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Istanbul, Turkey's largest city, sits on the Asia-Europe divide at the mouth of the Bosphorus Strait and is known across the globe for its rich history and culture, beautiful landscape, impressive architecture, and a wide range of other things. Istanbul is Turkey's cultural, economic, and historic hub, and has long been a battleground for religious, cultural, and imperial forces. It is now home to a number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Book your Istanbul car hire with Enjoy Travel for a memorable trip. Prices for car hire in Istanbul start from just €13 per day for a compact car like a Hyundai i10 or similar.

Guide to Istanbul

Geography

Istanbul is the largest city in Turkey and is the nation’s economic, historical and cultural centre. It straddles the Bosporus Strait and lies on the borders of both Europe and Asia.

Climate in Istanbul

Istanbul has a humid subtropical and oceanic climate. Summers are hot, humid and moderately dry. Winters are cool with frequent precipitation. The rest of the year is usually mild depending upon wind direction.

Culture

Formerly known as Byzantium and Constantinople, Istanbul was the capital of both the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires.

Things To Do in Istanbul

Marvel at an iconic site of worship

The Hagia Sophia is a well-known landmark and historical monument in Istanbul. Originally built as a church in the 6th century under the direction of Byzantine Emperor Justinian I, Hagia Sophia was a major religious, political, and artistic hub for the Byzantine Empire, and its ruins have supplied us with a wealth of information about the time period. After Sultan Mehmed II captured Constantinople in 1453, and he declared the edifice a mosque, it became an important Muslim pilgrimage centre. Even today, it is regarded as an architectural masterpiece, and the 43-meter-wide dome will leave you speechless. The gallery, which has magnificent Byzantine mosaics, may be reached by ascending the spiral ramp.

Admire a royal residence

The magnificent Topkapi Palace, which dates from the 15th century, served as the Ottoman Empire's administrative hub until the late 19th century. With beautiful hand-painted tile work and four lush courtyards, the enormous building serves as a stunning showcase of Islamic art. Tulips and hyacinths abound in the gardens throughout the spring. The Harem, which once housed the king's concubines, is a popular tourist attraction in this area. Highlights include the crown jewels treasury, which houses the famed Topkapi dagger and the 86-carat Spoonmaker's Diamond, as well as the armament, which displays Ottoman skill even in the manufacture of swords and bows.

Hunt for bargains

The Grand Bazaar is only a short walk from each of these locations. One of the best things to do in Istanbul is going bargain shopping. You'll be able to get lost in the maze of this 500-year-old bazaar's 60 streets, which include no fewer than 5000 different stores and 60 different eateries. The bazaar's kaleidoscope of colourful lanterns and welcoming people make it a delight to explore, and it's known for its carpets, leather, pottery, souvenirs, and jewellery. If you intend to go shopping, don't forget your haggling cap.

Eating Out in Istanbul

Located in both Europe and Asia, Istanbul's cuisine is influenced by a variety of cultures. Ulus 29 offers traditional Turkish cuisine, as well as sushi and a wine list with more than 4500 selections. On its roof terraces, you can see the Bosphorus and the Istanbul bridges in the summer. Previously known as Topaz, Rana Mayhane has a mix of modern and traditional cuisines. Prepare yourself for innovative delicacies such as goose liver terrine with candied walnuts and cranberry jam as well as classics like Turkish beef ravioli with yoghurt sauce. Dine at Banyan's Asian fusion restaurant for delicacies including Sichuan pepper steak, duck satay, and dim sum.

Istanbul Transport

Airport

Istanbul Airport (IST) is the main international airport serving Istanbul. It is located in the Arnavutkoy district on the European side of the city.

Getting Around Istanbul

The bus system operated by Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality has routes running throughout the entire city. Four tram lines are available out of which the Bagcilar-Kabatas (T1) connects to most tourist attractions in the city. Metro Istanbul operates 6 lines, most of which serve the European part of the city. Taxis, hire cars, and ride-sharing options like Uber are also easily available.

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FAQs about car hire in Istanbul

Most frequently asked questions about hiring a car in Istanbul

The average cost per day of hiring a car in Istanbul is just €15.
Prices for Istanbul car hire start from just €13 when booking in advance with Enjoy Travel.
To hire a car in Istanbul you must be at least 21 years old.
Additional drivers can be added to your Istanbul car hire agreement upon request.
The best car for exploring Istanbul would be a compact economical car like a Kia Picanto or similar.
Istanbul is most likely the most expensive city of Turkey, but even then, it’s cheaper than most European cities. On average you’ll spend TRY189 per day in Istanbul.
Yes, it is worth it if you value the time the car will save you to explore the city.
The best way to see Istanbul is to visit its most popular places such as the Blue Mosque, the Museum of St. Sofia, the Basilica Cistern and the Egyptian obelisk and hippodrome.
The best time to visit Istanbul is in spring or autumn season, from March to May or September to October.
The cheapest cars are TRY635 for a week, which means more or less TRY91 a day.
Prices start at TRY3119 or TRY100 per day.
The average price of a litre of fuel can vary between TRY 17.28 and TRY 7.04.