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    Car hire in Turkey - Where East Meets West

    Car hire in Turkey

    Sitting comfortably between East and West, Turkey offers visitors the very best of both worlds with its own kind of exotic travel experience. Situated at the crossroads of the Balkans, Caucasus, Middle East and eastern Mediterranean, the country is home to a unique brand of both modern and ancient culture that seamlessly bridges Asia with Europe. Spanning a fascinating historical timeline from the ancient past to the present day, Turkey is also home to almost twenty stunning and very well-maintained UNESCO-protected World Heritage Sites, including many world-famous locations such as Troy, the beautifully-preserved Temple of Zeus at Euromos and the city of Bursa, considered the cradle of the mighty Ottoman Empire.

    Predominantly mountainous, it boasts a temperate Mediterranean climate with long hot summers and pleasantly mild winters, making it the perfect year-round tourism destination. With about three-quarters of the country blessed with a golden sandy shoreline bordering the Black Sea, Aegean and the Mediterranean, road-trippers are rewarded with the most spectacular coastal vistas, often backed by layers of snow-capped mountains and very appealing landscapes. A major attraction is the bustling street-life of Turkey's large towns and cities, particularly Istanbul which is famed for its huge market known as the Grand Bazaar. The city is equally popular for its mosques, most notably Aya Sofya and the Blue Mosque, both masterpieces of religious architecture. Once inhabited by the great Ottoman leaders, Topkapi Sarayi Palace is another of Istanbul's landmark buildings open to visitors.

    With a car hire in Turkey you'll have the chance to travel to places as far and wide as Dalaman (a lovely seaside town on the south-western coast) and Izmir, the country's third-largest city and a major draw for curious tourists. In Turkey you can walk in the footsteps of Roman emperors and Ottoman sultans and explore some of the world's greatest monuments before spending the afternoon at one of the country's vibrant beach resorts. With over 24,000 pick-up and drop-off points available in more than 180 destinations worldwide, Auto Europe is by far the best company to get you to anywhere you want to go in Turkey.

    As one of the world's leading car rental broker, Auto Europe has established strong working relationships with the industry's most important car hire suppliers, including Alamo, Europcar, Goldcar, Avis, Budget and Hertz. We always strive to get our customers the best-possible deal for their trip to Turkey and elswhere around the world. For more info or help with your booking, please do not hesitate to call our rental specialists on +44 123 3225 114 any tie either before, during or after your car rental in Turkey. Through our state-of-the-art booking engine, you can select your vehicle and supplier in a few easy steps and confirm your pick-up in many of the country's most important cities and airports. For added peace of mind, please visit our Turkey car hire reviews page to see what our many other customers have written about their recent car hire experience in towns and cities all over the country.

    For more information on renting a vehicle in Turkey, click on the car hire related topics listed below:

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    Where to Pick up a Car Hire in Turkey

    We provide plenty of options for people looking for low-cost car hire in Turkey, with dozens of pick-up and drop-off points available in key locations all over the country, including Antalya, Bodrum and Ankara. Auto Europe always offers the very best rates at all the top destinations in Turkey and elsewhere around the world. You can pick up your vehicle at the country's most important airports and railway stations, or choose from dozens of convenient downtown locations. In Turkey you can take advantage of our unmatched fleet of vehicles and our unique relationships with all the country's most prestigious suppliers. Compare rental rates at the most popular transportation hubs in Turkey to ensure the best rental rate for your travel.

    Planning a trip in a country as big as Turkey takes plenty of planning, so if you can't find the information you're looking for, please feel free to call Auto Europe's award-winning rental specialists on +44 123 3225 114 should you have any questions. We've also posted a useful article on our blog covering everything you need to know when picking up a car hire at your chosen destination.

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    Book with the Best Car Hire Suppliers in Turkey

    As one of the market-leading car hire brokers, Auto Europe works very closely with all the world’s top car rental companies, including Alamo, Europcar, Goldcar, Avis, Budget and Hertz, along with the most reliable local suppliers.

