Car Hire from Trabzon Airport
Trabzon sits in the northeast of Turkey, on the Black Sea coast. It was once a key stop on the Silk Road and has welcomed a variety of people, cultures and influences throughout the centuries. If you’re planning a Turkish road trip, it’s easy to hire a car from Trabzon Airport. With your own set of wheels you’ll be able to explore the beautiful scenery and coastline of this Black Sea region at your own pace.
Where to hire a car at Trabzon Airport
There are ten car hire offices based at Trabzon Airport, including Avis, Enterprise, Europcar, Circular Car Hire, Budget and Garenta. Their offices can be found inside the Domestic Terminal, in the arrivals hall.
Petrol Stations near Trabzon Airport
If you need to return your hire car with a full tank of petrol, you’ll find a service station located just five minutes from the airport terminal. It’s a Total garage on the E70, east from the airport.
Driving around Trabzon Airport
The E70 is the main route travelling to and from the airport. It’s a coastal road which travels westbound into Trabzon and eastbound to Yomra and Surmene. From Trabzon it’s also possible to pick up the E97 which heads south towards Macka and Torul.
You can drive in Turkey using just your standard driving license as long as you have a photo card license. If you have only the paper part of your license, you’ll need to apply for an International Driving Permit prior to travel.
Roads around big towns and cities are usually in good condition but you may find poorer road surfaces if you’re travelling to villages and rural areas.
Getting to your destination
When you hire a car from Trabzon Airport, there are lots of exciting destinations within easy reach. Here are a few of them:
Trabzon is a busy port city on the Black Sea coast. It’s a sophisticated city with a wealth of cafes and restaurants as well as a bustling bazaar. Visitors can marvel at the architecture of the Aya Sofya mosque or the Byzantine monastery at Sumela and watch the world go by on the city’s main square, Ataturk Alani.
It takes around 10 minutes to drive from Trabzon Airport to Trabzon city centre, taking route E70 westbound along the coast before heading south into the city. Roads around Trabzon city are narrow and winding so you’ll need a good map to find your way around. It may be an idea to park on the outskirts of town and use the city’s public transport system to get to major attractions.
Hidirnebi Plateau is a nature spot popular with Trabzon locals. It offers incredible views over the Black Sea coast and lots of beautiful woodland. Visitors can also explore the Cal Cave, the second longest cave in the world, see waterfalls and climb up to an ancient castle.
It takes just over an hour to drive from Trabzon Airport to Hidirnebi Plateau. Drivers should take the E70 westbound through Trabzon city and then head southwest before reaching Akcaabat. The road leading to the plateau is winding, with a number of hairpin bends, so be prepared to take your time.
Uzungöl is a small village and lake set in a valley south of Trabzon. It’s a picturesque place with imposing mountains and green forests. From the village, visitors can head off on treks through the surrounding countryside, visit the lakeside mosque or enjoy great food at one of the village’s numerous cafés and restaurants.
Uzungöl is around 80 minutes’ drive from Trabzon Airport, taking the E70 east and then the D915 south. The village is small and very easy to navigate. However, it is popular at weekends and during holidays so you may have to do some searching for a car parking space at these times.