When to Go

High Season (Jun–Aug)

  • Prices and temperatures highest.
  • Expect crowds, book ahead.
  • Turkish school holidays mid-June to mid-September.
  • İstanbul's high-season months are April, May, September and October.
  • Christmas–New Year and Easter also busy.

Shoulder Season (May & Sep)

  • Fewer crowds, except during Kurban Bayramı holiday when it falls in this period.
  • Warm spring and autumn temperatures, especially in the southwest.
  • İstanbul's shoulder season is June–August.

Low Season (Oct–Apr)

  • October is autumn (fall); spring starts in April.
  • Accommodations in tourist areas close or offer discounts.
  • High season in ski resorts.
  • İstanbul's low season is November to mid-March.