Antalya

Should you rent a car in Antalya?

Should you rent a car in Antalya Turkey > 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.

Antalya Introduction

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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.

Why should you rent a car in Antalya?

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

60%

 

Cheapest rate for one week

€100

 #102/300

 

How much should I expect to pay in the peak season?

 

 €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. 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.

Why not? Visiting Antalya without a car

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Antalya public transport quick facts

Train score

 

00%

Water travel score

10%

Overall public transport score

40%

Walking and Cycling Overview

Active travel score

(walking + cycling)

60%

  • 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.

Ratings

Car rental in - Antalya Need v worth & should!

Do you need a car in Antalya?

Based on comparison with transit, walking and 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, if you are 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?

For families?

 

Where are you staying?

Do you need a car in Antalya if we are staying in a central area?

What if we are staying on the edge of the city/resort?

Or in a rural area?

 

What is your attitude towards driving?

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

If I am easy either way?

If I prefer to drive?


 

Verdict

Final score:

7

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Bodrum

Should you rent a car in Bodrum?

Should you rent a car in Bodrum Turkey > Bodrum

Should you rent a car in Bodrum? Visitors arriving into Bodrum airport and considering whether or not to hire a car will probably already be aware that most of the resorts around Bodrum are scattered quite far apart, as are the main places of interest to visit.

Whereas holidaying in larger Turkish Mediterranean cities like Izmir or Antalya is easy enough to do without a car, a hire car is much more useful in and around Bodrum, especially if you want to do excursions further inland

Bodrum Introduction

Why? Why not? Ratings

Why should you rent a car in Bodrum?

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 Bodrum?

Bodrum Car hire summary


Overall drive rating

20%

 

Cheapest rate for one week

€90

 #87/300

 

How much should I expect to pay in the peak season?

 

 €160

98/300

 

Free parking score

Total 489 - of which 311 have free parking. [full notes - parking]

64%

#78/300

 

Should you rent a car in Bodrum? Should you rent a car in Bodrum?

  • Not only are there many natural sites around Bodrum which are well worth visiting, but the world-famous rock formations at Pamukkale are also a must see.
  • Trying to get to Pamukkale by scheduled bus service is going to be a lot of hassle, although many resorts will offer organised tours, because Bodrum is the closest major international airport to Pamukkale. Allow around 3 hours to drive to Pamukkale from any of the major resorts around Bodrum.
  • For enjoying the coastline, a hire car is also going to give you a great deal more flexibility when compared to taking organised tours or trying to get around by scheduled bus.

Should you rent a car in Bodrum? For all of these reasons, our hire car advice in Bodrum is that getting one is generally a good idea.

Why not? Visiting Bodrum without a car

Why? Why not? Ratings Comments

Bodrum public transport quick facts

Train score

 

00%

Water travel score

90%

Overall public transport score

20%

Walking and Cycling Overview

Active travel score

(walking + cycling)

10%

  • We would not generally advise visiting Bodrum without a hire car, if you are able to avoid it.
  • Although there is still public transport, especially around the larger resorts, your options will be limited without a hire car.
  • Turkey has a poor reputation for road safety when compared with northern Europe, although the record is relatively good by global standards.

Ratings

Car rental in - Bodrum Need v worth & should!

Do you need a car in Bodrum?

Based on comparison with transit, walking and cycling.
 

Is it worth hiring a car in Bodrum?

Based on value for money
 

Should you rent a car in Bodrum?

Weighing up the above, if you are asking about hiring a car, is it a good idea?
 

Who is travelling?

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

What about for 2 people travelling together?

For families?

 

Where are you staying?

Do you need a car in Bodrum if we are staying in a central area?

What if we are staying on the edge of the city/resort?

Or in a rural area?

 

What is your attitude towards driving?

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

If I am easy either way?

If I prefer to drive?


 

Verdict

Final score:

8

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Dalaman

Do you need a car in Dalaman?

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Why should you rent a car in Dammam?

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 Dammam?

Dammam Car hire summary


Overall drive rating

40%

 

Cheapest rate for one week

€130

 #147/300

 

How much should I expect to pay in the peak season?

 

 €X

300/300

 

Free parking score

Total 96 - of which 77 have free parking. [full notes - parking]

80%

#14/300

 
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Why not? Visiting Dammam without a car

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Dammam public transport quick facts

Train score

 

00%

Water travel score

30%

Overall public transport score

30%

Walking and Cycling Overview

Active travel score

(walking + cycling)

60%

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Ratings

Car rental in - Dammam Need v worth & should!

Do you need a car in Dammam?

Based on comparison with transit, walking and cycling.
 

Is it worth hiring a car in Dammam?

Based on value for money
 

Should you rent a car in Dammam?

Weighing up the above, if you are asking about hiring a car, is it a good idea?
 

Who is travelling?