    Auto Europe’s best price guarantee means that our clients will not find cheaper car hire deals anywhere else, with the added bonus of being able to cancel up to 48 hours prior to the time of pick-up, completely free of charge.

    Besides offering the lowest rates for people searching for the best value car rental in Turkey, we also take pride in the fact that our suppliers' car hire fleets are the most modern and extensive, with the right car always available for the right person at the right price.

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    When choosing our partners, our main priority is to ensure that their products and services are of the highest standard in order to make your low cost car rental in Turkey as good an experience as possible.

    Frequently Asked Questions about Renting a Car in Turkey

    Contact UsThe aim of this Q&A section is section is to help answer some of the most popular questions that arise when our customers are planning to rent a car in Turkey. Keep scrolling down to find the topics that most interest you, such as age limits, one-way rentals, credit cards, important driving rules in Turkey, motorway tolls, car hire coverage, valid driving licence, etc. If you need more info, please call our team of rental specialists and they will be very happy to help you resolve any issues you might have regarding your booking.

    How old do I have to be to rent a car in Turkey?

    In order to be eligible to rent a car in Turkey, there are several car hire age requirements to consider. You must be at least 19 years old (age may vary by car category and supplier) and have held your licence for at least one year. However, some car rental companies might insist that you need to be at least 21 years old to hire a car in Turkey, although this varies from supplier to supplier. Please note that an extra charge often applies if you are under 25 years old, so it’s always best to check with your supplier. Drivers under the age of 26 may also incur a young driver surcharge, which is paid locally to the supplier.

    To check whether or not this fee is payable and how much it will, please click on the Rate Details button during the booking process once you have chosen your destination, car category and supplier. The amount of the young driver surcharge is also clearly stated in the Terms & Conditions on the booking voucher once the reservation has been confirmed.

    An important thing for young drivers to remember is that they always need to enter the correct age of the main driver when booking a cheap car hire in Turkey with Auto Europe. Having this accurate information enables us to inform them of any restrictions that might apply to their rental, hence avoiding any problems at the time of pick-up. Novice drivers are urged to read our First Car Hire blog post for tips and useful advice before embarking on your maiden journey.


    Can I pick up my car rental in Turkey in one place and drop it off in another?

    Yes, domestic one-way car hire bookings are usually permitted. Please note that in many cases a minimum car rental duration might apply (usually one full day) and international one-way journeys are not permitted in Turkey.

    You will find all the information you require regarding one-way fees (without VAT) and other related details in the Auto Europe booking engine results below the car rate. We also communicate the details of such fees to all our customers once their reservation has been confirmed.

    Please be informed that a one-way rental fee might apply and will be collected by whichever one of Auto Europe’s trusted car rental companies you choose to book with. We do not collect or profit from any part of a one-way fee, but we do however feel that it’s very important to inform our clients of all the charges payable in order to help them make the best choice.

    Each car hire company determines its own fees independently, which means that for the same given pick-up or drop-off location, one of our suppliers may charge far less than another. It also means that some rental providers may not allow permit the journey at all! Each supplier has its own office and/or rental locations, thus enabling each provider to offer different car hire options.

    Generally speaking, travel outside of Turkey is not permitted but we explain all such restrictions clearly to our customers when they make a search in our booking engine. Just choose your car hire category/supplier and click on the Rate Details button, followed by Inclusive Package -> General Terms. You’ll find the same information on your booking voucher once your car hire reservation has been confirmed.


    Do I need a credit card to rent a car in Turkey?

    Yes, all travellers booking a low-cost car hire in Turkey are required to have a valid credit card. The reason for this is that vehicle suppliers generally place a hold on the value of the deductible for the vehicle they rent to customers planning to drive in Turkey. This amount is promptly refunded once the vehicle is returned, which must be in exactly the same condition as when it was picked up. Please consult our 6 Credit Card & Deposit FAQs blog post for more information.

