Must-Have Apps For Visiting Istanbul

This post’s last update check: September 2022

You plan trips to popular cities around the world, and you never follow the plan! This is also true for Istanbul. Istanbul is a fast-paced, dynamic city, and sometimes it seems to make no sense to plan a trip here. And when trying to make ad hoc decisions about where to go and what to do, you’ll want to have reliable apps to guide you. So, we’ve put together the must-have apps that will guide you while you’re visiting Istanbul. Let’s have a look at the most popular Istanbul apps!


1. İstanbulkart


It’s a good idea to top up your Istanbulkart, which is the payment method for Istanbul’s public transport system. With the Istanbulkart public transport app, you can easily check the balance on your account and top it up when necessary. You can also see the details of your previous payments. If your phone has an NFC feature, you can see your balance by bringing Istanbulkart closer to your phone. This is a public transport application that will save you time while you are visiting Istanbul.  Android and IOS links are here. Where to buy an IstanbulKart?

2. YourMobileGuide


Discover Istanbul the easy way 

This must have app saves you precious time during your stay in Istanbul. YourMobileGuide was developed by experts in the tourism industry and gives you fast access to discounted ticket purchases and skip the line entry to the best and most popular attractions in Istanbul. With this app, you can discover Istanbul your way and at your own pace with interesting information and insider tips so you don’t miss anything.

It features audio guides for museums, as well as walking tours and a free city guide with useful filters for family activities, romance, rainy weather, shopping, food, nature and other popular topics. With the filter, you can choose a place and the app will take you to the selected locations with the offline GPS function.

Another cool feature in the app are the listen at home and listen on the move modes. The listen at home mode allows you prepare for your day out in Istanbul from the comfort of your home or hotel room, and the listen on the move mode guides you on location throughout the city.

This incredibly user friendly app allows you to be flexible and enjoy the best of Istanbul without being dependent on a group. YourMobileGuide is available for Android and IOS.

3. BiTaksi



Bitaksi is one of the apps you can use to find a taxi. Once the app is installed, you can see where you want to go, the distance it is from your current location, and the amount you’re likely to pay. As well as yellow taxis, turquoise taxis are included in the bitaksi application. Turquoise taxis are more comfortable and convenient, and a little more expensive than yellow cabs. With the app, you can see how much you will pay for a turquoise taxi. IOS and Android links are here.

4. Museums of Türkiye


Thanks to this mobile app, you can get detailed information about almost all museums in Türkiye.

You can find the opening and closing hours of the museums, their addresses, contact information, entrance fees (you can also find free museums in the application), historical information about the museums and the nearest museums to you.

Ios: Download
Android: Download

Before you start visiting the museums, don’t forget to get the Istanbul: Official Museum Pass, which will be very useful for skipping the lines. Click here to view the list of available museums and review the Museum Pass.

5. Moovit

To truly see any city, it’s important to use public transport. The pleasure of traveling by bus, subway or tram is unique in Istanbul. And Moovit app is designed to help you know which one to use for any particular journey. Moovit gives you step-by-step directions from where you are to where you want to go, it is one of the most useful İstanbul transportation apps.

It will tell you the time of arrival for your bus, tram or metro at the station, and notify you before you arrive at your stop. The Moovit public transport index is used to help public transport customers in over 150 cities. Moovit will be your best digital assistant in Istanbul for metro, funicular, train, bus, tram, and ferry. The Moovit link for iOS and Android is here.

6. Yemeksepeti


Welcome to Türkiye’s oldest and largest online restaurant. With this application, you can order the desired food from any restaurant. You can see all the details of your order, pay and then just wait for your meal to arrive. The application also indicates when the food will arrive. In Yemeksepeti you can get information about the nearest restaurants, popular dishes, and how long it will take for your order to arrive. If you wish, you can also order food to different location. You can even set the delivery time. The app’s AI is constantly updated and will advise you on subsequent orders as it gets to know which foods you like.

With the widespread online ordering of daily grocery needs, you can now place all your orders online from the markets near you by switching from the Yemeksepeti application to the Yemeksepeti market section.

Don’t forget to download IOS and Android and sign up to get this service. Membership is free. Afiyet olsun

7. Getir


Getir app is a real life saver.

At first, it became popular by bringing daily market needs from its own warehouses to our address within minutes. Now, by using the application, we can order food from various restaurants (getir yemek), order products from different markets we want (getir çarşı), call a taxi thanks to the getir & bitaksi agreement, rent a car with Getir Araç and even make job applications with getiriş.

Discounts are also offered to new members. Download Getir here.

8. iTaksi


iTaksi application is the official taxi app of the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality. With this application, you can easily find taxis. After installing the application, you can see the taxis closest to your spot and be connected with one. You can see details such as when the taxi will arrive and from which direction. You can also see detailed information about the driver and call them if necessary, and they can call you to confirm your pick up location so you might prefer to buy a prepaid phone line to make things easier. The app will also show you the route the taxi will take. Although these types of applications are open to payment by credit card, we recommend paying in cash. You can download iTaksi with iOS and Android.

9. Martı (seagull)

Martı app provides electric scooters. After downloading and registering the application, you can see the nearest scooter station on the map that appears on a new page. When you find the scooter at the station, you should scan the square code on the scooter through the application on your smartphone. This will unlock the scooter. You can ride to your destination and park the vehicle. It’s important that you park the scooter according to the rules at your destination station as failure to do so will result in a fine. Martı app links for IOS and Android are here.

10. Google Translate

It is hard to get used to language differences when we travel. But with this must-have app, you can copy-paste texts, use the conversation mode which translates from 100 languages into Turkish. You can also use instant camera translation, take a picture of a sign and it will translate it for you into your language. Last but not least, you can save your chosen phrases into a handy phrasebook and use it offline when you need it. Download for IOS and Android here.

11. İBB Ceptrafik (IBB Mobile Traffic)


When you are visiting Istanbul, you will realize that avoiding traffic is a real art in this rush! It is always good to know what awaits you. This public transport app gives you an overview of Istanbul’s traffic points via the map, webcam, and ticker. You can use the traffic forecast to plan your day and to see your possible delays, you will have proper excuses to postpone your appointments. Download for IOS and Android here.


12. Sesli Sözlük

Speaking Turkish is enjoyable but it may get challenging for a foreigner :). Pronunciation might be a problem so it’s advisable to download a dictionary app to your phone. Sesli Sözlük (Talking Dictionary) is one of the best. You can use the app to ask for an address, place an order or just say “good morning” in Turkish. You’ll find it especially useful while negotiating in bazaars with locals. Sesli Sözlük, translates 20 million words in 17 different languages with accents. The languages available are: English, Turkish, German, Persian, Chinese, Danish, Finnish, French, Dutch, Spanish, Swedish, Italian, Latin, Polish, Portuguese, Russian and Greek. It is a must-have app for your trip. IOS and Android links are here.


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  • Nour

    This was very helpful. Thank you!

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