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Car Hire/Rental in Turkey 

Last Updated on August 29, 2023

It costs a minimum of $30 per day to rent a car in Turkey when all expenses are included.

This is for the cheapest hire car at the lowest-priced agency: standard (manual) transmission ("stick shift"), but with most additional charges such as insurancefuel, taxes, tolls and parking included. Larger agencies with offices in many cities and resorts, better cars and service, may cost more. (Check prices here.)

Turkey Car Rental

Turkish rental cars tend to be smaller European and Asian models with the standard (manual) transmission, air conditioning, and sound system. They're usually described as "5-passenger" cars, but five adults do not ride comfortably for long distances; rather, they're good for two to four adults, or two adults and one or two children, and not a lot of luggage. The small engines in the rental car make hauling four adults and their luggage a slow process. More expensive cars are larger, more comfortable, and more powerful.

In Turkey, the cheapest hire car at the lowest-priced agency: standard (manual) transmission ("stick shift"), will cost a minimum of $50 per day when all expenses are included. However, most additional charges, such as insurance, fuel, taxes, tolls, and parking, are not included.

Larger agencies with offices in many cities and resorts will have better cars and services. And these cars may cost more. You may expect to pay around $70 per day for larger vehicles and an automatic transmission. Keep in mind that during the peak summer season, car rentals are often in high demand, driving up the cost. It's always best to book in advance to get cheap car rental deals.

Here are 10 Reasons to Book a Tour of Turkey with a Turkish Agency. Consider booking a tour if you would prefer to sit back and let someone else handle the transportation and navigation.

How to Rent a Car in Turkey?

Rental cars can be hired in most Turkish cities and resorts and reserved online. Small local rental companies may have the lowest rates. They may have decent cars adequate for sightseeing in the immediate area, but if you wander farther afield, you may want the security of a larger company with multiple offices and a larger staff. If you have a mishap or breakdown, a larger company will be able to come to your aid more quickly and expertly.

Also, if you ask that the car be delivered to a town or place in which the rental company does not have an office, you may be charged a delivery fee from the company's nearest office to the delivery point). Likewise, if you do not return the car to the same office at which you rented it, you may be charged a transfer fee.

Consider the pick up location and what matches your itinerary. You can rent a car from Istanbul Airport as well as at the airports in major locations such as Antalya, Dalaman, Cappadocia, Izmir, and more. Having a rented car for your convenience can be a great way to travel, but you may also find that if you will mostly be staying in Istanbul, it is easy to get around with public transportation.

For more information, read our post about Where to Rent a Car in Turkey. Here's how to choose the car that's right for you.

Choosing a Rental Car in Turkey

What Documentations Are Required to Rent a Car in Turkey?

You will need to have a valid driver's license from the EU and EEA, a passport, and a visa to rent a car in Turkey. International driving permits are recognized but only required if you stay more than three months. If you are from the US, you can obtain an international driving permit from AAA. It is valid for 1 year and you can post-date the permit to coincide with the date of your travel.

Keep in mind you must show your passport at the rental counter.

Which Rental Car Company is the Best in Turkey?

It's generally recommended to rent from popular rental car companies which have international recognition as these companies are more likely to follow regulations and you are less likely to have problems should there be an incident.

It's also advisable to purchase insurance. Some credit card companies also provide rental car insurance but you should check the fine print prior to departure.

The best car rental companies will deliver a car that is clean, in good condition, has been recently serviced, and has a full tank of gasoline. Some smaller car rental providers may not provide this level of service, even if they have cheap car rental details. It's best to consider your budget, need for convenience, and the amount of time you have when considering your car rental options.

What Other Costs Come Up When Renting a Car in Turkey?

Advertised rental car rates, including most liability and collision insurance, but when fuel, tax, and other costs are added, the price nearly doubles. Also, the actual price depends on the season of the year, the rental location, the rental agency, the type and condition of the car, the length of the rental period, and the type of insurance you purchase. Of course, you have to factor in the cost of gasoline/petrol as well. You will save money if you fill up the tank prior to returning the car. Most car rental providers charge a premium fee if you return the car below the level in which it was rented to you so always remember to check for gas stations near where you rented the car.

Child safety seats are often available (for a fee), but you should reserve yours in advance to make sure it's there for you and your family. Also inquire about any discounts for long term car rental and if your car includes unlimited mileage. There can be extra fees charged for a navigation system, roadside assistance, or drop off fees.

Also, you must pay tolls on some Turkish expressways and bridges, and you cannot do it with cash! You must have a transponder.

For more information on the topic, read our post about Car Rental/Hire Costs in Turkey

Should You Rent a Car in Turkey?

It is safe to rent a car in Turkey. Most car rental companies are trustworthy, and the government heavily regulates the industry. Prices are affordable, and the vehicles are well-maintained.

Also, Turkey has been lowering its traffic accident rate for a long time.

However, highway safety is still a consideration when you decide whether or not to travel by road. Turkish drivers can be a little bit more aggressive compared to other countries in the EU. Also consider that driving is on the right side of the road, which could be a different experience for travelers from the UK, Japan, Singapore, or other countries that drive on the left.  Learn more about travel safety in Turkey.

Read our post to Compare the Relative Costs of Transport in Turkey.

Conclusion

Renting a car in Turkey is a reasonable choice for those who want to experience the stunning sights in Turkey personally. Renting a car gives you the freedom to travel the way you want.

It is an affordable service that comes with many perks. However, it is advisable to research well to have the best experience. Regardless of your choice, take your time to visit Turkey and enjoy this beautiful country.

FAQs

What are the best routes for road trips in Turkey

Turkey has many sights to offer for visitors worldwide; The Aegean coastline, the Mediterranean coastline, and the Marmara region are among the best choices for sea enthusiasts. Moreover, roads in Central Anatolia are perfect for people who want to sightsee traditional sights full of the ancient history of Turkey. There are also many beautiful sights along the Black Sea Coast.

Taking a road trip and seeing Turkey at your own pace is one of the best ways to see the country.

—by Tom Brosnahan, updated by Can Turan

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