Car Hire in Istanbul

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Cheapest Car Hire Rates

Istanbul Airport
Standard SUV
Fiat Egea Cross or comparable
Fiat Egea Cross
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Hit
£ 9.61 / per day
Istanbul Airport
Economy
Fiat Panda or comparable
Fiat Panda
  • 4
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
Ok Mobility
£ 11.11 / per day
Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen Airport
Compact
Renault Clio or comparable
Renault Clio
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Nissa Car Rental
£ 13.58 / per day
Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen Airport
Intermediate Monospace
Ford Tourneo Courier or comparable
Ford Tourneo Courier
  • 5
  • 3
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Matcar Rental Turkey
£ 13.78 / per day

Most Popular Car Hire Deals

Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen Airport
Mini
Fiat Panda or comparable
Fiat Panda
  • 4
  • 1
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Autounion
£ 14.65 / per day
Istanbul Airport
Economy Elite
Fiat Fiorino or comparable
Fiat Fiorino
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
KAR Rent A Car
£ 16.71 / per day
Istanbul Şişli
Mini Elite
Kia Picanto or comparable
Kia Picanto
  • 4
  • 1
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Garenta
£ 18.08 / per day
Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen Airport
Standard Elite
Toyota Corolla or comparable
Toyota Corolla
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
TorlakAuto
£ 18.79 / per day
These prices are approximate and depend on the dates of the booking, hire length and type of car. This information was last updated at 08:01 on 2024-04-15.

Travel Information

Languages
Turkish, Kurdish, Arabic
Currency
TRY
Drive on
Right-hand side
Dialing code
+90
Average car hire price
£ 15 per day
Average car hire length
9 days
Speed limit within city centre
50 km/h or 31 mph
Speed limit out of city centre
90 - 140 km/h or 56 - 87 mph
Acceptable limit of BAC
0.05%
Score
8.8 / 10
Average gasoline price
£ 0.92 per litre or £ 3.49 / 1 gallon
Lowest gasoline price
£ 0.85 per litre or £ 3.23 / 1 gallon
Highest gasoline price
£ 0.99 per litre or £ 3.75 / 1 gallon

Why hire a car in Istanbul?

Straddling two continents, Istanbul is not just one of the largest cities in both Europe and Asia — it’s also one of the most interesting ones. From world-class landmarks to atmospheric side streets, layers of millennia-old history are waiting to be discovered.

Istanbul

One-way Car Hire in Istanbul

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

  • From Istanbul to Antalya - 457 offers from £ 21.34 per day
  • From Istanbul to Kayseri - 210 offers from £ 28.30 per day
  • From Istanbul to Ankara - 327 offers from £ 21.19 per day
  • From Istanbul to Izmir - 405 offers from £ 22.23 per day
  • From Istanbul to Malatya - 97 offers from £ 36.94 per day

Top ways to enter Istanbul

  • Istanbul Airport. One of the busiest in Europe, Istanbul Airport is expected to serve about 70 million travellers in 2022. The airport is on the European side of the city, about an hour’s drive northwest of the centre.
  • Sabiha Gökçen Airport. Named after a famous female pilot, this is the smaller of the two international airports serving Istanbul but nonetheless handles more than 30 million travellers annually. The airport is on the Asian side, about an hour’s drive east of the centre.

Top destinations and activities

  • Hagia Sophia. Formerly the largest church on the planet, then a museum, and recently controversially turned into a mosque, the Hagia Sophia’s history is rather turbulent, but that only adds to its status as Istanbul’s most famous landmark. An architectural wonder, it is open to everyone and free to visit, though you should check the calendar of prayer times. 
  • Museum of Great Palace Mosaics. There is a wealth of archaeological institutions in Istanbul, but the Mosaics Museum is not only one of the most specialized, it is also among the most interesting ones. Almost all the mosaics on display have been unearthed among the ruins of the Great Palace complex and date back to the Byzantine era. Visit the official website to learn more about tickets and opening hours.
  • Rumelian Castle. One of the most famous castles of Turkey, Rumelihisarı is located right on the banks of the Bosphorus Strait and overlooks its waters from the European side. Dating back to the 15th century, it has suffered blockades and earthquakes but has always been restored back to its early magnificence.

