High Season (Jun–Aug)

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

Shoulder Season (May & Sep)

  • Fewer crowds, apart from around Kurban Bayramı holiday (currently in September)
  • Warm, spring and autumn temperatures, especially in the southwest
  • İstanbul’s shoulder season is June–August

Low Season (Oct–Apr)

  • October is autumn; spring starts in April
  • Accommodations in tourist areas close or offer discounts
  • High season in ski resorts
  • İstanbul’s low season is November to March