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Your key questions for any destination:
Do I need a car in Antalya?
Strictly speaking, there are very few travel destinations anywhere in the world where it's absolutely essential to rent a car in order to see the main points of interest.
That's why we give you loads of ratings scales from 1 to 10, rather than just yes or no answers!
- The need question is generally answered by looking at public transport (transit) options. Is it good enough for visitors who are happy to consider using it?
- How many public transport routes are there, and are they mainly rail or road (bus) based?
- Is public transport fast, frequent, safe, reliable and cheap?
- Does public transport actually take you to the places you'll probably want to see?
Is it worth hiring a car in Antalya?
This question is usually more about value for money. For this, we look at Antalya car hire options, and consider how rental costs compare with using transit.
How far are you likely to drive anyway, and how much might you expect to spend on fuel, road tolls, parking and any other charges. We compare Antalya with other destinations locally and around the world.
This is obviously much more of an issue if you are planning a longer road trip than it is on a small island.
Should I rent a car in Antalya?
This is basically a merging of the two questions. Everything else might be about giving certain facts about the costs of car rental or using public transport in Antalya, but answering this question is very much a matter of opinion.
Please note that Carornocar.com is currently being revised and updated in preparation for the Summer 2022 (northern hemisphere) tourist season.
We do not intent to include detailed covid information, nor do we intend to suggest hiring a car, just because public transport might still have a mask requirement. Our advice will be based on the same criteria we've always used, ie whether or not you can get a better travel experience, or at least a better value one, by choosing not to hire a car.
Antalya is in car rental price band: 2/10 (1 = cheapest car rental location)
General comment - based on price alone, is it worth renting a car in Antalya?
Yes. Very cheap car rental by global standards.
Can you expect big swings in car rental prices in Antalya between the peak and the off peak season?
6/10 (0 = stable prices)
Driving score: 5/10
Non car score:5/10
(0 = car hire not advised / 10 = rental car essential)
General comment -
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 a perfectly reasonable urban rail network. 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.
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? Visiting Antalya using a hire car
Why do you need 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 be much use, 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. The more adventurous will certainly want to visit the amazing cave dwellings of Cappadocia, focused around the town of Goreme. Of course, it’s perfectly possible to visit Cappadocia without a hire car, and the most iconic way to see this region is to take a hot air balloon trip. Whether by 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 don't you need a car in Antalya ?
- Public transport in the city of Antalya is of a good standard.
- To visit Cappadocia, this can be done using an organised tour.
- If you are planning just on staying in resort and visiting nearby beaches, taxis and local buses are sufficient.
Ratings: How does Antalya compare?
Is it worth hiring a car in Antalya? TBC
This is based on a rough consideration of the costs of renting a car in Antalya, and how this compares with the costs of using public transport. The answer to this varies hugely from one destination to the next, based on a wide range of factors. It's based on renting a car at the airport (TBC), and driving for an average of 2-3 hours on open roads on most days.
How does this compare if:
You are travelling:
Solo / As couple / small family / larger family / senior couple etc
Does car rental make sense on different budgets?
Do you need to hire a car in Antalya? TBC
This is based strictly on whether or no we think it's possible to visit Antalya (and the surrounding area) without using a car. Of the three key questions, this one is the most likely to be a "no".
Should you rent a car in Antalya? TBC
This is a balance of all factors. Remember this is an answer to the question for people who are already asking it. That's why the answer might still be a "yes", even when public transport is good.
See global comparisons
Hiring | Driving | Parking
Trains | Buses | Local travel
Car hire basics:
Public transportation basics:
Regular bus services: YES
Coach (inter-city): YES
High Speed Rail:
Rail type (end stub / through / junction / hub):
As you start ....
Does Antalya airport have a direct rail link?
(Yes - within terminal / adjacent / short walk) (Yes - bus transfer / other) No
Has our advice for Antalya car rental changed over time, or has it been pretty constant?
2017 - 8
2019 - 9
2021 - 6
Average score - 7
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.
Do you or don't you need a car in Antalya ?