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Car Hire Izmir Useful Information

Hiring a car in Izmir opens the door to exploring the captivating beauty and rich historical tapestry of Turkey's Aegean coast at your own pace. From the ancient ruins of Ephesus and the thermal springs of Pamukkale to the sun-drenched beaches of Çeşme, a rental car provides the freedom to discover these wonders and more, without the constraints of public transport. Whether you're delving into the region's storied past, indulging in local culinary delights, or simply soaking up the scenic landscapes, car hire in Izmir ensures a comfortable, flexible, and enriching travel experience.

1. Driving in Izmir with your Hire Car:

  • Traffic: Being a major city, Izmir can have heavy traffic, especially during rush hours. It's advisable to avoid driving during peak times if possible.
  • Parking: There are numerous parking garages and lots around the city, but street parking can be challenging to find, especially in central areas.
  • Customs: Turkish drivers can be aggressive compared to Western standards. Be cautious at intersections and always be aware of your surroundings.

2. Best Vehicle to Hire:

  • For city driving and short excursions, a compact or economy car will suffice.
  • If you plan to explore the surrounding countryside or travel with a family, consider a mid-size sedan or SUV for comfort and luggage space.

3. Nearest Airport:

  • Izmir Adnan Menderes Airport (ADB) is the main international gateway to the city.
  • Distance and Route: The airport is situated approximately 18 kilometers (11 miles) south of the city center. You can reach the city center via the O-30 and E881 highways, which takes around 25 to 30 minutes in normal traffic.

4. Recommended Places to Visit:

By Car:

  • Ephesus: One of the most preserved ancient cities in the world, it's roughly an hour's drive south from Izmir.
  • Çeşme: A picturesque coastal town known for its beaches, thermal springs, and the medieval Çeşme Castle. It's around an hour’s drive west of Izmir.
  • Alaçatı: Famous for its historical stone houses, windmills, and vineyards, it's located near Çeşme and is perfect for a leisurely drive.

On Foot:

  • Kemeraltı Bazaar: Dive into the bustling atmosphere of this historic market, filled with shops, cafes, and the ancient Kızlarağası Han.
  • Agora: Wander through the remnants of an ancient Roman bazaar in the heart of Izmir.
  • Konak Square: See the iconic Izmir Clock Tower and take a stroll along the nearby Kordon, a seafront promenade.


  • Ensure you're aware of local traffic rules, and always carry your driving license, IDP (if required), and vehicle documentation when driving.
  • Road signs in Izmir and major roads will be in Turkish, but many are intuitive or have symbols similar to international standards.
  • Always keep some Turkish Lira on hand for tolls if you plan to use highways.

Izmir is a vibrant city with plenty to offer, and having a car will allow you to explore both its urban attractions and the surrounding regions with ease. Enjoy your trip!

Current Rental Rates in Izmir

Citroen C1

4 Adults, 3 Doors

From 46.35 EUR/day
Citroen C1

7 Days rental at 324.45 EUR from 21/07/2024

  2 |
  Manual |

Renault Clio

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 47.84 EUR/day
Renault Clio

7 Days rental at 334.94 EUR from 21/07/2024

  2 |
  Manual |

Renault Clio

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 48.53 EUR/day
Renault Clio

7 Days rental at 339.74 EUR from 21/07/2024

  2 |
  Manual |


5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 290.39 EUR/day

7 Days rental at 2032.79 EUR from 21/07/2024

  3 |
  Manual |

Renault Zoe

4 Adults, 5 Doors

From 64.49 EUR/day
Renault Zoe

7 Days rental at 451.49 EUR from 21/07/2024

  2 |
  Automatic |

Toyota Corolla Hybrid

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 88.49 EUR/day
Toyota Corolla Hybrid

7 Days rental at 619.49 EUR from 21/07/2024

  3 |
  Automatic |

Toyota Corolla Hybrid

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 84.08 EUR/day
Toyota Corolla Hybrid

7 Days rental at 588.62 EUR from 21/07/2024

  3 |
  Automatic |

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

  • Explore Ancient Cities: With a car hire in Izmir, you have the freedom to visit historic sites like Ephesus, one of the largest Roman archaeological sites in the eastern Mediterranean, and the ancient city of Pergamon.

  • Scenic Coastal Drives: Drive along the stunning Aegean coastline, exploring beautiful beaches, quaint fishing villages, and panoramic views, all at your own pace.

  • Culinary Journeys: Use your rental car to embark on a culinary adventure in the Izmir region, sampling local delicacies such as seafood, olive oil dishes, and the famous Izmir kumru.

  • Thermal Spas and Health Resorts: Izmir is close to several thermal springs and health resorts. Drive out to destinations like Çeşme or Sardis to enjoy relaxing spa treatments and natural hot springs.

  • Gateway to the Aegean Islands: Izmir serves as a gateway to the Aegean islands. With a car, you can easily reach ferry ports to explore islands such as Chios or Samos for a day trip or longer getaway.


Izmir - Popular Destinations

  • Izmir Airport 14 km 
  • Gaziemir
  • Ephesus: Approximately 80 km south of Izmir, this ancient city is one of the most well-preserved Roman sites in the Mediterranean and a must-visit for history enthusiasts.

  • Çeşme: About 85 km west of Izmir, Çeşme is known for its beautiful beaches, vibrant nightlife, and the historic Çeşme Castle.

  • Pamukkale: Roughly 220 km east of Izmir, Pamukkale is famous for its white travertine terraces and thermal waters, alongside the ancient city of Hierapolis.

Our Most Popular Rated Local Car Rental Suppliers from Izmir

No.1: SIXT,
based on 371 reviews
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Izmir car hire information

  • 8.4/10
    Best Rated Agent:
    Sixt EMEA Franchise
  • € 324.45
    Average price:
    (per week)
  • € 46.35
    Best Price:
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  • 13
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  • 7
    Most popular model:
    Renault Clio
  • 50
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Average prices per day in Izmir

January€ 42
February€ 34
March€ 38
April€ 41
May€ 47
June€ 56
July€ 63
August€ 60
September€ 54
October€ 48
November€ 38
December€ 39
January€ 31
February€ 26
March€ 30
April€ 35
May€ 39
June€ 47
July€ 53
August€ 52
September€ 45
October€ 39
November€ 31
December€ 31
January€ 105
February€ 79
March€ 108
April€ 111
May€ 122
June€ 193
July€ 162
August€ 199
September€ 167
October€ 156
November€ 162
December€ 164
January€ 54
February€ 49
March€ 58
April€ 61
May€ 74
June€ 82
July€ 94
August€ 88
September€ 82
October€ 73
November€ 56
December€ 54
January€ 135
February€ 109
March€ 117
April€ 119
May€ 139
June€ 170
July€ 182
August€ 174
September€ 144
October€ 142
November€ 113
December€ 115
January€ 20
February€ 21
March€ 25
April€ 31
May€ 36
June€ 43
July€ 47
August€ 46
September€ 38
October€ 38
November€ 26
December€ 26
January€ 71
February€ 59
March€ 65
April€ 71
May€ 90
June€ 105
July€ 107
August€ 96
September€ 110
October€ 98
November€ 70
December€ 72
January€ 49
February€ 40
March€ 45
April€ 50
May€ 54
June€ 66
July€ 73
August€ 70
September€ 61
October€ 56
November€ 45
December€ 41

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