Turkey is a huge country with spectacular landscapes and jaw-dropping historical sights – not to mention excellent food and lively cultural activities. While cities like Istanbul can occupy you for ages, don’t make the mistake of staying put. Book your rental car today and see Turkey at its most expansive and most intimate.
Turkish is the only official language of Turkey, though about 10% of the population speaks Kurdish, and Laz and Arabic are frequently spoken along the northern and southern borders respectively. German, Dutch, and French are also widely spoken throughout Turkey, and the younger generations in particular are likely to speak English.
The currency is the Turkish lira, and credit and debit cards are widely accepted, particularly in larger cities and tourist destinations. You will likely have to enter a pin number to use your credit or debit card. Having some cash on hand is also prudent; ATMs are available in cities and towns of any size. Bargaining, particularly in markets, is expected.
Automobile hire is available in over 60 Turkish cities, but the most popular places to book and rent a car are Istanbul in the north along the Bosporus Strait, Izmir in the west, Dalaman, Antalya and Bodrum in the south, and Kayseri in central Turkey.
Citizens of over 60 nations can visit Turkey visa-free for between 30 and 90 days depending on their nationality. Citizens of a further 50 nations can visit Turkey with an online visa (which can also be attained at your point of entry via kiosk for a somewhat higher fee) for between 30 and 90 days depending on nationality and visa status in Schengen, US, UK, or Irish states. Regulations are highly variable according to nationality, so be sure to consult the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs website before confirming any travel plans.
While driving in Turkey’s larger cities can be somewhat chaotic, driving cross-country is a true pleasure. Roads are typically in great condition and fairly empty (likely due to high gas prices), making the views even more enjoyable. Make the most of your visit to Turkey by getting out of the city and exploring the landscape at its most intimate; book your rental car now!
Automobile hire in Turkey typically starts at around $16 a day. Here are some of the best deals:
Note that prices vary depending on the availability of each specific car and the season in which you rent. For the most accurate offers, use the search bar above.
Windy Car and Essence Car Rental are routinely the cheapest rental car brands throughout Turkey, offering low prices at any of their locations, whether airports or elsewhere. Rentals in Antalya and Kayseri are typically a couple of euros cheaper than rentals in more populated areas, such as Istanbul.
There is very little seasonal variation in price throughout Turkey, though local inexpensive rental agencies are unlikely to have cars available to book more than nine months in advance of your arrival, in which case, you’ll spend $5 to $10 more per day to book a car from international brands such as Alamo.
You can also save upwards of $2 per day in rental fees if you extend your rental agreement to over a week.