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Why rent a car in Istanbul?

Istanbul has been the gateway between Europe and Asia for centuries and this is where east truly meets west. The largest city in Turkey is festooned with fascinating sights but there’s much more to Istanbul than the Topkapi Palace. Get out to some of the gorgeous beaches, fantastic old mosques and World War One battlefields that are a short drive away. Hiring a carin Istanbul will help you explore the region in no time.

How to get to and around Istanbul?

Most visitors arrive at Atatürk Airport , the main hub for flights to Turkey – it’s easy to find a scheduled flight to Istanbul. The airport is 15 miles west of the city centre and has several major car rental companies offering vehicles to suit all budgets.

Hiring a car in Istanbul city centre

Perhaps the best way to reach central Istanbul is on the D-100 coastal road, which has some gorgeous scenery to welcome you to Turkey. It’s also possible to collect or drop your rental car in Taksim, close to many of the main attractions.

What brands are available?

In both Ataturk Airport and Taksim, there are offices for Europcar, Avis, Budget, Hertz and Sixt, as well as some local Istanbul car hire companies. They are usually open from about 9am til 7pm, including Sundays.

Must-sees within an easy drive of Istanbul

Around Istanbul you’ll discover some marvellous places to visit. About two and a half hours away is Edirne, not far from the Bulgarian border, where you can see beautiful 15th and 16th century mosques.

Gallipoli and the Dardanelles are about three and a half hours’ drive, with much of the route along the coastline of the Sea of Marmara. To the south you can find Ephesus, with ruins from ancient Greece and Roman times including the Library of Celsus. Allow about seven hours for the drive through some of Turkey’s scenic western areas.

Tips and tricks for driving in Turkey

Istanbul is a busy city, so expect some congestion and not every driver obeying the road rules. Beyond the city, driving can be very enjoyable in Turkey although there are some things to bear in mind. The speed limit is 31mph in the city, 56mph on open roads and 75mph on motorways – beware of speed traps. Police have the power to issue an on-the-spot fine for an offence and there is a zero drink-drive limit – any trace of alcohol in the bloodstream is considered to be drink-driving.

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FAQs for car hire in Istanbul

What’s the best price car rental in Istanbul?

In the past 7 days the lowest priced car rental is in Istanbul.

What’s the average car rental price in Istanbul?

On average, car rentals in Istanbul are .

Why should I book a car rental with Expedia?

When booking a rental car via Expedia you can easily compare a wide range of the most popular car hire companies and select the best option for you. There are no extra costs and no cancellation fees involved in booking a rental car with Expedia.

How do I book a car rental with Expedia?

You can book a car rental on Expedia either online or over the phone. You may have the option to reserve now and pay now, or to reserve now and pay later. The payment option will be indicated at time of booking. To collect Expedia+ rewards points for your car rental, sign in to your account before you book or create an account on the Payment page.

Are there any additional costs when cancelling a rental car?

Most rental car bookings are eligible for a full refund regardless of when you cancel with Expedia. Not all prepaid bookings qualify for a refund. Review your itinerary for details. If your prepaid booking qualifies for a refund, your booking must be cancelled at least 6 hours prior to pick-up for the refund. If you return your prepaid car rental early, you will not be refunded for any unused time.

How can I cancel my car booking through Expedia?

To cancel your car booking, sign in or enter your email address and itinerary number. Then select Find itinerary. Under Manage Booking, select Cancel Reservation, then CANCEL THIS RESERVATION. Most prepaid car rental bookings are non-refundable. Pre-paid bookings must be cancelled at least 6 hours prior to pick-up to be eligible for a full refund. To change or cancel a car hire that you booked as part of a holiday, please contact us.

Should I book a rental car online before arriving or directly in Istanbul?

Booking your car from home with Expedia ensures thay you can choose the type of car. You can also compare the different offers and additional services in advance to get the best offer for you. Upon arrival you only need to collect the keys before beginning your trip. In addition, you do not have to start searching for a suitable provider after arriving or reading the terms and conditions at the counter. This will save you a lot of stress.

What insurance should I choose for my rental car?

A comprehensive insurance is a good choice to avoid unpleasant surprises. That way you can enjoy your stay carefree and explore the area with your rental car.

Do I have to pay my rental car in advance?

We have a couple different options when it comes to paying for your car rental. Read on and see which is best for you. Reserve now, pay now: This option allows you to reserve your car rental and prepay at the time of booking. You’ll need a credit card to prepay, and can apply Expedia Rewards points to cover all or some of the booking cost. While some car rental companies may let you pay with a debit card, the driver still needs to present a valid credit card to cover the deposit upon pick-up. Reserve now, pay later: This option lets you reserve your rental car without paying in advance. When you get to the pick-up spot, just have whoever's driving present a valid credit card to pay the cost in full. The car rental company will also place a hold on your credit card in the amount of the car rental deposit.

What do I have to pay attention to when hiring a car?

When picking up your rental car, check for scratches or dents on the vehicle. Inspect the car carefully, make sure to take notes of potential damage and let the vendor know before driving off.

Where can I find car rentals in Istanbul?

Rental car companies can usually be found at airports and various locations in the city centre.