Car Rental in Istanbul
This information is correct as of July 2015.
Where to rent a car in Istanbul
Istanbul, the largest city in Turkey, is served by several car rental firms that you may choose from if you would like to rent a vehicle to travel around the city and to nearby areas. These car rental companies can be found around Uskudar, Bachelievler, Zeytiburnu, Sisli, Beyoglu, and other areas. The car rental companies flock the above mentioned districts. Some of the car rental companies that have offices in the city include Ceka, Economic Rent-a-car, Esya Rent-a-car, Ambassador's ravel, Euro Car Rental, and Rent-a-car Istanbul. Major companies such as Avi, Europcar, Sixt, and Budget also operate in Istanbul. Some of the common pick-up and drop-off points for car rentals include Istanbul Ataturk Airport, Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen Airport, the city centre, Istanbul Atasehir, Istanbul Etiler, Hilton Taksim, and Istanbul Kartal (Asian side). During the booking process, local customers should simply present valid identification documents, locally-issued driver's licence, and the payment confirmation as deemed required by your respective car rental agencies. International customers meanwhile may have to present passports and international driving permits along with your identification cards. Car rental options in the city range from economical five-seater cars to bigger vans or camper vehicles. Sometimes, certain car rental companies offer limousines and luxury vehicles by request.
What to expect when renting a car from Istanbul
Istanbul is a huge city in Turkey and it is quite intimidating to drive here at first. However, for explorers who wish to enjoy the ride, this is considered as part of the journey. Traffic in Istanbul peaks at 8:00 in the morning up until 10:00 in the morning, and in the afternoon at around 4:00 until the early evening. Road conditions are at par with most European cities, although markings can be tricky as they are written in the local language. Other road regulations, such as traffic signs, pedestrian lanes, speed limits, and others, should be followed accordingly too.
The main motorways that serve the city are the O-1, forming the inner ring road through to Bosphorus Bridge; O-2, forming the outer ring road and crossing the Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge; O-3, continuing west to Edirne; and O-4, continuing east to Ankara. O-3 and O-4 are toll motorways, and O-2, O-3, and O-4 are coterminous with European route E-80. The Bosphorus Bridge and the Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge form the only road crossings between Turkey’s Asian and European sides. The bridges also have toll stations which do not accept cash – payment must be made via electronic cards.
Getting to your destination
Essentially called the Constantinople of many civilisations that passed through Istanbul, the Sultanahmet destination is famous for its historical landmarks that describe the city's past.
Sultan Ahmet is located within the city centre of Istanbul, along the Atmeydani Cd.
Fancy some nightlife escapades within Istanbul? Galata is the place for you. Galata includes the districts of Beyoglu, Istiklal, and Taksim, which functions as 'The Strip' of Galata. The said areas also have their own share of sights and accommodation.
Galata can be reached by travelling through the Ragip Gumuspala Cd. and Ataturk Koprusu towards Mesrutiyet Cd. In Beyoglu. This will lead to the ikkl Belediye Cd. to Buyuk Hendek Cd., which is right at the centre of Galata.
Known as the European bank of the city, Bosphorus acts as the home to refined palaces, parks, waterfront mansions, and bohemian neighbourhoods in Istanbul.
Bosphorus can be reached through a 40-minute ride through the Avrupa Otoyolu/O-3 Road.