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Should I rent a car in 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, and 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 I need a car in Antalya? Introduction

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, although they do not tend to be particularly good value when compared with Antalya airport car hire.

Why rent 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, but 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

  • 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 I 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, but 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.

Would you hire a car in Antalya?

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