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

What about for 2 people travelling together?

For families?

 

Where are you staying?

Do you need a car in Dammam if we are staying in a central area?

What if we are staying on the edge of the city/resort?

Or in a rural area?

 

What is your attitude towards driving?

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

If I am easy either way?

If I prefer to drive?


 

Verdict

Final score:

8

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Istanbul

Should you rent a car in Istanbul?

Should you rent a car in Istanbul Turkey > Istanbul

Istanbul Introduction

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Istanbul is certainly the largest and most famous city to straddle two continents. Whichever side of the Bosphorus you are on, this city of over 10 million people really does just go on and on.

So where would we even start with whether you’d even want to consider hiring a car here? Well, the easy bit is that if you really are just here to appreciate the city of Istanbul itself, as most visitors do, then of course there’s no need to hire a car. A car in Istanbul is just going to be a complete hindrance.

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Car hire summary


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  • Istanbul road trips – It might make sense to get a hire car if you are flying in from further afield and using Istanbul as a gateway for a Turkish road trip. However,  it makes more sense to start such a trip on the southern Turkish coast.

Why not? Visiting Istanbul without a car

Why? Why not? Ratings Comments

Istanbul public transport quick facts

Train score

 

10%

Water travel score

00%

Overall public transport score

40%

Walking and Cycling Overview

Active travel score

(walking + cycling)

40%

  • Day trips – We don’t really suggest Istanbul car hire for day trips out of the city, because the other places of real interest in Turkey are much further away than this.
  • Major attractions – although Istanbul is spread across the different sides of the Bosphorus, most of the places that you are going to want to be visiting, such as the Grand Bazaar, Topkapi Palace, the Blue Mosque or Hagia Sophia are all within a relatively short walking distance of each other (these are also all on the European side).
  • Walking cityRegardless of when you visit, the historic areas are most typically situated on pedestrianised streets, which are reasonably well enclosed with older buildings which are tall enough to provide a decent amount of shade. You should find that although the traffic can be a nightmare in places, walking around Istanbul is unlikely to be a problem due to the climate – although steep climbs are another matter!
  • Taksim Square – Across from the Golden Horn, , streets tend to be a bit more generously planned, with Taksim Square being particularly open, but you are still unlikely to need to walk a particularly long distances.
  • Public transport – shared taxis (dolmuses), buses and metro services are widely available.
  • Intercontinental tunnel – The first part of the sleek new Marmaray project which provides a regional railway service linking between the two sides of the city opened late in 2013.
  • Hire cost – generally, car hire in Istanbul will cost around 20% more than in other Turkish locations during the off-peak season. During the summer, costs are similar.
  • Fuel cost – generally, fuel in Turkey will cost you around the same as it does in Northern Europe. This makes petrol very expensive when compared to other travel costs in Turkey. In particular, it makes driving poor value when compared to travelling by bus.

Beyond the city

James says - a few trip notes:


When I visited in 1995, a group of us took a day trip to Bursa, which was easy enough to do by bus (and should still be possible from less than €10 each way). From there, we took the cable car up to the ski resort of Uludag – all of this was easy enough to do using local public transport services, which are relatively well integrated in terms of service patterns, even if they are still independently operated.


Journey times between Istanbul and the capital Ankara have been slightly reduced with the start of a high-speed rail service, taking the previous journey time of around 8 or 9 hours down to just over 6, but you will still need to take local services as far as Pendik, and continue from there.

What about road trips from Istanbul?

The biggest reason for hiring a car in Istanbul would be because you wanted to use Turkey’s largest city as the starting point for a road trip around the country.

Getting a hire car in Istanbul might then enable you to set off in a loop which would include all of Turkey’s most famous attractions, from the cave dwellings in Cappadocia through to the hot springs in Pammukalle, and then perhaps heading back to Istanbul via the ancient city of Troy.

This kind of Istanbul road trip could include a lot of the amazing Turkish Riviera along the southern Mediterranean court coast between Izmir and Antalya

It would be fair enough to say that this kind of trip would make a lot of sense for a group of 3 or 4 people to fill a car (5 of you if you get on really well!). Even if you are travelling as a couple, then a road trip of this nature might be a lot more convenient than having to plan your travels around a load of complicated rail and bus schedules, although it would be unlikely to be better value outright, as rail travel in Turkey is generally good value – and coach travel even more so.

Although Turkey does have a good network of private intercity bus routes, the rail network is really much more focused around the main cities of Istanbul and Ankara, and it’s of no use at all if you’re trying to head along the Turkish Mediterranean coast.

But what we might suggest is that Istanbul isn’t necessarily the best place from which to start a Turkish road trip. Other than the city of Istanbul itself, and then to a lesser extent the capital city of Ankara, all of the best known tourist attractions in Turkey are actually going to be found either along or near the Mediterranean coast, or a relatively short drive inland from it.