    It often comes as a surprise to people that a debit card cannot be accepted when renting a car in Turkey. For this reason, please make sure that the main driver has a credit card in their name with a large enough balance to cover the hold value prior to leaving the car rental station.

    For clients looking to hire a premium or luxury category car in Turkey, please note that the supplier might request an additional credit card in the name of the main driver, such as Visa, Mastercard or American Express. It’s worth mentioning at this point that Auto Europe accepts credit cards as payment for all pre-paid car hire reservations when customers book their car hire online.

    Please note that you all the information relating to which cards are accepted AND what types of card are required to pick up a car hire in Turkey when making a search in the Auto Europe booking engine. After selecting your preferred car hire category and supplier, please click on Rate Details button and then choose the Supplier Payment Policy Information option.


    What are the most important driving rules in Turkey?

    There are several key points to remember when driving a car rental in Turkey. First of all, it’s important to remember that the Turkish highway code is similar to that of other European countries and uses the same International Protocol on Road Signs, which means that although the language is difficult to understand you should be able to easily follow the signs. In Turkey, you should always drive on the right-hand side of the road and remember that the speed limit 50kph in towns and cities, 90kph on dual-carriageways and 120kph on motorways, unless otherwise indicated.

    Everyone in the vehicle must wear a seatbelt as soon as the engine is started (failure to do so might incur a fine). In Turkey, no child under the age of twelve can travel in the front of a car - instead they must be secured using an age and size appropriate restraint in the rear of the car. Children under 1.35m or weighing less than 36kg must be seated in proper child seats. Please consult our Child Seat Guide for information on the most appropriate child seat to use during your trip.

    The law on drink-driving is very tough in Turkey with 0.05% being the maximum alcohol limit permitted, which only applies if you are driving alone (ie if you have a passenger, your system must be completely free of any alcohol whatsoever). If you are caught exceeding this level, you will be fined depending on whether it is your first, second or third offence, starting at ₺480 (€141) plus the suspension of your driving licence.

    Furthermore, you must never use your mobile phone whilst driving unless you are using a hands-free set. Pedestrians have an unconditional right of way on zebra crossings and as a driver, you are obliged to stop whenever you see someone about to step on one.

    There’s an abundance of petrol stations in Turkey, even in the more remote areas (note that self-service isn’t possible because attendants are always on hand to fill up your tank and receive payment).

    The emergency number in Turkey is 112 for ambulances and 155 for the police. Ambulance services work in collaboration with a dedicated International Patient Support Unit (which you can call directly on +90 850 288 38 38) that can provide a translation service in the six different languages of English, German, French, Russian, Farsi, and Arabic 24/7). Read our Accident and Breakdown blog post for more advice on what to do in an emergency abroad.

    Our advice is to try and avoid driving at night, particular outside large towns and cities because many of Turkey’s roads are unlit and might have hidden dangers (note that mountain roads often do not have guard rails and can be very dangerous at night).

    Finally, it’s worth knowing that on-the-spot fines are very common for speeding and minor traffic offences in Turkey, for which you can pay with a credit card or cash (25% discount before leaving the country. If you don’t pay, you won’t be able to get through passport control at the airport.

    For more information about the many things you'll need to know when motoring in this magnificent country, please take a look at our Turkey driving guide for an overview of some of the ost important things to look out for on your travels.


    Do I need to pay tolls when driving my car hire in Turkey?

    Yes. Turkey is proud of its network of well-maintained motorways which link every major city in the country. Some sections are part of the efficient HGS toll system (which stands for Fast-Pass System or Hızlı Geçiş Sistemi in Turkish), including the motorways of Izmir-Aydın, Izmir-Çeşme, Niğde-Mersin-Şanlıurfa, the Bosphorus Bridges and the main European and Anatolian motorways.