Traffic and parking

  • 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 a 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 petrol station.
  • Due to high taxes, Turkey has very expensive petrol, with prices higher than even in most EU countries. Keep that in mind when planning your route!
  • Turkey is overall a warm country, but during winter roads can be covered with ice, especially in mountainous regions. Do ask your car hire supplier in advance if your vehicle’s tyres will be equipped for the season.
  • Occasionally you might encounter police roadblocks and even military checkpoints, especially in Southeastern Turkey. They are there for your own safety, and in 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.
  • Proof of insurance and the car’s documentation need to be in the car whenever you’re driving.
  • When driving, you need to have your passport or ID card with you at all times.
  • The general emergency number is 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 requires paying a toll. This includes many motorways in the Istanbul area and in the wider Northwestern Turkey region. 

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

All hired cars have to be equipped either with a transponder or with a sticker. Some car suppliers might charge an extra fee for this service. Do contact your car supplier in advance to find out more. 

The toll roads in Turkey are divided into 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 your car. The exact amount you’ll have to pay will depend on the specific road you drive on and the distance you travel.

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

Ideas for day trips

  • Ormanya. A town, a park, and a wildlife rehabilitation centre, Ormanya is one of the nicest green escapes near the megalopolis that is Istanbul. In addition to native mammal and bird species, you can come across more exotic ones like antelopes and alpacas. The drive  from the city takes about 90 minutes.

Most popular cars

The most hired car in Istanbul is the Fiat Egea, followed by the Renault Symbol and the Ford Fiesta. The most popular car types are compact, economy, and mini.

Car Hire Prices in Istanbul

  • Station wagons - starting at £ 15 per day
  • Large cars - starting at £ 14 per day
  • Medium cars - starting at £ 12 per day
  • People Carriers - starting at £ 14 per day
  • Premium cars - starting at £ 39 per day
  • Small cars - starting at £ 11 per day
  • SUVs - starting at £ 10 per day

Money-saving tips

These are some good methods to save money on your car:

  • Compare rates of different car providers
  • Book your car well in advance
  • Plan your route before you go
  • Know your fuel and mileage requirements
  • Visit during the month when the rental prices are the cheapest. According to our data, visiting Istanbul is the cheapest in May.
This information was written, fact-checked, and/or translated by our content creators.

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In which month is car hire in Istanbul the most affordable?

According to our data, prices for hiring a car in Istanbul fluctuate depending on the time of year. This graph displays the average hire prices in each month in order to help you find the best bargain.
Average price for hiring a car per day in Istanbul
£ 16.37
January
£ 17.04
February
£ 17.23
March
£ 24.26
April
£ 22.19
May
£ 35.88
June
£ 41.27
July
£ 38.67
August
£ 24.26
September
£ 20.70
October
£ 16.63
November
£ 17.02
December
The best month to hire a car in Istanbul is January (when the average price is £ 16.37 per day). This is 33% less than the yearly average and 60% less than hiring in July (when the average price is £ 41.27).

This information can help you determine the low season. But note that these prices are only averages. The cost of your hire is determined by the type of car you select, the length of time you hire it for and how much in advance you book. Simply type in your dates in the form at the top of the page in order to find out the exact prices.

What is the usual period for which people keep their hire cars, on average, in Istanbul?

How long travelers keep their rental cars for varies from month to month: in July, the average renter keeps their car for 11 days, and in February, they keep their car for 8 days.
Average number of hire days in Istanbul
9
January
8
February
9
March
8
April
9
May
10
June
11
July
10
August
9
September
8
October
8
November
9
December

What is the most favoured month for hiring a car in Istanbul?

Given the number of searches made by our customers, the most popular month for car hire in Istanbul is July, and the least popular is March.
Popularity of Car Hire in Istanbul by Monthly Searches
64%
January
59%
February
51%
March
118%
April
78%
May
151%
June
158%
July
156%
August
128%
September
83%
October
74%
November
80%
December

Car Hire Information

Car hire locations 47
Airport locations 2
Popular suppliers DMR CAR, GreenMotion, 724rent, WindyCar, Circular car hire
Popular car categories Small cars, Medium cars, SUVs, Large cars
Lowest price £ 10 per day
Cheapest supplier Hit

