Istanbul car hire

Hire from Istanbul Atatürk Airport

Avis (, Budget (, Europcar (, and Hertz ( all have desks in the international arrivals area, as does local car-rental agency Decar (+90 212 465 45 55).

Hire from Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen Airport

Budget (, Decar (+90 216 588 05 40), and Hertz ( have offices in the international terminal.

City-based hire

The major car-rental firms all have offices around Taksim Square, the non-airport location that will probably be most convenient for visitors. Many also have offices on Bağdat Caddesi, the Asian side’s busy shopping strip.

Avis ( has offices near Taksim (Abdülhakhamit Caddesi, İnal Apt. No. 72/A, Elmadağ; +90 212 297 96 10) and in Asia (Bağdat Caddesi, Hisar Apt. No. 162/C, Selamiçeşme; +90 216 355 36 65).

Budget ( has offices near Taksim (Abdulhakhamit Caddesi, İnal Apt. No. 72A, Elmadağ; +90 212 297 43 93) and in Asia (Bağdat Caddesi No. 444, Suadiye; +90 216 380 56 55).

Europcar ( has an office near Taksim (Topcu Caddesi No. 1, Elmadağ; +90 212 254 77 10).

Hertz ( has offices near Taksim (Yedikuyular Caddesi No. 4/1, Elmadağ; +90 212 225 64 04) and in Asia (Bağdat Caddesi No. 146, Feneryolu; +90 216 337 09 88).

What you need to know about car hire

Istanbul is crowded with traffic (and bad drivers), fuel is expensive, and parking is scarce; unless you’re planning extensive travel outside the city or to its farthest-flung suburbs, renting a car is likely more hassle than it’s worth.

If you do decide to drive, be aware that Turkey is a relatively expensive place to rent a car and that most vehicles are manual transmission.

You have to be 21 years old to rent a car and have had your driver’s licence for a year. An international driver’s permit is not necessary, but can be helpful. I recommend getting the additional collision damage waiver as fender-benders are not uncommon.