Car Hire in Istanbul
Car hire in Istanbul
Whether you need a small car for the city or you’re planning an extensive tour, there’s a wide range to choose from with Avis car rental. You’ll find our usual range of services, including breakdown assistance and out-of-hours return, as well as optional child seats and satellite navigation.
Below are the Avis car hire locations in and around Istanbul. Please follow the links to find detailed information about each one.
Explore Istanbul and beyond with Avis
This is the place where Europe meets Asia and ancient history meets a vibrant modern city that knows how to party and have fun.
At its heart is the relatively compact walled city on the Fatih peninsula, where the main historical attractions are located.When you’ve enjoyed your fill of the city, just choose a continent and enjoy the freedom that Avis car rental provides.
The Topkapı Palace is part Ottoman command centre, part opulent oriental pleasure dome. Explore the jewels of the Imperial Treasury, the Imperial Harem or the pavilions and gardens of the innermost courtyard.
Hagia Sophia andthe Blue Mosque
Right next door, all minarets and domes, are two of the city’s signature buildings: the Hagia Sophia and the elegant Blue Mosque. The former was built as a Byzantine church, became an Ottoman mosque and is now a museum filled with Byzantine frescoes and mosaics. The Blue Mosque takes its name from the more than 20,000 hand-crafted Iznik tiles that adorn its magnificent interior.
As well as being a centre of Ottoman government, Istanbul was, and still is, a major commercial centre. In addition to the wide range of world-class shopping venues, you’ll find one of the oldest and largest covered markets in the world: the Grand Bazaar. Whether you’re after simple souvenirs or carpets and gold, it’s the perfect place to hone those haggling skills.
The best modern shopping is to the north of the old city, across the Golden Horn, in Beyoğlu, Beşiktaş and Şişli. You’ll also find many of the city’s upscale restaurants, cafés and bars, and some surprisingly vibrant nightlife.
Istanbul International Music Festival
If you’re here in early summer, don’t miss the Istanbul International Music Festival, which celebrates classical music, ballet and opera from around the world. The Biennial, a contemporary art exhibition, has been held every other year since 1987 and is a spectacular showcase of Turkish and international art.
When things get hot, take a cruise on the Bosphorus and get a fresh view of the city and its waterside palaces and mansions. Alternatively, you can visit one of the many Turkish baths, after which the city will feel positively air-conditioned!
To get off the beaten track, head over into Asia for the picturesque neighbourhoods, waterside restaurants and some excellent shopping on Bağdat Caddesi.
Europe or Asia?
When the mercury rises, it's good to know there are peaceful havens nearby. Better still, there’s an excellent road network – and Avis car rental – to get you there.
The beach resort of Kilyos on the European Black Sea coast offers long, sandy beaches and a cool, refreshing breeze just 22 miles north of city. The nearby Belgrad Forest is another popular getaway, and features seven ancient reservoirs, natural springs and Ottoman-era aqueducts.
WWI battlefields of Gallipoli
If you’re feeling more adventurous, try the 186-mile road trip around the Sea of Marmara to the WWI battlefields of Gallipoli. Make your base at picturesque Çanakkale and explore the excavations at Troy.
Alternatively, in Asia, you’ll find another delightful Black Sea resort about an hour north-east of the city. In addition to its beautiful beaches and excellent fish restaurants, Şile is famous for its lightweight cotton fabric and garments.
En route to Şile, hidden in a huge forest, is the fascinating village of Polonezköy. Founded by Polish settlers in 1842, it’s a fabulous haven of unspoilt beauty that is only accessible by car.
There are more treats in store if you head south from the city and along the Marmara coast. The old walled town of Iznik is 111 miles from Istanbul and famous for its elegant blue pottery and tiles. Backed by orchards and hills, it has a beautiful lakeside setting. From here, you can travel on to the nearby resort of Termal, which, as the name suggests, is famous for its mineral baths.
For something a little different and closer to the city, try the Princes’ Islands in the Sea of Marmara. Originally a place of exile for Byzantine princes, they’re now a popular escape from the summer heat.