Car rental Turkey
General information and regulations
To rent a car you must be at least 21 years old (sometimes 23, age may vary by car category) and have held your license for 2 years (at some companies 1 year). Drivers under the age of 25 may incur a young driver surcharge and may encounter problems acquiring luxury cars or vans.
Speed limits are: in the city 31mph/50kph, on open roads 56mph/90kph and on highways 75mph/120kph. Seatbelts are mandatory, but child's seats are not.
The roads in Turkey are good and popular places are well connected. Traffic travels on the right and the only danger comes from unexpected farm vehicles and animals in the road. Fuel stations are not frequent in Turkey, be sure to fill up regularly.
Driving in Turkey with a rental car
Antalya and Istanbul are the most visited locations in Turkey. The focus is beach and culture respectively. Visitors arriving at Antalya airport usually go to the beach immediately and most beaches are very close to the airport. The distance between Antalya and Istanbul is substantial, the 700 km are unpleasant to drive in one day.
Antalya-Ankara is a 540 km drive although the city of Konya offers a nice pit stop. The charming Mevlana Museum can be found in Konya and it is situated in a monastery. Travelling from Antalya to Ankara is a nice two-day trip.
The perspective from Istanbul is completely different. The Sea of Marmara is easy to reach and a journey to Ankara is recommended as well. The distance is 441 km and an overnight stay in Eskisehir is optional. However, this city is located in an industrial area, do not expect to encounter cultural extravagance here.
Renting a car in Turkey
Many car rental companies are present at both Antalya Airport and Istanbul Airport. You can use the services of Avis, Budget, Hertz and Sixt (Antalya airport) and Airport Tours, Avis, Budget, Hertz, National, Sixt and Ülger (Istanbul airport).
Another option is booking a car through EasyTerra. This way, rates of local car rental companies are compares for your convenience.