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.
…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.
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.
Free maps of all the top things to see and do, including walking tours…and some of the minor sights as well.
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 of Marmara.
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.
|Istanbul Hotel Area Maps