I've made dozens of maps of
Istanbul (listed below)
Maps. They're available
online, right now, for free.
I should warn you that many Google
base maps contain erroneous
The sample below from Google's
Istanbul map shows the Sultanahmet
Mosque) in the correct
position—actually in two positions.
But a label in the same place identifies
the Fatih Camii (Conqueror's Mosque),
which is actually located 3.5 km (2
miles) to the northwest.
Google base map with numerous errors...
...and the Hotel Sultanahmet Sarayı
("Sultanahmet Palace") is shown on
the wrong side of Torun
I'm certainly not infallible,
but I've had 40+ years of experience
drawing maps for my guidebooks, and
I humbly suggest that you trust my
markings over the base map labels.
This is the basic Google map of the city. Don't trust
Google's placement of landmarks or even places of business.
Some are correct, but many are woefully erroneous.
Here's my list of free Google transport
maps of the city.
My maps help you to decide exactly
where you should stay, especially
on your first visit, or if your time
in Istanbul is short.
My maps of Istanbul's transport modes
and routes: ferryboats, Metro, tramways,
buses and more.
Free maps of all the top things to
see and do, including walking tours...and
some of the minor sights as well.
Shows where you can see the Mevlevi
dervish sema (whirling ceremony)
Shows the Beyoğlu location of the Çukurcuma
antiques shops area.
All about taking a cruise on the Bosphorus toward the Black Sea.
The islands near Istanbul in the Sea
Free Ministry of Tourism Maps
Turkey's Ministry of Tourism distributes
free plans of Turkey's major cities,
and free road maps, at its offices
in Turkey, and at many offices abroad.
Contact the Turkish tourism office
or tourism attaché in your country
see if they'll send you a map. Otherwise,
wait until you get to Turkey to pick
one up, although not all maps are in
stock at all times in every location.
Not also that airport international
arrival terminals often have racks
of free advertisement-supported
city maps that can be useful for finding
your way at first; and the price is
Paper Maps Sold in Turkey
in Istanbul and other
major tourist destinations carry selections
of paper city plans and highway maps
which you can inspect and buy on the
spot after you arrive in Turkey.