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Car Rental in Istanbul

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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Istanbul Airport Car Rental
Compact
Renault Symbol or similar
Renault Symbol
  • 5
  • 1
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
Circular car hire
$9.55 / per day
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Istanbul Airport Car Rental
Economy
Renault Clio or similar
Renault Clio
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
Circular car hire
$9.55 / per day
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Istanbul Airport Car Rental
Economy
Hyundai i20 or similar
Hyundai i20
  • 5
  • 1
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
Goldcar
$10.18 / per day
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Istanbul Airport Car Rental
Compact
Renault Symbol or similar
Renault Symbol
  • 5
  • 1
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
Circular car hire
$10.40 / per day
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Most Popular Car Rental Deals

Istanbul Airport Car Rental
Economy
Renault Clio or similar
Renault Clio
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 4x
  • A/C
  • Man.
Circular car hire
$10.40 / per day
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Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen Airport Car Rental
Economy
Hyundai i20 or similar
Hyundai i20
  • 5x
  • 1x
  • 4x
  • A/C
  • Man.
Surprice
$10.92 / per day
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Istanbul Airport Car Rental
Compact
Peugeot 301 or similar
Peugeot 301
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 5x
  • A/C
  • Man.
Goldcar
$11.05 / per day
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Istanbul Airport Car Rental
Mini
VW Up or similar
VW Up
  • 4x
  • 1x
  • 5x
  • A/C
  • Man.
Autounion
$11.23 / per day
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The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 05:45 on 2021-01-27. Prices may vary based on the booking dates, length of rental, and car class.

Travel Information

Language
Turkish
Currency
TRY
Country code
90
Traffic direction
Right-hand
Speed limit out of town
90 km/h
56 mi/h
Speed limit within town
50 km/h
31 mi/h
Acceptable limit of BAC
0.05%
Rating
8.0

Why rent a car in Istanbul?

Istanbul is a great place to experience by car. Having your own wheels will let you explore this vast and fascinating city by visiting both its European and Asian sides, as well as to travel to Black Sea beaches and other Turkish cities nearby.

Istanbul Car Rental

One-Way Car Rentals in Istanbul

The most popular one-way rental options for pick up in Istanbul and drop off in another city include:

  • From Istanbul to Antalya - 457 offers from € 24.97 per day
  • From Istanbul to Kayseri - 210 offers from € 33.12 per day
  • From Istanbul to Ankara - 327 offers from € 24.80 per day
  • From Istanbul to Izmir - 405 offers from € 26.02 per day
  • From Istanbul to Malatya - 97 offers from € 43.23 per day

Top ways to enter Istanbul

  • Istanbul Airport: With plans to become the largest and the busiest in the world, the new Istanbul Airport, a hub for Turkish Airlines, opened in 2019. It hosts flights to and from all parts of the world. The airport is located near the Black Sea, just north of the city center.
  • Istanbul Ataturk Airport: 10th busiest airport in the world until the opening of the new Istanbul Airport, Ataturk Airport is located about 24 km (15 mi) from the city center.
  • Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen Airport: The smaller of the three airports in Istanbul is named after Sabiha Gokcen, the first female pilot in the world. It is a hub for Pegasus Airlines and also hosts flights by a number of other airlines.

Useful city facts

  • Istanbul enjoys a warm Mediterranean climate, although the city is not as hot as many other Turkish cities on the Mediterranean Coast. The average temperature in August is 24 °C  (75 °F) and the average temperature in January and February is 6 °C  (43 °F). Winters are much more humid than summers.
  • With more than 15 million inhabitants, Istanbul is the largest city in Europe and the fourth largest in the world by population within city limits . Nearly every fifth inhabitant on Turkey lives here.

Top destinations and activities

  1. Theodosian Walls. First built 1600 years ago, the Theodosian Walls got their name from Theodosius II, the emperor of Eastern Roman Empire. The walls that have protected Istanbul from a number of sieges are still in a great shape and tell the story of the city’s diverse history.
  2. Visiting a hamam. A spot of cultural importance as much as a place of relaxation, each neighborhood’s Turkish bath is a fascinating place to visit. Visit some of the most famous ones like Kılıç Ali Paşa hamam or Cemberlitas hamam, places as famous for their main purpose as they are for their architectural beauty.
  3. Grand Bazaar. It might be an overused phrase, but a visit to Istanbul is truly not complete without exploring its wonderful market at least once. Observe the wonderful crafts, fabrics, and carpets, bargain for spices, and learn about its great historic importance in one of the oldest and largest bazaars of the Eastern world.