    Payment is very straightforward because the whole system is automated to offer a quick passage through the toll gates. Every car using HGS toll roads must be equipped with an HGS label or tag. This tag looks like a sticker with the HGS logo on it and is usually placed behind the rear-view mirror on the front windscreen. Upon arrival at the toll booths, follow the HGS-marked lane and slow down to 30kph. The system will show you the exact amount to be paid the transponder in the label will automatically register the toll as you drive through the gates.

    If you are picking up a low-cost car hire a car in Turkey and plan to use one of the toll motorways, please check that your rental car has an HGS tag. Some rental car companies will charge you a flat fee for the use of the tag while others will bill you for the full amount when you return the car. The pre-paid card (KGS) is another option. More toll info and price details can be found at


    What kind of insurance do I need for my car hire in Turkey?

    Auto Europe’s car hire rates always include liability insurance (with the legally-required amount of minimum coverage) and Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) with or without excess (depending on the car rental company you have booked with).

    Please note that standard CDW never covers damage to the vehicle’s tyres, glass, outside mirrors, undercarriage, interior, roof, engine, locks and loss of keys. Theft Protection (TP) is with or without excess, depending on the car rental company.

    We strongly recommend that drivers consider purchasing Auto Europe’s very popular Refundable Excess product for an additional fee which covers any damage to the glass, wheels, roof, undercarriage, towing costs, key loss, misfuelling (ie filling up the tank with diesel instead of unleaded), admin fees, etc. The cost of this additional coverage may vary depending on your booking’s location, rental duration, car category and supplier. Please visit our Complete Guide to Car Hire Coverage page for an overview of the kind of coverage drivers need to consider when renting a vehicle online.

    Nevertheless, it’s very easy to check the price when making a search on the Auto Europe booking engine. Once you have selected your preferred car category and supplier, just click on the Rate Details button followed by Additional information where you will find full details of the CDW Deductible, Theft Insurance Deductible and Liability Insurance. The same information is clearly marked in the Terms and Conditions when making an enquiry or booking.

    At time of picking up your vehicle, please be advised that the car rental company might offer you additional coverage including but not restricted to PAI (Personal Accident Insurance), PEC (Personal Effects Coverage), Super CDW, Seguro Relax Insurance, Road Assistance etc. We’d like to stress the fact that Auto Europe will not refund any locally-purchased insurance charges/fees, even if the coverage is deemed unnecessary once the rental car has been returned.

    Please consult our Excess Guarantee page and Car Hire Coverage blog post for more information about the range of options you’ll have available when booking your vehicle.


    Can I use my UK licence to drive my rental in Turkey?

    Yes, you can use your driving licence to drive in Turkey if it shows your photo and it was issued in one of the countries included under the following reciprocal agreement at Turkey Tourist Visas.

    If your licence was issued in a country that’s not included on that list, or if it’s written in a non-Roman alphabet, then you will need an international driving permit (please note that Turkey requires a ‘1949 Convention IDP’). Please note in Turkey you are not allowed to use your driving licence to drive for more than six months in the same year. This rule also applies to drivers who present their licence with an international driving permit of a longer period of validity. Anyone wishing to stay in Turkey longer than six consecutive months will need to obtain a Turkish driving licence.

    Please visit our dedicated DVLA driving licence page for more information on the changes that came into effect on the 8th of June 2015.


    Can I add an additional driver to my rental car in Turkey?

    Yes, you can. You may add as many additional drivers as you like when renting a car in Turkey. Some car rental companies include free additional driver fees in the price, while others charge a daily fee at the time of pick-up (the amount of which is established by the supplier and not by Auto Europe).

    Whatever the situation, all additional drivers must be included in the rental agreement and will need to present exactly the same documents as the main driver at the time of picking up the vehicle (ie driving licence, International Driving Permit where required and passport/personal ID). Please note that it’s also possible to have an additional driver named on the reservation agreement at the time of booking a car with Auto Europe.