Most Popular Car Hire Models

Hire Agency Model Doors Luggage Type
DMR CAR Fiat Egea 5 2 Large cars
DMR CAR Fiat Doblo 5 2 Medium cars
DMR CAR Fiat Egea Cross 5 2 SUVs
WindyCar Hyundai i20 5 3 Small cars
GreenMotion Renault Clio 5 1 Small cars
724rent Citroën C3 5 2 Small cars
724rent Renault Clio 5 2 Small cars
GreenMotion Renault Clio 4 1 Small cars
WheeGo Hyundai Bayon 4 2 Large cars
GreenMotion Fiat Egea 5 2 Large cars

Our Customers' Reviews

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United Kingdom
Fiat Egea
21 January 2024
I had a fantastic experience with this car rental company! Mr. Eyüp was a pleasure to deal with – incredibly responsive and helpful. The car was comfortable, and the entire process was extremely easy. A delightful experience overall!
United Kingdom
Renault Clio
1 November 2023
A great road trip from Istanbul to Ankara, Capoadochia and down across to Pammukale .A different cultural Turkey and well worth doing
United Kingdom
Renault Clio
18 October 2023
Drove 1500 km, explored the Gallipoli battle sites and the Troad very thoroughly.
United Kingdom
Hyundai Tucson
25 September 2023
Drive from Istanbul to Izmir and back for sight seeing. Using phone navigation all went well.
United Kingdom
Fiat Egea
29 August 2023
Turkey is a great country. We really enjoyed travelling to Istanbul, Troy, Ephesus, Pamukkale, the Saklikent Gorge, Demre, Kayakoy, Antalya.
United Kingdom
Kia Stonic
4 June 2023
Bolu and Cappadocia. Turkey is diverse and incredibly full of magical places. It is a 'must' to visit this wonderful country
United Kingdom
Renault Clio
2 June 2023
ENJOYED VISITING SHOPPING MALLS, HISTPRICAL PLACES
United Kingdom
Ford Tourneo Courier
10 February 2023
The best car rental
United Kingdom
Renault Clio
10 September 2022
I went to konya, Kapadokya, Bursa etc. Great places Beautiful natural scenery. Love to drive Great clean roads. Excellent service stations. Fuel prices same n the motorway As in the cty😇😇
United Kingdom
Fiat Egea
8 February 2022
Car Model is good but conditions is not good
United Kingdom
Renault Clio
15 January 2022
Thank you green motion you are the best in SAW
United Kingdom
Renault Clio
15 June 2021
Istanbul is a lovely city I recommend it.
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Car Hire Statistics

Highest rated company
TorlakAuto
8.7 / 10
)
Lowest rated company
OTOQ
4.4 / 10
)
Total number of reviews
130
Total rental companies
56
Average daily price
£ 14.54
Lowest daily price
£ 9.61
Total cars available
4450

