Beginning in Europe in the west and stretching towards the Middle East, Turkey is the perfect destination for anyone with a thirst for adventure. Fusing cultural influences from East and West, the country is home to many great natural wonders, bustling cities and examples of ancient architecture that, centuries later, still take your breath away. The food here is to die for, as are the bazaars that are at the heart of most towns and cities selling furnishings, clothes, unique gifts and spices which can’t be found anywhere else. Meanwhile, the country’s beaches are usually packed during summer and no wonder – Turkey enjoys a climate which makes it the envy of most of Europe!
Driving in Turkey
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Rural Speed Limit
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Important things to note
If staying in Turkey for more than three months, you will need an International Driving Permit.
You may need a Green Card that’s valid for both the European and Asian parts of Turkey. It will help to further validate your insurance.
You will have to pay toll charges while driving on some motorways, but it’s possible to pay in cash.
Driving culture in Turkey
What are the roads like in Turkey?
The Turkish road network, while impressive in places, is inconsistent. Typically, the further east you go, the more likely you are to encounter potholes, cracks and bumps, especially on some of the rural routes. The network of highways in Turkey is pretty comprehensive, and generally avoids going through city centres.
What are the drivers like in Turkey?
In heavy traffic, drivers can be aggressive and inpatient after even the most minor of incidents, but when the traffic eases, driving here is much less problematic. It’s advisable to drive cautiously and always be aware of what other motorists are doing.
What are the best times to drive?
Naturally, you’ll want to avoid the morning and evening rush hours, which are pretty intense in Istanbul and Ankara. Driving during mid-morning is pretty hassle-free on weekdays. Saturday, on the other hand, is far trickier if wanting to avoid getting caught in a jam. Sundays are more hectic than you might think.
What are the driving laws?
To drive in Turkey, you must have a passport plus relevant paperwork, a GB sticker for the back of your car, your motor insurance certificate. It is mandatory to travel with a first aid kit, fire extinguisher and two warning triangles in the car. You should ensure that everyone wears a seatbelt. Children under the age of 10 are not permitted to sit in the front seat of the car. Children under 4ft 11 and 35kg must wear an appropriate child restraint.