. You will sample a huge array of plates, including everything from breakfast foods to desserts, and beyond. Be sure to show up with an empty stomach, as you’ll be eating a lot! For your convenience, drop any non-essential bags with a local Bounce partner before your tour.
Heritage Nomadic Art Gallery: This gallery holds a collection of Turkish textiles, rugs, and art pieces that make wonderful souvenirs from your trip. If you’re interested in purchasing Turkish decor items to take home, you’ll encounter reasonable prices and a pleasant shopping experience here. Drop your bag with a nearby Bounce partner while you browse.
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The price for luggage storage near Istanbul Airport (IST) is just €5/bag for the entire day.
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Yes, there are storage lockers and many other luggage drop off points in the Istanbul Airport (IST) area. Bounce has multiple luggage storage locations nearby Istanbul Airport (IST) and in the broader Istanbul area where you can conveniently store your luggage with full security and the $10,000 safekeeping gurantee.