By | 16th January 2018

Should you rent a car in Antalya?

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Antalya Car hire summary

Overall drive rating

Based on a weighted score across all factors, including driving roads, hire and fuel costs, road safety etc. [Full notes - drive rating]


Cheapest rate for one week

Based on cheapest economy car hire deal with no added extras. [full notes - basic costs]



  • Price alone isn't the only factor in determining whether or not it's worth hiring a car in Antalya but clearly it's an important one. See our "why" section for more figures.
How much should I expect to pay in the peak season? Based on cheapest deal during the summer holiday season. (Unless otherwise noted) [full notes - seasonal variations]




  • During the peak holiday season, public transport is often better value, as many train and bus fares are fixed throughout the year. See our "whynot" section for more suggestions.
Free parking score Based on the number of hotels which offer free parking.Total 1706 - of which 1159 have free parking. [full notes - parking]




  • During the peak holiday season, public transport is often better value, as many train and bus fares are fixed throughout the year. See our "whynot" section for more suggestions.

Antalya public transport quick facts

"Top trumps" train score

Higher scores go to the systems which take you to the most amazing places.



  • [full notes - top trumps trains]
  • A good rail system doesn't mean you shouldn't hire a car, but it often means you have a decent range of options.

Overall public transport score

This is a more practical rating based on bus and rail travel.



  • [full notes - overall transit] buses | trams | metro | local & regional rail | national rail
  • Is public transport in Antalya good value, or is it worth hiring a car just because it is cheaper overall?

Walking and Cycling Overview

Active travel score

This overall rating considers walking and cycling in and around Antalya



Take to the waters!

This is a general rating for all types of water travel, including scheduled ferries, sea / rivers cruises and excursions in Antalya


Need, worth & should!

Whether you have come here asking "do I need a car in Antalya", "is it worth hiring a car in Antalya", or whether or not you "should" hire a car here, these are all slight variations on a similar theme:

Do you need a car in Antalya?

This is essentially based on whether or not public transport and other "non car" options are good enough to get around and beyond the city.

Is it worth hiring a car in Antalya?

Is car hire good value, especially during the peak season? How does this compare with transit fares?

Should you rent a car in Antalya?

Weighing up the above questions, if you are here for the first time AND asking about hiring a car, is it a good idea?

The decision on whether or not to hire a car in Antalya will be largely based on where you are staying, and then to a lesser extent on what places you are planning to visit during your holiday. For starters, Antalya is one of Turkey’s largest cities, with a population of over 1 million people. The city has an extensive bus network, together with a recently expanded tram system. Antalya is also one of the region’s most historic cities, and it’s a great place to stay in its own right. Any holiday based around staying within the city is unlikely to need to have a hire car included with it.

Do you need a car in Antalya? Introduction

When someone asks "Do you need a car in Antalya?", this often breaks down to two key questions:

  1. Can you actually get around using public transport, or is a car all but essential?
  2. Is it worth hiring a car in Antalya? Is it good value for money, compared with non-car options?

Over the next few sections, we wil look at the pros and cons of driving in Antalya as a tourist, and ultimately weigh these up, so we can answer the key question of Should you rent a car in Antalya?

Why? Why not? Ratings Comments

Visitors arriving into Antalya have a reasonable choice of onward public transport options, once they reach the city centre. If you are travelling around Turkey by train and arriving in Antalya, then car hire options are also widely available in the city centre. However, these do not tend to be particularly good value when compared with Antalya airport car hire.

Why should you rent a car in Antalya?

What are the main reasons for hiring a car here? Do you just want to drive locally? Do you want to go further afield, or should you even look at taking a road trip?

In terms of factors like the cost of the hire itself, fuel costs, road tolls and parking charges, is it worth hiring a car in Antalya?

  • Antalya is a destination with a large number of purpose-built holiday resort properties, including many resort villas as well as large chain hotels.
  • Whilst the hotels tend to be more self-contained with numerous different amenities on site, rental villas tend to be more geared up towards self catering and driving around to get to places.
  • If your holiday is geared more around beach and waterfront activities, then a hire car in Antalya is unlikely to needed for your whole stay. You might still want to consider a one or two day rental from within your resort.
  • There’s a good choice of national and regional parks to visit when going inland.
  • Despite the huge size of the city, there is no rail service to or near Antalya.


  • The more adventurous will certainly want to visit the amazing cave dwellings of Cappadocia, focused around the town of Goreme.  The most iconic way to see this region is to take a hot air balloon trip. Whether in a tour bus or by rental car, Cappadocia is going to be around 5 to 6 hours drive from most resorts around the Antalya region. To get the best out of Cappadocia, we would certainly recommend staying overnight, making sure you have your camera ready both for sunset and for the sunrise the next morning.

Why not? Visiting Antalya without a car

What is public transport like in Antalya? What about local conditions for walking or cycling? Can you rely on public transport and maybe a few taxis for most or all of your trip? Are there some times of year when it's easier to get by without a car than others? When should you rent a car in Antalya?

  • Public transport in the city of Antalya is of a good standard.
  • To visit Cappadocia, this can be done using an organised tour, or by taking scheduled buses. There is no need for a car once you get there, as the cave cities are very compact, and you can walk everywhere you need to.
  • If you are planning just on staying in resort and visiting nearby beaches, taxis and local buses are sufficient.
  • Road safety in Turkey is poor compared to European destinations like France or Spain.


Should you rent a car in Antalya? In summary, Antalya is certainly the sort of destination where you will have no problem at all enjoying a holiday without needing to get a hire car, but our advice is that on balance, it’s probably still a good idea.

If you are staying in the city centre where parking is a problem, then just hiring a car for a couple of days for an excursion up towards Cappadocia might be a safer bet. Otherwise, if your resort includes parking, then a full week’s hire is unlikely to cost much more than a shorter period, unless you are adding on a load of extras which are charged on a daily rate.


Our slider ratings range from 0 (it isn't even possible to hire a car, e.g. Hong Kong) through to 10 (you really must rent a car here, e.g. Phoenix, Tampa). However, most places are somewhere inbetween these extremes, and this is where it gets more interesting! Further ratings breakdowns, including a much more detailed public transport rating, are currently being added. If you have any questions or comments, please leave them below.

Would you hire a car in Antalya?

Have you driven in Antalya? Do you agree with our advice on whether or not it's worth hiring a car in Antalya?

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