For a reliable and convenient way to make the most of your holiday, rent a car in Turkey from Sixt. Our modern fleet includes vehicles to cater for the needs of a wide variety of drivers, and all our vehicles are regularly maintained to ensure your safety. Car hire in Turkey is quick and easy with Sixt - you can simply make a credit card booking in advance of your trip, allowing you to explore the varied landscape and beautiful architecture of this vivid and vibrant country from the moment you arrive.
Turkey offers so much to see and do, especially if you have never visited the country before. That is why we have put together this helpful travel guide which includes driving tips, what to do in an emergency, and a map detailing some of the main sights and attractions you may want to explore while you are here. We also aim to help you by offering a large network of over 30 branches nationwide, including locations at major airports and five in the capital, Istanbul. Please refer to our branch menu to find the most convenient location for your car rental in Turkey.
Designed with you in mind, our fleet ranges from small cars ideal for city driving through to 4x4s to negotiate more rugged rural terrain. Families will enjoy the convenience and economy of our saloons and estates, while those looking for style can choose from a range of sports cars and convertibles. You can also personalise your car rental with our optional extras, available with all our car hire deals in Turkey. If you haven't visited the country before, Sat Nav can help you find your way around, while families can take advantage of our baby and child seats. You can also insure additional drivers so everyone can have a turn! Extras can easily be booked along with your car hire in Turkey.
We accept all major credit cards, including Visa, Eurocard/ Mastercard and American Express. However, we cannot accept Visa Electron or any other prepaid or debit cards. Some car categories require two credit cards from different banks to be shown. Please check when you reserve your rental car.
For a car hire in Turkey, you will need to show a valid driving license. You will also need to show your passport to prove you have been in Turkey for less than six months, otherwise you will need a Turkish driving license. If your home country doesn't use the Roman Alphabet, you will also need a valid International driver's license. Drivers from countries that are not part of the international road traffic convention will also have to supply us with an official translation along with an original license. Please note that some of our car hire deals in Turkey are not available to new customers, only those who have rented from Sixt before.
To rent a car in Turkey, the minimum age is 21, and you must have held your license for at least two years. However, please check the details before you book, as some car categories require you to be aged at least 25, 27 or 30, and to have held your license for longer.
If you are involved in an accident while driving in Turkey, you should notify the police as soon as possible by calling 155. You can call an ambulance on 112, and the fire service on 110.
Speed limits are in measured in kilometres per hour. They stand at:
Unlike many other European countries, Turkey's motorways are signposted with white writing on a green background. A blue background signifies a dual carriageway.Many road signs are in English, and a lot are pictorial, so they are fairly easy to understand.
The motorway network in Turkey is still being developed, with large areas currently under construction. Almost all motorways are toll roads, as are some bridges, but tolls tend to be inexpensive. Dual carriageways are free and cover most of the country.
Motorways are signed with the letter O followed by a number which refers to the area the motorway serves:
Parking is acceptable almost anywhere in towns and rural areas, as long as you are not causing an obstruction. There is plenty of car parking available in the cities, with both attended public car parks and metered spaces at the roadside. No Parking areas are clearly marked with yellow or red lines and roadsigns.
Turkey is full of interesting sights to explore in your rental vehicle, which is why we've put together this map detailing some of the main places of interest this beautiful country has to offer.
The capital, Istanbul, is home to several of the nation's best-known architectural landmarks. The 15th Century Topkapi Palace was once a major residence for the Ottoman Sultans and is now a museum containing important historical relics. The opulent Sultan Ahmed Mosque is also known as the Blue Mosque due to the handpainted blue silk tiles on its interior walls. Close by, you will find the Hagia Sophia, probably the best example of Byzantine architecture, famous for its huge dome. A drive out to Izmir Province will lead you to the Ephesus City, the ruins of an Ancient Greek city dating back to the 10th Century BC, while in Ankara you can find the State Art and Sculpture Museum, which houses the very best examples of Turkish art.
At the centre of Turkey lies Cappadocia, with its tall rock formations shaped like chimneys, and Bronze Age homes carved into the rock face. To the west you'll find Pamukkale, where the thermal hot springs have been used for health and rejuvenation since ancient Roman times. Travel eastwards to Mount Ararat, the dormant volcano which is the highest mountain in Turkey.
Istanbul has been used as the backdrop for several hit movies including The International in 2009, the Net in 2006, and Crossing the Bridge - The Sound of Istanbul in 2005. Also, James Bond liked Istanbul and Adana so much he's visited them both twice! First in 1963's From Russia With Love, and much more recently for Skyfall in 2012.
You are not allowed to cross the border from Turkey into any other country in your rental car.