Turkish Baths & Hammams in Istanbul

As you know, Istanbul is full of Turkish traditions and everyone visit here to experience those beautiful traditions. Traditional hammams are also one of the main focuses for a traveler in Istanbul. Ancient and modern hammams are waiting for you to experience them. Get a golden chance to explore Istanbul free of cost with an Istanbul E-pass.

Updated Date : 25.01.2024

Historical Hammams & Turkish Baths in Istanbul

One of the unique traditions of Turkey is, of course, Turkish Baths. In Turkish, it is called 'Hammam.' there are some basics that every traveler needs to know before going to a bath, but what is precisely a Turkish Bath? A Turkish bath would have three sections. 

The first section you would see is where you would be given room to change your costumes. After changing your outfits, you would wear the towels provided by the bath to be able to enter the second section. 

The second section is called the middle section. This name is given because the temperature here is a little low to prepare you for the heat before the hottest section of the bath. 

The third section is the hottest section even the locals call this section hell. This is the section where you would lay on a marble platform and have your massage. A little warning, Turkish massage is a little intense compared to Asian-style massages. If you don't like strong massages, you can inform the masseur beforehand. 

There is no need to bring soap, shampoo, or towels as everything would be provided by the bath. The only thing that you may take with you is new clothes to wear after the bath. For your own experience, here are some of the best Turkish Baths in Istanbul.

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Sultan Suleyman Hammam

Discover the essence of Ottoman luxury with Istanbul E-pass's discounted access to Sultan Suleyman Hammam. Enjoy an exclusive, private bath experience with a variety of packages to choose from, including Traditional Turkish Hammam, Sultan Suleyman Hammam (VIP and Deluxe options available). For added convenience, Sultan Suleyman Hammam provides pick-up and drop-off services from centrally located hotels. Experience a retreat of relaxation and cultural indulgence, where the rich tapestry of history seamlessly blends with modern comfort. Click here to book and explore the diverse packages, also treat yourself to a spa escape like no other.

Cemberlitas Turkish Bath

Located within walking distance of most of the hotels in the old city, Cemberlitas Turkish Bath is one of the oldest in Istanbul. Opened in the 16th century by the Sultan's wife, this bath is the most talented architect of the Ottomans, Sinan. This bath is a double-domed bath meaning men and women can use the bath simultaneously in different sections.

How to get Cemberlitas Turkish Bath

From Taksim to Cemberlitas Turkish Bath: Take a funicular (F1) to Kabatas station and change to a T1 tram to Bagcilar direction and get off at Cemberlitas station. 

Opening Hours: Cemberlitas Turkish Bath is open every day from 06:00 to 00:00

Cemberlitas Hamami

Kilic Ali Pasa Turkish Bath

Located near the Tophane T1 tram station, Kilic Ali Pasa Bath is recently renovated and opened for the public once more. It is constructed initially in the 16th century by one of the navy admirals of the Sultan, who is also the one giving the order for the mosque just next to the bath. Kilic Ali Pasa Bath is a single-domed bath meaning men and women use the same section at different times of the day.

How to get Kilic Ali Pasa Turkish Bath

From Sultanahmet to Kilic Ali Pasa Turkish Bath: Take the T1 tram to Kabatas direction from Sultanahmet station and get off at Tophane Station

From Taksim to Kilic Ali Pasa Turkish Bath: Take the funicular from Taksim square to Kabatas station and change to the T1 tram, get off at Tophane station.

Opening hours: For men every day from 08:00 to 16:00

                          For women every day from 16:30 to 23:30

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Kilic Ali Pasa Hamami

Galatasaray Turkish Bath

Located in the new city, Taksim, Galatasaray Turkish Bath is the oldest bath in Istanbul, with a construction date of 1491. It is still an active Turkish bath with a different section for men and women.

How to get Galatasaray Turkish Bath

From Sultanahmet to Galatasaray Turkish Bath: Take the T1 tram to Kabatas station, change to the F1 funicular and get off Taksim station and walk around 10 minutes to Galatasaray Turkish Bath through Istiklal Street

Opening hours: Every day from 09:00 to 21:00

Suleymaniye Turkish Bath

Located on the side of the biggest mosque complex in Istanbul, Suleymaniye Mosque, Suleymaniye Turkish Bath is constructed in the 16th century by architect Sinan. The bath is the only Turkish bath in Istanbul as mixed. Therefore, only couples can make a reservation and use the bath simultaneously in separate bath areas.

