Make the most of your time in Turkey’s capital and rent a car upon your arrival to explore everything you’ve dreamed of seeing whenever you want to. Ankara is a big city and there is much to discover, from the Mausoleum to the Citadel. Don’t rely on public transport to get from A to B, and conveniently get to all the sights by car.
When flying into Ankara Esenboga Airport, the easiest way to get off to the right start in the city is by picking up a rental car directly from the airport grounds. There are some rental car agencies onsite such as Sixt, Hertz, and Budget. Most of them have the pickup location at the terminal, so follow the signs to the car rental center, and be in the heart of Ankara in about 40 minutes. By public transport it will take you almost 2 hours.
Although driving in Ankara is generally a pleasant experience, the road conditions can be poor in some areas. If possible, try to avoid driving at night, as some streets are not well-lit in the nighttime and drivers may not see bumps or other obstructions on the road. Driving defensively is also recommended in Ankara, as the local drivers have a reputation of being somewhat unpredictable. Always double-check before entering an intersection or changing lanes.
Being stuck in traffic is not a pleasant experience, regardless of where you are, so avoiding the rush hours is a good start. As with most big cities, increased traffic is a regular occurrence, usually on weekdays between 8-9am and 6-7pm. Also note that the drinking limit in Turkey is 0mg, so never drink even a single drink and drive, as law enforcement is extremely strict.
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FAQs about renting a car in Ankara
Some car rental companies in Ankara which have updated their car rental health and safety policies due to COVID-19 to make sure vehicles are clean and disinfected include Budget, Hertz and Avis
On average a hire car in Ankara costs C$ 34 per day.
In the past 72 hours, the cheapest rental cars were found at Nokta Rent A Car (C$ 42/day), GREEN MOTION (C$ 46/day) and Alamo (C$ 57/day). In the last 72 hours the cheapest rental car price was found at GREEN MOTION Domestic Arrivals Terminal 06970 (24 kilometers from city center).
Yes, automatic cars are available in most car renting companies in Ankara. As cars with manual transmission are more common in many countries, you might have to pay an additional charge for renting an automatic car.
The average gas price in Ankara is C$ 4.42 per litre over the past 30 days. Filling up a gas tank costs between C$ 53 and C$ 71, depending on the car size.
Compact (Ford Focus or similar) is the most frequently booked rental car type in Ankara.
A Compact car rental in Ankara costs C$ 37 per day, on average.
A Economy car rental in Ankara costs C$ 34 per day, on average.
A Intermediate car rental in Ankara costs C$ 42 per day, on average.
In Ankara, cars are most frequently rented at Rhodium Domestic Arrivals Terminal (24 km from city centre ).
On average a rental car in Ankara costs C$ 236 per week (C$ 34 per day).
On average a rental car in Ankara costs C$ 1,010 per month (C$ 34 per day).
As gas prices are quite high in and around Ankara, it is recommended to rent an economy car rather than a big gas eater. A smaller car will also allow you to whizz in and out of the city easier as well as find a parking spot.
Speed limits in Turkey are given in kilometers per hour and within city limits up to 50 km/h (31 mph) is permitted. On rural roads outside built-up areas, up to 90 km/h (55 mph) can be driven and up to 120 km/h (74 mph) on highways. Always adhere to the speed limits and reduce your speed if the road conditions are poor.
Gas is pretty expensive in Ankara compared to the US, but is lower compared to some European countries. The average price is around 6 Turkish Lira per liter ($1.12, or $4.23 per gallon). In many gas stations, you pay at the counter after refilling the tank. Usually cash and cards are accepted, but remember that cards often require the input of a PIN (personal identification number), so have cash prepared if you don’t have a PIN.
Parking in Ankara is not as complicated as in many other cities, and parking is widely available. On-street parking is often metered or has parking attendants who tell you how much to pay and also look after the car while you’re gone. Parking restrictions are indicated by a red or yellow line on the curb, and there are also garages and paid parking lots available for longer or overnight parking, like Aydin Parking or the Volcano Car Park.