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Popular rental locations in Istanbul

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Car rental companies in Istanbul

Below are the car rental companies in Istanbul with the best ratings. Compare all ratings and prices of these rental companies in one search.

  • Autounion

    9.4 (4)
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  • Garenta

    8.4 (1)
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  • Hertz

    8 (5686)
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  • Sixt

    7.9 (2565)
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  • Enterprise

    7.8 (1606)
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  • Alamo

    7.6 (7456)
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  • Budget

    7.6 (8462)
  • Carwiz rent a car

    7.2 (317)
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  • Europcar

    7.2 (6691)
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  • Green Motion

    7.2 (1563)
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  • SurPrice car rentals

    7 (403)
  • Avis

    6.9 (4864)
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  • addCarRental

    6.7 (89)
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  • Global Rent a Car

    6.6 (132)
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  • InterRent

    6.4 (5748)
  • Circular car hire

    5.6 (8)
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  • Goldcar

    5.5 (4734)
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Istanbul Guide

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The phrase ‘east meets west’ has been used to describe many cities in the world, but only to Istanbul does the phrase literally apply. Dissected by the Strait of Bosphorus, this great Turkish city straddles two continents. On one side is Europe, while on the other is Asia. Istanbul has a history dating back to ancient times, but today, it is the home of 13.5 million people. Hiring a car is the practical choice for those wishing to enjoy excursions to the many excellent destinations right outside of Istanbul.

Who to Book With
Both local and international car rental companies are represented in Istanbul. Sixt has arguably the most locations, followed by Budget and Hertz. Other car hire companies include Alamo, Europcar, Dollar and Avis. The Galata district, north of historic Sultanahmet district, also has many locals firms such as Economic Rent A Car, Mass Rent A Car, Miller Car Rental and several others. To get the best prices, compare and book online before arrival.

Best Time to Go
Summers in Istanbul can be hot and humid, with temperatures reaching 35°C, while the winters tend to be cold and wet, sometimes involving snow. The best times to visit, therefore, are spring and autumn, when the weather is just right.

Need to Know Essentials
Upon collection of the rented vehicle, you must provide:

- An International Driving Permit or national licence with photo
- Proof of identity
- Confirmation of booking
- The credit card of renter (the same one used when the car was booked)

For more info read our FAQ's.

Driving in Istanbul can be a bit daunting for those used to places with light to moderate traffic. Jams are common during peak times on weekdays. Because of the lack of street signs, it is common practice to ask pedestrians or fellow motorists for directions. The two sides of the city are connected by two bridges, the Bosphorus Bridge and the Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge, which both require payment for crossing.

More details on driving in Istanbul can be found in our guide to Turkey.


It may be confusing at first, but public transport in Istanbul is the best bet if you want to get around the many parts of this historic city without a car. Several types of rail services are available, covering both the European and Asian sides of the city. Buses complement the train system, while taxis, both private and shared types, are relatively cheap.

A ticket in Istanbul’s public transport system, covering buses, trains and even ferries, refers to a small plastic or metal token, which costs about £1. These tokens can be purchased at machines and kiosks found in bus and train stations. Only cash is accepted. Those who intend to use Istanbul’s public transport a lot can buy an Istanbulkart, which can be topped up at designated booths in stations and at newsagents. The buying card involves a non-refundable £3.60 deposit.

Trains & Trams
Several rail lines operate in the city. The modern tram plies through many important parts of downtown, including the Old Town in Sultanahmet. The underground metro and the light rail comprehensively cover the European side. Suburban commuter trains pass through the Sea of Marmara coast on both sides of the Bosphorus. A ride on any urban train costs a flat fare of £1.1, no matter how far you go.

Taxis are cheap and are perhaps the easiest way to get around the city outside the peak hours. Cab fares begin at around £1, increasing by £0.60 for every kilometre (0.62 mile) thereafter. This price system also applies to night travel. Shared taxis, locally called dolmuş, take passengers to and from set points in the city.

Buses cover many destinations in the city. Privately run buses are blue-green in colour, while the state-run IETT buses come in many different varieties. The flat fare is £0.50, but a pass called the Istanbulkart can be used on both private and IETT buses.


The main attractions of Istanbul, such as the Hagia Sophia, the Topkapı Palace and the Blue Mosque, are located in the historic district of Sultanahmet, a small area situated near the southern mouth of the Bosphorus. Public transport conveniently covers the area and those surrounding it. To explore the equally beautifully surrounds of this Turkish city, it is best to drive your own car, however, as public transport can unnecessarily prolong travel time.

Recommended Drives

Kilyos - This is an area north of the city along the Black Sea coast. It has several beaches and is thus an ideal daytrip for those visiting in the summer. When traffic is light, it can easily be reached within 30 minutes.

Atatürk Arboretum - This is a large wooded park area just three miles from the city. There are benches, a pond and grassy areas perfect for picnics. Bird-watching can also be enjoyed here in the autumn when birds migrate south from Europe.

Yoros Castle - This is a historic site on the Asian side of Istanbul near the northern mouth of the Bosphorus. Although much of the castle now lies in ruins, the area offers spectacular views. The castle sits on top of a hill right by the strait. A number of cafés have cropped up in recent years, making for relaxing stop-offs.

Practical information

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  • City speed limit
    50 km/h
  • Freeway speed limit
    110 km/h
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What most people want to know

The following questions and answers are a selection of the most popular questions. If you do not find the answer to your question, have a look at the Frequently Asked Questions page or contact us.

Is Carrentals.co.uk the cheapest?

Yes, we offer a guarantee of the lowest price - because we compare various retailers, we can always offer you the best price in town.

What do I need to do when picking up a car?

To pick up your car, you will need your voucher, passport, driver's license and a credit card. It is very important that your driver's license and credit card are in the same name as the main driver. Keep in mind that the local rental company will reserve a certain amount on your credit card as a deposit. This requires the PIN code for your credit card. If your driver's license is foreign (for example, in Chinese), you must bring a translation with you. Only your original passport and driver's license will be accepted - a copy is not sufficient.

Are there any additional costs?

In general, our rates are all-inclusive. Should there be any additional costs, our booking department will get in touch with you before issuing the invoice. Should you object, you can always cancel your reservation with no obligations attached (at least 48 hours in advance).

What kind of insurance is applicable to my car rental?

In general, Liability Insurance, Fire Insurance, All-Risks Insurance and Theft Insurance are included in the cost of your rental car.

What is a worry-free label?

This label indicates that a rental car satisfies the following requirements: Unlimited kilometers, no excess liability (and no excess cover available), sustainable energy policy, and that the car rental company has a good reputation. Availability of cars satisfying these four requirements will speed up the selection of a suitable vehicle for you.

How can I change or cancel my reservation?

You can cancel your reservation through "My Account". We recommend contacting us by phone if your changes to your booking or cancellation takes place at short notice (48 hours or less).

When will I get a confirmation of my booking?

Most reservations will receive confirmation within minutes after payment takes place. We recommend contacting our Booking Department for last minute reservations (pick-up within 48 hours).

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  • Autounion
  • Garenta
  • Hertz
  • Sixt
  • Enterprise
  • Alamo
  • Budget
  • Carwiz rent a car
  • Europcar
  • Green Motion
  • SurPrice car rentals
  • Avis
  • addCarRental
  • Global Rent a Car
  • InterRent
  • Circular car hire
  • Goldcar
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