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Driving in Turkey

Rich with culture, history and fascinating geography, Turkey is a country well worth exploring by road.

Turkey landscape

Getting started

Turkey is famous for its beautiful coastline and beaches, but there’s more to this country than sun, sea and sand.

As a centre of trade and civilisation for thousands of years, Turkey is rich with historical sights and diverse geography just waiting to be discovered.

Hit the road

Getting to Turkey by car from the UK requires a trans-European trek, which will tax your car and your wallet. That's why most visitors hire a car on arrival.

The roads interlinking cities and populated areas are generally of good quality, but they can deteriorate rapidly as you venture off the beaten track.

The standard of driving, and of vehicles on Turkey’s roads, varies wildly too. Frantic city traffic and poorly surfaced rural roads require care and concentration at the wheel.

Star drive

Sampling some of Turkey’s vast coastline is a must on any visit to this country. The Aegean Coast, lined with stunning beaches and historic sites, is one of the most beautiful on offer.

A long section of this twisty coast road can be found by heading west off the E87 past Selçuk, easily accessible from the large port town of Izmir.

While in the area, be sure to visit historic Ephesus, home to the ruins of the Temple of Artemis - one of the original Seven Wonders of the World.

Best of the rest

Istanbul skyline

Driving in Turkey’s largest city, Istanbul, is an experience to be savoured. It has an expansive road network that comprises everything from multi-lane highways to narrow, cobbled streets.

The ancient and vast city walls, which are some of the most complicated fortification systems ever built, still remain partially intact.

Laws of the land

  • The minimum age for visiting drivers is 18.
  • Dipped headlights are required in poor visibility and after sunset.
  • The alcohol limit is 0.05% or 0% if towing.
  • Drivers must carry a first aid kit, fire extinguisher and two warning triangles.

Turkish speed limits

Road type

Speed limit

Residential areas

50 km/h

Built-up areas

50 km/h

Outside built-up areas

90 km/h

Motorways

120 km/h

Limits are reduced by 10 km/h if towing

Planning on driving to another country? Take a look at our section on driving in Europe.

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