Top 56 Suppliers in Istanbul in 2024

TorlakAuto
TorlakAuto
Very good 8.7 / 46 reviews
2 locations
£ 14 - £ 278
Wish Car Rental
Wish Car Rental
Very good 8 / 153 reviews
2 locations
Dailydrive Rent A Car
Dailydrive Rent A Car
Very good 8 / 13 reviews
8 locations
£ 21 - £ 57
Europcar
Europcar
Good 7.8 / 207 reviews
8 locations
£ 14 - £ 68
Garenta
Garenta
Good 7.8 / 39 reviews
19 locations
£ 18 - £ 1069
Budget
Budget
Good 7.8
5 locations
Viaggiare
Viaggiare
Good 7.8
1 location
£ 46 - £ 138
Hertz
Hertz
Good 7.7
1 location
National
National
Good 7.7
1 location
Gri Rent A Car
Gri Rent A Car
Good 7.6 / 3 reviews
4 locations
drive365
drive365
Good 7.6 / 2 reviews
2 locations
£ 24 - £ 53
Myn Rent A Car
Myn Rent A Car
Good 7.6 / 2 reviews
2 locations
Cargini
Cargini
Good 7.6 / 1 review
2 locations
Ziraat Filo
Ziraat Filo
Good 7.6 / 1 review
6 locations
£ 34 - £ 117
Avis
Avis
Good 7.6
6 locations
Nokta rent a car
Nokta rent a car
Good 7.6
4 locations
Thrifty
Thrifty
Good 7.6
1 location
SIXT
SIXT
Good 7.5 / 75 reviews
7 locations
£ 20 - £ 224
DRIVUS
DRIVUS
Good 7.5 / 28 reviews
3 locations
£ 16 - £ 124
Ok Mobility
Ok Mobility
Good 7.5 / 22 reviews
1 location
£ 11 - £ 27
Avec Rent A Car
Avec Rent A Car
Good 7.4 / 33 reviews
7 locations
£ 18 - £ 453
KAR Rent A Car
KAR Rent A Car
Good 7.4 / 10 reviews
14 locations
£ 17 - £ 66
EasyGo Car Rental
EasyGo Car Rental
Good 7.4 / 5 reviews
3 locations
£ 28 - £ 66
WindyCar
WindyCar
Good 7.3 / 153 reviews
5 locations
£ 15 - £ 106
Rent Go
Rent Go
Good 7.3 / 39 reviews
11 locations
£ 29 - £ 140
Alamo
Alamo
Good 7.2 / 85 reviews
2 locations
£ 22 - £ 156
EXPY Car Rentals
EXPY Car Rentals
Good 7.2 / 60 reviews
2 locations
£ 46 - £ 305
Yours Car Rental
Yours Car Rental
Good 7.2 / 1 review
2 locations
£ 23 - £ 82
GreenMotion
GreenMotion
Good 7.1 / 432 reviews
10 locations
£ 17 - £ 94
Enterprise
Enterprise
Good 7.1 / 34 reviews
21 location
£ 26 - £ 193
Optimo Rent
Optimo Rent
Good 7.1 / 6 reviews
2 locations
York Car Rental
York Car Rental
Good 7.1
1 location
£ 29 - £ 918
Autounion
Autounion
Good 7 / 248 reviews
5 locations
£ 15 - £ 109
AloCar
AloCar
Good 7 / 20 reviews
2 locations
£ 37 - £ 74
Ecovia
Ecovia
Good 7 / 3 reviews
2 locations
£ 34 - £ 63
WheeGo
WheeGo
Satisfactory 6.9 / 97 reviews
5 locations
£ 16 - £ 43
Hello Car Rental
Hello Car Rental
Satisfactory 6.8 / 16 reviews
2 locations
£ 25 - £ 277
AddCar
AddCar
Satisfactory 6.8 / 11 reviews
4 locations
£ 26 - £ 102
Novacar
Novacar
Satisfactory 6.8 / 11 reviews
3 locations
£ 30 - £ 107
Keddy
Keddy
Satisfactory 6.7 / 201 review
5 locations
£ 18 - £ 63
Circular car hire
Circular car hire
Satisfactory 6.7 / 196 reviews
2 locations
£ 15 - £ 89
Nissa Car Rental
Nissa Car Rental
Satisfactory 6.6 / 128 reviews
25 locations
£ 14 - £ 243
Matcar Rental Turkey
Matcar Rental Turkey
Satisfactory 6.6 / 25 reviews
5 locations
£ 12 - £ 138
Essence Car Rental
Essence Car Rental
Satisfactory 6.5 / 248 reviews
5 locations
£ 18 - £ 33
Autovia
Autovia
Satisfactory 6.5 / 4 reviews
2 locations
£ 33 - £ 66
United Rent A Car
United Rent A Car
Satisfactory 6.5 / 2 reviews
2 locations
£ 1665 - £ 1831
Carwiz
Carwiz
Satisfactory 6.4 / 41 review
2 locations
£ 19 - £ 97
NoktAutos
NoktAutos
Satisfactory 6.3 / 254 reviews
2 locations
£ 21 - £ 77
Pandora
Pandora
Satisfactory 6.2 / 335 reviews
3 locations
£ 41 - £ 44
CarQ
CarQ
Satisfactory 6.2 / 8 reviews
2 locations
Goldcar
Goldcar
Satisfactory 6 / 140 reviews
2 locations
£ 19 - £ 45
Surprice
Surprice
Poor 5.9 / 27 reviews
2 locations
£ 27 - £ 76
Carnet Car Rental
Carnet Car Rental
Poor 5.8 / 40 reviews
2 locations
£ 42 - £ 56
RightCars
RightCars
Poor 4.9 / 58 reviews
1 location
Hit
Hit
Poor 4.7 / 102 reviews
2 locations
£ 10 - £ 75
OTOQ
OTOQ
Poor 4.4 / 68 reviews
2 locations
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