    Full details of the additional driver fees are clearly stated on our website during the process of making a search in the Auto Europe booking engine. After selecting your preferred supplier, vehicle category and car, you can find this information by clicking the Rate Details button (below the car info) followed by Driver Information. These details will also be included in the car hire voucher once the reservation has been confirmed.

    It’s very important to remember that if a travelling companion not included on the rental agreement decides to drive the rental car, they will be completely excluded from all the insurance coverage, thus making them liable for the total amount of any damages caused in the event of a collision or theft. Hence, all additional drivers will need to make sure they are properly authorised to drive the vehicle before departing from the pick-up point.


    Do I need extra equipment for my car hire in Turkey during winter?

    Yes. In Turkey it is compulsory to use winter tyres for the four-month period between the 1st of December and the 1st of April. The local authorities are at liberty to decide whether or not to enforce the winter tyres regulation and will make the necessary announcement based on the average local temperatures. In Turkey, it is obligatory to fit winter tyres on all axles of cars, light trucks and minibuses, plus the drive axles of trucks, tractors and buses. During this period, any tyre that needs to be replaced during a journey will need to be replaced with a winter tyre. Take a look at our Winter Tyres Regulations page for more advice on what to look out for when renting a car in wintry conditions.

    Winter tyres should bear the M+S (Mud and Snow) or snowflake symbol, or both. The tread depth and pattern of re-treaded tyres must comply with winter tyre regulations (min. 1.6 mm for cars, light trucks and minibuses and 4 mm for trucks, tractors and buses), even if they bear the M+S symbol. Please consult our Car Hire Equipment and Accessories section for more information on winter tyres, etc.

    The use or storage of a tyre chain inside the vehicle does not absolve drivers from their obligation to use winter tyres. It is strongly recommended that snow chains are always carried in the vehicle and used on roads covered with snow and ice. Many car hire suppliers in Turkey include the winter roads fee in their rates for rentals between the 1st of November and the end of April, although the dates vary from supplier to supplier. This means that the vehicle is equipped with winter tyres and sometimes an ice-scraper. The exact dates can be found simply by clicking the Rate Details button followed the Winter Fees option in the search results. Please check our Free Winter Tyres page for the chance to save even more cash on your next car hire. Although snow chains are available free of charge at most of the key locations, they must be noted on the voucher and requested at the time of making the booking.


    Can I travel on ferries with my car hire in Turkey?

    Not normally, no. Generally speaking, any travel by ferry needs to be authorised by both Auto Europe and the local car rental supplier in advance and may incur extra fees. As travel outside of Turkey is not permitted, it is therefore very unlikely that a ferry trip to the Greek Islands for example is going to be authorised.

    Additional Vehicle Rental Options in Turkey

    If you are planning to visit one or more of Turkey's large cities like Istanbul, then we would suggest something small and manoeuvrable for your trip. Auto Europe's Mini and Economy car categories are ideal for negotiating Turkey's old narrow streets, plus they're cheap to run and easier to park. If you require more space and comfort, why not opt for one of our popular Compact or Intermediate category cars, which are perfect for people looking to combine city sightseeing with a drive along one of Turkey's many coastlines. Our extensive list of car options also includes Luxury-category cars for those who require more engine power and Convertibles for that trip of a lifetime around the country.

    To help you make the right choice for your next trip, please consult our Turkey Fleet Guide which provides full details of all the features and specifications to expect in each respective car hire category.

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    Luxury Car Hire Turkey - Auto Europe can offer you a wide range of spacious and very comfortable vehicle options for your next car hire in Turkey, with several high-end performance cars available from some f the world's most presitigious carmakers.

    Van Hire Turkey - If you're looking for extra space to accommodate friends and/or family members for an exciting motoring holiday in Turkey, then look no further than our excellent selection of minivans with more seating and additional space for luggage, golf clubs, etc.

    SUV Hire Turkey - There's no better way of touring Turkey than with a modern Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV). With Auto Europe you can explore the country's long coastlines and feel totally safe and comfortable in one of the most robust vehicles on the road today.

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