Antalya

By | 16th January 2018

Should you rent a car in Antalya?

Do you need a car in Antalya > Should you rent a car in Antalya Turkey > Antalya ( AYT )

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

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 Car hire summary


Overall drive rating

Based on a weighted score across all cost and quality factors. [Full notes - drive rating]

60%

 

Cheapest rate for one week

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

€100

 #102/300

 

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]

 €155

91/300

 

Free parking score

Total 1706 - of which 1159 have free parking. [full notes - parking]

68%

#55/300

 
  • 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.

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 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

 
Why? Why not? Ratings Comments

Antalya public transport quick facts

Train score

 

00%

Water travel score

20%

Overall public transport score

20%

 

Walking and Cycling Overview

Active travel score

This overall rating considers walking and cycling in and around Antalya. 

20%

  • 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.

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.

Ratings

Car rental in - Antalya Need v worth & should!

Do you need a car in Antalya?

  • Based on comparison with transit and walking/cycling?
 

Is it worth hiring a car in Antalya?

  • Based on value for money?
 

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?
 

Who is travelling?

Is it worth renting a car in Antalya if I am a solo / budget traveller?

What about for 2 people travelling together?

What about for families?

 

Where are you staying?

Do you need a car in Antalya if we are staying in the city centre / main resort area?

What if we are staying on the edge of the urban area?

What if we are staying in a rural area?

 

What is your attitude towards driving?

Should I hire a car in Antalya if I prefer not to drive?

What if we are easy either way?

What if I prefer to drive?


 

Verdict

What is our final score for Antalya on the Carornocar scale?

7

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Why? Why not? Ratings Comments
 

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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