Car Hire in Istanbul Airport
Istanbul Airport is just south of the city, on the western side of the harbour.
This information is correct as of October 2015
Where to hire a car at Istanbul Airport
Alamo, Avis, Central, budget, Circular, Enterprise, Dollar, Essense, Europcar, PNR, Sixt and Thrifty all have branches within Istanbul airport, and you can rent a variety of different cars – from the cute and compact to the large and robust.
Petrol stations close at Istanbul Airport
Depending on your car rental agreement, you may need to hand your car back with a full tank.
The airport is surrounded by a number of petrol stations, so you’ll always be able to find one whether you’re coming in or out. There’s a petrol station on both side of the airport as you exit via the main road.
Driving around at Istanbul Airport
Istanbul Airport is very well connected to the city with a number of main roads, and the network of roads around the country mean it’s easy to road trip here too. Although many people think the roads in Turkey may be similar to that of Greece, they’re well looked after here and the majority of them are paved – especially the main highways.
Generally, when parking in Turkey there is a parking attendant who will make a note of the time you arrived, and leave you with a bill at the end of your parking session. In major cities, there are allocated car parking spots.
Popular destinations to drive to from Istanbul Airport
Istanbul is one of the most interesting cities in Europe, sitting on the continental border between Europe and Asia.
Head onto the E5 when exiting the airport, then head onto the D100 for 12km to reach Istanbul. This will lead you into the south of the city. It can be pretty hard to get a parking spot in the centre of Istanbul, as it’s such a busy city, but on street parking is available. There is a multi-story car park in karakoy that’s fairly close to the centre.
Uskudar is on the other side of the harbour to the airport, so you’ll be crossing the bridge to get there. This is the Asian side of Istanbul, and it’s the perfect place to soak up the beauty of the harbour with a glass of hot tea.
Head onto the D5 and E100 as though you were to head into the city of Istanbul. Continue on this road for 25km, crossing the bridge over to Uskudar.
Essenyurt is slightly off the beaten track, in the opposite direction of the city. There are a few hotels here in case you want to stay outside of Istanbul.
Instead of heading north, the road to Esenyurt will take you back to the other side of the airport. When exiting the airport, merge onto the O3/E80, and follow the signs for Esenyurt. Turn right to take the exit for Hoşdere-Esenyurt.