Traffic and parking tips

  • Unless specifically indicated otherwise, the speed limits are 120 km/h (74.5 mph) on highways, 90 km/h (55.9 mph) on two-lane roads, and 50 km/h (31 mph) in populated and built-up areas.
  • It is illegal to use the mobile phone while driving.
  • On regional roads there might be fewer gas stations than on the national highways. Never stay too low on gas and always set out your route in advance to know the location of the next gas station.
  • Due to high taxes, Turkey has a very expensive petrol, with prices higher than even in the most EU countries. Keep that in mind when setting out a route ahead!
  • Turkey is overall a warm country, but during winter roads can be covered with ice, especially in mountainous regions. Do ask your car rental provider in advance if your vehicle’s tires will be equipped for to the season.
  • Occasionally you might encounter police roadblocks and even military checkpoints, especially in Southeastern Turkey. They are there for your own safety, and on most cases they will only check your license and warn you about any potential danger that might lie ahead. 
  • The legal alcohol limit is 0.05% if you’re driving alone and 0.00%. Exceeding the limit can lead to large fines and a licence ban.
  • The insurance and car documentation needs to be in the car whenever you’re driving.
  • If you’re the driver, you need to have your passport or ID card with you at all times.
  • The general emergency number is in 112. The police number is 155, the fire brigade number is 110, and the forest fire number is 177.

Toll roads

Driving on most national motorways, as well as some bridges and tunnels in Turkey require a toll payment, including many motorways in Istanbul area and in the wider Northwestern Turkey region. 

Most Turkish toll roads only permit an electronic, contactless payment from an electronic toll-payment transponder that’s in a car or by an electronic chip-sticker that’s on a car. This means that you cannot pay either by cash or credit card for most toll roads (only a handful newer ones will permit that). 

All rental cars have to be equipped either with a toll-payment transponder or with a toll-payment sticker. Some rental car providers might charge an extra fee for this service. Do contact your rental car provided in advance to find out more. 

The toll roads in Turkey are divided in HGS, the High-Speed Passage System (Hızlı Geçiş Sistemi in Turkish) and OGS (Otomatik Geçiş Sistemi in Turkish). On HGS roads, you can pass through the toll area at a higher speed. On OGS roads, you need to slow down as you go through a toll gate and the toll payment is registered through the electronic transponder that’s in a car. The exact amount you’ll have to pay will depend on the specific road you drive on and on the distance of your travels.

Find out more about the toll roads in Turkey on the European toll road website.

Ideas for a day-trip

  • Çilingoz Nature Park. About two hours northwest of Istanbul, Çilingoz is a perfect, serene place for escaping the hectic tempo of the big city. If you’re lucky, you’ll get to spot eagle-owls, roe deer, tortoises, porcupines, or some of the other wildlife that live here in the forests and the beaches.
  • Edirne. The largest Turkish city that’s fully located in Europe, Edirne is a fascinating city to visit thanks to its history and grand architecture. Near the former Ottoman capital is the ancient village of Medea that still retains some of its architecture and traditions, see a monastery carved in the cliffs, and explore an impressive fortress. Edirne is about three hours drive west of Istanbul.
  • Bursa. A bit more than two hours drive south of Istanbul, the city of Bursa might not seem spectacular at the first sight, but you’ll change your mind when you’ll get to see Ulucami, or the Great Mosque, and Yesil Camii or Green Mosque. More calm and traditional than Istanbul, in Bursa you can also visit the Archaeology Museum and the Islamic Art Museum.

Most popular rental types and cars

The most popular car type in Turkey is economy, but travelers also pick compact and mini a lot. The most popular rental cars are the Hyundai i20, the Ford Fiesta and the Opel Corsa. Most national highways are in good shape, but if you plan to travel to rural areas or mountains, renting a power vehicle might be a good idea.

Further destinations

For more about traveling around Turkey with a rental car, check out our complete guide.

  • Cappadocia. Located in the region of Central Anatolia, Cappadocia might just be Turkey’s number one attraction. Its landscapes make you feel like you’re on another planet, and the underground cities, cave churches, and buildings carved in rock make it even more strange and impressive. About 740 km (460 mi) east Istanbul, it’s a long way to get there, but in this case the long drive is really worth it.
  • Bulgaria. Although still flying under the radar of many international travelers, Bulgaria is a truly fascinating place to explore. Come for historic Plovdiv and busy Sofia, for golden beaches in Burgas and Varna, and for trekking or snowboarding in its spectacular mountains in the southern part of the country. The border between Turkey and Bulgaria is just four hours drive west of Istanbul. You will be crossing a national border and entering the European Union (EU), so first ask your rental car provider if they permit it. Also, make sure that your entry documents for Bulgaria are in order.
  • Thessaloniki. About seven hours drive west of Istanbul, Greece’s second city is one of the most interesting places in the region. Come here for ancient sites, beautiful crescent-like beaches, and unique rituals like night masses during Easter. You will be crossing a national border and entering the European Union (EU) and the Schengen Area, so first ask your rental car provider if they permit it. Also, make sure that your entry documents for Schengen Area are in order.

