Driving in Turkey

  • General Information

    Turkey has an extensive network of well-maintained roads linking its towns, cities and popular tourist areas. There has been, and continues to be, an investment by the Turkish government to improve the nation’s roads. There are a small number of vehicles on the road in Turkey compared to international standards.

  • Requirements

    To rent a car, you must be at least 21 years old (age may vary by car category) and have held your license for 1 year. Drivers under the age of 25 may incur a young driver surcharge. A few car classes have a maximum rental age of 70 years. Seatbelts are mandatory but child safety seats are not mandatory.

  • Speed Limits

    Speed limits in Turkey are as follows: City 31mph / 50kph Open Roads 56mph / 90kph Highways 56 mph / 90kph.

  • Rules of the Road

    Traffic travels on the right and caution in rural areas is advised since you are likely to encounter farm carts and animals in the road.

  • Gas

    Turkey does not have as many gas stations as does the rest of Europe. Stations are usually open 6am to 10pm and stations on the expressways are open 24 hours.

  • Tolls

    There are a few toll highways in Turkey.

  • Parking

    There is no metered parking in Turkey. Parking officials monitor the streets and collect fees for on-street parking. Most cities have garages and public parking lots.