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Car Rental in Istanbul Mini Guide

Driving in Istanbul, Turkey, can be challenging for some visitors due to the city's unique traffic patterns and road conditions. Here's what you need to know:

Driving Conditions:

  1. Traffic Congestion: Istanbul is a sprawling and densely populated city, leading to heavy traffic congestion, especially during rush hours. The traffic can be chaotic, and drivers may exhibit aggressive behaviors.

  2. Road Quality: Roads in central Istanbul are generally well-maintained, but road conditions may vary in older parts of the city. In some areas, you may encounter potholes or uneven surfaces.

  3. Parking: Finding parking in Istanbul, particularly in the city center, can be a challenge. On-street parking is often limited, and many areas require payment. Consider using parking garages when available.

Road Signs:

Road signs in Istanbul predominantly use the Turkish language, which can be a challenge for non-Turkish speakers. However, major highways and some tourist areas may have signs in both Turkish and English. GPS navigation or a map app with English support can be invaluable for navigating the city.

Driving Tips:

  1. Avoid Rush Hours: Try to plan your driving outside of rush hours to minimize traffic congestion. Rush hours typically occur during the morning and evening commutes.

  2. Tolls: Some bridges and tunnels in Istanbul have tolls, so be prepared to pay if you cross them. Check in advance for any applicable toll fees.

  3. Turkish Driving Habits: Be aware that driving habits in Istanbul may differ from what you're accustomed to. Drivers may not always adhere to strict traffic rules, so exercise caution.

  4. Navigation Apps: Consider using navigation apps like Google Maps or Waze, which can provide real-time traffic updates and directions in English.

  5. Parking Apps: There are parking apps available for Istanbul that can help you locate parking spaces and pay for parking digitally.

  6. Seat Belts: Ensure that all passengers wear seat belts, as it is a legal requirement.

Istanbul is an incredibly glamorous ancient city which sits on either side of the Bosphorus Strait across the Mamara Sea and the Black Sea and is one of the largest in Europe. 

Hiring a car will save you having to haggle over the price of a taxi or worry about being over charged. Take a hire car around the sights: Hagia Sophia, The Blue Mosque or the palaces of the Bosphorus or better still, take a boat trip up the river to see them all from the water. One of the palaces which you could drive out to see, the Dolmabahce, has parts of the staircase made from Baccarat crystal.  We also have Hybrid vehicles to rent in this area so making your car hire journeys even more economical.

Current Rental Rates in Istanbul

Fiat Panda

4 Adults, 5 Doors

From 18.58 EUR/day
Fiat Panda

7 Days rental at 130.09 EUR from 22/04/2024

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Hyundai i20

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 18.65 EUR/day
Hyundai i20

7 Days rental at 130.58 EUR from 22/04/2024

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Citroen C3

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 18.79 EUR/day
Citroen C3

7 Days rental at 131.57 EUR from 22/04/2024

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Toyota Corolla Hybrid

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 49.47 EUR/day
Toyota Corolla Hybrid

7 Days rental at 346.34 EUR from 22/04/2024

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Corolla Hydrid

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 37.22 EUR/day
Toyota Corolla Hydrid

7 Days rental at 260.56 EUR from 22/04/2024

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Key Highlights for Car Hire at Istanbul: Making the Most of Your Journey.

  • Istanbul is the largest city in Turkey followed by the capital Ankara and Izmir.
  • Last year it was one of three European Capitals of Culture.
  • It’s the new name for the ancient historic cities of Byzantium and Constantinople.
  • The symbol of the city and of Turkey is a tulip.
  • It’s the home of Galatasaray Football Club, the most popular team in Turkey.
  • Istanbul New Airport is scheduled to open in November 2018 and set to be the biggest airport in the world.

 

Istanbul - Popular Destinations

Best car rental companies in Istanbul

8.6
No.1: SIXT,
based on 344 reviews
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19 min (average wait time)
8.5
No.2: EUROPCAR,
based on 225 reviews
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87
28 min (average wait time)
8.2
No.3: ESSENCE,
based on 378 reviews
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8 min (average wait time)

Istanbul car hire information

  • 8.6/10
    Best Rated Agent:
    Europcar Direct
  • € 130.06
    Average price:
    (per week)
  • € 18.58
    Best Price:
    Per Week
  • 46
    Most Popular Type:
    Compact
  • 15
    Most popular model:
    Fiat Egea
  • 128
    Total Cars Available
     

Average prices per day in Istanbul

ItemPercent
January€ 40
February€ 37
March€ 33
April€ 39
May€ 43
June€ 56
July€ 59
August€ 61
September€ 50
October€ 44
November€ 44
December€ 40
ItemPercent
January€ 36
February€ 32
March€ 29
April€ 34
May€ 39
June€ 47
July€ 53
August€ 53
September€ 44
October€ 39
November€ 37
December€ 34
ItemPercent
January€ 141
February€ 79
March€ 108
April€ 110
May€ 111
June€ 193
July€ 162
August€ 199
September€ 167
October€ 156
November€ 162
December€ 164
ItemPercent
January€ 59
February€ 55
March€ 51
April€ 57
May€ 71
June€ 84
July€ 96
August€ 101
September€ 78
October€ 77
November€ 65
December€ 60
ItemPercent
January€ 132
February€ 106
March€ 114
April€ 114
May€ 135
June€ 153
July€ 172
August€ 173
September€ 137
October€ 135
November€ 110
December€ 114
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January€ 22
February€ 22
March€ 19
April€ 25
May€ 27
June€ 37
July€ 45
August€ 41
September€ 33
October€ 29
November€ 23
December€ 25
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January€ 78
February€ 69
March€ 73
April€ 75
May€ 84
June€ 99
July€ 104
August€ 122
September€ 108
October€ 100
November€ 84
December€ 73
ItemPercent
January€ 50
February€ 47
March€ 41
April€ 50
May€ 56
June€ 84
July€ 91
August€ 89
September€ 63
October€ 60
November€ 58
December€ 49

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