Turkey Driving Advice and Car Hire Info

The research for this website was carried out mainly in 2011 and 2012. Therefore there is a good chance that much of the information may now be out of date. This is particularly true of countries in the developing world, especially Asia, Africa and parts of South America where conditions can change often. Also, the political climate in many countries has changed a lot in recent years- The Middle East being an obvious area where this is the case. Therefore the information on this website should be treated with caution. You should always check with your Government’s website or the UK Foreign office travel advice website before finalising plans to drive abroad.

Driving in Turkey
First check your governments website for any guidance on travel within Turkey-there may be restrictions on travel to certain areas of South Eastern Turkey.You’ll need an International Driving Permit to drive in Turkey. Road conditions in Turkey vary greatly between large, modern, well maintained motorways to pot holed gravel tracks in rural areas. Main Roads in the western, southwestern, and coastal regions of Turkey are generally in good condition and are well maintained.Driving at night presents particular hazards on poorly lit roads which will be driven by badly lit or unlit vehicles and may have pot holes, missing man hole covers and other obstacles. Standards of driving are generally lower than those in Europe and USA and drivers will regularly ignore road rules and overtake in dangerous situations and may ignore traffic signals so you should always drive cautiously. If a car breaks down the driver may place a pile of rocks in the road about 15 metres from their car which present a hazard if you fail to see them in time, especially at night.Driving and road standards are generally more akin to Europe than Asia but you should still drive with caution and expect the unexpected.

Turkey Car Rental –
Sixt, Hertz, Europcar, Alamo, Avis, Budget, National, Thrifty, Dollar, have branches here. Also usually features on Car rental broker sites such as Argus Car Hire and Web discount sites such as ebookers.com. or Expedia

These are some local companies-

Turkey Self Drive Rules
None of the companies seem to allow cars to be taken outside Turkey.One way rentals within Turkey should be possible, certainly with the big international companies.You can drive in Turkey using the photo ID licence of most countries for up to 90 days. If your licence is not photo ID or is not written in Roman alphabet lettering, you should obtain an International Driving Permit.

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