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    Well, I did hire a car a couple of times (against the advice of a couple of informed friends) and did live to tell the tale, but as a rule would probably say it will leave you fairly stressed which is not at all in the spirit of the Turkish experience. Having said that though I should mention that I hadn’t driven a great deal in over 2 years on account of London living and a left hand drive car in a foreign country is probably not the best scenario to consider brushing up on skills! However Dolmuses are great in Turkey and will almost definitely connect you to most areas you want to go. Apart from the freedom that a car will obviously give you I did find it fairly handy, particularly in Cappadocia to get out and explore some of the landscape on my own timetable. We also left early morning to drive to one of the underground cities in time for opening, hired our guide at the site and beat the first of the packed tourist buses that start rolling in shortly after. I would say that it’s fine for rural/coastal regions where traffic is fairly light, but just beware of slightly mental overtaking and definitely avoid the cities. almost 12 years ago

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    It is an interesting adventure driving in Turkey. You have such a mixture of roads and driving skills, that it really is an adventure in itself! To be honest, I have always found the cost of a car hire prohibitive in comparison to using the excellent bus network that operates throughout the whole of Turkey. I tend to take internal flights and buses to get around, and only hire cars if its absolutely necessary.

    Dolmus are local buses which are quite small, usually without any A/C and leave when they are full and therefore there isnt really a proper structured timetable for them. Bigger buses with A/C, movies, toilets and snacks operate throughout the country and depart on a schedule.

    I have found when I have had a car, that you really need your wits about you. The roads can be fantastic highways which are fairly empty - for example, travelling from Gazientep to Adana is fantastic - or they can be little more than a track with people overtaking without any thought, care or caution about anyone else.

    The road from Antalya to Kas is such a mixture. The hairpin bends with sheer drops into the sea are scary and fantastic! Accidents are very much a common thing and the further away from a main town you go, the worse the driving seems to become!

    So in answer to your question, it is safe to drive, but you have to be extremely careful and fully aware. over 11 years ago

    Answered by Sam Richards via Site_iconTravellr.com
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    Of course it is safe, you should not panic. From the outside people think Turkey is a very insecure country but you can believe me that Turkey is safer than the numerous European countries. And also by this way you will have the opportunity to see more places. Have a nice holiday! over 10 years ago

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    Its fine we drove in around Turkey for 2 weeks while backpacking several years ago, was no different to driving in peak hour traffic in any city, the country roads are fine as well. Just watch out for the mad tourist buses.. over 10 years ago

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    Do not drive in Turkey. My travel doc said this is the most dangerous thing you can do in Turkey. Not only are the roads and speeds different than what you are likely used to, Turks tend not to respect lanes, and overtaking/passing on moutainous roads is often on blind corners. As a foreigner, if you are in an accident, you can very easily end up "at fault" with no way to prove otherwise, and thus hefty fines or even jail time. Legal cases can take a long time to resolve.
    Plus, buses in Turkey are very comfortable and cheap, and flights are well-priced. over 9 years ago

    Answered by TravelEater via Site_iconWorldNomads.com
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    Definetely unsafe for both you and the pedestrians, and unfortunately we have the most expensive fuel on earth! over 9 years ago

    Answered by Ozan/ 32 via Site_iconAsk a Nomad iPad app
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    This video should answer your question: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WWpj78qSQ_0 And from my own experience there I can tell you that not much has changed in the last decades. over 8 years ago

    Answered by Michael Laudahn via Site_iconTravellr.com
    • This shows lack of attention/not taking into consideration road conditions rather than Turks being incredibly poor drivers. Try driving in Saudi/Middle East! My main reason for NOT driving is the cost of hiring a car/fuel and that infrastructure for public transport is in place & works really well. Sam Richards over 8 years ago
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    There is a brilliant bus service for long distances and taxis for short journeys. Road toll still distressingly high, although I drive 1000 km a week at home, I would not risk driving in Turkey. Lovely place, scary roads. over 8 years ago

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    yes sure its save just big city bussy thats all I am sure you will be enjoy travel by car to turkey about 8 years ago

    Answered by ugursan via Site_iconTravellr.com
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    You can see this type of accidents in most parts of Europe. I ve been driving in Turkey over 20 years and i pay attention on all traffic rules and i ve been into a minor accident just once out of all these years. it is so unlikely to have a car accident if you are a decent driver paying attention on rules. Turkey has alot of major highways and motorweys from west to east, sout to north. You will be just fine. almost 8 years ago

    Answered by Yavuz via Site_iconTravellr.com
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    I went to Turkey for the first time this month and took a rental car to Izmir -> Bergama -> Selcuk->Pamukkale->Fethiye -> Bodrum. I must say the most challenge was not the inner city driving, but the curvy gravel roads and mountain paths that took up and down the mountain without the safety of guard rails. I suggest not to look down. City driving was busy, but predictable. Drivers on a whole watched out for other moving objects (pedestrians, cars, animals, etc) and vice versa. Driver skills on a whole are pretty high, so if you don't hit them, they will avoid you. Tolls are a bitch, because apparently none of the places I expected to get the toll card had it (PTT, Banks). Luckily, the rental company was able to provide one. over 7 years ago

    Answered by Mo Cheng via Site_iconTravellr.com
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    I drove Ankara to Amasra and it was very thrilling but I would not recommend, especially curved narrow roads on Black Sea coast, but the sights are amazing, and the country side villages are amazing. over 7 years ago

    Answered by Asif via Site_iconWorldNomads.com

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