By | 16th January 2018

Do you need a car in Izmir?

Do you need a car in Izmir > Should you rent a car in Izmir Turkey > Izmir ( ADB )

Do you need a car in Izmir? Introduction

Why? Why not? Ratings Comments

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?

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 Izmir?

Izmir Car hire summary

Overall drive rating

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



Cheapest rate for one week

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




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]




Free parking score

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



  • 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



Water travel score


Overall public transport score



Walking and Cycling Overview

Active travel score

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


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.


Car rental in - Izmir Need v worth & should!

Do you need a car in Izmir?

  • Based on comparison with transit and walking/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 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 Izmir 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 Izmir 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 Izmir if I prefer not to drive?

What if we are easy either way?

What if I prefer to drive?



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


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Why? Why not? Ratings Comments

Do you need a car in Izmir? No!

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