How to get Suleymaniye Turkish Bath

From Sultanahmet to Suleymaniye Turkish Bath: There are three options. First, one is to walk around 30 minutes to Suleymaniye Turkish Bath. The second option is tram T1 Tram from Sultanahmet station to Laleli station and walk around 10-15 minutes. The last option is, to take the T1 tram from Sultanahmet station to Eminonu and walk for around 20 minutes. 

From Taksim to Suleymaniye Turkish Bath: There are two options. The first one is to take a funicular from Taksim square to Kabatas station and change to the T1 tram to Eminonu station and walk for around 20 minutes. The second option is to take the metro M1 from Taksim to Vezneciler station and walk around 10-15 minutes to Suleymaniye Turkish Bath.

Opening hours: Every day from 10:00 to 22:00

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Haseki Hurrem Turkish Bath

It was constructed for the most powerful woman of the Ottomans and the wife of Suleyman the Magnificent, Hurrem Sultan; Hurrem Sultan Bath is located conveniently between Hagia Sophia Mosque and Blue Mosque. It is the work of the famous architect Sinan from the 16th century. It had many different historical functions and opened recently as a Turkish bath after a successful renovation program. Without question, the most luxurious bath in Istanbul with silk towels and gold-plated water taps. It has separate sections for men and women.

How to get to the Haseki Hurrem Turkish Bath

From Taksim to Haseki Hurrem Turkish Bath: Take a Funicular (F1) from Taksim Square to Kabatas station and change to tram line (T1) to Sultanahmet station

Opening hours: 08:00 to 22:00

Hurrem Sultan Hamami

Cagaloglu Turkish Bath

Located in the center of the old city, Sultanahmet, Cagaloglu Turkish Bath is a functioning Turkish bath from the 18th century. It has separate sections for men and women. The most important feature of the bath is that this bath is in the book "1001 Things You Must Do Before You Die ". It had many visitors in its history for more than 300 years, including Hollywood stars, famous diplomats, football players, etc.

How to get Cagaloglu Turkish Bath

From Taksim to the Cagaloglu Turkish Bath: Take a Funicular (F1) from Taksim Square to Kabatas station and change to tram line (T1) to Sultanahmet station

Opening hours: 09:00 - 22:00 | Monday - Thursday

                          09:00 - 23:00 | Friday - Saturday - Sunday

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Cagaloglu Hamami

The Final Word

In summary, Istanbul boasts numerous hammams, and with an Istanbul E-pass, you gain access to one of the most exceptional ones – Sultan Suleyman Hammam. Offering both pick-up and drop-off services, as well as a private experience, this hammam ensures you feel truly valued throughout your visit. The Istanbul E-pass provides an opportunity to elevate your hammam experience, making it not just a bath but a personalized and precious indulgence.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the best hammam in Istanbul?

    Istanbul E-pass suggests Sultan Suleyman Hammam. This hammam provide pick up and drop off service, and private service. Moreover, with an Istanbul E-pass provides discounted hammam experience. For more information you can click here. 

  • How much does hammam cost in Istanbul?

    Turkish Bath prices vary according to the service you receive. Istanbul E-pass provides discounted Hammam service for E-pass holders. Traditional Turkish Hamam Package price is 30 € instead of 50 €, Sultan Hamam Package is 45 € instead of 75 €, Sultan Hamam Package VIP is  55€ instead of 95€ and Sultan Hamam Package Deluxe is  70 €  instead of 120 €. For more details click here.

  • Is there any Turkish hammam just for couples?

    Sultan Suleyman Hammam is available for couples and family. Also, this hammam provides pick up and drop off service from / to centrally located hotels. You can discounted private with an Istanbul E-pass.

  • What does hammam mean in Istanbul?

    In Istanbul hammam is also known as the bath. These are steam hammams built in the Ottoman Empire after 1453. Istanbul has almost 60 baths.

  • Are Turkish baths good for health?

    Having a bath helps you tackle anxiety, increases blood circulation, and helps in countering physical health too.

  • Which is the oldest Turkish bath in Istanbul?

    Galatasaray Turkish Bath is the oldest hammam in Istanbul. It was built back in 1491 and is located in Taksim.

  • What happens in a Turkish bath in Istanbul?

    Massage with a scrub in the Turkish Bath helps to clean the dead skin on the body. The temperature in the bath balances the blood circulation in the body, allowing you to become more vigorous. You can enjoy all these with an Istanbul E-pass. Istanbul E-pass provides discounted Sultan Suleyman Hammam experience.

  • What is the difference between a Turkish bath and a sauna?

    The sauna provides a dry temperature to warm the indoor environment. The Turkish Bath provides warmth in a humid environment and warms up, opening the pores in your body. At the same time, you can get rid of dead skin with a foam bag.

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