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25.05.2018

Tips on traveling to Turkey by Car

Traveling to Turkey by car can be a long but fun experience. If you are planning a road trip to Turkey, you need to carefully prepare your car for the road, as well as yourself. You can drive to Turkey via Bulgaria, Italy or Greece. You don’t have to worry about bringing your own car to Turkey as they are allowed up to 6 months. 

What to do when crossing the Turkish border

Make sure to have your passport ready. Check if your passport is up to date and is still valid. Along with your passport, you will need an international driving licence, an international green card (traffic insurance), automobile licence and automobile registration papers and tax number. You can buy insurance for your car at the border. 

If you are planning to rent a car in Turkey, just book a rental car online and pick it up at the airport. If you don’t drive manual, you will usually have to pay extra. To rent a car in Turkey, you need to be at least 21 years old and have at least one year’s driving experience. 

How to find driving directions in Turkey

You will definitely find a gas station in most of the highroads. Most of these stations also have restaurants nearby. Make sure you download Yandex on your phone for GPS because it is more accurate than other maps. Also, Turkish drivers are amongst the most unpredictable and lawless drivers out there, so make sure you drive with authority and lookout for fast drivers. Be warned, not everyone uses their indicators either.

Look out for the speed radars and cameras in Turkey and make sure to stop at police checkpoints if they want to pull you over. You should try and learn how to say where you are coming from and where you are going in Turkish, just in case they don’t speak English. 

Road trip to Turkey from Europe

Make sure you do your research before you begin your road trip. Get a big map and establish certain check points for your route. Decide where you would like to have a break and check the distance between cities and countries. Have a mechanic check your car, your tires, and small things like windshield water and more. Pack up loads of water (especially if you are travelling in summer), first aid kit, and packed food. 

Most importantly, enjoy the trip and don’t let anything ruin your fun! If you are travelling with your family, you can find some games to play in the car and make a music playlist for the road. London to Istanbul by car is a 30-34 hour drive, and with breaks in between, it will surely take a few days. Good luck