Just taking Capadoccia as one example, this is somewhere that you can reach within a 5 to 6 hour drive of Antalya, so it somewhere that is entirely reasonable within a day trip from there, whereas it’s an 8-10 hour drive from Istanbul (and we think that’s being optimistic, but this is the quoted time using google maps), without any particularly great places to see on the way, other than perhaps a short detour into some of the monuments of Ankara.

So a Turkish road trip really makes a lot more sense if you are going to do it along the Mediterranean coast, and perhaps to either start in Antalya and then drop the car off in Izmir, if you can get a suitable one-way deal, or simply to do a circuit that involves driving from Antalya to Izmir and then looping back. Adding Istanbul onto this road trip or even starting from here doesn’t really make a huge amount of sense if you don’t need to.

Of course, this is largely going to depend on how you are getting to Turkey in the first place. If you are travelling in from further afield, then the chances are that you are taking a long haul flight into Istanbul anyway. It might be worth looking at taking a short internal hop to Antalya or Izmir, and then picking up a rental car there.

Naturally, this is all going to depend on the deal that you can get at the time, but we’ve tended to find that car hire deals in Turkey are much better value on the Mediterranean coast, where there’s a much bigger holiday market. If you do pick up a rental car at Istanbul Ataturk airport or even at the low cost Sabiha Gokcen airport, you are still paying big-city prices for the privilege, whereas if you pick up a rental car on Turkey’s Mediterranean coast, and drop it off in Istanbul, then any one-way rental fees might still be reasonable.

Ratings

Car rental in - Istanbul Need v worth & should!

Do you need a car in Istanbul?

Based on comparison with transit, walking and cycling.
 

Is it worth hiring a car in Istanbul?

Based on value for money
 

Should you rent a car in Istanbul?

Weighing up the above, if you are asking about hiring a car, is it a good idea?
 

Who is travelling?

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

What about for 2 people travelling together?

For families?

 

Where are you staying?

Do you need a car in Istanbul if we are staying in a central area?

What if we are staying on the edge of the city/resort?

Or in a rural area?

 

What is your attitude towards driving?

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

If I am easy either way?

If I prefer to drive?


 

Verdict

Final score:

1

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Izmir

Do you need a car in Izmir?

Should you rent a car in Izmir Turkey > Izmir

Izmir Introduction

Why? Why not? Ratings

Of all the various different Turkish Mediterranean coastal resorts, Izmir stands out as being the one place where a hire car really isn’t absolutely necessary. There are few places on this coastline which have any kind of rail service at all, yet Izmir has both local and long-distance services, including a substantial urban rail network within the city.

Why should you rent a car in Izmir?

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 Izmir?

Izmir Car hire summary


Overall drive rating

90%

 

Cheapest rate for one week

€90

 #88/300

 

How much should I expect to pay in the peak season?

 

 €175

112/300

 

Free parking score

Total 97 - of which 51 have free parking. [full notes - parking]

53%

#116/300

 
  • A car is still extremely useful for venturing inland.
  • If you are staying on the Çeşme peninsula, it’s easier to get around by car.
  • A car is also useful for generally driving around the coast, rather than spending time in one area.

If you are looking at venturing a little further afield, for example by taking a coastal driving tour up to the Dardanelles and the ancient site of Troy near Canakkale, or even continuing on to Gallipoli, then a hire car is still going to be useful.

Why not? Visiting Izmir without a car

Why? Why not? Ratings Comments

Izmir public transport quick facts

Train score

 

10%

Water travel score

20%

Overall public transport score

60%

Walking and Cycling Overview

Active travel score

(walking + cycling)

30%

Izmir is also one of the larger cities in Turkey (behind Istanbul, Ankara and Antalya), so it’s perfectly possible to stay within the city, rather than at one of the more purpose-built resorts along the coast.

  • good public transport in and around the city of Izmir.
  • Local transport options include light rail and ferries as well as buses.
  • Visit Pamukkale by taking an organised coach tour.

You can also use local train or bus services to access ports for onward travel into Greece, and day trips are also available with various different tour bus operators to the historic site of Ephesus.

Ratings

Car rental in - Izmir Need v worth & should!

Do you need a car in Izmir?

Based on comparison with transit, walking and cycling.
 

Is it worth hiring a car in Izmir?

Based on value for money
 

Should you rent a car in Izmir?

Weighing up the above, if you are asking about hiring a car, is it a good idea?
 

Who is travelling?

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

What about for 2 people travelling together?

For families?

 

Where are you staying?

Do you need a car in Izmir if we are staying in a central area?

What if we are staying on the edge of the city/resort?

Or in a rural area?

 

What is your attitude towards driving?

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

If I am easy either way?

If I prefer to drive?


 

Verdict

Final score:

4

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Do you need a car in Izmir? No!

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