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Should you rent a car in AntalyaTurkey>Antalya

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.

However, if you are staying in resorts around Antalya, then a rental car starts to make a lot more sense.

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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.

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  • 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. However, 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 large size of the city, there is no rail service to or near Antalya.
  • Public transport is much more geared towards moving commuters in and out of the city of Antalya than it is for moving around resort areas.

From Antalya to Cappadocia

  • 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 a 5 to 6 hours’ drive from most resorts in the Antalya region.
  • To get the best out of Cappadocia, we would certainly recommend staying overnight. Make sure you have your camera ready both for sunset and for the sunrise the next morning.

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  • Public transport in the city of Antalya is of a good standard.
  • If you are planning just on staying in resort and visiting nearby beaches, taxis and local buses are sufficient.
  • 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.
  • Road safety in Turkey is poor compared to Western European destinations like France or Spain.

Summary

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.

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