Car travel gives you freedom to go where you want when you want, whether you drive your own car to Turkey or rent/hire a car in turkey.
But car travel has disadvantages too: expense (fuel isexpensive, especially according to US standards), and sometimes having to drive when you’d rather take public transport.
Here’s a map of the Turkish highway system (2MB JPEG).
Will you be able to drive in Turkey? If you’re an experienced, confident driver who can use a standard transmission (“stick shift”), drive on the right-hand side of the road (as in continental Europe and North America), and are willing to adapt to a foreign country’s driving habits, then you’ll probably enjoy the freedom of driving in Turkey.
Here are Tom’s Turkish Road Warrior Driving Tips. Heed and believe!
A car is useful mostly for touring a specific region. For long-distance travel, public transport is usually more comfortable and cheaper. In other words, don’t plan to drive from Istanbul to Cappadocia; fly, or ride the bus to get there, then rent a car in Cappadocia to tour the region. Do the same if you’re going to Antalya or any of the other resorts.
Unless your driver’s license is from some exotic place, it will normally be accepted in Turkey. If in doubt, get an International Driving Permit through your local auto club. Now, read the pages on safe driving, documents and equipment, and car rental.
Fuel stations in Turkey generally supply unleaded gasoline/petrol (kurşunsuz benzin) in several octane grades, and also diesel (mazot) and ultra-low-sulfur diesel (eurodizel). Some stations also sell LNG (liquified natural gas). More…
For tips on how to increase your safety while traveling by road, see ASIRT, the Association for Safe International Road Travel.
Use this handy Car Rental Search Box to check on rental rates, availability, and to choose the car you want:
—by Tom Brosnahan