Turkey Driving Guide – SPEND LESS, DO MORE
Turkish history is a rich patchwork covering more than 4000 years – a diverse modern country steeped in fascinating history.
Turkey is at the northeast end of the Mediterranean Sea, straddling Europe and Asia and divided by the Dardanelles, the Sea of Marmara, and the Bosporus.
With big landscapes, tall mountains, expansive farmland and unspoilt villages, Turkey is made for driving and cruising through the countryside is highly rewarding. During your visit to Turkey you can also join in on a variety of activities such as diving, rafting, hiking, caving and sailing or skiing in winter.
Fall in love with magnificent Istanbul
Istanbul, once known as Constantinople, is the most populous city in Turkey and driving from east to west can take several hours. Istanbul is a melting pot of cultures and although not the capital of Turkey, a visit to Turkey is incomplete without spending time in this magnificent city. A photo on the Bosporus Bridge is a must-have to share.
The list of things to do and see in Istanbul is endless and many of the places do not charge an entrance fee. The famous Grand Bazaar and exotic Spice Bazaar are the places to shop for gifts and souvenirs. You are expected to bargain with the shopkeepers, which mean you can negotiate amazing deals if you have the patience! And don’t miss the chance to taste the delicacies of the Istanbul cuisine.
A tour on the Bosphorus is a good starting point to witness the unique beauty of the city skyline. Fascinating places like Dolmabahce Palace, the 6th century Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, Blue Mosque in the Sultanahmet area and Suleymaniye Mosque are the best-known sights of Istanbul and have all stood the test of centuries.
Cappadocia – exploring the home of fairies
Cappadocia, with its mesmerizing ‘fairy chimneys’, is one of the most remarkable places in Turkey. The best way to view the real beauty of the region, is to take a hot air balloon tour which will leave you with unforgettable memories.
The town of Avanos, on the banks of the Kizilirmak River, northern Cappadocia, is famous for its pottery-making. From there you have a choice of short drives. It is a mere 18 km to Nevsehir, the capital city of the province, or 17 km southeast to Urgup. Urgup is the region’s most upscale and contemporary tourist city, with many centuries-old cave dwellings and fairy chimneys, rock churches and vineyards. A mix of ancient and modern, Urgup is a centre for traditional handmade carpets, but also has a lively nightlife.
The Ihlara Valley, 97 km southwest of Nevsehir, is a 14 km long gorge cut into volcanic rock in the southern part of Cappadocia. The canyon is home to over 100 carved churches and an estimated 4,000 dwellings hidden in the cliff walls. The Valley boasts unique flora with spectacular scenery.
Kayseri Erkilet Airport is closest to the Cappadocia region.
Antalya is a piece of heaven rising from the Mediterranean
Antalya is one of the major ancient cities of the Mediterranean with world-renowned natural beauty. Do not leave without visiting the streets within the historical Kaleici district. Then you can head down to the modern city centre and enjoy some shopping and leisure time at the Bazaar. Or for a really exhilarating day, drop in at the amazing water parks of Aqualand and Dolphinland.
Driving up the coast and exploring different beaches is great fun and can be a full day excursion. There are many natural white sandy beaches along the coast stretching all the way to Side and Gazipasa.
Turkey has so much to see and do all year round – just choose a date. To find the best deals and choices for rental cars and accommodation you need not look further than Cheaperthancars and Cheaperthanhotels. When you spend less on the deals and choice we offer you really will have more to do with the money you save.
Turkey is waiting for you!
The Cheaperthancars Team
Driving Tips – Turkey
Driving through Turkey can be a great way to see local attractions. However, keep in mind that road conditions are poor in some parts. Either way, the information below will help you as you travel.
Be sure to take the proper documentation with you when you travel to Turkey. You’ll need the following items:
You may also need:
Driving Rules, Laws and Regulations
Speed Limits and Fines
Speed limits are posted in kilometres per hour. Unless the roads are marked differently, the speed limits are generally as follows:
Fines can range anywhere from 150 Turkish lira (under 30% over the speed limit) to 350 Turkish lira (over 30% above the speed limit). If you pay your fine quickly, you may get a discount of 25%.
The legal blood alcohol level is fairly low at 0.5%. That amount is basically the equivalent of one drink in an hour. If you are found above the legal limit, you may face one of the following:
Police have the right to demand a Breathalyzer test. You may be required to pay an on-the-spot fine, so be prepared.
Turkey does not have metered parking. You will pay an official if you need to pay for parking. For the most part, you can’t park on the street; rather, you’ll find parking lots in most cities. Generally, you will pay to park in a parking lot. Keep in mind your car can be towed if you park illegally.
While driving in Turkey can be a bit harrowing, seeing it by car is certainly an experience. Just make sure you familiarize yourself with the information above to keep you safe while you are there.