Most visitors to Turkey choose to pick up a rental car right at the airport. There are more than 20 international airports in Turkey, and at each one of them, you'll find at least a few car rental companies.
The largest airport in Turkey, Istanbul Airport, is also the youngest in the country — it replaced Istanbul Ataturk Airport in 2019. The airport, a large hub for Turkish Airlines and with flights by tens of other airlines, offers flights to and from all of the populated continents of the world. Other large Turkish airports include Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen Airport, Antalya Airport, Ankara Esenboğa Airport, and others.
Compared to the rest of Europe, Turkey has much fewer flight options provided by low-cost airlines. Still, some low-cost carriers like the local Pegasus Airlines, as well as Eurowings, Lauda, and Jet2.com, fly to and from Turkey.
In addition to airports, it is also possible to pick up or drop off a rental car at other locations like international hotels and offices in the center of cities. This is useful if you plan to spend some time in say Istanbul first but are wary about driving in the big city.
You could use a shuttle to get from the airport to the city and then when you're ready to explore the rest of Turkey, get a rental car. If you plan to do this, we highly recommend using ShuttleFare.com
to find the perfect car or van to take you from the airport to your hotel. Keep in mind that Istanbul Airport is quite far from the city center, so you probably want to make sure you have a comfortable ride.
Many car rental companies in Turkey offer the option of a one-way rental. A small extra fee is usually charged for this service, but it gives you the flexibility of not being required to return to your point of entry. It is popular among travelers to pick up a car in Istanbul and drop it off in Izmir or Ankara or to travel between Antalya and Bodrum.
Most car rental providers in Turkey do not permit international one-way rentals.
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