Free Maps of Istanbul, Turkey

I’ve made dozens of maps of Istanbul (listed below) using Google Maps. They’re available online, right now, for free.

I should warn you that many Google base maps contain erroneous information. The sample below from Google’s Istanbul map shows the Sultanahmet Camii (Blue 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 Map Istanbul, Turkey
Google base map with numerous errors

…and the Hotel Sultanahmet Sarayı (“Sultanahmet Palace”) is shown on the wrong side of Torun Sokak.

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.

Google Istanbul Map

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.

Google Istanbul Transport Maps

Here’s my list of free Google transport maps of the city.

Istanbul Hotel Areas Maps

My maps help you to decide exactly where you should stay, especially on your first visit, or if your time in Istanbul is short.

Istanbul Transportation Maps

My maps of Istanbul’s transport modes and routes: ferryboatsMetrotramwaysTünelsea buses and more.

Istanbul Sightseeing Maps

Free maps of all the top things to see and do, including walking tours…and some of the minor sights as well.

Whirling Dervishes in Istanbul

Shows where you can see the Mevlevi dervish sema(whirling ceremony) in Istanbul.

Çukurcuma Antiques Shops

Shows the Beyoğlu location of the Çukurcuma antiques shops area.

Bosphorus Cruise Map

All about taking a cruise on the Bosphorus toward the Black Sea.

Princes Islands (Adalar) Map

The islands near Istanbul in the Sea of Marmara.

More Maps

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 to 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 terminalsoften have racks of free advertisement-supported city maps that can be useful for finding your way at first; and the price is right.

Paper Maps Sold in Turkey

Bookshops 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.

—Tom Brosnahan


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