Car Rental Prices in Istanbul

  • Station wagons - from $34 per day
  • Large cars - from $28 per day
  • Medium cars - from $23 per day
  • People Carriers/Vans - from $52 per day
  • Small cars - from $19 per day
  • SUVs - from $41 per day

How can I save money on my rental car?

These are some of the tricks that can land you a cheap rental car in Istanbul:

  • Compare rates of different rental car providers
  • Book your rental car well in advance
  • Plan your route before you go
  • Know your fuel and mileage requirements
  • Visit on the month when the rental prices are the cheapest. According to our data, visiting Istanbul is the cheapest in September when renting a car is about 64% cheaper than the yearly average. Come visit this city in early autumn!

Top 20 Cities near Istanbul

  1. Antalya Car Rentals from $36.89 per day
    516.6 km / 321.0 miles away
  2. Izmir Car Rentals from $9.03 per day
    358.6 km / 222.8 miles away
  3. Ankara Car Rentals from $10.52 per day
    379.7 km / 235.9 miles away
  4. Kayseri Car Rentals from $11.36 per day
    638.0 km / 396.4 miles away
  5. Dalaman Car Rentals from $21.02 per day
    501.8 km / 311.8 miles away
  6. Bodrum Car Rentals from $10.09 per day
    457.2 km / 284.1 miles away
  7. Adana Car Rentals from $12.51 per day
    737.8 km / 458.5 miles away
  8. Trabzon Car Rentals from $16.17 per day
    924.3 km / 574.3 miles away
  9. Gaziantep Car Rentals from $14.03 per day
    892.9 km / 554.8 miles away
  10. Samsun Car Rentals from $12.99 per day
    653.0 km / 405.7 miles away
  11. Gazipasa Car Rentals from $20.77 per day
    633.0 km / 393.3 miles away
  12. Konya Car Rentals from $18.19 per day
    490.6 km / 304.9 miles away
  13. Sivas Car Rentals from $15.59 per day
    707.4 km / 439.6 miles away
  14. Nevsehir Car Rentals from $15.59 per day
    587.4 km / 365.0 miles away
  15. Hatay Car Rentals from $15.46 per day
    850.0 km / 528.2 miles away
  16. Elazig Car Rentals from $19.73 per day
    937.0 km / 582.2 miles away
  17. Denizli Car Rentals from $16.90 per day
    396.5 km / 246.4 miles away
  18. Malatya Car Rentals from $19.73 per day
    856.9 km / 532.4 miles away
  19. Marmaris Car Rentals from $11.02 per day
    494.2 km / 307.1 miles away
  20. Sanliurfa Car Rentals from $20.74 per day
    985.6 km / 612.4 miles away

Top 20 Locations near Istanbul

  1. Istanbul Taksim Car Rentals from $12.86 per day
    1.7 km / 1.1 miles away
  2. 6.5 km / 4.0 miles away
  3. 12.3 km / 7.6 miles away
  4. Istanbul Pendik Car Rentals from $14.34 per day
    29.8 km / 18.5 miles away
  5. 32.3 km / 20.1 miles away
  6. 32.6 km / 20.3 miles away
  7. 80.8 km / 50.2 miles away
  8. Izmir Airport Car Rentals from $9.03 per day
    341.5 km / 212.2 miles away
  9. Ankara Airport Car Rentals from $10.52 per day
    354.7 km / 220.4 miles away
  10. Denizli Airport Car Rentals from $16.90 per day
    366.3 km / 227.6 miles away
  11. Bodrum Airport Car Rentals from $10.09 per day
    435.0 km / 270.3 miles away
  12. Konya Airport Car Rentals from $18.19 per day
    458.4 km / 284.9 miles away
  13. Dalaman Airport Car Rentals from $10.38 per day
    480.3 km / 298.4 miles away
  14. 484.9 km / 301.3 miles away
  15. 485.9 km / 302.0 miles away
  16. 487.5 km / 302.9 miles away
  17. Nevsehir Airport Car Rentals from $15.59 per day
    558.9 km / 347.3 miles away
  18. Gazipasa Airport Car Rentals from $20.77 per day
    600.4 km / 373.1 miles away
  19. Kayseri Airport Car Rentals from $11.36 per day
    610.8 km / 379.5 miles away
  20. Samsun Airport Car Rentals from $12.99 per day
    636.7 km / 395.7 miles away

Map of Car Rental Locations

Which is the cheapest month to rent a car in Istanbul?

