VIP Hours

VIP and AFS Card holders only

Thursday, September 12, 2019
Friday, September 13, 2019

11:00 – 12:00

General Admission

Thursday, September 12, 2019
12:00 – 20:00

Friday, September 13, 2019
12:00 – 20:00

Saturday, September 14, 2019
11:00 – 20:00

Sunday, September 15, 2019
11:00 – 19:00


The fairgrounds are located in Harbiye in Sisli district of Istanbul. Public transport is very convenient for coming to the fair and we recommend you use it where possible.

By Metro:

Contemporary Istanbul is located between the Taksim and Osmanbey metro stations. You can take the M2 Yenikapi – Haciosman metro line and get off at Osmanbey or Taksim stations for easy access to the fairgrounds. From the stations you can either;

  • By Walking: 15-20 minute walk from either metro station,
  • By Taxi: 5-10 minute ride,

Alternatively, you can use the F1 Taksim – Kabatas funicular line and get off at Taksim station to reach the fairgrounds.

By Bus:

There are direct transportation options to Harbiye from various central districts including Taksim, Eminonu and Mecidiyekoy. ICC and ICEC are only 3 minutes walking distance from the bus stop in front of TRT Istanbul Radio.

By Taxi:

İstanbul Airport (European Side) 45 minutes
Sabiha Gokcen Airport (Anatolian Side) 55 minutes
(Please make sure that the driver turns on the taxi meter.)

Car Parking:

Please note there are a limited number of park spaces around the fair. At the fairgrounds the only parking lot is available in ICC building. There are also parking areas specially designed for the vehicles of mobility-restricted guests.

Fair Grounds:

Istanbul Convention and Exhibition Center
Harbiye Mahallesi, Gümüş Cad. No:4, 34367, Şişli, İstanbul

Istanbul Congress Center
Harbiye Mahallesi, Darülbedai Caddesi No:3, 34367, Şişli, İstanbul

Rules & Safety Instructions for Visitors

Strict security measures have been taken by the Istanbul Security Directorate in order to ensure a safe and pleasant experience for all art lovers. To ensure your safety and comfort at Contemporary Istanbul, please be aware of the following and prepare accordingly:

  • Due to changes in security procedure large bags will not be permitted into the event. Please do not bring suitcases, folding bicycles, scooters or any large items bigger than a handbag or laptop bag.
  • All bags, briefcases and similar items larger than 30 x 30 centimetres need to be deposited at the cloakroom inside the fair. Backpacks of any size are not permitted.
  • All bags will be subject to inspection.
  • Coats and umbrellas can be checked free of charge at the cloakroom.
  • Scooters are not permitted in the exhibition halls and can be checked free of charge at the cloakroom.
  • Strollers are permitted however they may not be left in the exhibitions spaces unattended.
  • Photography is allowed for personal use only. No medium-format cameras with long lenses, flashes, extendable camera devices (ie. Monopods, tripods, etc.) or video recording are permitted. When photographing in booths, please kindly ask the gallerist for permission.
  • Dogs and other pets are not permitted in the exhibition halls, with the exception to certified service animals for visitors with disabilities.
  • Please note that press and promotional photography and filming are taking place on the premises. Attendance at Contemporary Istanbul implies permission for your image to be used for non-commercial purposes.
  • All visitors are required to comply with requests from our onsite security staff.