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driving in Turkey

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driving in Turkey

What is it like driving round Turkey, I am thinking of driving from Istanbul to the south?

Edited: 09 April 2013, 12:32
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1. Re: driving in Turkey

Driving around Turkey is great. But take a good look at some maps. I would recommend flying from Istanbul to Izmir or Antalya, then hiring a car and looking around.

We don't recommend renting car in Istanbul because the traffic there is no fun, but also because the best way out of the city with a car is by ferry to Bursa. The road from Bursa to Izmir is easy (all dual-carriageway now) but not hugely exciting as far as the scenery goes.

Izmir to Antalya is a wonderful drive, taking in Bodrum, Marmaris, Datca, Fethiye and all the places nearby.

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Just like driving in any other country, your own included, the motto is "Always expect the unexpected "

Driving in Turkey safe except night drive between small cities

* Keep your eyes open and never assume people will follow the well known traffic rules such as stopping at red lights!! and don't assume they have seen you coming. Expect a car, lorry, minubus, bus, tractor, motorbike from everywhere.

* Watch out for lorries coming towards you, there is usually someone overtaking them without looking your way.

* People sometimes drive very impatiently driving very close to you from behind and beeping, just ignore them and let them go.

* Watch out for the minibuses (Dolmus) and coaches, they can stop anywhere anytime without warning to take or leave passengers.

* When you are more used to driving, drive confidently, don't expect people to give you way, you will need to be firm.

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3. Re: driving in Turkey

bumping up

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4. Re: driving in Turkey

Just came back from a trip to Istanbul and was quite happily surprised with driving there.

Rented a car in the Istanbul area and, although had a GPS, didn't use it much once I got used to the road signs as they were quite enough!

I only faced nice drivers on my way which breaks the generalization that hits Turkish drivers.

To be objective, I drove (although a lot) only in the Istanbul region so wouldn't know how it would be in the more "rural" areas :)

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