Car rental prices in Istanbul vary a lot according to the time of year. This graph compares month-to-month price changes to help you find the best offer.
Average Rental Price in Istanbul
$48.71
January
$41.62
February
$28.60
March
$35.64
April
$23.98
May
$34.68
June
$52.91
July
$40.56
August
$27.03
September
$42.09
October
$69.80
November
$65.23
December
The best month to rent a car in Istanbul is May (when prices for an Economy class start from $23.98). This is 44% cheaper than the yearly average and 66% cheaper than renting in November (when rental prices start at $69.80 for a Compact class). Knowing this can help you find the best price.

What’s the usual rental length in Istanbul?

Travel lengths vary from month to month: in December, travelers rent a car for an average of 14 days in April, the average rental period is 8 days.
Average Rental Length in Istanbul
11
January
10
February
10
March
8
April
10
May
8
June
10
July
8
August
8
September
9
October
9
November
14
December

What's the most popular month to rent a car in Istanbul?

While travelers visit Istanbul year-round, the most popular month for renting a car is March, and the least popular is April.
Popularity of Car Rental in Istanbul by Monthly Searches
37%
January
299%
February
334%
March
3%
April
5%
May
6%
June
6%
July
5%
August
71%
September
65%
October
195%
November
174%
December

Most Popular Car Models of Rental Suppliers

Rental Agency Model Doors Luggage Type
GreenMotion Hyundai i20 4 2 Small cars
Keddy Fiat Egea 4 2 Medium cars
Goldcar Hyundai i20 4 1 Small cars
Autounion Citroen C3 5 1 Small cars
Europcar Fiat Egea 4 2 Medium cars
Keddy Renault Clio 4 1 Small cars
Europcar Fiat Egea 4 2 Medium cars
GreenMotion Opel Corsa 4 1 Small cars
Keddy Fiat Egea 4 2 Medium cars
Europcar Renault Clio 5 2 Small cars

