No matter what the reason for visiting Ankara, Turkey, a rental car allows streamlined travel and a more convenient way to visit this city's most famous attractions. Skyscanner makes it quick and simple to find the best prices on rental cars and hotels to make the trip to Turkey's capital city a memorable journey.
Car Rental Options in Ankara
The most convenient place to rent a car in Ankara is at Esenboga Ankara Airport, which is about 30 minutes, or 30 kilometres from Ankara city centre. There are many reputable car rental agencies here including Budget, Alamo, Europcar, and many others which offer a range of vehicles to suit just about any type of travel.
While the airport typically has a better selection, visitors can save even more money by taking a shuttle, bus, or taxi into the city. The 442 bus just outside of the international and domestic terminal takes people into the city, while the Havas Shuttle takes travelers to several stops and eventually, the main transport terminal, known as Asti. Once in the city centre, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Hertz, Avis, and Sixt have some of the best deals whether looking for a luxury car or a go-anywhere SUV.
What You Need to Know When Driving in Ankara
Travelers used to westernized driving may find Ankara a bit shocking and disorganized when getting into the city. Locals drive erratically and unpredictably, meaning that defensive driving is the preferred method. All traffic is on the right side of the road, and the left lane is only for passing other vehicles. Drivers and passengers must wear seat belts at all times. Using a phone while driving is illegal. Speed limits are 50 kmh in towns and cities, 90 kmh on open roads, and 120 on motorways.
It may surprise you to find out that, if caught breaking the law, police officers expect a payment at the time of the infraction, and if drivers don't have the cash, the officer escorts them to an ATM for payment. This isn't a bribe, but just the way the Turks conduct traffic fines.
Parking is readily available in most cities in garages, lots, or on the street. Drivers can make payments to a meter, but most often there's an attendant.
Top Attractions in Ankara
Ankara is a beautiful and scenic city with over 2,000 years of history. After renting a car and settling into a hotel from Skyscanner, it's time to explore this massive urban centre that's larger than nearly every city in North America. History buffs will love visiting Anitkabir, the Mausoleum of Ataturk. Ataturk was the founding father of Turkey, and on the anniversary of his death, over 500,000 Turks visit the museum.
For the wandering explorer, the Old Quarter is the ideal trip. Here, visitors can see old, red-roofed homes, eat authentic Turkish food, and do some shopping. To top off a visit, the panoramic views from Atakule Tower are stunning and perfect for a photograph.
Using Skyscanner's app, it's always simple to find a flight, hotel, or car rental in Ankara. This alluring city is one that should be on everyone's bucket list.