Top 23 Suppliers in Istanbul in 2021

Carwiz
Carwiz
Exceptional 9.3
+9005330353643 / +905324154478
Tayakadın Mahallesi Terminal Caddesi No:1
Working hours
Mon:07:30-22:00
Tue:07:30-22:00
Wed:07:30-22:00
Thu:07:30-22:00
Fri:07:30-22:00
Sat:07:30-22:00
Sun:07:30-22:00
SIXT
SIXT
Exceptional 9.2
+905335921540
Tayakadın Mahallesi, Terminal Caddesi 1, 34283 Arnavutkoy Istanbul
Keddy
Keddy
Exceptional 9.2
+905307608498
Tayakadın Mah. Terminal Cad. No:1, 34277 Arnavutköy, İstanbul
Working hours
Mon:00:01-23:59
Tue:00:01-23:59
Wed:00:01-23:59
Thu:00:01-23:59
Fri:00:01-23:59
Sat:00:01-23:59
Sun:00:01-23:59
National
National
Exceptional 9.2
+902169702937
SABIHA GOKCEN AIRPORT,
Optimo Rent
Optimo Rent
Exceptional 9
+908508408444
Tayakadın Mahallesi Terminal Cad.Havalimanı Terminal Binası Apt.No:1 820448, 34277 Arnavutköy/İstanbul
Keddy
Keddy
Excellent 8.6
Europcar
Europcar
Excellent 8.5
+905307608498
Tayakadın Mahallesi, Terminal Caddesi No:1, 34283 Arnavutköy, İstanbul
Working hours
Mon:00:01-23:59
Tue:00:01-23:59
Wed:00:01-23:59
Thu:00:01-23:59
Fri:00:01-23:59
Sat:00:01-23:59
Sun:00:01-23:59
GreenMotion
GreenMotion
Excellent 8.5
+902129091778
Istanbul airport, Tayakadin Mahallesi
Working hours
Mon:00:00-23:59
Tue:00:00-23:59
Wed:00:00-23:59
Thu:00:00-23:59
Fri:00:00-23:59
Sat:00:00-23:59
Sun:00:00-23:59
Avis
Avis
Excellent 8.5
+902124653455 / +902124653456
Ataturk Apt International
Working hours
Mon:00:00-23:59
Tue:00:00-23:59
Wed:00:00-23:59
Thu:00:00-23:59
Fri:00:00-23:59
Sat:00:00-23:59
Sun:00:00-23:59
Budget
Budget
Excellent 8.5
+9002124656909
Istanbul Airport Arrival HallArnavutkoy Istanbul
Working hours
Mon:00:00-23:59
Tue:00:00-23:59
Wed:00:00-23:59
Thu:00:00-23:59
Fri:00:00-23:59
Sat:00:00-23:59
Sun:00:00-23:59
Autounion
Autounion
Excellent 8.5
+902122736060 / +902124650600 / +905054725997
Tayakadın, Terminal Caddesi No:1, 34275 Arnavutköy/İstanbul
Working hours
Mon:00:01-23:59
Tue:00:01-23:59
Wed:00:01-23:59
Thu:00:01-23:59
Fri:00:01-23:59
Sat:00:01-23:59
Sun:00:01-23:59
Carfleet
Carfleet
Excellent 8.5
+908508408444
Tayakadın Terminal Cad. No:1, 34283 Arnavutköy/İstanbul
Working hours
Mon:00:01-23:59
Tue:00:01-23:59
Wed:00:01-23:59
Thu:00:01-23:59
Fri:00:01-23:59
Sat:00:01-23:59
Sun:00:01-23:59
Alamo
Alamo
Excellent 8.5
+902169702937
Sabiha Gokcen Airport
Working hours
Mon:07:00-23:59
Tue:07:00-23:59
Wed:07:00-23:59
Thu:07:00-23:59
Fri:07:00-23:59
Sat:07:00-23:59
Sun:07:00-23:59
Enterprise
Enterprise
Excellent 8.3
+902129702937
Tayakadın Mahallesi, Terminal Caddesi 1, 34283 Istanbul
Pandora
Pandora
Excellent 8.3
+905324154478
Tayakadın, Terminal Caddesi No:1, 34283 Arnavutköy/İstanbul
Working hours
Mon:07:30-22:00
Tue:07:30-22:00
Wed:07:30-22:00
Thu:07:30-22:00
Fri:07:30-22:00
Sat:07:30-22:00
Sun:07:30-22:00
Alamo
Alamo
Very good 7.6
+902129702937
Tayakadın Mahallesi, Terminal Caddesi 1, 34283 Istanbul
NUCarrentals
NUCarrentals
Very good 7.6
+9005447477227
Yenibosna Merkez Mahallesi, Basın Ekspres Yolu Cemal Ulusoy Cad. No:9 Gürses Opel Plaza Kat 2, Yenibosna Merkez Mahallesi, 34197 Bahçelievler/İstanbul
Working hours
Mon:08:00-21:00
Tue:08:00-21:00
Wed:08:00-21:00
Thu:08:00-21:00
Fri:08:00-21:00
Ace Rent a car
Ace Rent a car
Very good 7.5
+902124814343 / 3172487251
Yenisehir District Osmanli Ave
Rhodium
Rhodium
Very good 7.4
+902164443803
Tayakadın Mahallesi, Terminal Caddesi No:1, 34149 Arnavutköy/İstanbul
Working hours
Mon:08:00-20:00
Tue:08:00-20:00
Wed:08:00-20:00
Thu:08:00-20:00
Fri:08:00-20:00
Sat:08:00-20:00
Sun:08:00-20:00
RightCars
RightCars
Very good 7.3
+905393347782
Sabiha Gokcen International Airport,Sanayi Mh., 34906 Pendik/Istanbul
Goldcar
Goldcar
Very good 7.1
+902164443803
Tayakadın Mahallesi, Terminal Caddesi No:1, 34283 Arnavutköy/İstanbul
Working hours
Mon:08:00-20:00
Tue:08:00-20:00
Wed:08:00-20:00
Thu:08:00-20:00
Fri:08:00-20:00
Sat:08:00-20:00
Sun:08:00-20:00
Global Rent a Car
Global Rent a Car
Very good 7.1
+905071216284 / +908503043527
Tayakadin Mahallesi, Terminal Caddesi No:1
Working hours
Mon:00:00-23:59
Tue:00:00-23:59
Wed:00:00-23:59
Thu:00:00-23:59
Fri:00:00-23:59
Sat:00:00-23:59
Sun:00:00-23:59
Surprice
Surprice
Good 6
+902424631023 / +905302247575 / +905302247574
Tayakadin Mahallesi, Cengiz Topel Cd., 34283 Arnavutkoy, Istanbul
Working hours
Mon:08:00-22:00
Tue:08:00-22:00
Wed:08:00-22:00
Thu:08:00-22:00
Fri:08:00-22:00
Sat:08:00-22:00
Sun:08:00-22:00
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